Parents' Guide to

The Mindy Project

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Playful romcom homage has romance, sex, fatphobia.

TV Fox, Hulu Comedy 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Good Story with Mature Themes and Adult Content

Mindy Kaling's doctor drama is sure to deliver laughs as it reveals the highs and lows of a minority female doctor juggling love and career. However, as other reviews state, this show contains an innumerable amount of sexual situations, some of which are discussed fairly graphically, and borderline on gross-out sex humor. As the series progresses (starting with season 3 when it went to Hulu), these situations are greatly increased, with few physical, on-camera scenes shown, but with enough dialogue and implied content to leave little to the imagination (*spoiler* one such episode had Mindy complaining to her partner about how he 'slipped' during their sexual encounters the previous night; another more recent case occurs when Mindy experiences Groundhog Day as a man and proceeds to masturbate off-screen, saying she enjoys all the new things she can do with her p****). All things considered, series creator Mindy Kaling did not intend this show for younger audiences, and this is greatly reflected in the content. Religious families should also be cautious as many religious characters are shown in less-than-comely lights, and engage in premarital sex, drinking, and "kinky" sexual acts. Additionally, their faiths are often made into jokes, with several characters constantly trying to find loopholes in their religious rule (and usually succeeding), so they can ultimately do what they want (*spoiler* one such case is a Catholic character who has been divorced several times, stating he was not getting a divorce, but an annulment, adding that annulments are "God's little eraser" ). That being said, this is one of the few (if not the only) show produced, created by, and starring a minority, full-figured female lead character, that aired on a non-ethnic centric television network (like BET).

This title has:

Too much sex
age 18+

started out cute - but went down the wrong track

i liked this show (as an adult) - and it was funny the first season. it was a little suggestive but still funny. but as the show went on, it got more and more raunchy. then when it went to a "Hulu Original" it got even more dirty. to the point that i felt uncomfortable watching it. the show was very good - the writing was excellent. why go for the shock factor and focus entire episodes on sex?! common sense media rates this at 15 and up. i would never let a 15 year old watch a show as dirty as this.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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You may remember the star of this punchy comedy from her breakout role on The Office as Kelly Kapoor, a chatty office drone who loves celebrities and shopping -- and has self-destructive tendencies. Kaling continues a similar character on The Mindy Project as Mindy Lahiri, before going on to deliver the same neurotic, image-obsessed energy in Kaling's Netflix series, Never Have I Ever.

On the one hand, these characters fall into the two-dimensional stereotypes we've seen in most of the romantic comedies Lahiri references in her rapid-fire dialogue. A professionally successful single woman really doesn't need to be such a hot mess when it comes to her personal life. On the other hand, it does feel refreshing to see a woman of color get to be just as flawed and eccentric as White characters and still "get the guy." It's just too bad The Mindy Project stops short at bringing other people along with it -- tokenism and fatphobia mar an otherwise funny ensemble of antiheroes and very flawed people who still manage to come together and support one another at the end of the day.

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