|Also known as||'Avoda Aravit'|
|Written by||Sayed Kashua|
|Directed by||Ronnie Ninio (season 1)|
Shai Kapon (season 2-4)
|Starring||Norman Issa, Clara Khoury, Salim Dau, Salwa Nakra, Fatma Yihye, Mariano Idelman, Mira Awad|
|Country of origin||Israel|
|Original language(s)||Arabic, Hebrew|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||43 (+ Independence Day special)|
|Executive producer(s)||Daniel Paran|
|Running time||48 minutes|
|Original network||Channel 2 (Keshet)|
|Original release||2007 –|
The series premiered on Keshet Channel 2 in Israel in 2007. The second season was broadcast in 2008 and the third season in 2012. The series, whose title in colloquial Hebrew carries the implication of "shoddy or second-rate work", focuses on the family and work situations of Amjad, an Arab-Israeli journalist. Much of the comedy is derived from the paradox of Amjad's love-hate relationship with his Arab identity and his simultaneous wish to integrate comfortably into Israeli society.
- Amjad (Norman Issa) – An Arab-Israeli journalist working in Jerusalem
- Meir (Mariano Idelman) – photojournalist, Amjad's Jewish-Israeli coworker at the magazine
- Bushra (Clara Khoury) – Amjad's wife
- Amal (Mira Awad) – An Arab-Israeli attorney to whom Meir is attracted
- Ismael, Abu Amjad (Salim Dau) – Amjad's father
- Umm Amjad (Salwa Nakra -Seasons 1-3), (Alham Araff - Season 4)) – Amjad's mother
- Maya (Fatma Yihye) – Amjad and Bushra's daughter
- Natan (Dov Navon) and Timna (Rona Lipaz-Michael) - Joined in Season 2, neighbors of Amjad and Bushra
- Yoske (Aryeh Moskona) and Yocheved (Sandra Sade) - Seasons 2 and 3 only, neighbors of Amjad and Bushra
- Ami Schuster (Menashe Noy) - Joined in Season 3, Amjad's agent
The Chicago Tribune described it as "... a groundbreaking TV show that finds humor in sharing a homeland." The New York Times commented, "Kashua has managed to barge through cultural barriers and bring an Arab point of view ... into the mainstream of Israeli entertainment."
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