. Same premise, one difference: The show doesn't seem to know that its protagonist desperately needs a good punching in the face. NBC once again did the right thing and deleted the show despite superior ratings. Why? That's the question we're going to sift through Outsourced
's guts to answer.
Each network has sitcoms it should be ashamed of. CBS has Big Bang Theory. FOX has FOX. ABC probably has something, but no one ever returns to tell the tale. Let's make CBS the designated hitter for ABC with
Two & a Half Men
, a show originally developed to enrage rodeo bulls. People who wait an hour for a table at Olive Garden on Friday nights really enjoy it, so it must fill some sort of void. Similarly, Big Bang Theory
is just every other sitcom in nerd-drag, meaning the punchlines are "Sector 2814!" It seduces a lot of geeks by acknowledging but openly loathing them, just like their high school crush.
When NBC commissioned Outsourced for what was previously a lovely Thursday evening, the idea had potential: an American manages an Indian call center in order to make that country hate us. The fish out of water is a time-tested premise, hailing back to 1978's
Fish Out of Water
, a show where host Dick Cavett placed fish on a hot stretch of highway and watched their agonized death throes. But Cavett's cruel laugh was infectious!
Disco made a lot of things look like better ideas than they were.
Todd, the manager in