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Aliens in America aired from October 2007-May 2008 on the CW.


Justin Tolchuck (Dan Byrd), was a sensitive, lanky 16-year old just trying to make it through the social nightmare of high school in Medora, Wisconsin, with the help of his well-meaning mom Franny (Amy Pietz ), aspiring-entrepreneur dad Gary (Scott Patterson),and his beautiful and popular younger sister Claire (Lindsey Shaw). Although he was bright and funny, Justin was also shy, socially awkward and pretty much resigned to the fact that he'd never be one of the cool kids. Franny, however, was the kind of take-charge mom who micro-managed her family, and she came up with a plan to help Justin: she signed up for the school's international exchange student program. Picturing an athletic, brilliant Nordic teen, Franny was sure this new friendship would bestow instant coolness on her outsider son. However, when the Tolchuck's exchange student arrived, he turned out to be Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan, ). a 16-year-old Muslim from a small village in Pakistan. Raja was thoughtful, responsible and wise beyond his years. To the Tolchucks and everyone else in Medora, he was also just about as foreign as a foreigner could be. While the rest of the family was slightly freaked out by the Muslim in their midst, Gary was comforted by the fact that the host family received a monthly check to help with expenses. This fit right in with Gary's money-making schemes, and when he saw how hard-working and respectful Raja was, he was totally on board. As for Claire, she was too busy with her friends and her new boyfriend to pay much attention to their houseguest, but Raja was smitten from the moment he first saw her. After the initial shock wore off, Justin was quickly won over by Raja's humor, gestures of friendship and by their common status as outsiders. Despite the cultural chasm between them, Justin and Raja developed an unlikely bond that allowed them to navigate the minefield that was contemporary high school.


A Review from The New York Times


Television Review | 'Aliens in America'
A Sitcom With a Twist
By ALESSANDRA STANLEY
Published: October 1, 2007


Wish fulfillment gone awry is the essence of many a comedy, and there is no wish as potent and deep-seated as the yearning for an imaginary friend.


In the 1960s there were a slew of sitcoms that toyed with that basic childhood desire. My Favorite Martian, Mister Ed and My Mother the Car were all founded on the same careful-what-you-wish-for conceit: the hero finds himself saddled with a soul mate whom nobody else could believe in, let alone understand: an extraterrestrial, a talking horse or even a talking car. ( My Living Doll, I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched were similar but alluded to a slightly more adult fantasy.)


All of them sought humor in the heroes frantic efforts to keep the boon companion while concealing his or her or its true nature from everyone else.


Aliens in America, which begins tonight on CW, follows in the same tradition except that the wished-for best friend is a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan, not a supernatural creature: something that in the show's boring, white-bread high school in Medora, Wis., is just as outlandish. It's a premise that in the wrong hands could be boorish and not at all amusing, so it is to the writers credit that Aliens is instead fresh, funny and charming in a tart, sardonic way, one of the best sendups of adolescent angst since The Wonder Years and Malcolm in the Middle (and perhaps even My So-Called Life ).


At 16, Justin Tolchuck (Dan Byrd) is a lonely high school outcast with no friends and a popular younger sister, Claire (Lindsey Shaw), who ignores him.


Their cheerfully interfering mother, Franny (Amy Pietz), decides to take in a foreign exchange student to provide her son with an instant, do-it-yourself social life. Franny and her husband, Gary (Scott Patterson from Gilmore Girls ), expect a blond, blue-eyed European like the ones in the brochure: at the airport, they instead find Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan) wearing a shalwar kameez and a soulful expression.


Justin wants to return him. Gary thinks that is impossible, but Franny disagrees. If I ordered a coffeemaker and got a toaster, I'd return that, she explains. She worries that Raja might be a terrorist posing as a student, but Gary, who is pleased to learn that the host family receives $500 a month, takes a shine to the well-mannered young man who clears the table, washes dishes and does household chores. At breakfast Gary feels obliged to offer his guest the last rasher of bacon. When Raja declines, saying, My religion forbids it, Gary's heart melts. Grabbing the bacon, he says, I love this kid.


Justin soon realizes that for all his differences, Raja is his ideal confidant only to discover that to his classmates those differences are so extreme that Raja becomes an even bigger reject than Justin. Justin's life turns into a constant struggle to defend Raja without having to publicly stand up for him.


