Little America is an anthology series. It was developed for Apple by Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, and Lee Eisenberg, veterans of character-driven comedies like The Big Sick and The Office.
The show invokes hopefulness and optimism despite the various challenges faced by the characters. All eight episodes have different tones, casts, and directors and every 30-minute episode focus on a different person overcoming some significant obstacle, whether it’s deportation, visa problems, language gaps, or other cultural clashes. The result is a series of heartfelt stories, as uplifting as they are emotional. Little America presents real-life tension mixed with humour and romance, with an emphasis on friendships and family that paints a very wholesome picture of the protagonists’ lives, which don’t solely revolve around the pain or struggles of moving to a new country.
In “The Manager,” a 12-year-old Kabir (Eshan Inamdar) is essentially left to look after himself and take care of the well-reviewed family motel in Utah when his parents, who are facing deportation, take asylum and head back to India for several. The Son,” which is mostly set in Syria and Jordan, does a phenomenal job of showing why some people have no choice but to flee their native countries and seek refuge in America. Rafiq (Haaz Sleiman) is forced to apply for asylum in the U.S. because his own family wants him dead after finding out he’s gay.
By the time each story ends, showing pictures of the real people who inspired the episode, you’ll likely have a tear in your eye and a much greater understanding of what it takes to succeed as a newcomer to America.