Outsourced

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Workplace sitcom mines laughs from cross-cultural gaffes.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

There's some stereotyping for comedic purposes, but the series generally promotes curiosity and understanding of different cultures through teamwork. Characters of both cultures make -- and learn from -- their mistakes. The series subtly comments on consumer culture in America, but it doesn't necessarily promote it. Characters are salespeople who try to convince customers that they should buy things that they don't really need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Todd makes a sincere effort to learn more about Indian culture, rather than isolate himself with other "white people." The Indians he works with run the gamut, but most are professional, welcoming and willing to make adjustments in they way they do business. They aren't unfairly painted as people who "steal" Americans' jobs.

Violence
Sex

Some sexual innuendo -- like trying to explain the concept of mistletoe and the point of a mistletoe belt buckle, or the presence of a blow-up doll at a bachelor party.

Language

Infrequent use of words like "ass" and "crap."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this workplace sitcom is set in India and derives most of its jokes from cultural clashes and misunderstandings. There's some mild stereotyping for comedic purposes, but nothing that's truly offensive. There's also some low-level cursing in the form of "ass" and "crap," some sexual innuendo, and a bit of consumerism -- although the show generally pokes fun at Americans' urge to buy things they don't need.

User Reviews

Adult Written byshan83 February 11, 2011
This a guilty pleasure to watch before bed mostly for adults and teenagers. I rate it 4 stars with the age viewing as 16 and over since there are mild sex and b... Continue reading
Adult Written bytennisdude November 24, 2010

Perfect for people over 15

It is a good show, but it gets not age appropiate when it shows sex seens.
Teen, 13 years old Written byI izz awsom February 12, 2011

More for people in middle-school and up

I loveeeeeee this show it makes me die of laughter everytime i watch it especially cuz my parents are from India!!!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written bylifeofresh April 15, 2011

Funny show with some questionable scripts and scenes.

This show is funny and amazing but i have to disagree with its low level cursing and etc. There are frequent uses of the "B" word and much more. Sex:... Continue reading

What's the story?

When call center manager Todd Dempsey (Ben Rappaport) shows up for work on his first day after management training, he finds out that his entire department has been OUTSOURCED to India, a move that will save the Mid America Novelties company a fortune. Now, the only way Todd can keep his job is if he agrees to move overseas to manage the company's newly acquired Indian sales team, a motley crew that includes eager-to-please ladies' man Manmeet (Sacha Dhawan), brainy beauty Asha (Rebecca Hazlewood), and managerial rival Rajiv (Rizwan Manji).

Is it any good?

Most people probably missed the quirky 2006 indie film that inspired this fish-out-of-water workplace sitcom, but the TV version generally improves upon the original by making some minor adjustments to the plot -- including the addition of a few new characters -- and generating a lot more laughs. Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show) gets some of the best one-liners as a transplanted American who prefers to stay isolated rather than assimilate, importing his own supply of PB&J, Cheetos, and Ding Dongs to avoid eating Indian food. But so does Parvesh Cheena, who proves to be a charming scene stealer as the socially awkward Gupta.

In an era of economic uncertainty, real-life outsourcing is an undeniably timely topic ... although Americans who've seen their own jobs shipped overseas might not be in the mood to laugh about it. Still, the series has proven its worth as a lighthearted means to common ground through comedy and clever satire, without resorting to one-dimensional and predictable cultural stereotypes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotyping on television. Is Outsourced breaking barriers for actors of Indian descent, or is it reinforcing negative stereotypes? How are Indian characters portrayed on this show?

  • What's the show's take on consumerism? Is the portrayal of Americans' need to buy things they don't need accurate?

  • Has your family been affected by a corporation's decision to outsource jobs to another country? Did that negatively impact your views of service workers overseas?

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For kids who love comedy

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