by Aamna Mohdin
Originally published: September 16, 2017
The Mindy Project is problematic.
The show, which premiered its sixth and final season Sept. 12 on Hulu and streams a new episode every Tuesday, follows the antics of a 30-something gynecologist trying to find Mr. Right. Set in New York City, it sticks to the tried-and-true formula of a smart, goofy woman trying to “find herself” in a big city (see Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock). While the show was similar to many other workplace ensemble shows and romantic comedies, it’s set apart by one simple fact: It is the first series created by and starring an Indian-American woman, Mindy Kaling.
Being first brings with it a lot of pressure—and for many people, Kaling (who made her name writing for and acting in The Office) failed to live up to the hype. The show, which premiered on Fox in 2012 and moved to the streaming platform Hulu in 2015, was called disappointing and anti-feminist, and was widely slammed for only featuring white love interests (Mindy dated at least 20 white men), failing to tackle the complicated issue of abortion, and portraying the only regular black women on the show as a caricature—sassy and full of attitude.