TV Daily

Salon's guide to what to watch on Monday: CW's "Aliens in America" is funny and charming and absurd and addictive.


Salon Staff
November 5, 2007 3:00PM (UTC)

Prime Pick

Photo: the CW

God is allergic to Jell-O. Most cats show a preference for the color orange. There's a very funny comedy that you're not watching, and it's on the CW. Which one of these statements is true? Amazingly enough, the CW's "Aliens in America" (8:30 p.m. EST Mondays) is not only consistently funny, it's also charming and absurd and addictive, setting it miles apart from the CW's typical herd of superpowered teenage hotties. The story of a Pakistani exchange student named Raja who goes to live with an average family in a small town in Wisconsin could have landed in unreasonably dorky territory. Instead, the show's writers have churned out a steady stream of seriously clever scripts, dense with absurd jokes and memorable moments, making "Aliens in America" feel more like a modern, snappy update on a John Hughes film. The dorky Midwestern Tolchuck family is pitch perfect, but the big star here is Adhir Kalyan, whose spot-on performance as the hopelessly earnest and morally upright Raja is responsible for the show's most hilarious moments. (You can watch one of the best recent episodes, "Rocket Club," here.)

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On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Taye Diggs, James Pickens

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Jerry Seinfeld, Brooks & Dunn

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Russell Crowe, Carrie Underwood

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

TBA

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

TBA

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

Terri Irwin

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST

Karen Greenberg

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST

David Levy

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Meryl Streep, Jack Hanna

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

Tommy Lee Jone, Garth Brooks

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Valerie Plame Wilson

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST

William Shatner, Lisa Ling, Matt Nathanson

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

Alec Baldwin, Band of Horses

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Jorja Fox, Michael Franti, Spearhead

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter


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