Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Ben Rappaport, Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader, Pippa Black, Parvesh Cheena, Rebecca Hazlewood, Rizwan Manji, Sacha Dhawan
Running time: 471 minutes
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Release Date: 5 August 2013
This is the TV comedy series based on the 2006 movie of the same name and I found it a joy to watch.
Todd Dempsey (Ben Rappaport) works for Mid America Novelties and after returning to work after a training course to find that his entire department has been outsourced to India. To keep his job he has to move to India to run the department. Once in Mumbai he has to teach the people in the call centre the art of selling American novelties like fake vomit, talking toilet paper and other items that do not exist in their culture. While doing this he also has to get to grips with India culture himself but he does have help in the form of Charlie (Diedrich Bader), who runs the All American Hunter call centre, and Australian Tonya (Pippa Black) who runs a travel call centre.
While he and his eclectic team are trying to overcome their cultural differences his assistant Rajiv (Rizwan Manji) is constantly trying to sabotage his plans so that he can become manager.
Overall Outsourced is a joy to watch and is very funny. The cultural differences and the ignorance of Todd are humorous without being racist or offensive and shows the differences of both cultures and how they are all trying to adapt. With characters that all have their own unique talents like Madhuri (Anisha Nagarajan) a shy young woman who speaks in nothing but a whisper to Gupta (Parvesh Cheena) who is an annoying, talkative office pest there are laughs supplied by all.
I haven’t seen the film but this show is a must. The first episode I thought got off to a slow start (but then I find that with must TV sitcoms while they are introducing the characters) but the characters are all fun and you can’t help but liking them all.
Outsourced Season One is availble to buy on DVD from Amazon here.