The Mindy Project

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The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project intertitle.png
Genre Romantic comedy
Created by Mindy Kaling
  • Jesse Novak
  • Blake Neely
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 47 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Howard Klein
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Michael Spiller
  • B.J. Novak
  • Charles McDougall
  • Matt Warburton
  • Jack Burditt
  • Mychelle Deschamps
  • Dan Kaplow (pilot only)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original channel Fox
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original run September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) – present
External links

The Mindy Project is an American romantic comedy television series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights.[1] The series, created by Mindy Kaling (the series's star), is co-produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.


The series follows obstetrician/gynecologist Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) as she tries to balance her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small medical practice in New York City. The character was inspired by Kaling's own mother, an OB/GYN. Mindy explores through life with the help of her co-workers: Danny Castellano, her best friend and love interest; Jeremy Reed, a handsome British doctor who Mindy used to sleep with in Season 1; Morgan Tookers, an ex-con nurse; and Peter Prentice, another doctor who was in a frat while he was attending Dartmouth.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a romantically frustrated Ob/Gyn at Shulman & Associates.
  • Chris Messina as Dr. Danny Castellano, another Ob/Gyn at the same office; Mindy's main frenemy; both doctors ignore the obvious romantic chemistry between them and settle for lesser choices in the interim.
  • Ed Weeks as Dr. Jeremy Reed, Mindy and Danny's somewhat hapless supervisor at the office.
  • Ike Barinholtz as Morgan Tookers (episode 13, 15-present, recurring episodes 2-12 and 14), a registered nurse at the office.
  • Beth Grant as Beverley Janoszewski (episode 15-present, guest episode 2), former nurse turned receptionist at the office.
  • Xosha Roquemore as Tamra (Season 2-present, recurring Season 1), a nurse at the office.
  • Adam Pally as Dr. Peter Prentice (Season 2-present), a new gynecologist at the office
  • Zoe Jarman as Betsy Putch (Season 1-2), the optimistic receptionist at the office.
  • Anna Camp as Gwen Grandy (Episodes 1-12, guest episode 17), Mindy's long-time friend who has settled down with a family.
  • Amanda Setton as Shauna Dicanio (Episodes 1-12) was a receptionist at the office.
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Marc Shulman (Episodes 1-8), the former senior partner of the practice.


  • Mark Duplass as Brendan Deslaurier, a male midwife. (14 episodes)
  • Anders Holm as Casey Peerson, a Christian minister; Mindy's former fiancé. (10 episodes)
  • Glenn Howerton as Cliff Gilbert, a handsome lawyer in the same building as Shulman & Associates. (9 episodes)
  • Tommy Dewey as Josh Daniels, a lawyer; Mindy's former boyfriend. (9 episodes)
  • Jay Duplass as Duncan Deslaurier, a male midwife. (8 episodes)
  • Mort Burke as Parker, an intern in the office. (7 episodes)
  • Chloë Sevigny as Christina, Danny's ex-wife. (6 episodes)
  • Mary Grill as Maggie, Mindy's teacher friend. (6 episodes)
  • Kelen Coleman as Alex, a friend of Mindy. (5 episodes)
  • Bill Hader as Tom McDougall, a dentist; former boyfriend of Mindy. (5 episodes)
  • Max Minghella as Richie Castellano, Danny's younger brother. (4 episodes)
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar as Rishi Lahiri, Mindy's younger brother, an aspiring rapper. (3 episodes)
  • Tim Daly as Charlie Lang, a police officer; Mindy's former boyfriend. (3 episodes)
  • Joanna Garcia as Sally Prentice, Peter's sister. (3 episodes)
  • Ellie Kemper as Heather, Josh's ex-girlfriend and Mindy's neighbor. (3 episodes)
  • Josh Peck as Ray Ron, Tamra's boyfriend. (3 episodes)
  • Tracey Wigfield as Lauren, Peter's girlfriend. (3 episodes)
  • Allison Williams as Jillian, or "Eyepatch", Danny's former girlfriend. (3 episodes)

Notable guest stars[edit]


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 24 September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) May 14, 2013 (2013-05-14) August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13)[3] October 14, 2013 (2013-10-14)[4] October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)[5]
2 22 September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17) May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06) August 19, 2014 (2014-08-19)[6] TBA TBA
3 15[7] September 16, 2014 (2014-09-16) TBA TBA TBA TBA

