"Pilot" -- Riley (Parker Young), a marine combat veteran is struggling to adjust to civilian life in Ohio and the interpreter, Al (Adhir Kalyan), who served with his unit in Afghanistan has just arrived to start a new life in America, on the series premiere of "United States of Al," Thursday, April 1 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Dean Norris, Elizabeth Alderfer, Kelli Goss and Farrah Mackenzie also star. Pictured Parker Young as Riley, Adhir Kalyan as Al. Photo Credit: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

UNITED STATES OF AL highlighted how we make those tough decisions in our lives. When we are young we can’t wait to take matters into our own hands, and as we age, we reanalyze every step we took. 

The entire family is at crossroads. Sharing and talking about it was not enough again. Al’s assimilation into America’s way of life is still not front and center. It feels like a totally different sitcom lately. I want the first season back. I keep saying this. Time is running out. 

UNITED STATES of Al is available to stream on CBS/PARAMOUNT

Esta Rosevear

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

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