On the Road in America (Ala al Tariq fy Amrika) is a reality travelogue series, with each of the three seasons featuring a diverse and dynamic cast of young Arabs traveling on their first visit across the United States. The cast members take part in “typical” American experiences and gain insights into formative events that shaped American culture. Through the prism of the cast’s perceptions, this entertaining and informative series debunks stereotypes and pre-conceived notions about Americans that are widely held by Arabs and vice versa while fostering cross-cultural exchange and understanding.
The first season of the series features Arab students who discover the diversity and uniqueness of the United States on their first visit to the country. The cast includes Ali from Egypt, Sanad from Saudi Arabia and Mohamed from Lebanon. Lara, a Palestinian Production Assistant, serves as the link between the cast and crew. The cast road-trips across America, starting on the East Coast in Washington, DC, then heading south to the Mississippi Delta, travelling across the Midwest and finally ending their journey in Los Angeles.
Season I of On the Road aired in 2007 in primetime on the Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC) network, one of the largest free-to-air pan-Arab broadcasters, and was the second highest-rated show in its primetime slot. The English language version of the first season aired in the United States on the Sundance Channel in primetime in 2008, reaching 28 million homes.
On the Road in America is a Layalina Production in association with Visionaire Media of Los Angeles. Academy Award-nominated and multiple Emmy award-winning producer Jerome Gary is the series’ creator, director and executive producer.
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