United States of Al: Season 1 Reviews

August 4, 2021
It is not satirical and, in the four episodes available, treads so softly upon the issues it half-raises that it may as well be "Punky Brewster
April 2, 2021
There's the seeds of a good character-driven sitcom here.
April 1, 2021
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2021
United States of Al didn't warm my heart as much as it deeply bummed me out.
April 1, 2021
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.
April 1, 2021
Sort of a modern-day Perfect Strangers, only sadder and with less charm.
April 1, 2021
Kalyan's choices aren't funny, nor are the writers' choices for Al. It's a bad mixture.
April 1, 2021
Its heart's in the right place, it's the comedy part that's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 31, 2021
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 31, 2021
It's all mostly endearing, even when some of the jokes land too hard.
March 30, 2021
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.
March 26, 2021
With a talented cast and writing staff and a truly original premise, it might really turn into something exceptional.
March 25, 2021
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.