Aliens in America

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  • TV-PG
  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 7.5  (3,626)

Aliens in America was a sitcom that premiered on The CW network in 2007. The show starred Dan Byrd as Justin Tolchuk, a nerdy and socially awkward high school student living in the small town of Medora, Wisconsin. The premise of the series revolved around Justin and his family hosting an exchange student from Pakistan named Raja Musharaff (played by Adhir Kalyan). Due to a series of misunderstandings, the family had originally requested a popular European student, but ended up with Raja instead.

At first, Justin is hesitant to welcome Raja into his home due to his own insecurities and fears of being bullied further by his classmates. However, as the series progresses, Justin and Raja's friendship deepens and the two become close friends.

Throughout the show, the two main characters navigate a range of high school experiences, from dealing with bullies to pursuing romantic interests. Justin's older sister, Claire (played by Lindsey Shaw), also plays a prominent role in the series as she struggles with her own identity and relationships.

One of the standout features of the show was its portrayal of cultural differences and stereotypes. Raja's experiences as a Muslim Pakistani in small-town America highlighted the difficulties and prejudices he faced, while also showcasing his unique perspective and sense of humor. The show tackled topics such as religion, immigration, and identity in a thoughtful and entertaining way.

The humor in Aliens in America was often witty and irreverent. The show took satirical jabs at the absurdities of high school life and small-town America, while never losing sight of its heart and message of acceptance.

Critically praised for its thought-provoking themes and sharp writing, Aliens in America unfortunately struggled in the ratings and was cancelled after only one season. However, its impact is still felt today as it remains a beloved cult classic among fans.

Overall, Aliens in America was a refreshing and poignant coming-of-age story that tackled timely issues of diversity and acceptance in a relatable and entertaining way. It was a show that captured the awkwardness and humor of adolescence, while also offering a powerful message of empathy and understanding.

Aliens in America is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on October 1, 2007.

