You’ve seen the beginning to this film before — a father, struggling to care for his wife and newborn child, loses his job and faces eviction. Nothing about the exposition is out of the ordinary, except for how quickly it is shoved out of the way to allow for something fresh to take its place.
Every sitcom has a flirtatious male, a primary couple and characters in messy situations with fantastic apartments. Writers rarely get around these staples, and for good reason. But “The Mindy Project” and “New Girl,” which run back to back on Fox, take the same tropes in entirely different directions.