United States of Al

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UNITED STATES OF AL stars Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young in a comedy about the friendship between Riley, a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (aka Al), the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and hiias just arrived to start a new life in America. The series also stars Elizabeth Alderfer, Dean Norris, Kelli Goss and Farrah Mackenzie.
Starring
Adhir KalyanParker YoungElizabeth Alderfer
Genres
ComedyDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    March 31, 2021
    20min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Marine veteran Riley, home at last after serving in Afghanistan, is happily reunited with his friend Awalmir, aka Al, the interpreter with his unit, after getting him a visa.
  2. 2. Repair / Tarmim
    April 7, 2021
    22min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Al (ADHIR KALYAN) uses his skills as a translator to try and repair the tense relationship between Riley (PARKER YOUNG) and his estranged wife, Vanessa (KELLI GOSS).
  3. 3. Shorts / Neykar
    April 14, 2021
    20min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Al becomes flustered when he goes to the DMV to take his driver’s license test and the female instructor is wearing shorts – something he’s unaccustomed to seeing.
  4. 4. Spinach / Sabzi
    April 21, 2021
    19min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Exasperated by Riley’s parenting style with Hazel, Al attempts to teach her to be more deferential to her elders.
  5. 5. Homesick / Deghyat
    April 28, 2021
    18min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Riley, Art and Vanessa attempt to help Al feel better when he becomes homesick for his family and traditions.
  6. 6. Fundraiser / Baspana Towlawal
    May 5, 2021
    20min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Art asks Riley and Al to make speeches at a fundraiser for interpreters that are waiting for visas, Riley has a hard time accepting the attention.
  7. 7. Car / Motar
    May 12, 2021
    19min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After Al and Riley negotiate a deal for Al’s new car, they learn the hard way that they are not adept at finances and contracts. RIKI LINDHOME guest stars.
  8. 8. Roht / Sweet Bread
    May 19, 2021
    19min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Al meets Ariana (guest star AZITA GHANIZADA), an Afghan woman he wants to date, but is dismayed to learn she has a negative opinion of Afghan interpreters who worked for the U.S.
  9. 9. Birthday / Kaleeza
    May 26, 2021
    19min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Hazel starts planning her 11th birthday party, she learns that Al doesn't know when his birthday is so she invites him to share the day with her.
  10. 10. Matchmaker / Roybar
    June 2, 2021
    20min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Al and Riley get the sense that Art might be lonely and missing his late wife so they play matchmaker for him.
  11. 11. Blackout / Parchawl
    June 9, 2021
    19min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Al fears the worst when he doesn't hear from his family in Afghanistan for a few days.
  12. 12. Dog / Spai
    June 16, 2021
    19min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Riley and Hazel bring home a lost dog with the hope of keeping him, which doesn't sit well with Al.
  13. 13. Help / Komak
    June 23, 2021
    21min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Al and Vanessa team up to convince Riley to accept the help and benefits he earned for his military service so he can be in good health and embrace the next chapter in his life with his family.

More details

Supporting actors
Kelli GossFarrah MackenzieDean Norris
Producers
Not Specified
Season year
2021
Network
CBS
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

109 global ratings

  1. 85% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 6% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Vegas RossReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really like this sit-com and bought both seasons
Verified purchase
I cannot believe they are considering cutting this show. My wife and I really like it. Hard to find good sit-coms now. They need to keep this one going.
Sarah A. LaraReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Show!
Verified purchase
Fun and divers - great show!
P.o.E.Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
OMG - this is AWFUL!
I feel like Chuck Lorre has left the 21st Century for a Perfect Strangers 80s. Go back and watch PS and you'll see how much of the humor is similar. It might have been funny then, but it hasn't aged well, and new shows using a similar style of humor just won't last. It's a type of humor that feeds into awful perceptions of immigrants, and we dont need to keep recycling this type of propaganda.

This is just bottom of the barrel. Definitely not of the caliber of other CL shows. In fact, Bob Hearts Abishola, while not without flaws, is a much better--and far more authentic--sitcom about immigrants.

And what is it with the parody of accent and identity? No, you can't substitute one minority for another--how is this not understood?

I doubt CBS will let a CL show cancel so soon--in fact, look at how many CL properties are sustaining CBS - Mom, Young Sheldon, Bob Hearts Abishola, that new donor show (and, before that, Big Bang Theory). It's almost like CBS stands for Chucklorre Broadcasting Station. Instead, the best one can hope for is that there's an overhaul (the way that CL kept overhauling Mom from season 2 on) and they'll address all of these flaws. If not, it's time to just nix the property and do something different--and far better.
One person found this helpful
Leslie HReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Suspended in mid air!
Pro's are: it is not violent, it is not graphically sexual, it brings to attention through comedy the emotional trauma suffered by both service men and women and their families, it introduces us to interpreters trying to bring peace to their country and what it cost them even though some say it is not entirely accurate.
Con"s are: the humor is not top notch, the script or story is important but not written very interestingly, the actors are mediocre.
I do like the respect given to the elders in other countries and acted out here. Although I believe some of those countries stifle and control the young there is a point of balance missing in America's young too. We could both learn a little from each other's customs. It is not a bad show, but some of its jokes are off color. Is it a family show or an adult show? It is sort of suspended in mid air in my opinion! Difficult to define in every aspect.
Gets AroundReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great show Chuck Lorre does it again
I've watched every Chuck Lorre show obsessively and this is already one of my favorites. But I honestly have no idea where it's headed. The main character is Al is really good, but I could imagine you might also hate him. I'm hooked I know I'm going to watch them all to the end.
2 people found this helpful
RobertReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Show!
I do not care what the professional critics say...this show is great! I laughed and cried as the plot covers a lot of topics while keeping it lighthearted. Professional critics be damned...take a chance and watch a show that has a veteran as the main character and the challenges he has returning home.
4 people found this helpful
Shawn ClydeReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, charming, not cynical
This is an accessible, very watchable comedy that happens to have some fresh international and ripped-from-the-headlines twists on the usual American sitcom formula. It fits comfortably in the sitcom genre with familiar narrative structures, but doesn't have the same jokes and situations you've seen a million times before, because of the unique (and true to life) premise. I look forward to seeing what trouble Al and Riley get into in season 2.
One person found this helpful
mReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love
This is my new favorite sitcom. Love the main characters and Young and Kalyan have a refreshing bond.
3 people found this helpful
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