• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 1, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 80
    Funny, charming and smart.
  2. 70
    Aliens in America is decent, and quiet, and genuinely sweet.
  3. 88
    It's very appealing. Aliens in America pulls off its absurd, touchy situation by handling everything with a relaxed tone and excellent film work.
  4. 80
    Aliens is generally an intriguing and worthwhile show, combining a "The Wonder Years" vibe with a subversive and effective topicality.
  5. 75
    Aliens in America delivers the laughs. It's one of the most enjoyable members of this fall's freshman class.
  6. Kalyan and Byrd are two likable, unaffected actors (or at least as unaffected as Aliens' heightened reality allows them to be; this show would be a mess in lesser hands).
  7. A lightly subversive sitcom set in modern-day Wisconsin.
  8. The show is consistently clever and lively, well played and directed, its corners filled with nice throwaway lines and small visual jokes.
  9. 80
    Innovative, daring and--most importantly--funny, Aliens in America is a fresh take on an old problem, the loneliness of being different.
  10. Sameer Asad Gardezi and his writing partners have created something very different in Aliens in America--and something very, very funny.
  11. 88
    Kalyan, Byrd and Duncan will make you laugh out loud they are so good. And being standouts here is almost impossible because it's so well done.
  12. Aliens is very much in the vein of previous nerd comedies like "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Freaks and Geeks," though it's not as explosively funny as either one of them.
  13. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    This narrated comedy-drama finely observes the particulars and peculiarities of teen life, both in the family its narrator is trying to outgrow and the high school pecking order he's hoping to rise in.
  14. 80
    The risk-taking humor is a refreshing throwback to "All in the Family" and "Maude."
  15. Aliens in America, a darling and delightful sitcom with a social conscience.
  16. It's a timely look at cultural differences and a timeless depiction of young friendship. It's that rare TV comedy with both humor and heart.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd R. Ramlow
    70
    While I expected the obvious jihadist jokes and Muslim stereotypes, the good news is that Aliens in America doesn’t just fall into such jingoistic scapegoating. Instead, it shows and complicates the process.
  18. 80
    Aliens in America is packed with actual jokes and the story lines are tight and funny.
  19. It's slightly unpolished in some areas but funny and charming and a perfect companion series to "Chris."
  20. It is a classic fish-out-of-water comedy that shows a deft touch as it delves into adolescent anxieties and intercultural fears and misunderstandings. There are honest emotions and honestly earned laughs throughout the first half hour.
  21. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    70
    Because the show is sidling up to its premise very gently, it looks more like a sweet-natured high-school comedy than the risky riff on tolerance it teases us with.
  22. The Aliens pilot has some of the funniest writing on TV this fall.
  23. It’s a premise that in the wrong hands could be boorish and not at all amusing, so it is to the writers’ credit that Aliens is instead fresh, funny and charming in a tart, sardonic way, one of the best sendups of adolescent angst since "The Wonder Years" and "Malcolm in the Middle" (and perhaps even "My So-Called Life").
  24. 50
    All is fine, if not as good as it had been.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    While the kids are alright, Pietz alone makes the series recommendable
  26. 40
    Despite plenty of surface sparkle, there is something discomforting about the show, and not just because it borrows tone and form from other sitcoms with youthful heroes, especially Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle."

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