There have been so many high school movies and television shows that it seems almost impossible to find fresh material in the eternal tyranny of jocks and cheerleaders or the soul-scarring humiliations reserved for wonks, nerds and other misfits. Surely every possible locker-room hazard and cafeteria misstep has been mined many times over.


High school comedy is as deep-rooted and indigenous to American culture as the western, so familiar and enduring that even the smallest tweaks pass for innovation. Fast Times at Ridgemont High is the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral of the high school genre; Clueless is its High Noon.


High school is an American obsession, less a place of learning than a four-year rite of passage. European coming-of-age comedies don't as a rule fixate on the 10th-grade caste system. French films focus mostly on family life and the protagonist's introduction to sex, often at the hands of a sexy older friend of Maman's or, in some cases, Maman herself.


Television also treats high school as a life-defining crucible, from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and The Patty Duke Show almost 50 years ago to Happy Days, Freaks and Geeks, Malcolm in the Middle and, more recently, The O.C. and Gossip Girl.


Aliens in America has all the most predictable elements of a classic classroom sitcom ignorant teachers, snobby cheerleaders, bullies and well-meaning but clueless parents and still manages to seem original.


ALIENS IN AMERICA


CW, tonight at 8:30, Eastern and Pacific times; 7:30, Central time.


Tim Doyle, Moses Port and David Guarascio, executive producers; Richard Day and Michael Glouberman, co-executive producers. This episode was directed by Luke Greenfield and written by Mr. Port and Mr. Guarascio. A CBS Paramount Network Television and Warner Brothers Television production.


WITH: Dan Byrd (Justin Tolchuck), Amy Pietz (Franny), Scott Patterson (Gary), Lindsey Shaw (Claire) and Adhir Kalyan (Raja Musharaff).



A Review from USA TODAY


'ALIENS IN AMERICA'

Review: 'Aliens' gets off an alienating start

ABOUT THE SHOW

Aliens in America
CW, Monday, 8:30 ET/PT
* * out of four

By Robert Bianco, USA TODAY


Shame on the network that doesn't know what it has.
By all rights, you'd expect CW to cherish and nurture Aliens in America, a cross-cultural fish-out-of-water comedy that received a near-rapturous reception when it was first screened last spring.



Since then, however, the show has been subjected to development "improvement" changes that include a new star in tonight's premiere and, much worse, a shift in next week's second episode to the smarmy that makes one wonder whether the real out-of-touch aliens in America are sitcom writers.


All is fine, if not as good as it had been, tonight, as we're introduced to Wisconsin high school outcast Justin Tolchuck (Dan Byrd, who is perfect in the role). In an attempt to boost his popularity, his parents, Franny and Gary (Amy Pietz and the newly added Scott Patterson), take in an exchange student.


They think they're guaranteeing Justin a cool, instant best friend. Imagine their horror when the student turns out to be a Pakistani Muslim, Raja (newcomer Adhir Kalyan), whose every reference to Allah and Mecca causes Midwestern heads to spin.



With sharp satiric relish, Aliens plays off the fears and prejudices of a culture that thinks Muslims practice "Muslimism" and tends, as Raja says, to be "uneducated about world events." But a series can ride only so far on nasty cracks about overly insular teenagers and equally dumb teachers. What gives you hope for the long run are the heartfelt moments, from Justin's pain at being an outcast to Franny's transformation from bigot to loving mom.


The addition of Patterson does throw the family balance off; he's not as eccentrically funny as the actor he replaced, Patrick Breen. But he's clearly trying to move beyond the macho-grouch routine he did so well in Gilmore Girls, and you can see potential for growth.


Assuming that the show survives next week's atrocious second episode built around the students' conclusion that Raja and Justin are gay. The misunderstanding plot, though tired, is inoffensive. It's the execution, with crude jokes about erections and, worse, simulations of anal sex, that will cause some parents to run screaming for the remote.


There's a place for adult humor, but that place is not in an 8:30 sitcom paired with Everybody Hates Chris. Throw in a twist that turns Franny into some hateful, teen-wannabe "best friend" mom, and you have a show that has gone so far off track that you wonder if it can ever find its way back.


The hope is that the second episode is an aberration; the fear is that the show had only one good episode in it. And in TV, "fear" is always the safer bet.


If the network wants us to bet otherwise, I suggest it move fast.


