I don’t have much to say, and this will be more of my thoughts on The Mindy Project‘s first season than the finale, but I felt as though I had to write something. The Mindy Project truly trudged into my life as the dark horse — even if it’s just a little something. Mindy sort of grew on me in a way that I certainly did not expect. I had watched the pilot episode, and a few here and there (the club episode was quite good early on), but I never really watched week after week until halfway into the season, after the retooling.

And what a retooling. Somehow, Mindy and Co. had done it. And little by little, I found myself looking forward to Mindy episodes a lot more than New Girl episodes. Even during tonight’s finale episodes, I sort-of watched New Girl with my laptop open, surfing and editing recaps to publish. When Mindy came on, I closed my laptop and seated myself up to give it my full attention. I can’t be the only one who has had this happen. And I’m not saying this in a way to suggest how could this happen? Mindy!? I like Mindy MORE? I never loved New Girl immensely anyway, but also: Mindy Project is hella funny, y’all. That’s really all there is to it. It’s fantastically hilarious. And it’s sense of humor is a great blend of the post-30 Rock generation of sitcoms coalesced with its natural voice.

Recently, there’s been a discussion about sitcoms and whether or not they’re just joke-machines or if they could work as actual storytelling tools. In my view, sense of humor changes and adapts as newer generations are born. It happens with taste in music. I don’t see why no one has really thought about it that way for humor, as well. And we are living in a 30 Rock world. The just-canceled Happy Endings can attest to it. New Girl sometimes borrows that same humor. Go On was just as zany. It’s now acceptable to write comedy this way. And I may be in the minority, but I’m all for it. When it works like it does on Mindy, I even cheer it on.

But it’s not just its humor; it’s also made me care about its characters too, and their relationships with each other (in such a short period of time, to boot). Mindy, specifically, has fantastic chemistry with all of her suitors. When it comes to guest-star Anders Holm, the situation is no different. Tonight, I was even a bit saddened that their relationship ended. Thank goodness, it didn’t. Holm is absolutely a fantastic fit on the show.

I still think the series is a bit crowded in terms of cast, and it can certainly cut some people out, but it utilizes the right people perfectly. And I’m glad I have another, of extremely few, comedy that consistently makes me laugh. Thanks, The Mindy Project. See you in the fall!

Michael loves TV. You can find him at home, where he spends all of his time watching TV with his best friends couch and cable access.