Aliens in America

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 8:30 PM Oct 01, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Justin Tolchuck, a 16 year old teenager, is struggling to have a satisfactory social life in high school in Wisconsin. Franny, Justin's mother, is concerned about his lack of friends and in order to fix this she signs up with the school's international exchange student program believing that an outsider would make her son cooler with his influence. However, the exchange student turns out to be a Muslim named Raja Musharaff, who belongs to a small village in Pakistan. But despite differences between Raja and Justin, they become good friends.moreless

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  • Full of potential! A very nice show.

    A new comedy show which makes you laugh and think at the same time. The story itself is not so great: a boy from Pakistan comes to USA for an exchange students program, and he's taken in by an american family. What amuse you is how the boy interacts with a total different culture and viceversa, how this american family's lifestile is completely messed up because of him. Besides the differeces between the two cultures and the initial misunderstandings, there is open mind and wish to know each other from both sides, so that the foreign student becomes part of the american family. A very nice show that points out many problems related to a multiethnic society, and it's all matched with hilarious and funny scenes.moreless
  • Good intro!

    Justin is a typical geek, but for his junior year in high school, his mom gets a foreign exchange student to up his "cool" level. It turns out that the exchange student that was supposedly from France is from Pakistan. His name is Raja. Instead of making him cooler, it makes it worse. Justin has a sister named Claire and she has obviously "grown up." Guys are staring, even Raja. When Franny wants to send him back, Justin realizes that Raja is a person too and he wants him to stay.

    This was a great episode! I think this show has potential! I loved seeing Lindsey Shawn from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide! This episode gets a 9.5!moreless
  • Cring inducing

    CW is a network I rarely watch. Perhaps it is because they rarely have decent shows (althought I am a fan of Smallville). Or perhaps it is because I am an oldster, well beyond the networks target audience if 12. But often it is because the values reflected on many of this networks shows are juvenile, the acting is atrocious, and the writing is sub-par. Such is the case for 'Aliens in America'. What begins in the pilot as an amusing time-waster morphs into a cring inducing racist situation comedy that is not funny. In the hands of better script management, this could be an interesting satire but the writers have yet to demonstrate that they know the difference between making fun of American culture and making fun of people who are different from you and I. The scene towards the end of the pilot between the mom and Raja is simply terrible. Raja's compliance to the obvious racist attitude of Franny Tolchuck is as unrealistic as having Raja appear in native garb instead of standard teen shirt and jeans.

    This show needs a lot of improvement if it hoes to avoid the trash heap.moreless
  • Glad it was free on i-Tunes

    I downloaded the pilot from i-Tunes because it was free and watched it. I am glad I did that rather than wasting the space on my DVR. I like the actors who are in the series but I was not interested in any of the characters as I was watching this show. There was nothing exciting going on and I have a feeling the sterotyping is going to get "old" really quick throughout the season. I understand this is the year of the geek but I just didn't feel for this geek or his friend. I didn't find myself laughing at anything that I thought the writers wanted me to laught it.moreless
  • A highly entertaining show that had me laughing on a regular basis.

    Aliens in America was a well written, refreshingly funny show. Rather then going with the slap stick/ no brain required humor that has been dominating lately, Aliens in America went with a subtle, smart, sardonic humor that pokes fun at everything from misguided parents to the ignorance and bigotry found in American society. This show has good casting, good editing, good direction and good acting going for it. Adhir Kalyan does a fantastic job. It's hard to believe he doesn't have a bigger resume. I will definitely watch for him in the future.

    Aliens in America does have a lot of stuff you would expect from an awkward teenager in high school storyline but does it with rare style and intelligence.moreless
Alex S. Alexander

Alex S. Alexander

Ms. Mirante

Guest Star

Ian Crossland

Ian Crossland

High School Boy

Guest Star

Nathan Mitchell

Nathan Mitchell


Guest Star

Christopher B. Duncan

Christopher B. Duncan

Mr. Matthews

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Claire: Mom, I really need to talk to you.
      Franny: Claire, not now, okay.
      Claire: I want to go on the pill.
      Franny: What?!
      Claire: It's my body, it's my life.
      Franny: Okay, I can't deal with this right now, so please just go to the market and pick up the chicken for dinner and we'll talk about it later, okay.
      Claire: Fine. By the way, I'm bringing Jeffrey tonight.
      Franny: Wait! Who's Jeffrey?
      Claire: He's part of this, I'll explain later.

    • Ms. Mirante: Raja, you are so different from us. How does that feel?
      Raja: I am not sure I understand.
      Ms. Mirante: Think about it (to class) How does everyone else feel about Raja and his differences? (a girl raises her hand) Yes, Stephanie!
      Stephanie: Well, I guess I feel angry because his people blew up the buildings in New York.
      Ms. Mirante: Ah, that's good!
      Raja: But that is not true.
      Ms. Mirante: Okay, Raja, in America, you have to wait until you're called on and I'd appreciate a raised hand. Okay, now who else is angry at Raja? (everyone raises their hands).