A Review From The Courier-Journal


'Aliens in America' uses humor to take on touchy topics


By Tom Dorsey
The Courier-Journal


Homeland security alert!


CW is importing a new sitcom tonight about a teenager from Pakistan. He wears funny-looking clothes, has an accent and somehow slipped through customs and immigration.


"Aliens in America," at 8:30, goes places no comedy has before, but it does it in an amusing and sometimes even instructive way.


The show revolves around what it's like to be a high school teenager and feel you're an isolated geek who doesn't fit in when everybody else seems to. That's not so funny to millions of kids, but maybe the best way to explore the topic is to laugh about it.


The show starts by introducing us to Justin Tolchuck (Dan Byrd), who feels like the piece of that high school puzzle that doesn't quite fit the cool picture others seem to be part of.




His mom (Amy Pietz) does her best to help Justin rise to the level of acceptance with various makeovers, but nothing seems to work. His sister, who is a high school hottie, doesn't want to be seen with him. Justin's worst moment comes when he makes one of the Wisconsin school's "Most Likely" lists, but he's the only boy on it.


Where's Dad in all this? He's raising alpacas in the backyard as a cash crop. Pop sees the world through a dollar sign, which is where the alien comes in.


Justin's school principal subtly proposes that if Justin can't find a buddy maybe his family could import one. He suggests that an exchange student who would bunk with the Tolchucks might just be the answer. Dad becomes an internationalist on the spot when he learns he'll get a monthly check to take an alien in.


They were expecting someone from London. What they get is Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan) from Pakistan. They don't exactly accept him with open arms, even though Raja is eager, polite and grateful to be coming to America.


Can this merger of East meets West work out or will Mom slap a Return to Sender label on poor Raja and ship him back?


The executive producer of the show insisted to TV Guide that "Aliens in America" is about "alienation not immigration," but it is clearly a metaphor for lots of other controversies in this country, not the least of which could be racial discrimination. Toss in religious differences, too, since this may be the first TV sitcom starring a Muslim character anyone can recall.


"Aliens in America" isn't preachy, and there are no overt references in the opener to bigotry and discrimination, but the subtle undertows are always present.


The show is a fresh and new approach to touchy topics, but it's done more for laughs than sermonizing. The two young male actors are appealing and funny in this comedy that's a little reminiscent of "Malcolm in the Middle." It's a perfect running mate for "Everybody Hates Chris" on CW.


The comedy isn't really about Raja at all. It's about us.


"Aliens in America" uses a funhouse mirror to reflect the way too many of us see someone who doesn't look, dress or pray like us, and it does it in an amusing and maybe even thoughtful way.


A Review From The LA Times


Yukking it up in post-9/11 America
The CW

By Robert Lloyd,


Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 1, 2007


In the winning "Aliens in America," premiering tonight on the CW, a small-town Wisconsin family decides to host an exchange student in an attempt to "guarantee" a friend for its socially inept teenage son, Justin (Dan Byrd). (Writing that, I suddenly feel I should explain that it is not a reality show.) Expecting a version of the tall, blond berteen pictured on the brochure proffered by Justin's guidance counselor, the family is surprised (to say the least) to meet instead Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan), who in the middle of the Chippewa Falls Airport sets down his bags, raises his hands to heaven and cries, "Thank you, Allah, for the Tolchucks!"


Albeit at bottom a standard "strange-neighbors" comedy, "Aliens in America" is a hopeful sign that we may finally be emerging pop-culturally into the post-post-9/11 age -- or, at any rate, a post-"24" age, in which we are ready to find a little humor in the Clash of Civilizations, rather than just wanting to bathe in bloody fantasies of prophylactic superspies. Created by David Guarascio and Moses Port ("Just Shoot Me!"), the show is consistently clever and lively, well played and directed, its corners filled with nice throwaway lines and small visual jokes.


"Raja, you are so different from us -- how does that feel?" asks a teacher who has just introduced him to her class as "a Pakistani who practices Muslimism." And when he replies that he doesn't understand the question, she continues: "How does everyone else feel about Raja and his differences?"


"I guess I feel angry because his people blew up the buildings in New York," says one girl to approving noises. In the hall, someone yells, "Apu, where's my Slushie?"


