Michael Slezak
September 12, 2007 AT 08:14 PM EDT

I’m not sure why, but I could not have been less enthusiastic when I first heard The CW had added a sitcom called Aliens in America to its fall slate. And my opinion didn’t change much when I learned the show was about a quirky Midwestern family who welcomes a Pakistani Muslim exchange student into its home. But all that changed after I watched the show’s pilot episode over the weekend. Where I was expecting crass, thudding setups and borderline offensive punch lines, I instead found smart, subtle humor and terrific performances, including Caroline in the City‘s Amy Pietz as the family’s paranoid (but thankfully not one-dimensional) mom. And I’m not the only one who likes it; the show is an official “EW Pick” in our Fall TV Preview (currently on newsstands).

Anyhow, check out a sneak peek of the show for yourself, after the jump, although I must warn you that the delightful Patrick Breen has apparently been replaced by Gilmore Girls vet Scott Patterson in the role of the family patriarch. The other bad news is that Aliens airs Mondays at 8:30, opposite my other new crush, NBC’s Chuck. But that’s why God created DVRs, no? What I’m trying to say is, don’t let Aliens in America go the way of Aliens in the Family. In other words, ch-ch-check it out!

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