“A Festivus for the rest of us”: 23 holiday TV episodes to watch online

It’s December, so it’s time to dust off those Christmas movies, those Christmas movies that aren’t really Christmas movies, or whatever side of that wall you think Die Hard falls on. But what if you’re in a holiday mood but not up for the whole two-hour jaunt to Bedford Falls? Or want something classic and familiar,…

The Mindy Project settles for conventional in its busy but lackluster series finale

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Watching this final season of The Mindy Project, I’ve thought a lot about all the other sitcoms that do romance well, like New Girl, Parks And Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. On all of those shows, romance isn’t as close to the forefront of the premise as it is with The Mindy Project, and yet they pull off…

The Mindy Project doubles down on its worst storyline in an unfunny, unromantic episode

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The Mindy Project often tries so desperately hard to be provocative and edgy with no clear intent, falling into the trap of assuming that being wildly politically incorrect is funny in and of itself. Most of the employees of Shulman & Associates are very flawed people, but they’re often unaware or at least in denial…

Reese Witherspoon and a stranger provide The Mindy Project with necessary hard truths about life, romance

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“Girl Gone Wild” takes Mindy Lahiri out of her familiar surroundings and plops her in Boise, Idaho at the Two Turtles resort—where Ben intended to take her for their honeymoon. She decides to take the trip on her own, calling it her #One-ymoon, the best fake Melissa McCarthy movie title (tagline: “One is the horniest…

Mindy’s moving on from romance, but The Mindy Project is still stuck in predictable romantic developments

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So far, most episodes of The Mindy Project’s sixth and final season have landed on really strong endings. “The Midwife’s Tale” is no exception. But as with other recent episodes, those endings seem narratively disconnected from the rest of the episode. Though it sharply touches on some of the ideas at the center of…

There’s more to Beverly than knives and taxidermy on The Mindy Project

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Even though the episode’s title doesn’t end up being the central storyline (or even the B-plot, for that matter), the Meryl Streep costume party is, without a doubt, the best part of “Jeremy & Anna’s Meryl Streep Costume Party.” Matching each character to whichever Meryl Streep character they best embody (or think…

The Mindy Project ties up the loose ends of Mindy's divorce a little too neatly

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In “May Divorce Be With You,” everyone is pretty much waiting for Mindy to fall completely apart. Her coworkers and brother all make a bigger deal out of her divorce than she does. Really, Mindy seems mostly fine with the fact that she and Ben are divorcing. At first, it seems a bit like The Mindy Project is taking…

Anna and Jeremy's decouplement outshines The Mindy Project's build to Mindy's divorce

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The Mindy Project wastes no time pushing Mindy and Ben to divorce. Ben says the d-word outright by the end of “A Romantical Decouplement,” and Mindy doesn’t skip a beat before agreeing. But whereas the tension in their marriage is subtle and unnerving in the premiere, the second episode goes too obvious with their…

Beyond will-they/won’t-they: New Girl, Mindy, and the state of the rom-sitcom

Romantic comedies have been a genre almost since movies were created, and there’s a reason for that. It’s a very simple scenario to set up: Two people meet in an undoubtedly cute fashion; they’re separated for a period of time; they get back together, and everything wraps up for posterity in two hours or less. We…

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