Mother Franny Tolchuck (Amy Pietz, from "Caroline in the City," nicely mixing suspicion with politeness) at first plots to send him back ("If I ordered a coffee maker and I got a toaster, I'd return that"). Of course, Raja appreciates his new family more than its members do each other, and he helps out in a way that is as inexplicable to them as his praying to Mecca. He clears the table and does the dishes and actually listens to what other people have to say, even when it's nonsense. Soon, despite himself, Justin -- whose usual response to stress is not to pray but to "eat a brownie or buy a CD" -- finds himself telling Raja "stuff I wouldn't even tell the guys from chorus." They bond.


For all its engagement with what might be called political unrealities, "Aliens in America" is at heart just another series about kids on the margins of high school society, whose battles all are local and whose experience of terror is largely confined to bullies, the opposite sex, the possibility of public ridicule, social ostracism and the nagging sense that you actually may be the awful person you imagine other people believe you to be. (Nor do I want to underestimate the importance of such shows to the health of the nation.)


The plural "Aliens" of the title is not incidental: It includes Justin too, a picked-upon "weirdo" who finds himself listed among the school's "10 most bangable girls," alongside sister Claire (the marvelous Lindsey Shaw, from "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"). Claire has her own problems: She may be kept off the cheerleading squad, to keep it from looking "soft on terror." (Cheerleading is about leadership, she's told: "When you yell, 'Go Muskies!' what you're actually saying is that in this country, there is absolutely nothing any boy can do that a girl can't cheer for.")


The CW has scheduled it alongside "Everybody Hates Chris," another show about kids that has not been made specifically for kids. It shares DNA with "Malcolm in the Middle," "Clarissa Explains It All" and "The Adventures of Pete & Pete," cartoonish stories narrated by young folk whose parents are almost surrealistically strange (dad Gary Tolchuck, played by Scott Patterson of "Gilmore Girls," is raising alpacas in the backyard) and in which most everyone in authority is trouble. (Christopher B. Duncan is superbly smooth as a guidance counselor-cum-car salesman.) There are all kinds of enemies in this world.


An Article from The New York Times


Television
Muslims on TV, No Terror in Sight
By MRINALINI REDDY
Published: November 11, 2007
Correction Appended


RAJA MUSHARAFF is not the foreign exchange student the Tolchuck family of fictional Medora, Wis., was expecting. Tall and gangly with gentle brown eyes, Raja comes from a village in Pakistan. He is a practicing Muslim. He is dark skinned. He is anything but the blue-eyed Euro-teen the family envisioned from the brochure.



The relationship that develops between Raja and the socially awkward Justin Tolchuck is at the heart of the CW network's new comedy series Aliens in America.


Arriving at a time when the few Muslim characters who do show up on television are shrouded in a web of terrorist plots and sinister motives, Aliens in America and a Canadian series, Little Mosque on the Prairie, are winning praise from advocacy groups and some critics for more rounded, lighthearted portrayals.


They use comedy extremely well to debunk myths about Muslims, Jack G. Shaheen, a media critic, said of the pilot episode of Aliens. It's the first that I can recall in a TV show that I laugh with, and also respect, the character.


Just as Russians became Hollywood's go-to heavies during the cold war, current events Sept. 11, the Iraq war and nearly daily dispatches about violence in the Middle East are reflected on screen today in villains who praise Allah while plotting the West's destruction.


The acceptance of one-dimensional characters is disappointing, said Edina Lekovic, a spokeswoman for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles and a consultant who has reviewed the scripts of Aliens for accuracy and sensitivity. We are hungry for a normal Muslim character.


When Aliens was conceived, its creators, David Guarascio and Moses Port, wanted one of the leads to be an exchange student who was spiritual, but what that character's faith and nationality would be were debated for some time, Mr. Guarascio said. And, he said, when they finally settled on Raja because of the topical possibilities the character would create, he knew little about Muslims and had to do research. Embarrassingly enough I started with Islam for Dummies, Mr. Guarascio said. We read a variety of books and continue to try and educate ourselves.


Despite the comic premise, political issues come up from time to time. In an early episode Raja gets picked up by the police on suspicion of terrorist activities after a frantic call from the owner of a hardware store where Raja is buying materials to build a rocket for a science club. All this is hyper-real, Mr. Guarascio said in an interview before the series had its premiere. We used this scene to play off the prejudice that some people have, to make a point about the way people can be misjudged and be funny at the same time.


