As far as this fall's new shows go, the CW's "Aliens in America" scored pretty high with TV bloggers who saw the pilot episode. I myself found a lot to love about the show, most notably the two main boys, Justin (Dan Byrd) and Raja (Adhir Kalyan). The story follows a Pakistani exchange student, Raja, who goes to live with an "all-American" small-town Minnesota family. The mother in the family (Amy Pietz) has a lot of reservations about this arrangement, including the fear that Raja may be a terrorist. But Justin soon finds a friend in Raja, someone who listens to him without judging.
There are some hilarious moments in this pilot episode and some clever writing overall. Yet there are also moments that make me squirm, and not in the funny-awkward "The Office" kind of way.
I actually watched the pilot episode twice, since the part of Justin's father was recast with Scott Patterson (yes, Luke from "Gilmore Girls"!) and I actually liked the show a lot more the second time around. I'll be curious to find out what you thought of it if you catch it tonight at 8:30 PM. For now, you can check out a preview of tonight's episode if you
Photo courtesy of CW