• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 14, 2012
    91
    Everything about The Mindy Project is so very Kaling and happily spot-on, starting with the strength of the jokes and dialogue.
  2. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 24, 2012
    90
    The confident, acerbic new sitcom The Mindy Project is easily the best freshman comedy of the season.
  3. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sep 21, 2012
    90
    Mindy is not just soulful and amusing. It takes a genre full of clich├ęs, adds something fresh and spins it into gold.
  4. The good news is that Kaling and her writers have crafted a character who is competent at her job, not a goofball in scrubs. And they've offset the show's dreamy sweetness with plenty of snarky bite.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 24, 2012
    83
    Overall, The Mindy Project is a comedy that arrives knowing what it wants to be and what kinds of stories and jokes it wants to tell.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Sep 21, 2012
    83
    The pilot is promising, with sharp dialogue, a solid supporting cast, and Kaling's appealing unapologetic protagonist. [28 Sep 2012, p.64]
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 25, 2012
    80
    Kaling makes for an unconventional sitcom heroine, to put it mildly.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Sep 25, 2012
    80
    Like The Office, The Mindy Project trades deftly on the humor of excruciating awkwardness.
  9. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 25, 2012
    80
    So far, Kaling's is pitch-perfect.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 24, 2012
    80
    I like this a lot.
  11. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Sep 25, 2012
    75
    Kaling is happy to make fun of herself to get a laugh, and her most painful scenes are some of the most amusing in The Mindy Project, which is far from perfect but still one of the top prospects among new fall comedies.
  12. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Sep 25, 2012
    75
    Kaling has lined up enough very funny actors to get this Project the kind of respect that Dr. Mindy never seems to get.
  13. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Sep 24, 2012
    75
    The Mindy Project mostly lives up to the hype.
  14. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 21, 2012
    75
    Two things are clear from the Mindy pilot: First, that the writers need to do some work to make the secondary characters less of a cliche, and, second, that Kaling has the stuff to go the distance.
  15. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 11, 2012
    75
    This ranks among the best new comedies of the season.
  16. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 25, 2012
    70
    In all, it's a polished pilot, but one that will have to ground its characters better to work as a series.
  17. 70
    The show's antic energy and aggressively kooky heroine may not hit everyone's sweet spot, but the pilot is a brisk, confident piece of work, made by people with a clear vision.
  18. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 24, 2012
    70
    Despite a few flaws, The Mindy Project could evolve into an interesting hybrid, an anti-romantic-comedy romantic comedy.
  19. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 24, 2012
    70
    The pilot of The Mindy Project isn't quite as funny as Ms. Kaling is at her best, but it has some amusing moments and a lot of promise.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 24, 2012
    70
    There are enough winning moments here to come back for an encore.
  21. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 24, 2012
    70
    Tuesday's pilot is not as consistently funny as one might hope and Mindy's flightiness could turn off some viewers, but she and the show are amusing enough to warrant watching.
  22. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 19, 2012
    70
    If, like most sitcoms, Mindy still is in a growth phase, it's clear the writing and acting are there to be developed.
  23. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 21, 2012
    67
    Kaling's good (and always is), but the pilot is just not all that funny.
  24. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 21, 2012
    63
    A sitcom that veers uncomfortably between charmingly cute and cloyingly sarcastic. [1 Oct 2012, p.38]
  25. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 25, 2012
    60
    Even by the notoriously uneven standards of sitcoms, The Mindy Project takes precipitous swings from fresh and clever insights to the most predictable "Oh, girl, don't go there" setups.
  26. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 25, 2012
    58
    Despite their [Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak's] experience, the show plays like a blind date gone bad.
  27. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 20, 2012
    58
    The Mindy Project is a minor disappointment in light of all the accomplished guest stars populating its opening half-hour.
  28. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 25, 2012
    50
    If you've resisted Kaling's charms up to now, nothing that happens tonight is likely to change your mind.
  29. Reviewed by: Chris Conaton
    Sep 25, 2012
    50
    It just needs sharper writing, and the supporting cast needs to be developed. While Kaling and Messina are charming and work well together, the rest of the show needs to catch up.
  30. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 24, 2012
    50
    There's a weird stew of ideas about expectations, desire and anger roiling around in Mindy, but as they're explored here, those ideas don't cohere into a show that's either funny or cogent.
  31. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 24, 2012
    38
    The Mindy Project is far more interested in the worn-out comic agenda of a smart, independent woman hamstrung by her obsession with finding commitment with a man than it is in self-excoriation or the unique proclivities of a chosen community.
  32. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 25, 2012
    10
    Think Gray's Anatomy with unpretty people; then think of something else to watch.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 121 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Sep 27, 2012
    5
    The whole idea of this show seems like a better premise for a movie, than a show. Most of the show was trying too hard to be funny withThe whole idea of this show seems like a better premise for a movie, than a show. Most of the show was trying too hard to be funny with "ridiculous" situations that would never happen. The upside is that they don't try and bombard you with lazy humor like Two Broke Girls where they constantly say vagina or something or other. Time will tell. Full Review »
  2. Sep 27, 2012
    7
    I'm surprised at the lackluster user reviews! I was really entertained by this show - the dialogue was fast and clever, the characters wereI'm surprised at the lackluster user reviews! I was really entertained by this show - the dialogue was fast and clever, the characters were complex, and the plot was believable. I really enjoyed all the honest, embarrassing moments. Plus, the show was able to keep an upbeat tone regardless of the funny but unfortunate events. Can't ask for more from a comedy. I'll keep watching. Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2012
    2
    What a nightmare. I have to admit first up that Mindy Kaling is my least favourite character from The Office, so it was always going to be aWhat a nightmare. I have to admit first up that Mindy Kaling is my least favourite character from The Office, so it was always going to be a struggle enjoying this show. That being said, it's positively awful....cheesy tripe that will probably appeal to a demographic far, far removed from my own. Full Review »