Production and development[edit]

The series was initially commissioned by NBC, but the pilot with the working title It's Messy was released from NBC's projects on January 27, 2012. Disney then sent the script to Fox executives who read it over that following weekend. On January 30, 2012, Fox greenlit the pilot, with Mindy Kaling attached to star.[8]

On May 9, 2012, Fox placed a series order for the comedy.[9] Two days later, the title was changed from It's Messy to The Mindy Project.[10] On August 27, 2012, the pilot episode was made available to view online on various sites including Fox, in an attempt to garner interest in the series. On October 8, 2012, Fox ordered a full season of The Mindy Project.[11]

On March 4, 2013, the series was renewed for a second season,[12] which began on September 17, 2013. On November 21, 2013, Fox announced that The Mindy Project would take a mid-season hiatus, before returning on April 1, 2014.[13] Fox announced the third season renewal of The Mindy Project on March 7, 2014.[14]


Casting announcements for the remaining series regular roles began in February 2012, with Ed Weeks cast in the role of Dr. Jeremy Reed, a sexy, British doctor in the practice.[15] Zoe Jarman and Amanda Setton then joined in series regular roles. Jarman signed on to play Betsy Putch, an upbeat receptionist at the practice; whilst Setton joined as Shauna Dicanio, a young, party loving receptionist in the practice.[16] In mid-March, Chris Messina joined the cast as Dr. Danny Castellano, an arrogant doctor who works at the practice.[17] Shortly after, Anna Camp boarded the series as Gwen Grandy, a stay-at-home mom and Mindy's best friend.[18]

A few months later, Amanda Setton, Stephen Tobolowsky and Ike Barinholtz joined the series. Setton replaced Dana DeLorenzo in the role of Shauna; Tobolowsky joined in the series regular role of Dr. Marc Shulman, the senior partner of the practice; and Barinholtz signed onto the recurring role of Morgan Tookers, a quirky rehabilitated ex-con who joins the practice as a nurse.[19] In the middle of the first season, the network made changes to the show's cast. On November 20, 2012, it was reported that Amanda Setton's role had been eliminated and that Anna Camp had been downgraded to a recurring cast member.[20] Stephen Tobolowsky's role was also eliminated, with his character retiring in the eighth episode. Beth Grant, who guest starred as Nurse Beverly in episode two, returned as a series regular in episode fifteen.[21] Ike Barinholtz was also upgraded to series regular.[22]

Xosha Roquemore, who guest starred in the final few episodes of season one as Tamra, was upped to series regular beginning with season two.[23] Adam Pally, who originally signed on for a recurring role, was upgraded to series regular during season two.[24]

On April 30, 2014, it was announced that Jarman would not return as a series regular for the third season.[25]


Critical reception[edit]

The Mindy Project received positive reviews from critics, with many highlighting the writing of the series, Kaling's performance, Kaling's unique character and the direction of the series.[26] Review aggregation website Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean—out of 100—based on reviews from mainstream critics, the show received a score of 69 from 32 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[26] It was the number-six best-reviewed show according to the site's fall 2012 season.[26]


Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiere End TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
Tuesday 9:30 pm
September 25, 2012
May 14, 2013
2.57[28] 2012–13 #128 3.71[29]
2 22
September 17, 2013
May 6, 2014
2.48[31] 2013–14 #125[32] 3.40[32]
3 15
September 16, 2014
TBA 2014–15 TBA TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for The Mindy Project
Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2012 Writers Guild of America Award New Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Most Exciting New Series Won
People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Comedy Nominated
2013 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
TV Guide Awards Favorite New Series Nominated [34]
TCA Awards Outstanding New Program Nominated
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Pilot - Comedy
Felicia Fasano
Won [35]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Show Nominated [36]
Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Mindy Kaling
Nominated [37]
Gracie Awards Outstanding Producer - Entertainment Won [38]
2014 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [39]
Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Won [40]
Vulture TV Awards Best Comedy Performer, Female Nominated [41]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated [42]
Choice Comedian Nominated [43]
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated [44]
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Nominated [45]
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Chris Messina
Nominated [46]



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