CW, 8:30 p.m. ET |
Something like Sacha Baron Cohen's notion of an afterschool special, this sitcom is about an American family, the Tolchucks, who take in a Pakistani exchange student named Raja (Adhir Kalyan). He's a fish out of water, but then so is the Tolchuck's 16-year-old son Justin (Dan Byrd). The difference is that Justin can feel his unpopularity in every nerve ending as he walks the corridors at school. Oblivious Raja just moves on, smiling and bursting with bizarre comments. The show's not exactly genius—what's funnier than a teen nerd? A foreign teen nerd!—but the dialogue and pacing are spry. And Kalyan gives Raja more dignity than you might expect.
EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS
8 P.M. | CW
The real Chris Rock makes his first appearance on the sitcom, playing a guidance counselor to his fictionalized self (Tyler James Williams).
10 P.M. | ABC
So many seasons—this is the 11th, taking up its regular Monday slot—and yet so little lasting love to show for it! And that's sad.