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'Aliens in America' Pits Stereotypes, Humor

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'Aliens in America' Pits Stereotypes, Humor

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'Aliens in America' Pits Stereotypes, Humor

'Aliens in America' Pits Stereotypes, Humor

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The new sitcom Aliens in America premiered on the CW Network this week. It's a teen angst comedy with a politically charged twist.

The Tolchuck family from Wisconsin gets an exchange student, who turns out to be a devout Muslim from Pakistan. The show plays post-Sept. 11 tensions between America and the Muslim world for laughs, tackling issues from terrorism to civil rights in a lighthearted high school setting.

And the show is getting attention beyond its teen demographic.