The Mindy Project
Tuesday at 9:30 on Fox
There's a lot to like about this much-anticipated sitcom from "The Office" writer and actress Mindy Kaling.
The writing is fresh and funny, and Kaling is a gifted comedic actress. So my teensy bit of letdown is likely because my expectations were too high to start with. It's a solid sitcom.
Kaling plays an OB/GYN whose professional success is tempered by her lack of success in finding a soul mate. Mindy (also her character's name) was raised on romantic comedies and the "meet cute, fall in love, eat brunch and live happily ever after" notion of romance is deeply ingrained to the point of damage.
Mindy over-analyzes every situation involving a member of the opposite sex, makes terrible decisions in relationships, and doesn't realize how amazing and cool she is when she just relaxes and doesn't try so hard.
The good news is, that's all usually pretty funny to watch.
The pilot chronicles Mindy's most promising almost-Prince Charming, and how the demise of that relationship leads to a drunken breakdown at his wedding -- and Mindy in police handcuffs. The former boyfriend/potential boyfriend cameos in the pilot are outstanding -- both Bill Hader ("SNL") and Ed Helms ("The Office") woo Mindy in the first episode -- but her male colleagues (Chris Messina and newcomer Ed Weeks) make a more lasting impression.