I actually watched a sitcom on CBC-TV last night, and liked it. After all the buzz in the media, I just had to check out “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” a show about Muslims living in a small town in Saskatchewan.
It’s probably as much of a groundbreaker as The Cosby Show was in the 1980s. "Mosque" shows Muslims as normal people with normal problems. The lighthearted humour pokes fun at misconceptions about both Muslims and rural Canadians. Of course no Canadian comedy set in the Prairies would be complete without jabs at big, bad Toronto, where you can actually find a decaf cappuccino. (The young imam, a lawyer transplanted from Toronto, is shocked to find that his favourite drink is not available in his new town.)
Watching the show, I couldn’t help but wonder if U.S. audiences would like it. Let’s hope it gets picked up outside Canada.