The Mindy Project is without doubt one of the most under-rated shows on TV today. Created by ex-The Office star Mindy Kaling and a plethora of 30 Rock/Parks and Rec/The Office stars filling acting and writing duties, this unashamedly romantic look at 21st century single-gal life is fresh, quirky and often laugh-out-loud hysterical.
With season four in full swing on SBS 2, we look back at some of the most hilarious moments so far.
Mindy prays for her date
When first we meet Mindy she’s making a drunken toast at her ex’s wedding before stealing a bottle of bubbly and falling fully clothed into a swimming pool where she hallucinates getting slapped by a Barbie doll. We’ve all been there, amirite?
From that illustrious beginning, she decides to change her life and makes a wish for her perfect next boyfriend: A man with the wealth of NYC Mayor Bloomberg, the personality of Jon Stewart and the face (and junk) of Michael Fassbender.
Girl has excellent taste in appendages.
Morgan tries to heal his BF’s heart
No stranger to heartbreak himself (he’s been dumped 36 times and left three times at the altar) clinic nurse Morgan shows up at Mindy’s apartment to help her get over the end of her engagement to Pastor Casey. He brings treats, rag mags and sour cream, because the store was out of ice-cream and he thought they could add sugar and “hope for the best”. Then Mindy tries to jump him so he has no choice but to stop her by wrapping her up in a pizza box.
Determined to move things with Cliff and Mindy along, Morgan and Peter take advantage of finding Mindy’s lost phone and start sexting him on her behalf… with typically disastrous/hilarious results.
Really anything with Morgan Tookers
Morgan is - hands down - The Mindy Project’s Most Valuable Player. He’s hilarious, bizarre and at times even a little creepy, but he loves animals, treasures his co-workers and most importantly, he no longer steals cars. There’s no way to pick just one brilliant moment because Morgan makes every scene better but I’m going to go with the time he tried to buck Mindy up after a break up… by basically telling her she was so hot he wanted to kidnap her.
If a man cries in his office and everyone in the building hears it but are too embarrassed to tell him did it really happen?
What’s worse than being so devastated by a break-up that all you want to do is sit in your office, pump up Jewel’s “You Were Meant for Me” and have a good old sob? Being trapped in a bathroom for hours having to hear the song - and the crying - on repeat because it’s coming through the air vent.
Forgive me Father for I have sinned… and I like it
Stephen Colbert is, IRL a devout Catholic, so it was only a matter of time before he played a Man of God on screen. According to Kaling herself, Colbert couldn’t get through a scene without cracking up laughing, which makes sense because the character of Father Michael O’Donnell - the world's most inappropriate, hypocritical and judgmental priest - is straight-up hilarious.
Rhea Perlman needs to be in everything
Speaking of amazing guest stars (and The Mindy Project has a bunch of them) one of the best is legendary comedienne Rhea Perlman as Annette Castellano, the mother-in-law from hell. Anyone who has ever had to seek approval from their partner's folks will appreciate Mindy’s efforts to impress - and will shudder at Annette’s canny ability to switch from sugar sweet to demon possessed as quickly as you can order brunch.
All the single ladies… just need a man with strong hands
Any single gal knows that they don’t really need a bloke, except for the practical things like...
- Putting together IKEA furniture.
- Checking out strange noises in the middle of the night.
- Opening Nutella jars so you don’t have to break them against the wall to get at that sweet hazelnutty goodness.
Danny Castellano doesn’t like wimps
Danny accompanies Mindy to see an ex-boyfriend in Santa Fe who happens to be in rehab. While Mindy is “getting closure” with junkie Josh, Danny is keeping it real, telling other patients that their addictions to body building, needing validation from men and collecting figurines don’t count and that rehab is for people with real problems like coke, booze and over-eating.
James Franco, you’re going DOWN
Mindy Lahiri comes back from overseas to find that she’s been replaced by another “Dr L”, played by poet/actor/Academy Awards saboteur James Franco. He takes her patients, her friends and most importantly, her fabulous office. She’s not having it and decides there is only one mature way to settle this: with a shot drinking competition.
Watch The Mindy Project Mondays at 8pm (AEST) on SBS 2. After they air, episodes will be available on SBS On Demand.
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