For the film:
- Most Wonderful Sound: When the workers power up their computers on the roof. Thirty or so computers all playing the Windows XP startup sound at once.
For the novel:
For the series:
- Adaptation Displacement: The movie is not well known, and NBC's marketing for the show ignores its existence.
- As of 2012 the film has been shown repeatedly on Showtime, and is gaining a whole new following.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Todd is a smarmy, self-centered dick who talks and talks about how tolerant and open-minded he is, but makes no real effort to be so.
- He's a less dislikeable version of this in the film, thinking India is a totally alien place that's impossible for him ever to understand, until he finds himself in the middle of a Holi celebration (about 1/20th as insane as an actual Holi). It's a slightly more sophisticated version of all those films where someone regains their childlike innocence (or oppressed children regain their spontaneous joy) via a Food Fight. But you forgive it because the actors make it work in context. It also helps that he only had to learn his lesson once in the film, whereas he learns it over and over again in the series thanks to Aesop Amnesia.
- Crosses the Line Twice: In the "Training Day" Opening, everyone is on the phone recalling a ghost costume that accidentally has a pointed top, making it look like KKK robes, Gupta is on with an "Exalted Wizard" and he will only buy them if they are fire retardant, after Rajiv checks the tag, Todd tells Gupta to make the sale.
- They aren't
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Rajiv and Madhuri are pretty well-liked, even by some (but by no means all) people who hate the actual show. Despite being a money-grubbing stuffed shirt, Rajiv at times actually manages to seem more sympathetic than our hero Todd, though this may say more about Todd. And Madhuri is just so gosh darn nice while showing signs of some Hidden Depths.
- Fake Nationality: 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.
- Hollywood Homely: This is the ugly chick on this show?
- Informed Wrongness: Rajiv tries to fool Todd to pretend he is the manager, he gets caught, but Todd is the bad guy here? Why couldn't Rajiv just ask Todd nicely for help? But even then, he shouldn't act like he is entitled to his support.
- Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: The show has a growing popularity in India, is broadcast repeatedly on the local Comedy Central channel and was advertised as 'back by popular demand'.
- The Other Darrin: 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.
- Screwed by the Network: Despite getting good ratings at the 9:30 slot on Thursday nights, NBC gave the slot back to its predecessor, Parks and Recreation (whose ratings were lower when it lost the slot) and pushed Outscored to 10:30. Later that year, the show was cancelled.
- Moment of Awesome: After Charlie and Gupta, in typical bumbling fashion, lose the horse Rajiv is supposed to ride into his wedding, what do they do? They go and get an elephant.
- The Scrappy: Gupta. The show is just so determined to make him the "funny" character, but for many he just ends up as an Ethnic Scrappy. Also, to a lesser degree, Todd for being so clueless about India. Watch as Todd does something culturally insensitive. Oh, he's well-intentioned, but anyone with half a brain should be able to predict the culture-clash hijinks that will result. And this is supposed to be the guy we're relating to!
- Trailer Joke Decay: If you watched NBC at all during the summer of '10, you've pretty much already seen the whole pilot or at least any mildly funny moment in it beaten to death repeatedly.