Little Mosque on the Prairie
The fictional rural prairie town of Mercy, Saskatchewan, was never the same after a cast of unlikely characters set up shop. See, these folks lean on the Middle East side of things and bring with them a culture that is not only foreign, it also creates wonderfully comedic moments that touch on all aspects of society and religion.
Episode 1: Grave Concern
When a local cemetery is in financial crisis, Baber and Yasir see an opportunity. Why not buy a portion to use as a Muslim cemetery? This will guarantee being buried in the traditional Muslim way: on their right side, facing Mecca. But when they purchase some plots, they realize Mecca isn't the o...
Episode 2: Ban the Burqa
Mercy's local public-access television cable TV station asks Amaar to host an Islamic-themed program. But when he brings Rayyan on as a guest and she steals the show, they suddenly find themselves as co-hosts. Sarah can't suppress her PR instincts and gets in on the game. Not to be left out, Yasi...
Episode 3: Public Access
There's trouble in Mercy when a mystery woman shows up at the mosque wearing a face veil. Sarah finds it oppressive. Fred finds it creepy. Baber falls in love, but doesn't have a way with women so he enlists Yasir to turn him into a ladies' man. Meanwhile, Rayyan defends the woman's right to wear...
Episode 4: Lucky Day
Sarah's habit of buying lottery tickets runs her afoul of both Islam and her daughter. Of course, when she actually wins, Sarah and Yasir have to hide it from Rayyan. Meanwhile, Amaar struggles to hip-ify Muslim youth day by re-branding it "Islamapalooza." Eventually, just when the entire day is ...
Episode 5: Mercy Bet
When Toronto Maple Leafs' star Darcy Tucker endorses a brand of beet juice made in Mercy, the company's stock goes through the roof—and Yasir cashes in. Pretty soon the entire town has shares. Sarah helps the Mayor re-brand the town as beet capital of Canada. But will the "beet train" lead them t...
Episode 6: Rival Imam
Amaar's old friend and rival Ali comes to visit Mercy and the competition starts anew. Not only was Ali his rival back at the law firm in Toronto, but upon his arrival, Amaar learns that Ali has also become an Imam. Mercy isn't big enough for the two of them. Meanwhile, a water shortage prompts R...
Episode 7: Spy Something or Get Out
Suspicions are aroused when Canadian Security Intelligence Service agent Nancy Layton (guest star Samantha Bee) comes to visit Mercy. She says she's here to fish, but Fatima thinks she's up to no good. Amaar argues for common sense: of course the government wouldn't spy on Mercy mosque... would i...
Episode 8: Best Intentions
Baber runs afoul of a little-known Muslim concept: the evil eye. Is his run of bad luck the will of God? Or his own fault? Meanwhile, Rayyan lets her conscience run away with her after inadvertently stealing a chocolate bar from a convenience store.
Episode 9: No Fly List
Baber can't give a keynote speech at a conference in Chicago because he's on the American no fly list. Amaar and Rayyan persuade him to fight the power by taking a daylong road trip to the American consulate. It's too bad the man behind the glass window (Guest Star Dave Foley) insists that they m...
Episode 10: Eid's a Wonderful Life
Christmas is around the corner and Sarah's blue. She misses the fun and pageantry of her pre-conversion Christmases. Rayyan vows to make this year's Muslim festival, Eid al Adha, a little more Christmasy to cheer up her mom. Meanwhile, the Christmas rush leads to trouble at the mosque, where Amaa...
Episode 11: Five Year Plan
It's New Year's Eve and Yasir is depressed. Another year's gone by and he hasn't reached the goals he's set for his business. Rayyan throws a dinner to cheer him up, and over dinner Rayyan, Baber, and Amaar share stories of what they were doing exactly five years ago. We see Fred Tupper's first t...
Episode 12: Jihad on Ice
When Fred Tupper mocks Amaar's attempts to curl, Amaar sets up Mercy's – and perhaps the world's – first Muslim curling team, the Ice Slammers. Rayyan's got natural talent, but is she so good that the team will lose her? Meanwhile Sarah uses Islamic tradition to get Yasir to pay for a shopping sp...
Episode 13: The Crush
There's trouble at Amaar's Koranic studies class when he intercepts a note from Layla indicating she's got a crush on him. He does what any good teacher would do: he runs to Rayyan for help. Sparks really fly when Baber finds out. Eventually Layla informs them that Amaar misread the note, and he'...
Episode 14: Welcome to Mercy
Mayor Popowicz goes on vacation, leaving Sarah as acting mayor. Her administration is thrown into crisis when the "Welcome to Mercy" sign at town limits is destroyed in a tractor accident. Sarah takes action to replace the sign, but people take advantage of her goodwill and the town gets a sign w...
Episode 15: Wheat Week
The Mayor wants to scrap "Wheat Week", Mercy's beloved summer festival. It's Sarah's job to find a way to put a positive spin on an unpopular policy. Also, Yasir struggles to enjoy a football match on his new big-screen TV, while Rayyan and Fatima suffer from bad hair days—which can happen, even ...
Episode 16: Ear for Trouble
During Ramadan—the Muslim month of fasting—Amaar asks his congregation to give up their faults. For Yasir, it's lying. For Sarah, it's gossip. For Baber, it's anger. Everything conspires against them when a tidbit from Amaar's past emerges and proves to be too big to ignore. Meanwhile, Rayyan and...
Episode 17: Meet J.J.
Yasir is thrilled when he gets a contract to build a pumping substation in Mercy. One snag: he has no idea how to build one. So he brings in outside help: JJ, an engineer and the son of his old friend Kareem. With an undeniable chemistry between Rayyan and JJ, it looks like his presence in Mercy ...
Episode 18: Security Alert
Rayyan and JJ have decided to start dating. Now, in accordance with Muslim tradition all they need is a chaperone. Of course, Baber doesn't exactly lend the proceedings a particularly romantic air. Also, Amaar is finding it difficult to sleep at home following a break-in, so Yasir offers his couc...
Episode 19: Islam on Top
Rayyan and JJ quarrel over ice cream and the men in her past. Rayyan sees herself as a modern, independent woman and starts to wonder if maybe JJ's jealousy hints that he does not. And Sarah runs afoul of Muslim tradition when she dusts off her tap shoes for a talent contest. Baber is shocked, bu...
Episode 20: Marriage Minded
Rayyan and JJ have been dating for a while, and her, under pressure from Yasir, thinks marriage is the next step. JJ agrees. Yasir agrees. JJ's father agrees. There's only one problem: no one's asked Rayyan. Meanwhile, Amaar tries to come to terms with his feelings for Rayyan before it's too late...