The first, eight-episode season of “Little America” will debut in its entirety on Friday, January 17, 2020, exclusively on Apple TV+. Inspired by the extraordinary true stories first reported in the Epic Magazine series of the same name, “Little America” goes beyond the headlines to bring to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories of immigrants in America.
“Little America,” from Universal Television, is written and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg (“The Office,” Good Boys), who serves as showrunner, Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, “Silicon Valley”), Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Alan Yang (“Master of None,” “Parks and Recreation”), Sian Heder (Tallulah, “Orange Is the New Black”), and Epic Magazine’s Joshuah Bearman (Argo), Joshua Davis (Spare Parts) and Arthur Spector (The Shack). Heder also serves as co-showrunner alongside Eisenberg.
“We sent our writers and researchers around the country to find these extraordinary tales from the lives of immigrants. What we discovered is that almost everyone has a little America story,” said Epic Magazine’s Joshuah Bearman. “These are slices of life we all share, and it was gratifying to be able to use these small stories to take on big ideas. Immigration is a political issue – but not if you just tell people’s ordinary stories. We wanted to make this show so that audiences could just get to know other people.”
The first season of “Little America” consists of eight, half-hour episodes, each with its own unique story from different parts of the world:
- “The Manager” - At 12 years old, Kabir must learn to run a Utah motel on his own when his parents are deported back to India.
- “The Jaguar” - Marisol, an undocumented teenager from Mexico, navigates the rarefied world of competitive squash with the help of her coach who inspires her to dream big — on and off the court.
- “The Cowboy” - Iwegbuna, an economic grad student from a small village in Nigeria, struggles to adjust to life in Oklahoma ,but he gains confidence and a connection to home by becoming a part of a culture he admired most as a child: cowboys.
- “The Silence” - Sylviane’s ten-day silent meditation retreat takes an unexpected turn when she develops feelings for a man with whom she’s shared everything but words.
- “The Son” - When Rafiq escapes from his home in Syria after his father discovers he is gay, he’s forced to go on the run until he finds his “home” in the unlikeliest of places.
- “The Baker” – Beatrice, the only one of her 22 siblings to be sent from Uganda to college in the US, tries to achieve her own version of the American Dream by selling her chocolate chip cookies from a basket on her head.
- “The Grand Prize Expo Winners” – A Singaporean single mother wins an all-inclusive Alaskan cruise— allowing her and her two children to experience a taste of the good life on an emotionally cathartic trip.
- “The Rock”- Faraz will stop at nothing to build a home for his Iranian family, including attempting to remove a massive rock from an otherwise perfect piece of real estate in Yonkers.
Find more information and images from the series, here. All eight episodes of “Little America” are now available to press on the Apple TV+ screening site.
Preorder Little America, the book of true stories that inspired the Apple original series, available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook March 2020 at your favorite book retailer. (Apple | Amazon | Indiebound | B&N)
Epic was founded by journalists Josh Davis and Joshuah Bearman in 2013 to publish extraordinary true stories and adapt them into film and television. More than 40 of our articles have been optioned by Hollywood, including Argo, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Epic’s first television show, Little America, will begin streaming on Apple TV+ on January 17, 2020 and has already been greenlit for a second season. Epic is part of Vox Media Studios.
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