Why Mindy Kaling Doesn't Want Her Kids to Watch The Office

Mindy Kaling, who played Kelly Kapoor on all nine seasons of The Office, isn't planning on introducing her two young kids to the world of Dunder Mifflin anytime soon. Find out why.

By Daniel Trainor Dec 01, 2022 10:53 PMTags
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Mindy Kaling's kids won't be watching The Office—at least that's what she said. 

While the beloved sitcom marked Kaling's breakout role, as Dunder Mifflin customer service rep Kelly Kapoor, the actress, who also wrote for the series, isn't ready to show it to daughter Katherine, 4, or son Spencer, 2, anytime soon.

"That show is so inappropriate now," Kaling said on Good Morning America Dec. 1. "The writers who I'm still in touch with now, we always talk about how so much of that show we probably couldn't make now."

When asked when she thinks her might let her kids watch the show, she responded bluntly, "I kind of think maybe never."

Sorry kids, no Pretzel Day for you.

Kaling, whose television career has only blossomed since leaving Scranton behind—most recently as co-creator of Netflix's Never Have I Ever and HBO Max's The Sex Lives of College Girls—argued that the continued fandom surrounding The Office all has to do with a bit of comedic nostalgia.

"Tastes have changed and, honestly, what offends people has changed so much now," Kaling said about the show. "I think that actually is one of the reasons the show is popular, because people feel like there's something kind of fearless about it or taboo that it talks about on the show."

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While Kaling's kids won't be seeing any spilled chili in their near future, her former co-star John Krasinski, who played Jim Halpert, and his wife Emily Blunt have taken a different approach with The Office—because their kids have already seen it!

Blunt explained to E! News in November that their two daughters, Hazel, 8, and Violet, 6, have "seen some of The Office, which they liked a lot."

Maybe just give it a few more years, Mindy.

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All nine seasons of The Office are available to stream on Peacock.

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