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Based on [[Film/{{Outsourced}} the 2006 independent film of the same name]], ''Outsourced'' was a short-lived Creator/{{NBC}} WorkCom about an American heading up a [[OperatorFromIndia call center in India]]. Its one and only season can be [[http://www.hulu.com/outsourced seen in its entirety]] on {{Hulu}}.

'''The major characters are:'''

* Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport) - TheEveryman and a FishOutOfWater, like his filmic counterpart, though with some more DeadpanSnarker leanings added. He's also a bit too fond of the IdiotBall. Younger than the movie character, who was approaching middle age and had been a manager for some time. In contrast, the TV version is still fairly fresh out of college and had only just finished management training before the pilot.
* Rajiv Gidwani (Rizwan Manji) - Todd's two-faced assistant manager, who would [[EvilChancellor like to displace him and run the call center himself as a whip-cracking dictator]]. His filmic counterpart was named Puro and was a perfectly friendly NumberTwo character, although the less sympathetic TV version is still given occasional PetTheDog moments.
* Manmeet (Sacha Dhawan) - TheCasanova[=/=]CasanovaWannabe type character, who was a LivingProp in the movie. Todd's [[TheLancer Lancer]], more or less, largely taking over the role which Puro had in the original movie.
* Asha (Rebecca Hazlewood) - Todd's love interest in the movie, she has {{UST}} with him on the show, but it was, of course, never fully resolved. When she's not being used for romance plots, she's a GenericGirl who tends to be OutOfFocus in favor of the quirkier Madhuri.
* Gupta (Parvesh Cheena) - A WackyGuy with no counterpart in the movie. The show's ButtMonkey, though occasionally a {{Jerkass}}. Never stops talking. Ever.
* Madhuri (Anisha Nagarajan) - A ShrinkingViolet and another filmic LivingProp promoted to series regular. Began to show some {{Cloudcuckoolander}} leanings towards the show's end.
* Charlie Davies (Diedrich Bader) - An American who has been running an Indian call center for some time. A CynicalMentor to Todd. For some reason, Charlie appears to spend his off-hours getting involved in wacky hijinks with Todd's employees. The movie has a somewhat analogous character who appears in only one scene.
* Tonya (Pippa Black) - An Australian call center manager in a LoveTriangle with Todd and Asha. A GoodBadGirl type [[BettyAndVeronica in contrast to the more conservative Asha]]. Does not have a counterpart in the movie. Todd dated her for awhile, but she was OutOfFocus a lot before and after their relationship.

During its time on the air, the show acquired a LoveItOrHateIt status, with most mainstream critics falling into the "hate it" camp. The show has been accused of everything from being racist to being insensitive to victims of outsourcing, but is more often simply decried as being a weak comedy that's too similar in premise to ''Series/ThirtyRock'' and ''Series/{{Community}}''. Nevertheless, the show was starting to pick up a fanbase towards its end for whom the "racist" allegation in particular has been repeatedly decried as a case of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad based on the EverythingIsRacist logic.

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!!Tropes include:

* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Charlie wants Tonya, Tonya wants Todd, Todd wants Asha.
* AlternateContinuity: There are changes in the characters' names (for example, "Todd Anderson" becomes "Todd Dempsy") and the company's headquarters is moved from Seattle to Kansas City.
* ArrangedMarriage: Asha, similar to the film.
* AscendedExtra: All the call center operators besides Asha. In the movie, they were {{Living Prop}}s, but in the TV show they're {{Regular Character}}s with their actors credited in the [[PromotionToOpeningTitles opening titles]]. And in show, Pinky.
** Also Bearded Turban Guy, who showed up as a LivingProp but who is, as of the finale, [[spoiler:Madhuri's boyfriend.]]
* BenevolentBoss: Todd.
* BettyAndVeronica: Asha and Tonya towards Todd respectively.
* BrickJoke: You remember that one-off innuendo that Todd's boss was getting a happy ending at his massage? It isn't until two episodes later that we find out the masseuse was an undercover cop, the resulting scandal hit all the major newspapers, and it's the reason his marriage is falling apart.
** There's also a [[IncrediblyLamePun literal]] [[WindowPain brick joke]] in the pilot.
** And one more crosses over with LeeroyJenkins in the Holi episode, as Pinki charges away without listening to the plan, only to show up when the plan has been executed.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was really filmed in India. The TV show is, of course, filmed in California aside from {{Establishing Shot}}s and DrivingADesk type shots.
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: Todd taps everyone's shoulder (which counts as sexual harassment), except Asha's.
* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Todd and Rajiv.
* TheCastShowoff: An episode was written so Anisha Nagarajan, a Broadway musical performer, can sing in the climax.
* TheCharmer: Manmeet.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Charlie definitely qualifies with his hobbies, setting camp inside a deer, [[CrazyPrepared his innecessary survival and burglary kits]], and his wallet made of ''his own skin''.
** And Gupta. No wonder they become such good friends.
** And of course Pinkie.
* ControlFreak: Rajiv.
* CreditsGag: The credits either play over an extension of the episode, or a little skit related to it or what happened later.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rajiv.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: An ArrangedMarriage plays a major factor in the current storyline, and despite the fact that the practice clearly offends the American protagonist, the show has taken a surprisingly non-judgmental route with the whole thing.
** During his lecture on sexual harassment, Todd showed his workers a video from the 80s discussing what is and is not appropriate behavior in the workplace. Not only did Todd's staff think complimenting a coworker's blouse was inappropriate, but most of his employees walked out offended at the sight of two people kissing.
** Todd keeps getting reported to the sexual harassment hotline because he incessantly touches people's shoulder. [[CultureClash Naturally Todd has no clue he's done anything.]]
** Jerry is going through divorce negotiations, and feels it is inevitable. Rajeev is aghast at it and delivers a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech gives him a piece of his mind]], accusing him of not trying hard enough to save his marriage. After all, Rajeev eagerly wishes to marry Vimi, much against her father's wishes, and will do what he can to keep his marriage steady for life.
* DenserAndWackier: The movie could take place in the real world, but the show is decidedly set in Sitcomland. Which is [[TropesAreTools not necessarily a bad thing]], as the same could be said of ''Series/ThirtyRock'', ''Series/{{Community}}'', et al., but it does mean the film and the show have completely different styles of humor.
* DoubleDate
* FakeNationality: Pretty much all of the Indian characters are played by American, Canadian, or British actors. They're of Indian and Sri Lankan descent, but not native Indians like their characters, so they fake the Indian accent with varying degrees of success.
* FanService: Manmeet turned into a WalkingShirtlessScene in the last few episodes. Tonya has [[http://1.fwcdn.pl/ph/78/01/567801/244416.1.jpg her moments]] in Todd's Halloween party.
* FictionalHoliday: The Holi episode might seem like this but, sitcom hijinks aside, it's an actual holiday and it really is a custom to throw paint and powder at people. Charlie tries his best to make it a PaintballEpisode, and it does assume similar proportions. It was also featured, with fewer hijinks, in the movie.
** Vindaloo Day on the other hand...
* FishOutOfWater
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Todd
** TheLancer: Manmeet (officially Rajiv, but not really)
** TheSmartGuy: Rajiv
** TheChick: Madhuri
** TeamMom: Asha
** TeamPet: Gupta
* GangOfBullies: The rivals in the cafeteria claiming to work in the call centers for Apple and Microsoft.
* GroinAttack: Charlie's accident with the waterbomb.
* GuileHero: Madhuri has figured out how to con Rajiv quite well, getting him to pay 21,000 rupeees for a 3,000 rupee sari.
* HalloweenEpisode
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: A coconut, specifically.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Rajiv when Madhouri is in need.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Pretty much every episode title is an IncrediblyLamePun merging some aspect of Indian culture with an English phrase relevant to the plot. Examples include "A Sitar Is Born", "Sari, Charlie", and "Take This Punjab and Shove It".
* IdiotBall: Many of the problems Todd encounters could be avoided by reading a travel guide about India.
** Similarly, many of the Indian workers come across a little too naive or lacking in knowledge given the amount of American culture that is exported via the internet/Hollywood movie/TV to India.
* InnocentInnuendo: Gupta shaking his flashlight, which somehow is always seen from behind...
* IronicEcho: Todd's employees are ordered off a table by Charlie's workers, who lay claim to their table, with the words "Get Up". After a chain of events, we hear Todd's employees tell Charlie's to "Get Up" at the end of the episode. See {{Revenge}}.
* IronicEchoCut: Asha chides Todd over 'contaminating the break room table', with a reference to his getting cosy with Tonya over it the night before. Cut to Gupta littering the same table with his eats.
* IrrationalHatred: Rajiv towards Todd.
* JerkAss: Gupta can come across like this at times, more so than his ButtMonkey status. YMMV though.
** Charlie's employees play this trope straight. They think they're far superior because they handle customers of Apple and Microsoft and not some novelties retailer.
* LeeroyJenkins: One of the employees in "Todd's Holi War" storms out without even listening to the plan. After the plan is executed she shows up late to the party.
