“Little America”, the Apple TV+ series released on January 17, 2020, is classified as a comedy even though at times it could be seen as a drama. This series is based on Epic Magazine’s Little America and in its first episodes we can witness how different families and characters have to deal with difficulties after their arrival in the United States. It should be noted that although some characters or events are not exactly the same, most are based on real events. Here’s all you need to know about her, and it won’t leave you indifferent.
- Creators: Kumail Nanjiani, Lee Eisenberg and Emily V. Gordon
- Executive Producers: Kumail Nanjiani, Alan Yang, Lee Eisenberg, Emily V Gordon, Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis.
- Classification: +12
- Average duration per episode: 30 minutes.
- Distribution channels and platforms: Apple TV+.
Chapters, characters and actors
Chapter 1: “The Manager”
In this first episode we can see an emotional story starring Kabir, a boy who at the age of 12 has to take charge of a motel after his parents leave for India , his country of origin. Three actors play the young man, as he appears at various points in his life throughout the episode. They are Suraj Sharma, Eshan Inamdar and Ishan Gandhi.
Chapter 2: “The Jaguar”
The story revolves around the sporting career of Marisol, a young woman of South American origin who has emigrated with her family to the United States. They live in undesirable conditions, in a garage, which is no obstacle for the young woman to succeed in playing squash thanks to a series of coincidences that lead her to get started in this sport. Jearnest Corchado plays Marisol, while John Ortiz and Melinna Bobadilla play the squash teacher and Gloria respectively.
Chapter 3: “The Cowboy”
This chapter shows us how Iwegbuna, a young student of Nigerian origin, is able to find an interesting connection in his life with Oklahoma and its cowboy culture . The main character is played by Conphidance, Professor Robbins is played by Tom McCarthy, Chioke is played by Chinaza Uche and Mma Udeh is played by Ebbe Bassey.
Chapter 4: “The Silence”
Sylviane is undergoing a spiritual retreat in order to find inner peace, for which she must be 10 days in silence . However, this situation will become very complicated when she begins to realize that she has fallen in love with a fellow meditator. She is played by Mélanie Laurent, while Jack is played by Bill Heck and Zachary Quinto gives life to the spiritual leader.
Chapter 5: “The Baker”
Beatrice has a very humble background in Uganda, from where she is sent to the United States so that she can go to university. Her dream, however, has more to do with becoming a master pastry chef , something she will try to achieve and for which she will have many difficulties. The main character is played by Kemiyondo Coutinho, while Innocent Ekakitie and Susan Basemera play Brian and Yuliana respectively.
Chapter 6: “First Prize Winners”
Ai is one of the so-called mothers of courage and she alone has to take care of raising and educating her children. In the episode we see how she does it aboard an Alaskan cruise ship, in which she also tries to find her identity. The main character is played by Angela Lin, while X.Lee plays Bo and Madeleine Chang plays Cheng.
Chapter 7: “The Rock”
Faraz, an immigrant in the United States, dreams of power to build the house of his dreams in that land. Together with his family, he will try to make this a reality, but it will not be easy. Many obstacles will be put in Faraz’s way, although he is clear about not giving up so easily. Shaun Toub is the lead actor and Shila Vosough Ommi and Justin Ahdoot play Yasmin and Behrad respectively.
Chapter 8: “The Son”
Rafiq possesses two features that, although not entirely harmful, create more than one problem for him because of the society he finds himself in. He is a refugee and gay , which is why he is continually discriminated against. However, his goal is to live freely in the United States. He is played by Haaz Sleiman, while Adam Ali plays Zain.
Review of “Little America” (no spoiler)
The sector of the series and its consumption is changing and a good proof of this is this series, which shows symptoms of this with its short duration of episodes and the way in which they are presented. It could be said that each episode of “Little America” is a different series, since they tell completely different stories, although they have a nexus of union that is what gives it meaning.
The old slogan of the American dream may have a lot of marketing behind it, because in the end what every person and family expects when they emigrate is to be able to prosper, have a more peaceful life and adapt to the customs of their new country without giving up their origins. This is precisely what this series shows us, capable of making us laugh in many moments, but with a deep background that becomes stronger if we consider that it is based on real facts.
Indeed, emigrating is not easy, but fitting in wherever you go is even less so. Each episode of “Little America” serves as a little reality pill to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Perhaps the reason that the emotionality is somewhat diminished or we don’t quite connect with the characters is precisely the short duration of the episodes. You can’t say that they don’t give us time to tell things, and although there are some chapters more dispensable than others, the truth is that most of us are left wanting to know more. Perhaps opting for 10 more minutes per episode, just 10, would have made a big difference.
The topics discussed, such as feminism or the integration of the LGTB collective has given the series some headaches, with some episodes being censored in certain countries. This, beyond being a bad thing, has to be seen as a good thing. If someone is offended by the sensitization and normalization of such current issues it means they are doing things right.
In any case, we find a series that, if we continue along this path, will not only dazzle users and critics, but it is even possible that some prizes will be awarded.
The second season of this series is already confirmed, as we don’t know how many episodes it will tell, which actors will participate or what stories they will tell us. Hardly anything is known about the beginning of the recordings, but considering that the premiere of the first season took place in January 2020, it may not be until early 2021 that we will see the premiere of the new ones.
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