Mindy Kaling
Actress Mindy Kaling poses at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 12, 2015. Reuters/Danny Moloshok

The romantic-comedy genre has been tried and tested over the years, but “The Mindy Project” is doing its best to change the widely-accepted paradigm. The show’s season 5 premiere illustrated what a woman can opt to do in a love triangle situation that is more complicated than it is heartwarming.

Warning: Spoilers ahead

The season premiere of “The Mindy Project” has had Mindy Lahiri, played by Mindy Kaling, open her heart out to Beth Grant’s Beverly. Mindy talked about how she had to choose between the two men in her life, neither of whom was ideal. On one hand, there was Jody, played by Garret Dillahunt, who bought Mindy a new apartment but she felt no chemistry with. On the other hand was Chris Messina’s Danny, who slept with Mindy while still engaged to Sara, but was the father of her baby.

"I should be happy with whatever I can get," Mindy told Bev. "I mean, picking neither would be irresponsible."

Then Bev said something that Mindy admitted “never occurred” to her. “If neither one of these guys is right, wait for someone special to come along,” Bev told her. “Until then, get escorts. Or crank it."

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In the end, “The Mindy Project” provided a new answer to the love triangle equation. Aptly titled “Decision 2016,” the premiere episode had Mindy choose herself, which was refreshing yet delayed.

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And there are only more big reveals coming. In an interview with Mashable, Kaling admitted that her character’s choice was vital to the entire season’s story for all the characters involved.

“It’s not just Mindy deciding -- it’s not just her pick of these guys,” Kaling explained. “They are also self-realised characters too who don’t like to be chosen. They are not just going to sit there and be someone’s runners up. It’s surprising how the whole thing plays out in a gratifying way.”

“The Mindy Project” season 5 continues next Tuesday on US streaming site Hulu. It airs on Presto in Australia.