The Problem with Apu

The Problem with Apu

The Problem with Apu

  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Release Date: 2017-11-19
  • Advisory Rating: TV-14
  • Episodes: 2
  • iTunes Price: USD 4.99
  • iTunes HD Price: USD 4.99


Comedian Hari Kondabolu, the creator and star of this feature-length documentary, confronts his long standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Through this comedic cultural exposé, Kondabolu questions how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans and continues to exist – intact – twenty-eight years later.


Title Time Price
1 The Problem with Apu 49:07 Season Only Buy on iTunes
2 Sneak Peek 02:13 Free Buy on iTunes



  • Apu is awesome

    By Ronin 5150
    Thank you come again
  • Garbage

    By HernandezJG
    The whole Simpsons show is based on stereotypes. I don’t get upset about the bumblebee man.
  • Open your eyes and ears, learn something!

    To those who think there's no problem, and this is a pointless piece of PC trash, please reconsider. It's a valid issue and one that needs addressed. Hari is giving us this opportunity to learn something extremely real. I'm grateful he has.
  • What an idiot

    By Jgod1591
    Seriously people , is this where we are at as a society?? Notice the Simpson writers make fun of , well everyone!! I am a Christian. What’s next “The problem with Ned?” I certainly hope not. This is more PC trash from an obviously triggered liberal What a waste of time and effort. I’m offended. They should ban this documentary
  • Flawless execution of balancing acerbic wit and endearing deference.

    By EscobarHaskins
    The thesis is not a takedown of the Simpsons as one might think, rather it is an honest open dialogue from a sincere fan of the show to address a glaring flaw. If is timely, poignant, and heartfelt. Hari Kondabolu uses his well humorous chops to take a look at representation in the media beyond the core subject matter, and give the audience a chance to reflect on our own permissive tendencies in our own viewing habits. My only criticism is that Hank Azaria was not a willing participant in this piece. I feel that had he chosen to take part he would have found a much more gracious reception and understanding dialogue about his role in crafting Apu. Reading some of the other comments, I’m baffled at how anyone could honesty feel threatened or offended by “The Problem With Apu.” You’d have to be a significantly insecure person, to find fault with this film. I imagine the tenor of our current politics had sent some people into such a frenzied panic of paranoia that even the slightest social critique sends them into a frothy mouthed fervor to defend imaginary attacks on their political leanings. This however is not a political film. It’s a film about identity and representation in entertainment, and that is something we should all be in favor of - left, right, or center. Because three dimensional portrayals of diverse characters in all media, including cartoon universes, make the content better.
  • Personal but universal

    By carlito briganti
    This movie was a great look at how this character has affected Hari Kondabolu along with many other South Asian kids. You can tell how much he loves the Simpsons and how painful it is to feel stereotyped by this one image. I'm white and grew up watching the Simpsons but could relate to the feeling of being disappointed and even harmed by one aspect of something that you otherwise love. Hari is a master at balancing humor, heart, and the cold hard truth. This was thought-provoking and a must watch, along with Hari's other hilarious comedy.
  • Unoriginal

    By JimTaryon
  • Amazing!

    By KJmoon117
    Amazing work as always by Hari!
  • Pure Garbage

    By rentrent
    Garbage about a comedian trying to ruin comedy... Like most SJW's do.
  • Thoughtful and funny

    By huevofrito
    A really thoughtful and funny documentary. I really appreciated how Hari tied in Apu with his own life gorwing up in Queens. It never felt like Hari was getting didatetc. The doc felt honest. And I laughed more than a few times.