Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 10:30 PM Sep 23, 2010 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Manager Todd Dempsy returns to work after a training, he gets to an empty office and he learns that the Mid American Novelties call center has been outsourced to India. To keep his job, Todd has to relocate to India to run the call center there. He meets his new group of Indian employees and soon realizes that he has to teach them to understand America and her people. He also meets other foreigners working in his office building including Charlie Davies, who runs the All American Hunter call center and Tonya, an Australian who runs the call center for Koala Air.moreless

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  • Ugh....

    It seems that people are reluctant in reviewing this show, which is quite understandable. Who would really want to devote 100 words talking about a show like Outsourced? The first words that come to mind with this show is plain. Everything about it is so unoriginal in every sense of the word. From the humor to the main character, nothing is memorable. The humor is along the lines of this: at one point a slightly overweight man performs his rendition of "Don't You Wish You're Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me..." while dancing ridiculously....like we've never seen that before. Even the main character is beyond white bread. He looks like any guy you'd see walking around. There's nothing interesting looking to him, and his mannerisms seem like just about every 25 year old American guy. The jokes range from harmless to mildly insensitive, to which I laughed at maybe once or twice the entire episode. Don't bother with Outsourced, but if it's your type of show...cherish every episode....there won't likely be too many left.moreless
  • Not a good show.

    Count me out on this show. I'm only reviewing it to let people know that it's truly not worth watching. When you compare this show with the three shows preceeding it (Community, 30 Rock and The Office), it's easy to see why some people might feel inclined to check it out. But it lacks any of the humor, heart or cleverness of the aforementioned shows. Instead, it's tasteless, offensive jokes. The only reason I didn't rate it lower is because there were times when I felt inclined to laugh. Not every member of the cast is bad, and there was maybe one or two good lines, but the rest of the time, it felt as if the show was trying its hardest to insult Indian culture.

    The basic premise is that the protagonist, named Todd or something, gets sent to India to run a call center. He meets a group of men and women who fit all the usual Indian stereotypes and know nothing about American culture. It's up to him to flush out their normal ways and acclimate them to the American way. And along the way, we meet men like Gupta, who talks to everyone about everything, and Manmeet.. who, well, has an interesting name and seems to like women a lot.

    The show is an absolute disaster. I would say there was so much potential to this show, to be a better show, but that's not true. From the moment I heard the premise, my expectations were low, and it turns out even those low expectations were too high. The one saving grace of the show may be Diedrich Bader, who is the only other American in the call center and seems to have a lazy, jaded type of personality going on and it works better than anything else in the show.

    Everything else is awful. I laughed, shamefully, and reminded myself to leave this show off of my schedule next week.moreless
  • The show has potential but it's like finding a needle in a haystack.

    Overall the show does have an interesting premise. Sadly the Hindi characters come of as nothing more than cheap stereotypes and the jokes are pretty much unfunny. There were a few chuckles but I think this is my least favorite new show of the season. Dedric Bader steals the show which is sad considering he's only in it for about 5 minutes total. I can't see this show lasting very long unless there's a huge shift in storytelling. I'll give it one more chance so it can get all the set up and character introductions out of the way but overall I'm not expecting to watch this for long.moreless
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Sid Veda

CS Worker #8

Guest Star

Steve Seagren

Steve Seagren

American Caller

Guest Star

Nick Kowalczyk

Nick Kowalczyk

Madhuri's Caller

Guest Star

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh

Jerry Stern

Recurring Role

Guru Singh

Guru Singh


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Todd: (observing the traffic while being driven to work) Oh man, this is insane! It's like, it's like Frogger but, but with real people.

    • Todd: Why does yours say Manager too?
      Rajiv: Oh, I'm simply planning ahead. You see, after your return to America, I will become Manager of the call center. I thought to myself, why print a name tag that says Assistant Manager when it is only a matter of time before you triumph here and make a glorious homecoming.
      Todd: Oh wow, so you've, you've got it all figured out, huh?
      Rajiv: After I become Manager, my salary will increase enough so that I will be able to move out of my parents' apartment and finally marry Vimi. It seems our fates are tied, sir. Your triumphs are my triumphs. Your victories are my victories. We need a victory!

    • Manmeet: Why do Americans need these things?
      Todd: Ah, they don't.
      Asha: Then what is the purpose?
      Todd: There is no purpose. In America, you can do whatever you want. You can be the President, or a scientist, or you can even invent novelties like (holds up novelty item)
      Manmeet: (laughs) What is that man?
      Todd: This? This is exactly what I'm talking about. See, maybe no one needs this, but in America no one can stop you from making it. This is the definition of freedom.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Todd: Oh man, this is insane! It's like, it's like Frogger but, but with real people.

      Todd is referring to Frogger, an arcade game first introduced in 1981. The game is considered a c from the golden age of video arcade games.