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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 2010
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 93 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on the movie of the same name, the sitcom sees Todd (Ben Rappaport) sent to India to oversee his company's new call center.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Health & Lifestyle, Business
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 10 out of 23
  1. Outsourced seems to me the most deftly realized sitcom of the new season. It is no closer to reality than any of its Thursday night neighbors ( Ken Kwapis, of "The Office" and other good things, developed it and directed the pilot), but it has a top-flight cast, characters who show you who they are rather than telling you, smart writing, sure rhythms and a cheerful attitude.
  2. Reviewed by: Erik Pedersen
    80
    NBC is plunging headlong into an abyss of risk-reward with the single-camera, laugh-track-free Outsourced. It's still hard to believe that the network took the chance on it; the public should do the same.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Fortunately, Rappaport is a fairly effective Everyman, and the wince-inducing aspects of the premise quickly fade into standard workplace comedy deriving a twist from its location.
  4. Not offensive. Just not particularly fresh or compelling. Long-term, "Outsourced" may want to become an Indian cousin of "Community," with diverse off-center people whose eccentricities fuel jokes. That's fine. The question may be whether, in carefully omitting most things that could offend, the show has enough left to endure.
  5. 38
    Outsourced really needs to move beyond this sort of broad stupidity because its cast, notably Sacha Dhawan, is actually quite good. [27 Sep 2010, p.56]
  6. The show treats this central culture clash with a great deal of tentativeness, a quality that never makes for good comedy, yet despite its scaredy-cat caution, Outsourced still manages to be vaguely insulting and condescending.
  7. 10
    In under 10 minutes, Outsourced manages to hit numerous offensive Indian stereotypes, borders on being racist, and not remotely funny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 42
  2. Negative: 6 out of 42
  1. Aug 26, 2011
    10
    The first India culture based sitcom so far for me... The characters: very funny, with some remarkable hits on laughmeter... The general plot and dialogs: well constructed, funny and very human.

    Its very funny for me, and despite all the bad critics here and there, i liked it a lot. Aside to entertain me, it did a great deal on make me closer to the indian culture, that I think that is amazing.

    Can´t understand why Chuck and not this one goes to a second season....
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  2. Oct 8, 2010
    10
    I didn't know what to expect when I started watching the show, but what I got was awesome. I thought it was funny and i couldn't wait to watch next week. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2011
    10
    I can't get enough of this show. Seriously, I can't get enough of this show. To reiterate, I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THIS SHOW. Everyone in my office talk about it. My roommates all watch it. EVERYONE EVERYWHERE watches it. To the pro critics that gave this show poor reviews: I'm sorry that the ending of Lost was disappointing and Heroes sucks now, but you don't need to take it out by giving bogus poor reviews to an AWESOME show. To the amateur "user critics" that give this show poor reviews: I bet my TiVo that you don't even own a television.

    I LOVE THIS SHOW.
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  4. Jun 22, 2011
    9
    I love this show. The characters are incredibly well done and the atmosphere of the show is captivating.
    The only downside is that the
    episodes are only 20 minutes; I want more! Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2010
    7
    Once the show gets going it turns into a really funny show that fits right in with Community and 30 Rock. The jokes are funny and the cast is lovable. Outsourced is with out a doubt the best new sitcom this fall. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2010
    5
    The first episode was not exactly pants-splittingly funny and Indian (and American) stereotypes were bordering on insultingly lazy, but the cast is likable and when the writers get the holy cows and the arranged marriages out of the way, it might be a low-caste-man's "Parks and Recreation". Or it can become a prolonged insult to India (and America). Let's hope for the former. Expand
  7. Sep 30, 2010
    0
    This show is God-awful. I hated it. It wasn't funny AT ALL. I didn't laugh once. It's just stupid and racist. It was just about picking out the easiest things about Indian culture to make fun of. So stupid. I want Parks and Rec back. Expand

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