The Mindy Project

 
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Rom-commy character is obsessed with finding a man.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show reinforces some negative stereotypes about women and relationships: namely that they're needy, neurotic, and obsessed with finding "Mr. Right."

Positive role models

While Mindy is a talented and capable doctor, she's also shallow and prone to making iffy decisions when it comes to men and sexual relationships. Finding a boyfriend is at the top of her to-do list, and she looks for qualities like wealth, looks, personality ... and penis size.

Violence

Surgical/medical scenes aren't graphic; physical comedy includes falling into a pool, tripping, etc.

Sex

Characters kiss, make out, and joke about sex and relationships (including hook-ups and one-night stands). Sexual activity is mostly suggested.

Language

Some swearing ("hell," "damn," etc.), with a few bleeped words (like "f--k"). Characters also use terms like "penis," "hook up," and "slut."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking by adults, with some drunkenness played for comedy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, aside from her medical credentials, The Mindy Project's Mindy is a far cry from a positive role model for impressionable teens, thanks to a pattern of self-destructive behavior when it comes to men and relationships. Sexual activity is mostly suggested, although characters kiss, make out, and joke about sex and relationships (including hook-ups and one-night stands) and use terms like "penis," "hook up," and "slut." Characters also use words like "hell" and "damn," but a few stronger words (like "f--k") are bleeped. There's social drinking, too, with some drunkenness that's played for laughs, along with light physical comedy.

What's the story?

Writer-producer-creator Mindy Kaling also stars in THE MINDY PROJECT as Mindy Lahiri, an accomplished 30-something obstetrician whose obsession with romantic comedies has seriously skewed her view of love and relationships and left her drowning in her own neuroses. In the meantime, her desperate search for Mr. Right keeps taking her back to two very different doctors (Chris Messina and Ed Weeks) -- and the same bad habits.

Is it any good?

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On The Office, Kaling plays Kelly Kapoor, a neurotically chatty office drone who's obsessed with celebrities, shopping, and relationships and has self-destructive tendencies when it comes to romance. So just imagine that Kelly left Scranton, went to med school, and became an OB/GYN in the city ... and you'll pretty much have The Mindy Project.

Of course, Kaling is known for acing this type of shtick on The Office and other places (for starters, see The 40-Year-Old Virgin). But it's frustrating to see her apply the same boy-crazy quirks to Mindy Lahiri, a character who could be so much more than the two-dimensional stereotype we've seen in most of the romantic comedies Lahiri references in her rambling, rapid-fire dialogue. Does a professionally successful single woman really have to be such a hot mess when it comes to her personal life? At least in real life, the answer is no.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the "lessons" we learn from popular romantic comedies -- from When Harry Met Sally to 27 Dresses -- when it comes to love and relationships. Are those lessons different for women and men? How do movie and TV plots compare to finding love in real life?

  • How does Mindy measure up as a role model? Is it realistic to think that an accomplished and intelligent professional would lead such a disastrously disorganized personal life?

  • What are the real-life consequences of some of Mindy's actions (including hook-ups and public drunkenness)? Why do we find her problems funny?

TV details

Cast:Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Mindy Kaling
Network:Fox
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written byWayward Girl September 6, 2012
 

The Mindy Project is lots of fun for OLDER teens, but even still, I'm not sure it's worth it. :/

This show is HILARIOUS, but it's definitely for mature teenagers and adults, as it is not all that appropriate. Mindy is a free spirit who sleeps around and drinks but she does want to change her life. She does want to find a good man, and she wants to get married, so she decides to change her life. Of course, baby steps are needed and she doesn't exactly stay straight to her no acting slutty rule. . Sex is one of the few issues with this show, although it is a pretty strong issue. It doesn't show anything, but there are many passionate kissing scenes that imply sex throughout the series. There is one character who is a ladies man and, or course, there are multiple love interests as is the show is about her trying to find a guy. There are also MANY sexual jokes, for example, one character snickers to himself that he didn't think sex addiction was real until he met another main character. The main character than admits he enjoys it but is not addicted. Another example included Morgan suggesting to Mindy that she could dress up as a condom, or a tampon for Halloween. Stuff like that, once in a while. Characters drink a lot, and I think language is limited to heck and dang; one time the f-word was bleeped out, however it was used for humor. This show is insanely funny, but it's for older audiences. EDIT: Originally, I had rated this appropriate for 13 years old and older, but as the series progressed, I just had to come back and raise the age limit to 15. This show is funny, but more and more sexual references are being thrown in so casually/ofton, that it's taking away the funny. I'm considering quitting the show personally because I just don't think it's worth it anymore. With simplistic and not clever enough plots added with the never ending sexual jokes, I just get bored when watching it. The only reason I have stuck with it so far is the character Morgan, who is hilarious and so far has made it worth my time. I would really suggest to those interested in this to take a look at "Ben and Kate" instead. B&K still has some smexy content, but not to the point it's overbearing like TMP. The Mindy Project can steal a few snickers from you over the mature jokes, but Ben and Kate will have you rolling with laughter over the awkwardness, randomness, and clever/witty scenarios.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bylindsey82 September 13, 2012
 

Funny, but not for kids!

I think the show is funny for adults, but I do not think it is at all appropriate for children. It's kind of like a funny, albeit much milder version of sex in the city!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byDaneeH January 4, 2015
 

Starts off good but progressively gets worse.

Mindy is the most cliche stereotypical girly girl who is determined to find a man. Yet she has a habit of one night stands and partying. Although a funny joke will pop up from time to time I don't think it's worth the time anymore to watch it every week. There hasn't been one episode where sex isn't mentioned and to be honest, it's getting old.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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