Then, as it shifted a bit in tone and casting -- more on the guys, less on the work -- many of those folks switched sides. Either way, it is one of the more mercurial shows on TV, at least in terms of audience and critical reaction, with people expressing extreme admiration or disappointment, often on alternate weeks.
TV critic Mary McNamara and TV reporter Yvonne Villarreal talk about why this is and what it means for Kaling, for comedy and, possibly, even the fate of the world.
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