UNITED STATES OF AL was all about whatโ€™s acceptable for women and men to wear especially if you are a Muslim verses an American. Seeing girls in shorts really threw Al when he was trying to pass his driving test for his license.

What works for this sitcom is the thoughtful, humorous and semi-serious writing for the talented ensemble, though there are moments I want even more laughs to counter the heavy topics being discussed. I am not sure the producers know exactly which genre fits this show.

At one point I know all the grief and lost emotions will hit the fan. When that time comes, I am hoping Al, portrayed by Adhir Kalyan, will be able to pull his American family through the storm with pathos, style, grace and perhaps a large dose of appropriate chuckles.

UNITED STATES OF AL is available to stream on CBS ALL ACCESS Television.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Childrenโ€™s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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