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Goodbye, Peter! Why we'll miss Adam Pally on 'The Mindy Project'

Just last week, I finally stopped crying over the cancellation of Happy Endings on ABC. And now this: Adam Pally is leaving Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project. This is like lemon juice on the paper cut, because Pally might be one of the best things to ever happen to television—ever (we all watched him guest host CBS’ The Late Late Show last week, right? PURE GOLD).

It’s not like Pally is leaving the show forever—he’ll still pop into the office when his schedule permits. And it’s not like Pally is leaving television forever, either: He has a two-year deal with ABC, so I can safely assume that he’ll be back on the small screen eventually—and hopefully sooner rather than later (one more plug for his Late Late Show gig).

This departure, though, still hurts a lot.

When Peter Prentice waltzed into Shulman & Associates, he was the exact opposite of Happy Ending’s Max Blum. He was also the exact opposite of everything Danny Castellano, too. (His name also appears to have come right out of the Aaron Sorkin Television Character Handbook—you know, the same one that gave us Sam Seaborn and MacKenzie McHale).

For two seasons, Peter has been the semisane foil for all of Morgan’s zany antics, but he sure added his own flair of insanity, too. When he first dropped off his resume, Peter also dropped off his Hippocratic broath (to live your life to the bro-est). He also immediately insulted Mindy. Now he’s barely even out the door, and I already miss him terribly.

Here are just a few reasons why:

He’s the biggest bro with the biggest heart.

Peter shows up to Mindy

Sure, he might have showed up talking all about drinking and girls, but there has always been a heart underneath that scruffy beard. When Mindy found herself dateless for an ex’s wedding, Peter—out of the goodness of his heart!—volunteered to go with her. Even better, the two of them had fun together. Peter credits his sweet dance moves to the fact that he’s been to “like, 15 proms” and has earned the nickname “Mr. Wedding.” We agree.

Okay, actually his relationship with Mindy is the best.

Peter Prentice only wants the best for Mindy

Not only is he a picture-worthy wedding date, but Peter also managed to help Mindy rid the Internet of her sex tape. He also always offered to help Mindy fend off that horny raccoon, and once punched guest star Max Greenfield in the face to defend Mindy’s honor. He’s a keeper no matter what he’s doing, even if he’s barely paying attention half the time. It’s still so rare for a show to introduce two characters who clearly have chemistry, but keep it strictly platonic chemistry. I just want to watch the two of them hang out more! Remember when Mindy took him to the USA Girl Café?

He’s the biggest bro with the biggest heart, part two.

Peter wears a tiara, and is really drunk

Peter happened to meet a lady, Lauren (Tracey Wigfield), and the two immediately hit it off. But then Lauren was like, “Ehhhhhh, maybe not so much.” So, Peter then had to prove to her that he was leading man material. He even bought her a tiara! If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Even though they broke up, it seems as they’re poised to run away together, which might be the perfect little ending to their perfect little relationship.

Peter has only ever spoken the truth.

Major eye-roll from Peter, re: Cliff

When we needed someone to make a comment about the strange things happening at Shulman & Associates, Peter was there for us. Now who’s going to offer up colorful commentary when the gang decides a breast exam bus is the best use of their time and money? The answer is NO ONE. No one else is going to find so much humor in a bus with their faces on it.

And there might never be a sexting duo like Peter and Morgan ever again.

Peter and Morgan celebrate a winky face text from Cliff

It was all for the greater good of Mindy, promise. But that’s what happens when you let your phone out of your sight, and two of your workplace associates take it into their hands to set you up. One highlight from their sexting escapade: “I’m back from the store and in the bathroom giving this loofah the workout of its life.” And when answering the question, What are you wearing? “A tasteful cardigan, corduroy slacks, and a breast cancer awareness pin.”

So goodbye, Peter. Don’t forget about us, and please come back real soon.

TeamPeter The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30C on Fox.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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