Ms. Lekovic, who recalled the writers being supernervous that the series might offend while trying to be funny, agreed with his take on the episode: They use the scene in a way that forces the reader to question the assumptions they hold.


By contrast Little Mosque, which returned for a second season in October and can be seen on YouTube, takes a brassier approach to its subject, the multiethnic congregation of a rural mosque. The members are just trying live in harmony with skeptical residents in the fictional town of Mercy, in Saskatchewan, while dealing with their own religious quandaries. Is a burkini the solution at a women-only swimming class with a gay male instructor? Can there be a Halal-o-ween?


It's not making fun, but using humor to talk about some of the things that are important, said Amir Hussain, a professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


In June the Muslim Public Affairs Council gave the show's creator, Zarka Nawaz, a media award for being a voice of courage and conscience. This is a unique show, one reason being that it's created by a Muslim woman, Ms. Lekovic said. She grew up Muslim and tells the story with a level of fluency.


The executive producer, Mary Darling, said she was in discussions about adapting the show for audiences in the United States. (The original series has been picked up in France, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Turkey and Finland.) It's mind boggling that the negative depictions are universally accepted, Ms. Darling added.


An Article from The New York Times


Television
Outsider in South Africa (Wisconsin, Too)
By JOE RHODES
Published: May 4, 2008


LOS ANGELES



TWO summers ago, when Moses Port and David Guarascio, both television writers, pitched their unorthodox and potentially controversial premise for Aliens in America a comedy built around a Pakistani Muslim exchange student who moves in with a somewhat reluctant family in small-town Wisconsin they were pleased to discover that studio and network executives at CW were enthusiastic about the idea.


They were game for it, Mr. Port said of the CW executives who heard the writers out. In the end the challenge of selling a show that finds humor in the assumptions and suspicions that some Americans have about Islam was nothing compared to casting it, in particular the pivotal character of the exchange student, Raja Musharaff.


There was a danger, Mr. Port said, of the character being a caricature.


After extensive searches in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, producers were beginning to wonder if they would ever find a young actor who could find the precarious balance of comedy and believability that the part demanded, not to mention the scrutiny that would surely come with portraying a Muslim on an American sitcom.


Then a London casting agent e-mailed them a low-resolution audition video of Adhir Kalyan, a South African of Indian descent, then 22 years old and with small credits in a couple of British television productions, including Spooks, shown under the title MI5 on BBC America.


There was something about him, Mr. Guarascio said. He seemed extremely wise beyond his years, which is such a key component of the character.


Mr. Port said: And he imbued the material with a sweetness that really elevated the material. There was kind of soulfulness that we hadn't seen with anyone else.


Although the ratings haven't reflected it, and there's a real danger that the series won't be renewed for a second year, Aliens in America has been one of the most lauded new shows of the strike-shortened 2007-8 television season, high on many critics Shows You Should Be Watching lists. And Mr. Kalyan's portrayal of Raja as a sometimes naive, occasionally horrified outsider in the heart of America has drawn particular praise, not just from critics but from American Muslim advocacy groups who had expressed initial concerns that the character could easily descend into stereotype.


I understood that I had a responsibility not just to the character, but to the Muslim community, Mr. Kalyan, said during a recent interview at a Los Angeles restaurant. It was important to understand the core things in his life and to portray him as a complete person, not a stereotype and also not as an absolute saint.


He succeeded so completely that Mr. Kalyan still encounters casting directors who are surprised to learn that he is not a Muslim and does not speak with a Pakistani accent. It's an assumption he has learned to turn to his advantage.


Once they realize that I'm actually a South African with a predominantly British accent, he said, I think it makes them more intrigued to see what else I can do.


Mr. Kalyan grew up in Durban as the academically gifted son of a successful fifth-generation Indian family; his mother is a psychologist and opposition member of the South African Parliament, his father is an executive at a resin-manufacturing company. Mr. Kalyan studied psychology and international politics but never really had any doubt that acting was the career he would choose. There were auditions at acting schools in London, theater programs in South Africa and, finally, when he was 20, the decision to move to England.


If I hadn't left South Africa, I felt I was at risk of being pigeonholed, he said. I looked around and saw actors who, 10 to 15 years into their careers, were still playing stereotypical Afrikaans characters, stereotyped Indian characters. That was not something that I wanted for myself.


