First aired Tuesday, September 25 2012. Spoilery and stuff.
It's always hard to tell what to expect from a new sitcom. Lots of them are dumb, going for the easy jokes. Some are smart, but don't have a lot of longevity. It looks like Mindy Kaling had hit the line between the two. She plays Mindy Lahiri, a little chubby, just past 30, a new doctor with not much time for a life, and a mentality born and raised on RomComs. She's been in an undefined booty-call sort of relationship with a very good looking fellow doctor who's kind of a jerk, and has a contentious relationship with another fellow doctor who doesn't like how much of a wreck her personal life is and how it impacts her career.
And it's really sweet. She's snappy, a little outrageous, and little horribly self-centered. Her friends are snarky, her coworkers are even more snarky, and she works delivering babies from ethnic minorities who won't help her career aspirations that much, but need her help. She's clever and charming and adorable in the easy way that Mindy Kaling is in real life, and it's enough to keep the more off-the-wall parts of the show from seeming too broad just yet.
And best of all? She's optimistic. Even when she's not being optimistic, she's hopeful that things will get better, that she can improve her life, and that she can have everything she wants. And it's nice to see someone wanting to be happy on a sitcom, instead of people who just fight with each other and seem content to be unhappy for the rest of their lives.
The show goes well with the silliness that is New Girl, which it's paired with, and doesn't have New Girl's forced quirkiness to work through in its first few episodes. If it can keep how it is, it might be something cool.
What did you think?