United States of Al: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
United States of Al

Critics Consensus

United States of Al is well-meaning in its ambitions, but its limp humor and the one-dimensionality of its titular character proves that the road to dud sitcom can be paved with good intentions.

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Critic Ratings: 12

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User Ratings: 11

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Air date: Apr 1, 2021

Marine veteran Riley, home at last after serving in Afghanistan, is happily reunited with his friend Awalmir, who goes by Al, the interpreter with his unit, after a long struggle to get him a visa to travel to the United States from Afghanistan.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2021

Al becomes flustered when he goes to the DMV to take his driver's license test and the female instructor is wearing shorts, something he is unaccustomed to seeing.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2021

A Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio finds friendship in Al, the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2021

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Tv Season Info

A comedy about the friendship between Riley, a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir ("Al"), the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America.

Cast & Crew

Kelli Goss
Vanessa
Farrah Mackenzie
Hazel
Patrick Cage
Michael Vanover
David Goetsch
Executive Producer
Maria Ferrari
Executive Producer
Mark Cendrowski
Executive Producer
Chuck Lorre
Executive Producer
Reza Aslan
Executive Producer
Mahyad Tousi
Executive Producer
Andy Gordon
Writer
Emily Ann Brandstetter
Writer
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Critic Reviews for United States of Al Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

Its heart's in the right place, it's the comedy part that's not.

Apr 1, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

All this show can generate for Al is to call him an 'optimistic little dude,' and that patronizing pat on the head is pretty much the whole vibe of the arduous United States of Al.

Mar 30, 2021 | Full Review…

"Al" certainly has good intentions. But good intentions aren't enough to make the show a worthy representation of a culture or even a good sitcom. There has to be something more substantial to back them up, and "Al" just doesn't have it.

Apr 1, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

United States of Al didn't warm my heart as much as it deeply bummed me out.

Apr 1, 2021 | Full Review…

It's possible to come away thinking United States of Al has its heart in the right place, and still conclude, strictly in TV terms, that it simply isn't very good.

Apr 1, 2021 | Full Review…

Kalyan's choices aren't funny, nor are the writers' choices for Al. It's a bad mixture.

Apr 1, 2021 | Full Review…

As well-intentioned as it may be, it's this exact method of presenting authentic, unexplored stories to mainstream audiences in the laziest manner that fails the marginalized community it's trying to depict.

Mar 31, 2021 | Rating: C | Full Review…

There's the seeds of a good character-driven sitcom here.

Apr 2, 2021 | Full Review…

Sort of a modern-day Perfect Strangers, only sadder and with less charm.

Apr 1, 2021 | Full Review…

It's all mostly endearing, even when some of the jokes land too hard.

Mar 31, 2021 | Full Review…

With a talented cast and writing staff and a truly original premise, it might really turn into something exceptional.

Mar 26, 2021 | Full Review…

Whether there's enough story to draw from culture clashes and Al's wide-eyed innocence remains to be seen, but the likability of the characters is never in question.

Mar 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for United States of Al: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    I wanted to like this show, I really did. I watched the first episode and found it formulaic, stale, and obvious. But, I was willing to give it a second chance because sometimes pilots are duds. Then the second episode rolled around and it was more of the same. Poorly timed jokes that could be predicted from a mile away. Flat characters who seemed more like a compilation of tropes rather than fleshed out people. And then there was Al himself. Look, I'm sure that Adhir Kaylen is a good actor who was simply working with what he had been given; but what he was given was a caricature of a "funny foreigner". There's no heart there. No soul. Just one liners delivered to a laugh track desperately trying to remind us that this show is funny. As I was watching episode two, as Kalen delivered a line about all Afghans wanting tea, I realized that I've seen this show before. Back in the mid-eighties when it was called Perfect Strangers. That's the biggest problem with The United States of Al, it belongs in 1986 not 2021.
  • Apr 03, 2021
    I was looking forward to this because the executive producer was Lorre. I was disappointed and probably will not watch. Too bad. Another one bites the dust.
  • Apr 02, 2021
    As with any new show, it is hard to tell how it will hold up over the initial season(s). I am not a fan of the forced humor that is typical of Lorre's initial episodes for new shows, but there is often good payoff for bearing through this awkward setup period. United States of Al has a very good cast and the potential for useful cultural exploration while using humor to keep it from getting too 'preachy'. I predict this will be one of Lorre's better productions, but it will be a painful start as many of his shows are.
  • Apr 02, 2021
    It wasn't bad. It was easy to watch. I think it's important to see a representation of Muslims that aren't terrorists or a military movie. As someone else said, this show might not hit the head on the nail, but it paves the way for larger conversations. Watching this made me realize that I haven't seen a tv show (especially a comedy) with a Muslim main character that actually spoke out loud about general practices out loud and non-Muslims accept it. It's normal to his friend Riley, who reminds his dad not to offer Al beer, which is also important. I am excited to see how the relationship between Riley and Al develops. I think there's real potential for a bro-mance here. The humor was fine, though I personally like ABC comedies. I liked it, it was easy. It was only the first episode, so it wasn't spectacular, but it was enough to make me curious about where the story is going! First episodes, especially of comedies, always take a little time to find their footing. People have complained about Al being too palatable and having no dimension, but I found Al sweet. I think he will develop more dimension as time goes by. All in all, I'm willing to keep watching. It's enjoyable and easy. It made me curious enough to keep going, which is enough for me.

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