He didn't get his first acting job in England, the small part in MI5, until he'd been there more than a year. There was another small part in an Irish soap opera, but not much else. His visa was running out, and his return to South Africa seemed inevitable. Then, out of nowhere, in the summer of 2006, came the notice of the audition for the Aliens in America pilot.


My agent calls and says, How would you like to work in America for a few years? And I said, Why are you asking me such ridiculous questions?


But Mr. Kalyan said he understood Raja immediately, the notion of what it feels like to be an outsider, to have assumptions made about your character, your way of life, based on the way you look and sound.


Growing up in this post-apartheid era, the first generation of teens in South Africa living in this new democracy, I often found myself feeling different, he said. I was often the only person of color in an otherwise all-white school. And within the Indian community, because of my training with an English acting teacher, my accent was very different.


And also by the time I auditioned for Aliens in America, the July 7 bombing had happened in London. So I'd had those experiences where I would get onto the Tube, and people would get off. So there was a lot about Raja that I understood.


Whether or not Aliens is picked up for another season (there are three episodes left this season), the show has already paid off for Mr. Kalyan. He has finished a part in a Kevin James feature film, has just been cast in a recurring role in the FX series Nip/Tuck and is currently filming Fired Up, a film comedy in which he plays a gay cheerleader a character about as far removed from Raja as he can imagine.


I think the chances of avoiding typecasting here are greater, just because there is such an abundance of opportunity, he said of his career in Los Angeles. To be honest, I thought it would be a greater problem than it's been. Most of the time when I go in for roles here, it's not because the character is written as an Indian role. I'm not auditioning to play convenience-store clerks. I don't see any benefit in that. It's not what I came here to do.


An Article from variety


March 26, 2010 1:58PM PT
Two years later, ‘Aliens in America’ cancelation still worth lamenting


By Jon Weisman


I was going to write this post after the dismal ratings for the series premiere of “Fly Girls” on the CW, then decided against it.


Then I saw Amy Pietz beginning a recurring arc on NBC’s “The Office” Thursday, and I couldn’t get the premise out of my head.


The two small events both make me think of “Aliens in America,” the great comedy that aired for one season on the CW in the 2007-08 season before being canceled. And the premise is this:


If you’re going to get lousy ratings, at least do something worthwhile.


“Fly Girls” got a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos and barely more than a million viewers overall. And to what end? A glossified infomercial for Virgin America (an airline, I’ll confess, I love) that basically no one wants to see.


In contrast, “Aliens in America” was something special. As I wrote about the show upon its demise:


… throughout the season, the show never sold out its characters in its pursuit of a good time, cloaking in its humor a number of real issues and nicely paralleling Raja’s insider-outsider status with the struggle of lead character Justin (Dan Byrd) to fit in at school. The final three episodes were something of a tour de force, addressing sex, drunk driving and, in Sunday’s finale, the push-pull relationship between American and immigrant Muslims, as illustrated by Raja’s first pursuit of a girlfriend. Material this intelligent or nuanced is still pretty rare on television, and rarer still when you can laugh and feel at the same time.


Others here will tout “The Big Bang Theory,” but in my mind, “Aliens” was the best freshman sitcom on network television this season. And now it’s gone. …


And now series lead Dan Byrd is on ABC’s “Cougar Town,” and Lindsay Shaw is on ABC Family’s “10 Things I Hate About You,” and Adhir Kalyan has been doing CBS’ “Rules of Engagement,” and the rest — including Pietz — are underused.


I realize TV is not as simple as this-for-that, that all kinds of economics are involved and so on. The CW isn’t even in the comedy business anymore. But the CW simply doesn’t have enough content to make palatable letting a gem like “Aliens in America” go.


As shows like “Fly Girls” crash and burn, it just seems like a shame. Critical value isn’t everything, but it should count for something — especially amid a dearth of compelling alternatives. “Aliens” should be giving the CW the happy buzz of a successful, increasingly watched third season, rather than fading into distant memory.



to see clips of Aliens in America go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=aliens+in+america+&aq=f


For Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20071107081647/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/aliensinamerica.html


For a website dedicated to Dan Byrd go to http://danbyrdonline.blogspot.com/


For an article on Aliens in America go to https://tv.avclub.com/for-one-sweet-season-aliens-in-america-found-comedy-in-1798246888


For a Review of Aliens in America go to https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/aliens-in-america


To watch a music video with the opening theme go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTKsJrpRtww
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