A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Infrequent use of words like "ass" and "crap."
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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.
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.
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