* MeaningfulName: The character Manmeet ("Man meat")is also the playboy charmer of the group.
* MusicalEpisode: Which included a {{Bollywood}} homage in the cold opening.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Charlie with his stalkerish hobbies and dangerous-looking gadgets.
* OlderAndWiser: Charlie for Todd.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Charlie's workers put on a neat American accent to show their wares, but often revert to their regular Indian accents while confronting Todd's workers. Another example is how Asha pronounces the name of a restaurant- "Lal Mirch"- the way a British or American national would, not like an Indian.
* OperatorFromIndia: [[CaptainObvious No, really?]]
* TheOtherDarrin: Everyone. The movie and TV show have no shared cast members. Happens within the show itself, as the actress playing Rajiv's love interest, Vimi, changes once across the season.
* OutOfFocus: Poor Asha. She was the secondary lead in the movie, but on the TV show she's lucky to get a MandatoryLine in between the shenanigans of her wackier co-workers.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Tonya and Charlie have jobs running call centers similar to Todd's. We don't see Tonya's workplace until the sixteenth episode. We rarely see Charlie's subordinates. Charlie is shown goofing around with Todd's co-workers more often than his own.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Makes sense when you think about it]], Tonya's staff is considered one of the best in India, so they don't need her constant supervision. Charlie is the BromanticFoil, so in contrast to Todd, Charlie doesn't even the know the name of his staff.
* PopculturalOsmosisFailure
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rajiv gives one to Jerry. Doubles up as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold moment, depending on your opinion of marriage.
* RecycledTheSeries
* {{Revenge}}:
** There is a very bitter rivalry between Todd's workers and Charlie's 'A-team'. The 'A team' order Todd's unit off a table to which they lay claim, but Todd's workers refuse to cede the table. Later on, Todd's team seems to get massive orders which are really [[spoiler:Charlie's workers making prank calls to them]]. They eventually have their revenge [[spoiler:with Charlie's help]] when they eventually cede the table to Charlie's team [[spoiler:only for the table and chairs to come crashing down with the workers sitting on them, as they were rigged to fall apart]].
** Todd recruits an Indian who spent a lot of his life in the United States and has good knowledge of the country's culture and is also a smart salesman- only for Tonya to poach him with an offer that doubles his salary. Todd's revenge? [[spoiler: He helps Charlie hire him at an even higher salary.]]
** The air-conditioning being hogged by [=GloboCon=] is another nice revenge story. First, when the rival call centre manager talks off Todd, Manmeet spills coffee on him. Then, they divert the air conditioning so that things get so hot upstairs, they are worried about losing a client because of that, and offer to double Todd's office internet speed, [[spoiler: only to freeze all their computers with a virus]]. Todd eventually returns, and [[spoiler: wages a [[IncrediblyLamePun Holi war]] on the employees of [=GloboCon=], littering the area with paint, just as their clients step in]].
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Despite getting good ratings at the 9:30 slot on Thursday nights, NBC gave the slot back to its predecessor, ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' (whose ratings were lower when it lost the slot) and pushed Outscored to 10:30. Later that year, the show was cancelled.
* SensitivityTraining: An entire episode about sexual harassment with the expected jokes involving different cultural standards of acceptable workplace conduct. Todd, for example, doesn't realize that touching Madhuri's shoulder is seen as inappropriate.
* ShoutOut: The plot of rigging the air conditioning to cool Mid American Novelties (Todd's centre) when it was being hogged by the rival [=GloboCon=] centre had a [[Film/MissionImpossible very familiar feel to it]]. It was, however, missing [[MissionImpossibleCableDrop a cable]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Madhuri, who speaks unintelligibly quietly. As {{Lampshaded}}, working a, you know, ''phone line'' may not have been her [[IncrediblyLamePun calling]]. She finally talks in a just intelligible voice at the end of the pilot, making a sale and thus apparently [[UltimateJobSecurity securing her position]].
** May be FridgeBrilliance if you think about it- Rajiv mentions he hired her [[JerkAss specifically so he could fire her in front of the others as a show of force]]. So that would explain how she got the job. And you notice hints throughout the series that she and her family aren't really well off, so it makes sense that she'd apply for an available job even when it wouldn't really suit her.
* SmugSnake: Rajiv, though spinelessly kissing up to authorities, can't behave decently even with Todd.
* StartMyOwn: Todd briefly considered starting his own business instead of moving to India. One reminder about a forty-thousand-dollar debt and one GilliganCut later and he was already in India.
* StockScream: The Wilhelm scream is heard when someone falls off a train at the end of "Training Day".
* TakeThat: A not-so-affectionate reference is made to Film/SlumdogMillionaire by Todd's boss, Jerry.
* TooDumbToLive: Todd, desperately trying to not offend people in a new culture, seems to go out of his way to do just that.
** Eventually Charlie shows up so, when he find that [[spoiler:his call centre has been shut down and he's without a job, and has mounting daily expenses, and struggles to find a new job]].
* ToiletHumour: Sometimes, but not usually the focus. A lot of it is hidden in the heavily censored run on the Indian Comedy Central channel.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: An episode has Rajiv taking over temporarily after Todd gets food poisoning and instituting a strict office DressCode, banning personal items, etc.
* TheUnfavourite: Poor Todd, compared to his brother.
* WelcomeEpisode: Starts with one of these
* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: First, some of Charlie's A-team members who get plenty of screen time, and then American-born Kamik, first hired by Todd, then poached by Tonya and subsequently [[spoiler:working for Charlie. The call centre run by Charlie is shut down towards the end of the series]].
* WideEyedIdealist: Todd, struggling to be a cool boss.
* WhiteMaleLead: Todd, the most "normal" of the bunch, is the main lead of the show.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Early episodes have this teased between Asha and Todd. The last scene of the show implies they will.
* WindowPain: The first scene of the pilot
* WorkCom

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