Pretend that you are writing a review for a entertainment website. This means writing in full and
clear sentences. Briefly provide the general info about the show you watched (what it is called,
who writes it, who stars in it), tell me what it is about, and tell me why it is interesting to we who
are studying religion. You can discuss a TV show as a whole (such as I do in the example
below), or an individual episode of a show. You must include the IMDB link to the show at the
end of your submission.
Reviews should be about 300 words long (my example is 254).
Submit them here and I will grade them, but you wonâ€™t receive feedback unless you request it.
You can submit up to 4 reviews through this same portal. Any review after 4 will not count
toward participation marks
Please submit as doc, docx, or PDF files.
Please format your file with Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced
Please begin your review with your name, student number, and our class ID
You do not need to be an expert on the religion in the show in order to review it. Knowing about
Islam, for example, might help you recognize religious things not explicitly stated in Ramy, but
it is not required.
Use examples from the show! Show me how the show discusses religion, donâ€™t just tell me that it
Focus on how religion is presented in the show. Is it mentioned explicitly? Does the show
present religion(s) in positive, negative, or neutral ways? Can we learn about religion(s) based on
the way that the show presents religion(s)?
This summer I watched Ramy on CraveTV. The show focuses on Ramy and his family, Muslim-
Americans living in New Jersey. The show is written by Ramy Youssef who is also the star, and
focuses explicitly on the fictional Ramyâ€™s quest to balance his life in secular America with his
desire to be a good Muslim: in particular, Ramy is trying to date, but his expectations constantly
lead him to reject the women he meets. Ramy is an interesting character as he tries to be a good
Muslim throughout the show, but he is also a profoundly selfish character. He often acts without
thinking, and then tries to justify his actions by claiming that he is being a good Muslim. For
example, during Ramadan Ramy vows to abstain from sex, fast between sunrise and sunset, and
attend Mosque. At the Mosque Ramy meets a married woman, helps her carry her child home,
and then has sex with her. The show includes many moments of tension such as this: Ramy sets
out to do something good (observe Ramadan), b