Hulu has always been one of the more undervalued players in the streaming TV market. The first to beginning streaming old and new TV series, including those overseas, it was second to Netflix when it came to creating new series of its own, and hasn’t received the same recognition that it or Amazon has for some of its more inventive original programming. However, it may have done a great service to mankind when it brought back from the dead Fox’s low-rated but masterful comedy series ‘The Mindy Project’ for two seasons streaming on Tuesday nights (where Fox aired it to little notice). The fourth season concluded its run last night, and if the first few episodes are any indication, absolutely nothing has been lost.
Mindy and Danny’s relationship was more assuredly on the rocks when the third season came to a conclusion last April, until Danny (the incredible Chris Messina) went all the way to India to try and win the Lahiri’s approval for his relationship with her daughter. Meanwhile, Mindy had a hysterical dream sequence where she woke up married to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and in a stunning alternate reality seemed to have every she every dreamed of in a relationship. But not even in her wildest dreams can she obtain perfection, and so eventually she realized what we’ve known since at least season 1: that she and Danny are perfect for each other.
Things got even funnier when she finally revealed that she was planning to have her baby in a C-section ward of a swanky New York hospital, but was forced to give birth in a subway with the evil midwives delivering her child. (I’m amazed the Duplass brothers, given how hectic their schedules have become this season, still have the time to make their always delightful cameos) Eventually, Danny got there, and they named their son Leo—- for Da Vinci, not Dicaprio as she wanted.
Then they returned to Danny’s apartment, where even more delight ensued. Danny’s babyproofing of the apartment, included getting rid of all the TV’s, his care package involved the last books you’d ever want to read to a child, and it was revealed he was nanny-camming the apartment. Mindy was no less guilty, she bailed on the apartment to go to the signing of the Gyllenhaal family cookbook, got Leo locked into the apartment without her, and to climb the balcony just to get back in. Good to know that usual death-knells for a comedy— connubial bliss and pregnancy have done nothing to impede the success of this series.
The remaining cast of this series has managed to maintain their usual high-level. Morgan (Ike Barnholtz) has been delightful, trying to maintain his professionalism and finding a relationship, and is disastrous at both. Other members of the staff are equally funny on the job, and the guest cast has been great as well (Cristin Miloti, Laverne Cox, and Dan Baakendahl have been delightful in cameos) The Mindy Project remains one of the funniest shows in any medium. Here’s a novel thought: now that its on streaming TV, will this make the Emmy voters pay more attention to it then when it was on Fox?
My score: 4. 5 stars