• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 2010
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic 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. The fact that it's neither embarrassing nor deeply offensive--once it gets rolling, the show is actually quite charming--is a credit to the cast and the writers.
  3. 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.
  4. Careful viewing reveals that American customs bear the brunt of most of the gentle humor of this series that should fit seamlessly into NBC's goofballs-at-the-office (or in-the-classroom) Thursday-night sitcom block.
  5. 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.
  6. 63
    Maybe the cast of this sitcom will come together with some "Community"-level chemistry. Right now, it's just awkward and borderline offensive.
  7. 63
    While it's possible that the staff is the butt of a few too many of the jokes, the pilot is good-natured enough to stay on this side of the offensive line. That line, however, could easily fray - as could our patience if Outsourced devolves into a two-joke show: silly Indians who don't understand our silly customs. For now, mark it down as a show worth watching. Only time will tell if it's worth the trouble.
  8. 60
    It's just a little novelty, much like the plastic body fluids its characters are selling.
  9. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    50
    Though American tastes are mocked here, too, laughing at your own group doesn't necessarily excuse laughing at others.
  10. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    42
    One day it might evolve into a sharp, irreverent satire about consumerism and prejudice that isn't demeaning and doesn't punt to cheap jokes about Indian names, Indian accents, and Indian food. Call us when it gets there.
  11. The humor is crude and risque and often at the expense of Indian culture. I could have lived without the defecation jokes. To be fair, the writers don't give America a pass.
  12. 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.
  13. Call me culturally insensitive, but I wasn't nearly as offended by the stereotyping in Outsourced--which is based on a movie of the same name that I've never seen--as I was by the fact that most of the resulting jokes were so lame.
  14. 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]
  15. As you might expect, the results are pretty offensive, but not even for their obvious racial and cultural ignorance. It's the laziness with which every element of this show was assembled that makes Outsourced such an annoying blister of a television series.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    30
    [A] cheap, lazy, unfunny mess. Just depressing. Nothing to see here--and hopefully not for long.
  18. 30
    Ken Kwapis, who developed Outsourced for TV, had nothing to do with the movie. And in his hands, the film's charm has curdled into caricature. All the Indians are dysfunctional weirdos, incapable of even simple social interactions.
  19. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    30
    There is no reason Outsourced needs to be bad. Outsourced, however, is bad. It is full of jokes about sacred cows and funny names and how funny certain American things sound when you say them in an Indian accent.
  20. Did you [NBC] get the memo about making fun of other cultures to the point where you bump up against the racism thing? Apparently not. India is a big country. Laughing at their cows and curry--it makes you look as if you've never traveled. (Additional note: Making fun of people is easy and cheap. Write that down.)
  21. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    20
    This is the central duality of the show: half fish-out-of-water tale about Todd, half underdogs-come-from-behind-to-triumph story about his staff. The problem is that neither plot has a sound foundation. For the first, it's hard to identify with Todd because he's not very likable.
  22. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    20
    The culture-clash premise drowns in a sewer of offensive caricatures and lame jokes.
  23. 10
    In under 10 minutes, Outsourced manages to hit numerous offensive Indian stereotypes, borders on being racist, and not remotely funny.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. 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 myI 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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  2. Oct 21, 2010
    9
    With all the mediocre critic reviews, I wasn't expecting a lot from Outsourced. For a first season, it's blown me away with its character andWith all the mediocre critic reviews, I wasn't expecting a lot from Outsourced. For a first season, it's blown me away with its character and laughs. Ignore the reviews that say it's being racist because almost all Indian jokes are actually poking fun at the ignorance of the non-Indian characters and elevating different ideas in Indian culture. I'd like to see Rappaport and the girl who plays Asha to step up their game because the supporting cast is really carrying the show at the moment. If you like the Office, you'll love Outsourced. Full Review »
  3. Oct 2, 2010
    10
    The best part of this show is how it reveals how oversensitive some critics are to racism. This show is not racist, nor borderline racist. ItThe best part of this show is how it reveals how oversensitive some critics are to racism. This show is not racist, nor borderline racist. It makes fun of stereotypes, sure, but stereotypical portrayal of cultures does not make a show racist. Full Review »