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.
Just incredible fun. ItÂ´s a pity that an awesome show like that were cancelled for the wrong reasons. I can't understand why someone could say it's racist, is just inocent humor. Thanks God for the internet.
I was not expecting much from this show. I just started watching it on Hulu and boy has it surprised me. Now I am going to finish Season 1 in less than 4 days. I can't stop watching it. The characters are so likeable and yes, there are many many Indian and American cliches and jokes, but are they offensive? Only if you think saying "Oh God" or "Jesus Christ" is offensive to the Church. People need to know that some things and cultures that other countries have are funny to Americans, and many things Americans do are funny to people from other countries. Really? We celebrate Thanksgiving? We celebrate a day where the American Indians gave food and shelter to the Pilgrims only to have them slaughtered and have their land taken? Or how about that instead of using a Bidet, we smear poop on our butts with a piece a paper and call it a day? I mean sorry, but to other countries, this is funny. So if there is something funny about certain cultures, and it is displayed for viewing, lets view it as an education. It's a fun way to learn about many things in India and actually be sensitive to their cultures in real life. I mean the Rush Hour movies were not insulting to the Chinese was it? Was My Big Fat Greek Wedding insulting to Greeks? Was The Birdcage insulting to ****? How about Coming to America? Was that insulting to Africans? No, it's just comedy and satire people. Relax and enjoy the show.
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.
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.
I don't think it is racist. If someone thought it I think they didn't understand it.
They've used (very well) the cultural difference to create many funny situations. The characters Gupta and Charlie are the best of it. In reality I can't get enough of it!!
NBC tries some experimentation as they try to recreate an Independent comedrama from a couple years back. The original film was sweet and charming, but was not necessarily an extremely funny film. This series has the same premise of the film, being an American working with a group of telemarketing Indians, but the elements of the television show are totally opposing. There is a lack of charm in the television show, but it can be very funny. While the humor is something that you might be hesitant to laugh at, the show is entertaining. Even though Outsourced (The TV Show) has a lot of appeal to it, I think its touchy subject will affect the shows longevity. But while it is still on, I will be sure to check it out as soon as The Office ends.
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.