A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This show's humor is rooted in stereotyping, both of the Muslim characters and of their neighbors' (and the general public's) reactions to them. It's all done in good fun, but it points out many of the assumptions that exist on both sides of the religious and cultural divide. Even so, quips about being mistaken for a terrorist may strike a nerve, given modern tensions worldwide. The good news is that the citizens always manages to overcome their differences and band together for causes and issues that unite, rather than divide, them. Themes include communication and empathy.
Positive Role Models
All the characters are well-meaning, but their priorities vary greatly. Some have very conservative values (with or without religious influence); others embrace progressive changes in gender relations and more relaxed cultural expectations. These differences are obvious between differing communities of faith as well as among the different generations.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nothing physical, but plenty of innuendo. Knowing glances between a husband and wife hint at sex. A woman pinches a man's butt, and he looks longingly at hers. The subject of a teen's first menstrual cycle is central to an episode.
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"Hell," "ass," and "suck."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Mosque on the Prairie is a Canadian sitcom about the relationships between Muslims and their non-Muslim neighbors in a small Saskatchewan town. It's a high-quality comedy series with excellent casting and a lot of wit, and colorful personalities run the gamut from young progressives to more seasoned traditionalists. The overarching message celebrates people overcoming differences and finding common ground (or at the very least reaching compromises if the first option isn't attainable), but it does so through a lot of stereotyping on both sides of the cultural and gender divide. Given current global concerns, offhand remarks about Muslim terrorism and white neighbors' rush to judgment about the characters' intentions should inspire follow-up discussions if your tweens and teens do watch. Expect some mild sexual innuendo but little else in the way of concerning content.
Is It Any Good?
This delightfully lighthearted Canadian series is ensemble comedy at its best. No character is one-dimensional, which makes everyone's interactions both hilarious and filled with surprises and their relationships remarkably relatable. The characters are appealingly, unapologetically human, prone to disagreements and overreactions and even changes of opinion as time goes by and life experiences affect them. Even though it's done with humor, there's so much validity in how the show presents the ups and downs of real life that it's easy to imagine similar stories playing out in just about any community.
Little Mosque on the Prairie does an exceptional job toying with benign stereotypes and having fun with personality conflicts between different genders, generations, and especially cultures. On its own, it's a hilarious commentary on interpersonal relationships and the woes of conflict resolution. But viewed through the lens of modern issues, its seemingly innocent jabs at matters such as terrorism and racial profiling ("What's the charge? Flying while Muslim?" Amaar asks when he's detained at the airport, for instance) can strike a nerve. Adults can differentiate between the humor and the real-life issues that inspire it, but kids and tweens may find the line a little grayer.
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