    • Justin: (Voiceover) I think any teenager's lowest point comes when his mother decides she has to import a friend for him. My father, however, couldn't have been happier. The host family gets a check every month for 500 bucks.
      Gary: Hey Franny! How many of these kids can we get?
      Justin: Dad!
      Gary: What? That way you'd have a whole gang to pal around with.
      Franny: One per household, hon.

    • Justin: (Voiceover) These are the Palladino twins. Last year, they put a gun in my mouth, turned out to be a water pistol, but I did not know that at the time.

    • Justin: (Voiceover) Okay, so check this out. Let's say a space alien landed in my hometown. If he were sixteen years old, he would go to my high school and let's face it, his life would probably suck. Everyone would make fun of his giant head and his big bug eyes. He'd be an outcast, a loner, definitely a virgin. And there'd be nothing he could do about it except wait for his spaceship to take him home. I didn't have a spaceship and each year of high school was worse than the last. But all of that was about to change because right before my junior year, I got my braces off.

    • Raja: What prayers do you recite when you are upset?
      Justin: I don't usually uh...I don't really pray that much. Usually I just, you know, like, eat a, eat a brownie or, uh, buy a CD.
      Raja: Justin, the pan is empty.

    • Raja: Are you the Tolchucks? I am Raja, your exchange student!
      Franny: Um, Gar?
      Gary: Yeah, yeah, um, I'm sorry son, there might be some confusion. The boy we ordered was supposed to come in from London.
      Raja: That *is* me. I started in Pakistan and then I flew in from London.
      Gary: Oh.

    • Franny: Oh, Justin, if I was a girl your age...Gary, you know what? I should drive him down to Milwaukee. Have him visit one of those modeling agencies.
      Gary: Hey, not a bad idea Franny. They take all kinds. Stan Parker's kid did a print ad for Home Depot. That's one year of college.

    • Raja: Justin! If you have not brushed your teeth yet, then perhaps we can brush them together! I think you will find that we brush just the same!

    • Justin: Mom! It's the first day of school! I don't want to be late!
      Franny: (handing him his lunch) Here you go! Aw! Look at you! This is gonna be your year!
      Justin: The only thing crazier than my mom pumping me up like that, was the fact that I believed her.

    • Justin: (Voiceover) It was at that point my mother decided to take matters into her own hands.
      Franny: Justin you need to come with me. Now.
      Justin: Why?
      Franny: Grammy's dying.
      Justin: (Voiceover) This is probably the cruelest way my mother could have tricked me.
      (Switches to next scene in the car and Justin is crying)
      Justin: I just - I can't lose Grammy right now.
      Franny: Calm down. Grammy's fine.

    • Claire: Mom, I really need to talk to you.
      Franny: Claire, not now, okay?
      Claire: I want to go on the pill.
      Franny: What?
      Claire: It's my body. It's my life.
      Franny: Okay, I can't deal with this right now, so please just go to the market and pick up a chicken for dinner and we'll talk about it later, okay?
      Claire: Fine. By the way, I'm bringing Jeffrey tonight.
      Franny: Wait. Who's Jeffrey?
      Claire: He's part of this. I'll explain later.

    • (About Raja)
      Franny: What are we gonna do?!
      Gary: Franny, I don't think there's anything we can do.
      Justin: But I don't understand, why can't we just like return him?
      Gary: Franny, would you please tell your son that we can't do that?
      Franny: I don't see why not. If I ordered a coffee maker and I received a toaster I'd return that.

    • Justin: (Narrating) As we welcomed Raja into our home, he was too giddy with excitement to realize just how much we were freaking out.
      Raja: What a beautiful home.
      Franny: Thank you, Raja. The guest room is just down the hall. Make yourself at home, we'll see you in the morning.
      Raja: Forgive my confusion, but is it not 6:30 here?
      Franny: Raja! I am your mother while you're here. You've had a long flight... I insist you go to bed.
      Raja: Of course.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: September 9, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Latin America: September 12, 2009 on Warnel Channel
      Czech Republic: January 17, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • This episode was on the Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season, but only to promote Amy Pietz as Outstanding Lead Actress.

    • Music featured in this episode
      "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" by PJ Olsson and Salman Ahmad
      "All Good People" by Yes
      "Beatbox Cha Cha" by Ursula 1000
      "Buttons" by Pussycat Dolls
      "Close To Me" by The Cure
      "How Far We've Come" by Matchbox 20
      "Navajo Joe" by Ennio Morricone
      "Pop Goes The World" by Men Without Hats
      "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman
      "Time Won't Let Me Go" by The Bravery
      "Where Did You Come From" by Jake Zavracky
      "You! Me! Dancing" by Sticking Fingers Into Sockets

    • There was a deleted scene for this episode. When Justin is describing how the Palladino twins put a fake gun to his mouth, there was originally a scene depicting that, but it was deleted as it was too offensive to show on television.

    • Scott Patterson played Luke Danes on the CW show, Gilmore Girls, before being on Aliens in America.

    • This is the first episode to feature recurring character, Mr. Matthews, played by Christopher B. Duncan.

    • Twins Chaz and Todd's last name is Palladino, this is the last name of Gilmore Girls creator and executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.

    • The role of Gary Tolchuck was originally played by Patrick Breen. However, the actor was later replaced by Scott Patterson.