Outsourced (TV series)

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Genre Comedy
Developed by Robert Borden
Starring Ben Rappaport
Anisha Nagarajan
Diedrich Bader
Parvesh Cheena
Pippa Black
Rebecca Hazlewood
Rizwan Manji
Sacha Dhawan
Theme music composer Michael A. Levine
Composer(s) Transcenders
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ken Kwapis
Robert Borden
Victor Nelli Jr.
Tom Gorai
David Skinner
Producer(s) James Simons
Jim Ellis
Patrick Walsh
Sonny Lee
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 21–23 minutes
Production company(s) In Cahoots Productions
Universal Media Studios
Open 4 Business Productions
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original channel NBC
Original run September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23) – May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12)
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Outsourced is an American television sitcom set in an Indian workplace. It is based on the John Jeffcoat film of the same name and adapted by Robert Borden of George Lopez and Universal Media Studios for NBC. The series originally ran from September 23, 2010 to May 12, 2011.[1] The show was officially picked up by NBC on May 7, 2010[2] and on October 18, 2010, the show received a full season order.[3] Outsourced was filmed at Radford Studios in Studio City, Los Angeles, California.[4]

When the renewal of the show was not announced with renewal of other NBC shows, the cast and crew started a campaign for fans of the show to request its renewal.[5] On May 13, 2011, NBC announced that Outsourced was cancelled after one season.[6]

Outsourced is set in a call center in Mumbai, India, where an American novelties company has recently outsourced its order processing. A lone American manages the call center and must explain American popular culture to his employees as he tries to understand Indian culture.

Cast and characters[edit]

The show focuses on Todd Dempsy and a number of his employees working for the Mid America Novelties call center, along with other call center managers in the same building.


The show received mixed reviews, reaching a 46 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic.[7] Joel Keller of TV Squad in a review of the pilot episode stated, "As long as the show can examine the cultural divide, show how all offices are the same no matter where they are, and stay away from the easy jokes, NBC could have another Thursday comedy hit."[8] Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times stated "The fact that it's neither embarrassing nor deeply offensive—once it gets rolling, the show is actually quite charming—is a credit to the cast and the writers."[9] Critics such as blogger Mikey O'Connell have accused Outsourced of being racist.[10] Matt Rouse of TV Guide wrote, "The culture clash premise drowns in a sewer of caricatures and lame jokes".[11]


Season Episodes Timeslot Original airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Season premiere Season finale TV season
1 22 Thursday 9:30 pm (2010)
Thursday 10:30 pm (2011)
September 23, 2010 May 12, 2011[12] 2010–2011 #108[13] 5.2[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for Outsourced
Year Presenter Award Result
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Comedy Nominated
2011 NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance - Comedy for Anisha Nagarajan Nominated
2011 NAMIC Vision Awards Comedy Nominated

International broadcasts[edit]

Outsourced was picked up in Canada, for broadcast on Global at the same time as the American broadcast.[14]

Outsourced is being broadcast in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and Hong Kong on Universal.[citation needed]

  • In Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, Outsourced is being broadcast on Comedy Central.
  • In Australia, Outsourced is being broadcast on Seven Network.
  • In Fiji, Outsourced is being broadcast on FBC TV
  • In Brazil, Outsourced is being broadcast on Rede Record, premiered on November 5, 2011, with the title Aprontando na Índia. It is also being broadcast on TBS.[15]
  • In New Zealand, Outsourced is being broadcast on FOUR.[16]
  • In the Philippines, Outsourced is being broadcast on 2nd Avenue.
  • In Norway, Outsourced is being broadcast on MAX.
  • In South Africa, Outsourced is being broadcast on SABC 3.
  • In Mexico, Outsourced is being broadcast on Warner Channel.
  • In Sweden, Outsourced is being broadcast on TV3[17] and TV6.[18]
  • In Denmark, Outsourced is being broadcast on TV3+.
  • In Poland, Outsourced (Dostawa na telefon) is being broadcast on Comedy Central Poland.[19]
  • In the Middle East, Outsourced is being broadcast on OSN COMEDY.
  • In Latin America, Outsourced is being broadcast on Warner Channel
  • In Malaysia, Outsourced is being broadcast on RTM's channel tv2.
  • In Italy, Outsourced is being broadcast on Mediaset Premium channel Joi.
  • In the Czech Republic, Outsourced is being broadcast on Prima Cool with title Haló, tady Indie.
  • In Iceland, Outsourced is being broadcast on SkjárEinn.
  • In Singapore, Outsourced is being broadcast on MediaCorp Channel 5.
  • In Hungary, Outsourced is being broadcast on Comedy Central.
  • In Greece, Outsourced is being broadcast on Star Channel.
  • In the Netherlands, "Outsourced" is being broadcast on RTL 5.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gorman, Bill (July 15, 2010). "NBC Announces Series Premiere Dates For Fall 2010 Schedule". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (May 7, 2010). "NBC Picks-Up Three Scripted Series: 'Love Bites,' 'Outsourced' and 'The Event'". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ Seidman, Robert (18 October 2010). "NBC Orders Full Seasons of ‘The Event,’ ‘Outsourced’ and ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "'Outsourced' Brings Jobs to Studio City". Studio City Patch. 
  5. ^ "NBC TV fans, artists launch ‘save outsourced' campaign". The Times Of India. 2011-05-09. 
  6. ^ Rice, Lynette (May 13, 2011). "NBC cancels 'The Event' and 'Law & Order: L.A.'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Outsourced – Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  8. ^ Keller, Joel (July 6, 2010). "Pilot Watch: 'Outsourced'". TV Squad. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  9. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (22 September 2010). "At Call Center, Cultural Clash in Reverse". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (29 September 2010). "US Sitcom about Indian outsourcing is racist". The Independent (London). 
  11. ^ TV Guide September 13-19, 2010 pg. 50. 
  12. ^ Seidman, Robert (2011-03-08). "NBC Announces Season Finales for Spring 2011 + ’30 Rock’ 100th Episode on April 21". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  13. ^ a b http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/06/01/2010-11-season-broadcast-primetime-show-viewership-averages/94407/
  14. ^ "Global Fall Preview". Globaltv.com. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  15. ^ "Aprontando na Índia - TBS muitodivertido". TBS. TBS. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Outsourced". FOUR. Auckland, New Zealand: FOUR. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "New Comedy series on TV3 Sweden". tv3.se. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  18. ^ "Outsourced on TV6 Sweden". tv6.se. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  19. ^ "Nowe seriale w Comedy Central". media2.pl. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 

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