6 Reasons The Mindy Project’s Danny Castellano Is TV’s Best New Yorker

September 17, 2014 4:57 PM

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6 Reasons The Mindy Project’s Danny Castellano Is TV’s Best New Yorker

Thank you, Mindy Kaling, for the gift that is Danny Castellano. In an age where every New Yorker on TV is a hot-dog-eating cartoon — plastic housewives, greased-up sleazeballs, gum-snapping Mafia girlfriends — The Mindy Project’s Danny feels like a real person. A fast-talking, smooth-dancing, undershirt-wearing mama’s boy from Staten Island, he also happens to be played by Long Island’s own Chris Messina, who rocks perfect outer-borough pronunciation. This is rare. As Vulture’s resident Staten Island native (FYI, Port Dogkill is not a real place), I have taken it upon myself to applaud the Mindy writers for creating such an accurate portrayal of someone born and bred outside of Manhattan.

“Ma? Ma? Ma!”Danny has a very close relationship with his family. He practically raised his little brother (“Look at him, he's got the Castellano curse! He's got a perfect face.”), and every time he mentions his mother, you can just hear the admiration. He swats her away from attending an art exhibi...

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