“The Mindy Project” wraps up six seasons of Mindy Kaling’s sitcom with “It Had To Be You,” the final episode, which started streaming on Hulu on Tuesday. The final episode was constructed around a commerce, trade crisis (Mindy’s commerce, trade might fold because partner Jody has withdrawn his fairness) and a marriage (between Morgan and Tamra). (Warning: Spoilers follow for the series finale of “The Mindy Project.”)
Let’s slash to the chase. In the long history of Mindy and Danny (Chris Messina), it has seemed for what seems like an equally long time that, duh, of course Mindy and Danny belong together forever. This, it turns out, is what happened. Danny puts his money where his heart is and invests in Mindy’s commerce, trade, thus saving it, and the duo reunites in romance. Along the way, there were some droll moments during Morgan and Tamra’s wedding and reception, including a very nicely staged musical number involving most of the current cast.
Much of “The Mindy Project” over the course of the demonstrate’s history has been concerned with Mindy finding The Right Guy. Potential candidates fill included characters portrayed by label Duplass, Seth Rogen, B.J. Novak and series co-star Ed Weeks as Jeremy. But nonexistent of them ever seemed likely to surpass Danny in being the right guy for Mindy. In fact, most of them seemed so wildly off the label as to effect a viewer impatient: Let’s walk on, you may fill muttered to yourself. This storyline with this dude is never going to outlive the season. I’d count this as a flaw in “The Mindy Project” — the demonstrate should fill been written in such a way as to effect Mindy’s choices seem potentially decisive.
But overall, Kaling achieved what she set out to conclude with this series. It started out as the vehicle that would demonstrate how Kaling could graduate from breakout supporting player on “The Office” to headliner status. When the demonstrate premiered on Fox, it was the first sitcom created by and starring an Indian-American performer, and Kaling was well on her way to being a pop-culture influencer, thanks to her 2011 bestselling comedian memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and a series of killer talk-demonstrate appearances. “The Mindy Project” was conceived by Kaling to be the sitcom equivalent of a ’90s rom-com brought up-to-date and up-to-the-minute, packed with pop-culture references and a knowing irony. It succeeded despite never fitting a huge hit, and survived after being canceled by Fox in 2015 and moving over to Hulu.
“The Mindy Project” churned through many characters and many shifts in tone, including occasional dips into seriousness and child-rearing. The character of Dr. Mindy Lahiri as an intelligent but willfully ditzy woman was itself a feminist statement — a claiming of the conception that a woman could be frivolous and a high-achiever; a responsible physician and a devotee of the “Real Housewives” franchises. Sometimes it seemed as though the pacing of the demonstrate — its rapid turnover of characters and plot — was a structural echo of Mindy Lahiri’s short-attention-span energy.
In the discontinue, Kaling chose to conclude “The Mindy Project” as a defiantly conventional-fashioned TV demonstrate: The girl gets the guy she was destined to be with, and they will live, presumably, fortunately ever after.
“The Mindy Project” is streaming now on Hulu.
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