Arab Labor: Season 1
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Since Hebrew is my mother tongue, I had to watch.
The plot is about the trials and tribulations of Amjad, a journalist of Arab Israeli descent. The show's language is mainly Hebrew with Arabic and English interspersed throughout. In Israel the title Arab Labor, is akin to shoddy labor. It was/is used as a denigrating phrase for Arab capability.
The show is funny and full of heart. Amjad is torn between the respect he owes to his scheming "old fashion" father, and to his modern secular upbringing, which brings him closer in spirit to the modern secular Israelis. However, since he is an Arab, he does encounter bias in every turn. How his problems are handled, is the main crux of the plot, and they are handled with love and a great sense of humor.
I highly recommend this DVD to one and all.
There's very little of quality that I haven't seen from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia going back to out of print recordings of the early days of live tv through to the latest cutting edge international web series etc
With that self credentialing, let me say this: Arab Labor is the best all round comedy series on tv today, one of the funniest currently from any nation, standing up with the very best, reminiscent of Curb Your Enthusiasm, All in the Family/Till death Us Do Part and Sanford and Son/Steptoe and Son (the original British versions and the American remake versions Norman Lear adapted so ably of these classic, heartfelt yet hilarious socially provocative and progressive topical sitcoms), recent Ruth Jones/BBC smash hit border-crossing romantic family comedy Gavin and Stacey, MASH, You'll Never Get Rich (AKA Sgt. Bilko), Father Ted, Mary Tyler Moore/Lou Grant, the Jack Benny Show, The Thick of It of course Seinfeld as well as Classic Era Woody Allen.
It doesn't get better than this, truly laugh out loud funny, relatable, universal, and you'll hardly realize how much you are learning of how little we know about the real everyday ordinary life in Palestine and Israel behind the news. Guess what? It's not all politics and fighting, though these subjects are mined for lots of belly laughs and not ignored, for the most part we see the romantic misadventures, hare brained schemes, lovable scam artists, infuriating everyday little problems, families being the way they are the world round....Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
TV does not get better than this. I wish American TV would take a lesson.Published 13 months ago by Darla Heart
Fast subtitles. I Hope more seasons are out soon. I love hanging out with these people!Published 15 months ago by Louise
This is one of the funniest seasons, filmed during a relative lull in the violence. Before the filming of the second season, the director said he would have to get darker, and he... Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by MikosMom
It is a smart, bitter seat look at the life of Palestinians who live in Israel and are Israeli citizens. Brilliant writing, great cast,good translation.Published on June 23, 2014 by Ella
I too came upon this series on Link at my sister's home and immediately adored the characters. I'm Arabic and raised in the US but still hold strong my Arabic roots. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by headdoc
Just not that engaging for me? Can't call it jewish seinfield Maybe lost in translation. Didn't work for me at allPublished on February 15, 2014 by Jorgia Bordofsky
love being able to pause the show when I want to laugh my butt off! I watch on link tv and usually miss about 1/3 of the subtitles due to prolonged laughter!Published on December 10, 2013 by kathryn hashem
This series uses a personable cast and situation comedy to look at real issues of cultural difference and discrimination. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Janet Leslie
This is a fabulous DVD set. Each episode is witty, insightful and just plain fun. The DVDs are of good quality.Published on July 11, 2013 by J.Kimelman