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Cute-Ranking Last Night's Episodes Of 'The Mindy Project' And 'New Girl'

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | September 18, 2013 | Comments ()


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Last night saw the premiere of two of our favorite, most adorable shows. But the burning question, the one I will be attempting to settle right here every week, was this: which one was more adorabler? Was it the New Girl premiere which saw Nick and Jess galivanting off to Mexico leaving Winston and Schmidt with a sub-par B-plot about puzzles, color blindness and Zack Morris-level shenanigans? Or was it The Mindy Project which packed a proposal, a wedding, James Franco, a break-up and a surgery into one episode? It’s a tough call, really. I adored Winston wearing a hoodie for pants just as much as I adored Mindy wearing scrubs at her wedding. Nick’s free drink bracelet scam was almost as endearing Mindy and Dr. C’s fire escape conversation. The fitted bedsheet was a nice touch, Dr. L. And while I enjoyed the physical comedy of Chloë Sevigny ripping a laptop in two, I may never get over the sight of Nick Miller threatening to go Point Break.

Mindy may have deployed the perfect amount of James Franco and gauze medical diapers and New Girl may have given you Nick and Jess shippers the cornrow holiday of your dreams, but which was cuter?

New Girl gets a lot of points for this scene which blended two of the shows stronger elements: physical comedy and urban family loyalty heart things…
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…but it was out-cuted by the look on Dr. C’s face when I found out about Mindy and Casey. Look at it crumple.
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So sorry Mindy haters, this week Dr. L. had the edge.
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  • I've never liked James Franco so much. He had that STUPID grin on his face the entire time and he KILLED me. He totally stole the episode.

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  • AM

    Um, what the hell is up with these comments? Did Pajiba get taken over by an all-girls middle school while I wasn't looking? WHERE IS THE SNARK?? I liked both shows, but James Franco was so super douchy. And why on earth didn't they insist on making him whiten his teeth? Ugh.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I can't stand The Mindy Project, so that's a moot point and Winston was kind of the only good thing about New Girl, so maybe it's about damn time they give him something to do that is of more substance than just being everyone's last choice. Let the Year Of The Winston (or The Winstonian Age) commence.

  • jane

    Loved the Mindy Project's first episode. I really felt it started clicking last year and was super excited it was coming back. I didn't like Schmidt being such a dick to Cece and Elizabeth, though, so points off for that

  • go_nelly

    i didn't watch The Mindy Project. but no matter what New Girl wins by default. because Franco. *cringe*

  • Jelinas

    Messina did a fantastic job in that scene. I've been in that situation, and the look on his face took me right back to that emotion.

  • Slash

    Ah, to hell with this. I like both of them. I refuse to choose.

  • B84

    not only was Mindy the adorablest--I laughed out loud more--she's got a bigger kooky supporting cast, all of whom can make me giggle with just a look

  • Ambergold7

    YES. I AGREE WITH THIS CONCLUSION

  • anikitty

    The ear, the clitoris of the head.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    New Girl still has a substantially better theme song.

  • Jelinas

    Ugh, NO!!! I HATE THAT TERRIBLE (and terribly sung) SONG!!

  • atoz15

    so youre saying you dont like "bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bam, bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bam, repeat, repeat, click click click click click click

  • meadowdancer

    I think Mindy won. I just didn't feel tingly at all watching The New Girl. When it went into the Mindy Project and you see Danny realize that Mindy is back and he did his quick back and forth walk and took off for the hospital I squealed. Plus his asking her what voodoo priestess she ticked off was great. The ache both times on his face 1) when he found out she was engaged and 2) when Mindy confirmed she wanted to marry Josh because she did love him.

  • Erin S

    Mindy conceding that the beautiful sunrise looked "like a douche ad" killed me. That and Casey insisting that he'll die if he suddenly has to stop peeing. What?

    Any of my comments on Chris Messina would just be unintelligible noises at this point, so I'll just end here.

  • Erin S

    Okay, one more: Danny not knowing what a browser history is.
    "It's a list of all the websites you visit."
    "Oh no."

  • meadowdancer

    I started dying when she said that. Also that look and the way Mindy's voice changed when Casey kept insisting that if he stopped peeing he would die LOL.

    I did laugh at the Franco sex therapy bits (to my extreme shame) just because Danny was insisting that missionary was perfectly okay haha.

  • PerpetualIntern

    "Missionaries are VERY adventurous!"

  • emmalita

    I liked them both, I refuse to choose. Neither episode was fantastic, but both had funny moments.

  • neonseattle

    I don't really see the chemistry between Mindy and Danny. They're like Jack and Liz Lemon for me. They should just be bffs.

    I enjoy the quirks they're giving Winston on New Girl. I hope they don't make him too cartoon-y. And I loved all the "I like you so much!" between Nick and Jess.

  • Artemis

    Can I just say that I'm so happy to see love for The Mindy Project here? The AV Club spent all of last year shitting on the show, and while I can see the flaws I still love it. Casey became a way better character than I ever expected him to be, to the point that he actually makes me feel a bit guilty for cheering for Mindy and Danny to get together. But then Chris Messina's face in the hospital scene just about killed me, and I was back on Team Danny.

  • meadowdancer

    Also yeah I was tired of the AV Club reviews. They were just pointlessly mean and a lot of commenters actually started arguing with the reviewer about it.

  • meadowdancer

    I know. I love Casey and Danny but when Danny's sad I just want him to get with Mindy so she can make it better lol.

  • Anna von Beav

    While I was watching New Girl, it was my favorite, but while I was watching The Mindy Project, *it* was my favorite.

    Also, much as I want to see Mindy and Danny get together, I ADORE her and Casey together. He's so fun. Even though he doesn't say things right. It's tearing me apart, you guys.

  • Legally Insignificant

    Anders crushed it on The Mindy Project. He's just the right amounts of smarm and sincerity.

  • baxlala

    I don't watch The Mindy Project so I really can't argue with this but what I CAN tell you is that I can't get Winston's Puzzle Song out of my head.

    "Puuuuuzzling...Winston is about to do some puzzling!"

    In related news: Sweatshirt as pants. SWEATSHIRT AS PANTS!

  • kimk

    On one hand, I should feel bad that the writers can't be bothered to pull together a real storyline for Winston. On the other, I look forward every week to seeing Lamorne Morris making gold out of whatever random activity Winston is up to. Puzzling is the perfect example - my favorite part of the episode even though I am a bit of a Jess/Nick 'shipper.

  • PerpetualIntern

    I think New Girl had the edge, if only because I DESPISE James Franco.

  • mairimba

    I feel both episodes fell flat. Not much laughs. Still liked New Girl's premiere more than Mindy. Mindy also seemed rushed to forward the plot.

  • mairimba

    You would think that in six months Mindy's hair should've grown. She needs to lose that terrible wig.

  • neonseattle

    her instagram shows a progression of wigs before she gets back to her real hair.

  • Matt C.

    Although I disagree with the overall winner here, I'd more like to point out that I thought that the Nick/Jess Mexico plot was the sub-par one, and the Schmidt/Winston puzzling was comedy gold.

  • meadowdancer

    Schmidt/Winston was awesome! I wanted to get back to them and skip the Nick and Jess stuff since it wasn't funny to me. I am still howling about Winston insisting his shoes were brown and Schmidt asking well what color do you think you are? LOL

  • JenVegas

    Agreed. I definitely felt like New Girl was a better episode. Chris Messina continues to be pretty much the only good thing going for The Mindy Project.

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