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Raja at Sixteen
18. Raja at Sixteen
May 18, 2008
Frannie arranges a date for Raja and a Muslim girl and both families, when its revealed that he is interested in her. Justin goes out with a neurotic girl due to a feeling of pressure to date, and Claire goes out with a German exchange student.
Wake at the Lake
17. Wake at the Lake
May 11, 2008
Raja creates a mock funeral for a classmate who was "killed" in an alcohol related accident, as a means to raise awareness for Students Against Drunk Driving. But the school's most popular student is jealous when Raja chooses Justin as his pretend victim.
Smutty Books
16. Smutty Books
May 4, 2008
When Justin's class is assigned to read the book "Madame Bovery," his mother insists that all smutty books be banned from the schools. Also, Justin's parents learn of his new talent, drawing nude women.
The Muslim Card
15. The Muslim Card
April 27, 2008
Raja's new annoying friend Mindy feels ostracized by her classmates. Mindy thinks she and Raja are dating, and Raja doesn't know how to set her straight without hurting her feelings, so he tells he can't go out with her because of their different religions. When Mindy shows up in a burka, Raja knows he's in trouble. Meanwhile, after Gary and Franny learn some shocking news about their new neighbors.
One Hundred Thousand Miles
14. One Hundred Thousand Miles
March 23, 2008
When Raja starts to pray at the airport, the Tolchuck family is detained by security and they have to postpone their trip. Feeling misunderstood, Raja sees Mr. Matthews and asks to be placed with a new family, and the Tolchucks go to a mosque for guidance. Gary and Justin get in a little quality time while searching for Raja.
Community Theater
13. Community Theater
March 16, 2008
Justin auditions for a production of Rent because a cute girl is playing the lead. Meanwhile, Claire works for the teen hotline at school, but after not being able to help anyone, Raja calls in with a fake name and fake American accent to tell her his problems.
12. Hunting
March 9, 2008
Gary takes Justin and Raja hunting in order to guide his son in a "manlier" direction after Justin decides he wants to be a stay-at-home dad. Meanwhile, Fanny and Claire have an argument that leads to a blow-up at a nightclub.
Mom's Coma
11. Mom's Coma
March 2, 2008
Justin finds himself being preyed on by the school bully, Trey, and makes up a story about Franny being in a coma to win Trey's sympathy. Raja objects to the lie, until he finds himself a target of Trey's actions as well. Meanwhile, Franny has an automobile accident, and Gary has a little accident of his own.
10. Church
December 10, 2007
The Tolchucks begin attending church again after Raja questions the family's spirituality during the Christmas holiday. Also, Justin prays to have sex with a certain girl in his school.
Junior Prank
9. Junior Prank
November 26, 2007
Justin and Raja feel guilty after carrying out the annual junior-class school prank. Meanwhile, Gary searches for a job, Franny sells things over the internet from the household and Claire feels a bond with a herd of alpaca after being left in charge of them.
My Musky, Myself
8. My Musky, Myself
November 19, 2007
Claire talks Justin into becoming the school's mascot, but is too scared to perform in public. Meanwhile, Gary pretends to be employed at a big hardware store and even helps out the customers.
Purple Heart
7. Purple Heart
November 12, 2007
Stress from exams has Raja smoking, which causes former smokers Franny and Gary to start up again. Elsewhere, Claire is snubbed by Justin after she embarrasses him in school.
6. Homecoming
November 5, 2007
It's Homecoming and Justin is serving on the Junior Float Committee since his idea for last year's float was a hit. However, when Raja questions Justin's idea for this year, the committee chooses Raja's idea instead. Meanwhile, Franny tries on Claire's dress and Gary finds the sight irresistible. But when he learns that the dress is Claire's, he forbids his daughter from wearing it.
Help Wanted
5. Help Wanted
October 29, 2007
Gary, not wanting to tell his family that he was fired, tries to get the family to reduce spending. Raja, thinking he's a financial burden on the family, gets a job at a convenience store. Justin, Craig and Dooley visit Raja and learn that the parking lot at the store is where the cool kids hang out. However, things are disrupted when Raja doesn't sell alcohol to the kids with fake IDs.
The Metamorphosis
4. The Metamorphosis
October 22, 2007
Raja persuades a sexy girl in school to dress more modestly and concentrate on developing her mind. While working with Raja and the girl on a project, Justin begins to think she likes him. At home, Franny gives Gary a fashion makeover.
Rocket Club
3. Rocket Club
October 15, 2007
When Franny has Raja join Justin's Rocket Club, Justin is forced to reveal to Raja that the club doesn't actually exist. Horrified to continue with the lie, Raja builds a rocket anyway, but when he tries to buy parts for it he's suspected of being a terrorist. Meanwhile, the cheerleading tryouts are not what Claire had expected.
No Man Is An Island
2. No Man Is An Island
October 8, 2007
Raja explains to a class that he's close to Justin, causing the entire school to tease them about being a couple. Horrified, Justin turns to Claire for help and she tells him to ignore Raja. But the strategy backfires when Raja befriends the geekiest kid at school, nicknamed "Small Paul," and Justin is completely alone. Meanwhile, when Claire decides to break up with Jeffrey, Gary gets involved.
1. Pilot
October 1, 2007
Justin Tolchuck, a 16 year old, is navigating the social high school nightmare with advice from his well-meaning parents, Franny and Gary, as well as jabs from his popular younger sister, Claire. Wanting to find friends for her son, Franny signs Justin up for the international exchange student program, hoping an athletic Nordic teen will boost Justin's social status. However, when the exchange student arrives, it turns out to be Raja Musharaff, a 16 year old Muslim from Pakistan. Despite their numerous cultural differences, Justin and Raja quickly bond, making them both feel less "alien."
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Aliens in America is available for streaming on the The CW website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Aliens in America on demand at and CW Seed.
  • Premiere Date
    October 1, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (3,626)