Well Played, Kaling: Ranking 15 of Mindy's 'Project' Love Interests
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Well Played, Kaling: Ranking 15 of Mindy's 'Project' Love Interests

By Sarah Carlson | Seriously Random Lists | November 14, 2013 | Comments ()


Mindy Kaling’s job is more fun than yours. In fact, her job just might be more fun than the one most TV actors have. Not only did she create and is helming one of TV’s better comedies in The Mindy Project, but she’s having her cake and eating it, too. Sure, Kaling’s Dr. Mindy Lahiri is often the butt of jokes, and the star isn’t afraid to look silly, much in the vein of Tina Fey and 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon. But even more so than Fey, Kaling has surrounded her heroine with a bounty of love interests — funny, attractive man after funny, attractive man. They’re everywhere, so much so that some wonder if the show relies too much on guest stars. You could argue that, but you can’t argue the impressiveness of the list of Mindy’s love interests only eight episodes into its second season. Fey let Liz have her fun (Dean Winters, Jason Sudeikis, Jon Hamm, Michael Sheen, Peter Dinklage, Matt Damon, James Marsden), but Kaling’s Mindy has her own harem. Be honest — you’d do the same if you had your own show. Think Lena Dunham in Girls: Sure, she often bares it all and isn’t afraid to make everyone uncomfortable, but she also got to pretend to have a fling with Patrick Wilson. Well played.

As we tip our hats to Kaling, let us live vicariously through her character and rank Mindy’s various love interests, from the almost-hook-ups to the almost-husbands. Girl’s definitely got a type.

15. Adam (Josh Meyers): Too prostitutey.


14. Jeremy (Ed Weeks): Too much of a player. Thankfully, they dropped this storyline quickly and changed gears for both characters, making each more likeable.


13. Dennis (Ed Helms): Too clumsy.


12. Josh (Tommy Dewey): Too sleazy.


11. Tom (Bill Hader): Too incapable of holding his alcohol.


10. Matt (Seth Meyers): Too unmemorable, except for those dimples.


9. Morgan (Ike Barinholtz): Too much of a friend. This almost hook-up counts, and he’s this high up because although he’s strange, Morgan is a sweetheart.


8. Graham (Timothy Olyphant): Too spacey.


7. Jamie (B.J. Novak): Too in love with his best friend.


6. Sam (Seth Rogen): Too good to be true.


5. Jason (Ben Feldman): Too aware of Danny.


4. Brendan (Mark Duplass): Too midwifey.


3. Casey (Anders Holm): Too flaky. This character’s change of course was a bit forced (from pastor to rapper), but the cute was fun while it lasted.


2. Cliff (Glenn Howerton): Too soon to tell.


1. Danny (Chris Messina): Perfect.

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Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.

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  • alexandrian

    Aww, I miss Josh he was great. Honestly this past episode was soo good. It got me on the Danny/Mindy train and it's been the first time that I'm actually excited to see the next episode. Fingers crossed the next one is a good one

  • Olyphant could be ranked a little higher merely for the "Did you see that? That's how good I am at sex." moment. I cackled.

  • Jelinas

    When I first started watching the show, I was like, "People think Mark Duplass is hot? I don't get it." Then, I started watching "The League," and I now am obsessed with him. It's true: funny makes guys hotter.

    Also, I had a serious Woody Harrelson/Hemsworth brothers moment when I saw that pic of Josh Meyers at the top.

    Speaking of the Meyers brothers, I agree that Matt (Seth Meyers) was too unmemorable. I totes forgot that he was ever on the show and still can't remember a thing about this character, even though I like the actor.

  • phofascinating

    I've had a series of steamy dreams about Mark Duplass lately. Mostly they just consist of him letting me read rough drafts of his next projects post-coitus. so hawt.

  • PerpetualIntern

    Holy crap, I just made the Meyers connection. And they practically look like the same person. Whoops.

  • Morgan #1 forever. He's the one person in the regular cast that is keeping this show going.

  • stella

    I just really want mindy and bj novak to be together. They just always work so well.

  • Three_nineteen

    Josh was awesome and just the right amount of sleazy, until the writers needed him to leave the show and assassinated his character just like they later did to Casey. Don't blame the characters for the writers' inability to end a relationship decently.

  • dAvid

    Casey should be dead last. He almost ruined the show for me with his annoyingness.

  • Pawesl

    This show has only been on a season and a half. How has she dated 15 people already?

  • mats19

    Bc they aren't all "dating" but more like gone on dates with some of them casually seeing... etc... just like the real world... not every dude is the winner and you got to weed through some serious shit before you find that winning man.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Shut up, you don't know how much fun my job is. I'm on tour as a backup singer for Ke$ha.

  • emmalita

    Unless "mack on T. Olyphant and cuddle C. Massina" is in your job description, Mindy still wins. For the moment, anyway.

  • koko temur

    im sorry, it doesnt matter whats the list is really about, Olyphant is at the top. Its just SCIENCE, ok?

  • Buellie413

    I can't watch that hug gif, it makes me pass out in jealousy. If someone put that next to one of Nick kissing Jess after True American I would PROBABLY die.

  • That gif keeps making me giddy. HOW EASY AM I?!

  • Tinkerville

    So it's not next to, but... RIP, Julie?


  • Buellie413

    :cue harp:

  • PerpetualIntern

    I love every last thing about those Mindy/Danny gifs. I've just been staring at them, mesmerized.

  • dizzylucy

    I think for #8 you meant to write "Too awesome."

    Morgan wrapping Mindy in a pizza box as she tried to charge him was my favorite moment of the show so far, so I'd rate him a little higher too.

  • Michelle

    I enjoyed the hell out of the Josh storyline, probably because he was so sleazy. Hee.

    I get that Danny/Mindy is probably the end game, but it's a bit too on the nose for me. Although.. I can't argue against more Chris Messina.

  • JOSH FOREVER. The scene with him in Mindy's jeans is my favorite of the entire show.

  • MGMcD

    That was beautiful - talk about sacrificing vanity for funny. Right around that time was when I went from hope-watching this show to enjoying watching it and looking forward to it.

  • Michelle


  • Legally Insignificant

    I would rank Morgan higher. Whenever he has a semi-serious scene, I just want to give him a hug and re-assure him everything's going to be alright.

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