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TV Review: Outsourced

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:21 AM by Golden Knight   [ updated Mar 29, 2011, 2:31 PM ]

Posted in Television

By Julian Vischer and Tim Nguyen


Photo Courtesy: NBC/Universal

Outsourced is the most recent sitcom added to the NBC “Comedy Thursday” line-up. It’s a show about an American employee of a novelties company who must move to Mumbai, India to keep his position. The premise is that he must work with his Indian employees and explain to them the American culture while trying to understand the Indian culture himself. 

The show stars Ben Rappaport as Todd Dempsey, the Kansas-born native who must transfer to India to be the head of a company called Mid America Novelties. Second in command is Rajiv Gidwani, played by Rizwan Manji, who is sarcastic, stern, and always looking to get Todd’s job as manager. Todd has some very unusual employees. Take Manmeet, for example, played by Sacha Dhawan, a master flirter on the phone but a goofball when he meets women in person. Gupta, played by Parvesh Cheena, can never stop talking, but does have a sensitive side. Asha, played by Rebecca Hazlewood, is Todd’s love interest. Todd actively tries to pursue her but is hindered by her arranged marriage ideals. Todd finds familiarity in Charlie, another American manager who had to be transferred.

TN: Already into its sixth episode, I have grown to enjoy this series. It has quite a charm to it. It is not one of those slapstick or random sitcoms like The Office or 30 Rock. It ran a little slow at the beginning, but it is starting to build up. It has its quirks and moments. Ben Rappaport plays the charming manager well, and his relationship with Asha is beginning to grow. The story for Outsourced has started off slowly, but it could definitely end with a bang. B

JV: I can’t stand Outsourced. Every joke is based around the fact that Indian culture is different from American culture. Seriously, how many times do we need to hear Todd Dempsey say “Oh my God…” to which Gupta replies “Which one?” The jokes get old fast and I am ashamed to see that people would rather watch this trash than NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which it replaced. My Thursday night line-up used to be perfect with Community, 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and finally a recorded episode of South Park from the night before. Outsourced is quickly turning from a minor annoyance to an obnoxious stain on the formerly pristine shirt of television. NBC, I am disappointed. D-