Leave it to TLC, home of “Jon & Kate” and “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” to make the ordinary seem controversial and the controversial seem ordinary. “All-American Muslim” (9 p.m.) takes a glance at five families from Dearborn, Mich., home to one of America’s largest Muslim populations. It boasts the nation’s largest mosque, and the high school football team has to reconcile the practice schedule with the observance of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month in which it is forbidden to eat or drink between sunup and sundown.
‘‘Muslim” is clearly intended to show American viewers how assimilated many Muslims have become and how very different some American Muslims are from each other. We meet Shadia, a rock fan who is covered in tattoos and piercings, much to the chagrin of her traditional headscarf-wearing sister, Suehaila. Fouad seems very much like your typical driven high school football coach, but one who tries to pray five times a day. Businesswoman Nina appears completely westernized to all, including her Muslim neighbors, and they don’t think highly of her opening a nightclub in Dearborn. Not because it’s a nightclub, but because she’s the owner. Nice Muslim girls just don’t do that.
Among the first rituals we see is the very modern but still traditional Muslim wedding between Shadia and Jeff, her American boyfriend, who first agreed to convert to Islam, disappointing his Irish-Catholic mother.
Clearly a call for tolerance and understanding, “Muslim” never transgresses the boundaries of cable and TLC programming. The focus remains on clothes and weddings, materialism and the thin veneer of religious ritual. We never meet a Muslim training to be a doctor or professor or anybody who thinks very much or very deeply about anything. If that is the measure of Americanism on cable TV, then these families pass with flying colors. If there is such a thing as a halal cupcake shop, I’m sure the folks at TLC will find it.
Tonight’s other highlights
• The Jets host the Patriots on “Sunday Night Football” (7 p.m., NBC).
• Cinderella strikes a bad bargain on “Once Upon a Time” (7 p.m., ABC).
• A stay of execution on “The Good Wife” (8 p.m., CBS).
• “My Fair Wedding With David Tutera” (8 p.m., WE) enters its fifth season.
• Judd Nelson stars in the 2010 fantasy “Cancel Christmas” (7 p.m., Hallmark). After seven weeks and 1,300 hours of Hallmark sentimentality, folks may want to do just that!
• Hershel puts his foot down on “The Walking Dead” (8 p.m., AMC).
• Increasingly fearful of Jimmy, Angela discovers a new companion on “Boardwalk Empire” (8 p.m., HBO).
• Nebraska-bound on “Dexter” (8 p.m., Showtime).
• Kate discovers that espionage and romance may not mix on “Pan Am” (9 p.m., ABC).
• Lily fights to survive the wilderness on “Hell on Wheels” (9 p.m., AMC).
• Carrie and Brody face a threshold on “Homeland” (9 p.m., Showtime).
• Ray is deceived on “Hung” (9 p.m., HBO).