Could an Islamic sitcom be a hit in America?

Throughout the history of television, there have been several TV shows in which the original concept of the show – a comedy about being a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany, for example – might seem, on the top, a bit uncomfortable.

So how is it that one of Canada’s most popular homegrown television shows is a gentle situation comedy about the Islamic community in a small Saskatchewan town?

Welcome to “Little Mosque on the Prairie.”  It’s a half-hour sitcom on the CBC, about several members of the Muslim community of Mercy, Saskatchewan and how they share a house of worship with the local Anglican church.

In fact, take a look at the premiere episode of “Little Mosque on the Prairie” and judge for yourself.  It’s in two parts, as listed below.

A few things to consider.  Since its premiere in 2007, “Little Mosque on the Prairie” has been one of the biggest homegrown hits in Canada, even surpassing the venerable show “Corner Gas.”  It’s been syndicated around the world.

But despite all this success, the show has never broken through to the United States.  Plans to bring the show in, or to create an American version of the show, have both stalled.

So here’s what I want to know from you.  Watch the clips in this blog and you tell me –

1. Would you watch “Little Mosque on the Prairie” if it aired in America?  Why or why not?

2. Do you think America is ready for a sitcom involving Islamic characters and culture?  Why or why not?

Okay – discuss.