The Problem with Apu


The Problem with Apu

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In The Problem With Apu, South Asian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his long-standing "nemesis" Apu Nahasapeemapetilon--better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Creator and star Kondabolu discusses how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist--intact--nearly three decades later. Featuring interviews with Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minhaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aparna Nancherla and more, the hour-long documentary premieres Sunday, November 19 at 10PM ET/PT on truTV.


Critic Reviews for The Problem with Apu

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

  • The Problem with Apu ... welcomes viewers into the conversation by gently weaving the narrative between Springfield and the real world.

    Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The Problem With Apu, is drowned out by frustration that he can't land an interview with the character's voice actor, Hank Azaria.

    Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A congenial and persuasive argument for why Apu must go.

    Nov 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Verne Gay

    Top Critic
  • Kondabolu and friends wonder what can be done about Apu now and there's nobody around to make it into a real conversation. Still, there's great virtue in getting that conversation started and, in under an hour, The Problem with Apu does that well.

    Nov 19, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The Problem with Apu often unfolds like a movie-length Daily Show segment -- and that's a compliment -- deftly outlining the stereotypes South Asian people still struggle with in media depictions.

    Nov 19, 2017 | Full Review…

    Eric Deggans

    Top Critic
  • Kondabolu argues that with so few media depictions of characters of Indian descent, just one can disproportionately shape how an entire culture is seen by American viewers.

    Nov 17, 2017 | Full Review…

    Bill Keveney

    USA Today
    Top Critic

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