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The cast of United States of Al

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By Yolanda Crous

As the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan unfurled, United States of Al star Elizabeth Alderfer channeled her horror into action. On the show, Alderfer plays Lizzie, the sister of a Marine veteran (Parker Young) who brings his Afghan interpreter (Adhir Kalyan) to the U.S. In real life, Alderfer and her castmates joined forces with No One Left Behind, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Afghan interpreters and allies.

“Here’s this incredible organization helping the very people whose story we’re trying to tell [on the show],” says Alderfer. “I’m so grateful to them for putting me to work.” Alderfer waded through a tsunami of desperate emails, working to ensure that families had the documents they needed to leave Kabul.

“On the morning of the bombing [at Kabul airport], I received an email from someone at the airport 45 minutes before that bomb went off,” she says. “I still don’t know what happened to him.”

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Max Greenfield (Dave Johnson).

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By Nate Millado

When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent. (Cue the groans.) Sure, dad jokes are traditionally corny and, well, not so funny. But in honor of Father's Day, Watch rounds up some of the best wisecracks from sitcom patriarchs, including Dave (Max Greenfield) and Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) from The Neighborhood, George Sr. (Lance Barber) from Young Sheldon, Art (Dean Norris) from United States of Al, Ben (Omar Miller) and Forrest (Rob Corddry) from The Unicorn, Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) from Schitt's Creek, and Julius (Terry Crews) from Everybody Hates Chris.

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By Nate Millado

April Fool's is an apropos day to launch a laugher: Chuck Lorre's new comedy series, United States of Al, premieres April 1 on CBS. The sitcom centers on the friendship between Riley (Parker Young), a Marine combat vet struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir aka "Al"(Adhir Kalyan), the interpreter who served with Riley's unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America.

If you're wondering, "Where have I seen those guys before?," we've got you—here's everything you need to know about co-leads Parker Young and Adhir Kalyan!

United States of Al premieres Thursday April 1 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and Paramount+.

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