NBC’s new Thursday evening comedy series, “Outsourced,” has been edited for Hollywood, but it’s charming, farcical and at least spares the viewer the horrible canned laughter of the evening soap operas.
Unemployed American Twentysomething (a throwback to the “Ugly American” dumb idiot of the 1950’s and 1960’s) finds employment in India as call center “manager.” The cast of characters includes an obsequious and overambitious Rajiv, an alienated American managing another call center, a drop-dead gorgeous fun-loving Aussie chick (of mysterious background) managing a third call center, a silent Sikh skilled in the art of the walk-out political protest, a lower caste pariah likely to blossom during the course of the season and other stereotypes reminiscent of “The Office.”In fact, it’s “Outsourced Office,” with cultural training that highlights the worst of both American and Indian stereotypes. But it’s cute, contains enough truth to be half-credible, and is an introduction to the real India. Of course, we have to suspend reality, by ignoring the 10 ½ (to 13 ½) hour time zone differences and assuming phone calls during the day in India are coming from some place in America during some daylight hours.
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