Outsourced: Season 1 (2010 - 2011)


Season 1
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This culture-clash sitcom is too mired in unfunny jokes and stereotypical characters to provide much insight into the global marketplace.

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Critic Ratings: 32

68%

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User Ratings: 22

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Air date: Sep 23, 2010

American Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport) moves to India to head up a call center for a novelties company in the premiere of this comedy series. After meeting his eccentric employees, Todd realizes he has to teach them about American culture in order to help them sell the humorous products from the company's catalog.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2010

After completing employee evaluations, Todd receives orders to fire someone on his staff. Reluctant to follow through, Todd comes up with a strategy to save his employee's job.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2010

Todd sets up a double date after discovering that Charlie has a crush on Tonya. The night hits a snag, however, when an unexpected guest joins their dinner. Elsewhere, Madhuri strikes up an unusual partnership with a coworker.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2010

Rajiv creates a fake holiday to get Todd out of the office; the A-Team employees start harassing Manmeet, Gupta and Madhuri.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2010

A shipment of risqué novelties causes tension in the office, so Todd looks into arranging a sexual-harassment seminar. But before he can set something up, he learns that someone has already filed a complaint.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2010

Todd throws a costume party at the office as part of his attempt to explain Halloween to his coworkers. He also views the party as a good opportunity to get to know Asha, but his strategy hits a snag after Tonya unexpectedly makes a play for him.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2010

Todd tries to make himself a viable suitor for Asha, who's inching closer to an arranged marriage. When Madhuri discovers Todd's intentions, she comes up with a plan for him to surprise Asha. Elsewhere, Gupta tries to kick a bad habit with help from Rajiv.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2010

Todd is forced to keep the office open during Diwali, an important holiday in India, angering his staffers. Elsewhere, Tonya tries to take Todd's mind off of Asha.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2010

Todd aims for impressive sales on Black Friday and puts the pressure on his employees, but a power outage thwarts his efforts. Elsewhere, Charlie challenges Manmeet and Gupta to a game of laser tag after being defeated in an Indian version of billiards.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2010

Todd contends with a bout of food poisoning after eating bad street food. But he refuses to let the illness interfere with his plans to watch an NFL game, which he hopes will help ease his homesickness. While Todd's under the weather, Rajiv steps in to manage the office and takes full advantage of his new authority.

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Tv Season Info

An American manager at a novelties company heads up a call center that's been relocated to India in this comedy series. In the show's only season, first-time manager Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport) takes steps to adapt to his new home and workplace, while his employees learn about American culture through the products they're selling. Situations include a sexual-harassment complaint due to a shipment of risqué novelties; interactions between Todd and Asha (Rebecca Hazlewood), an employee facing an arranged marriage; and Todd's decision to keep the office open during an important Indian holiday.

Cast & Crew

Ben Rappaport
Todd Dempsy
Diedrich Bader
Charlie Davies
Rizwan Manji
Rajiv Gidwani
Sacha Dhawan
Manmeet
Matt Walsh
Robert Borden
Executive Producer
Ken Kwapis
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Outsourced Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (23)

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.

Sep 10, 2020 | Full Review…

It's mesmerizing in an utter-trainwreck sort of way. There's not one thing about it that works, and yet, there it is, chugging along, with so many people involved in keeping it moving in the hopes that eventually something will spark.

Sep 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The sitcom is dreadful, and at times, borderline racist. All of that aside, I cannot imagine a world where the premise sustains itself for more than one season.

Sep 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Not offensive. Just not particularly fresh or compelling.

Oct 1, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Though American tastes are mocked here, too, laughing at your own group doesn't necessarily excuse laughing at others.

Oct 1, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…

It's just a little novelty.

Oct 1, 2010 | Full Review…

Outsourced is consistently funny, and I cannot thank the writers of the show enough for this. I find that when I watch comedies that they tend to be hit or miss, but Outsourced, even in the weaker episodes, is still fun to watch.

Sep 10, 2020 | Full Review…

There's no laugh track here, which is either a blessing or proof that an automated tape can commit suicide.

Sep 10, 2020 | Full Review…

While crafting a comedy series that makes light of these crippling elements of our economic downturn would be warmly welcomed, it would be nice if that series actually turned out to be funny.

Sep 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There is social commentary embedded in the clunky dialogue, but it is conveyed so shakily, its effect is entirely lost.

Sep 23, 2010 | Rating: 1/10 | Full Review…

The culture-clash premise drowns in a sewer of offensive caricatures and lame jokes.

Oct 1, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Outsourced: Season 1

  • Jan 12, 2020
    what the hell 20% by critics!well its a great show really wanted to see next season but it cant happen!Awesome use of bollywood music and humor and characterisation was good overall a great show!
  • Apr 22, 2017
    Hilarious -- loved it!
  • Jan 12, 2014
    I honestly blindly love this show. Gupta is hilarious!
  • Jan 02, 2014
    This is the worst TV series I have watched in recent times depicting the same (mostly inaccurate) Indian stereotypes - also all (or most) of the actors playing Indians were actually born and brought up in the US and as such had to fake the accent, giving it a more artificial 'Appu' like quality. Thank goodness the execs at NBC had good sense to cancel this non-sense of a show. The makers of this show could have taken a cue from "Mumbai Calling" starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, which was similarly themed, but very well made.

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