Canadian television can be frustrating at times. On one hand,it is capable of producing interesting programming; on the other, it is so blatantly safe and politically correct. More often than not, it's the latter.
When I finally sat to watch Little Mosque on the Prairie one month after its debut, I had an idea how the CBC would approach it. After viewing my first episode, I was proved right. For such a unique and potentially explosive idea, the dialogue is, well, safe and light in a Canadian way. The CBC obviously sought to strike a balance, and they came up with an inoffensive comedy. That's not necessarily a bad thing either. The issues raised in the show are new to North American viewers. Assuming Americans - most likely border states - can get the CBC.
The show is basically about how Muslims and Canadians interact in a prairie setting. The prairies are all the rage now. Wheat is in, urban is out. I got the distinct feeling that the writers are very careful not to offend anybody. Who can blame them considering the context under which the show has been aired? By this I mean in a post 9/11 world. Gotta give them credit for the boldness of their timing. Imagine if Italians, Germans, and Japanese programming came out during the Second World War? Uncomfortable, I know. Just musing out loud.
Despite this, the show does accord itself some provoking moments.
For example, in one scene, a father opposes his daughter from partaking in Halloween on the grounds that it is not a Muslim activity. Despite this, he ends up chaperoning her. What he soon discovers, while dressed in traditional Muslim attire, is that people mistake him for being "Osama" or a "Taliban" and this oddly makes him feel accepted. Later you see him running around scaring kids and telling them he was a terrorist. I laughed at that.