The protagonist of Mindy Kaling’s sitcom The Mindy Project, which recently moved from network TV to Hulu, is a 30-something ob-gyn also named Mindy, who, like so many rom-com heroines, is great at her job but terrible at life. Still, she’s learning and growing, in fits and starts—just like the show, now in its fourth season. “A lot of people say you shouldn’t serialize TV comedy, that you should be able to turn on an episode of, say, Seinfeld, and have it stand on its own,” Kaling says. “But it would be hard to have this woman who wants so badly to change in a show that doesn’t. I want you to keep checking in with these characters.” And there’s still some work to do: The Mindy she plays is shameless, self-centered, and shallow. “I would kill myself if people thought I was that much like my character,” says Kaling. "She’s one of the worst-behaved female leads in the history of television—and that’s something I’m proud of.”
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