UNITED STATES OF AL is starting their first season mired in controversy. On one side there are those who believe the lead role of an Afghan interpreter should have been cast an Afghan actor. Instead the part went to a comedic actor of South Asian descent who was born in
South Africa. There are other Afghan actors in the sitcom and a part of the writing team.
I tuned in for the comedy and content. I was not disappointed. UNITED STATES OF AL is already a sharp, finely tuned production that had me laughing out loud and thinking about some pretty heavy moments our returning vets must face everyday.
Al’s friend and his family are facing a harsh realty check. Al (short for Awalmir) was an interpreter to US Marine Riley while he served two terms in Afghanistan. Now that Al is finally in America, he will be able to continue to help his friend adjust to life outside a war zone. I believe they will definitely help each other to adapt.
UNITED STATED OF AL is a brave show. I am hoping it will shed light on a topic most of us avoid talking about. I sincerely wish it success. Our divided world could definitely use more light and healing.
UNITED STATES OF AL is available to stream on CBS Television.