On a tropical island inhabited only by flightless birds, Red (Jason Sudeikis) stands out in more ways than one. The entire island lives in relative comfort and perfect harmony. The few malcontents are sentenced to mandatory anger management classes, led by the nauseatingly perky Matilda (Maya Rudolph). While delivering a cake to a chicks birthday party, Red arrives late and can’t control his temper when the recipient refuses to pay for the order, due to Red’s tardiness. The altercation lands Red in anger management class. This is where we meet other characters like Chuck (Josh Gad) a mischievous yellow speedster. Bomb, a round black bird with a short fuse who, when angered physically explodes. Lastly there’s Terence (Sean Penn). Terence is the same type of bird as Red (apparently unrelated), but many times larger and only speaks with a short grunt or a long grunt. No one knows of the horrors committed to land Terence in anger management and it’s probably best that it remains that way. One fateful day the island is visited by its first visitors ever: a ship full of wayward pigs from Piggy Island. The Birds welcome their new friends into the flock, except for the skeptical Red, who questions the omelette loving visitors’ goodwill.
As with most TV shows that I watch, Mindy surfaced in my DVR recordings, a list that is less indicative of any specific taste than it is of attention deficit and possibly some sort of undiagnosed mood disorder. Let’s just say it’s a mixed bag of programming.
So, amidst a slew of comedy fare including other notable single-cam shows like Modern Family, The New Normal and New Girl, Mindy Kaling’s fledgling series kind of crept up on me, a delay that came not from lack of interest, but of time. The competition was – and is – pretty stiff, even if not always as funny as the Emmys might suggest. Regardless, here I am writing about what has become my favorite comedy on television, and it barely even feels like they’re trying. Continue reading “TV REVIEW: The Mindy Project”