All American: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)

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All American's ambitious attempts to tackle class struggles and classroom drama largely play thanks to its winning cast -- an auspicious start to a promising new series.

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Critic Ratings: 25

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User Ratings: 252

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 10, 2018
2
Air date: Oct 17, 2018
3
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Air date: Oct 24, 2018
4
Air date: Nov 7, 2018
5
Air date: Nov 14, 2018
6
Air date: Nov 28, 2018
7
Air date: Dec 5, 2018
8
Air date: Dec 12, 2018
9
Air date: Jan 16, 2019
10
Air date: Jan 23, 2019
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Spencer James is a rising high school football player and A student at South Crenshaw High. Compton is the place he calls home. But when Beverly High School's football coach Billy Baker recruits him to join his team in Beverly Hills, Spencer's mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convince Spencer it's an opportunity he has to seize. Now Spencer must navigate two worlds, the south side neighborhood that he knows and the affluent Beverly Hills world that has offered him an opportunity for something bigger. When Spencer is forced to move in with Billy and his family to protect his transfer permit to Beverly, Billy's son, Jordan (the team's starting quarterback), is less than thrilled to be sharing his father's attention -- or the team spotlight -- with Spencer. While Spencer struggles to find his footing, he makes an unlikely friend in Jordan's sister, Olivia, who is dealing with her own demons. He also quickly develops a crush on his classmate, Layla, something her boyfriend, Asher, quickly realizes -- and so, he sets out to drive Spencer off the football team and out of Beverly Hills for good.

Cast

Bre-Z Murray
as Tiana "Coop" Cooper
Daniel Ezra
as Spencer James
Greta Onieogou
as Leila Faisal
Karimah Westbrook
as Grace James
Michael Evans Behling
as Jordan Baker
Monet Mazur
as Laura Fine-Baker
Samantha Logan
as Olivia Baker
Taye Diggs
as Billy Baker
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Critic Reviews for All American Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

If it can keep up the pace, Luke's ghost could be greeting a lot of new fans.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The CW's first high school football series literally is better built in terms of strutting its stuff in the locker room and at the beach. Perhaps the drama will also flex harder in time.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The lighter (meaning soapier) material is landing better than the more serious stuff, but that could change once the cast is clicking and the exposition is done.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…
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It's all pretty schematic in the premiere, but I'm hoping more subtlety will creep in going forward.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Watching "American" is like a class reunion: Comforting and nostalgic, but with a few surprises tucked up its sleeve. It's the kind of show that's easy to cheer for, even if its football team isn't that great yet.

Oct 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show does a good job of taking advantage of the small joys and positive moments in a young person's life, and in particular, a young black man's life.

Apr 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Football series addresses classism, racism, and bullying .

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

All American is an intriguing stew of teen soap tastes that taste great together.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

In a disappointing TV season, All American stands out as one of the fall's few bright spots, thanks in large part to the bond forged between Coop and Spencer.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

All American is, regardless, refreshingly Black... The interlocking politics of race, sports, and school is real and has been the subject of numerous documentaries, and this series dramatizes it effectively, if superficially.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

There's a great drama under the teenage BS, and Ezra's presence makes you want to keep watching Spencer's journey unfold.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Unlike so many of his CW brethren, Spencer is no superhero, but he's definitely worth rooting for.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for All American: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    Engaging characters, emotional stories and strong football makes this a blast.
  • May 02, 2019
    Great show and great cast. I watched the first 8 episodes of season 1 in 1 sitting on Netflix. I am hooked.
  • May 01, 2019
    Tackles so many of the real world struggles Americans face today. And does so in an enlightening yet entertaining fashion.
  • Apr 30, 2019
    This show is a inspirational and amazing show plus it has my favorite sport I hope season 2 comes out soon!
  • Apr 29, 2019
    I love this show it is very captivating and inspirational.
  • Apr 27, 2019
    Absolutely love this show! Definitely need more seasons!!!
  • Apr 24, 2019
    Incredible. This is the first show I've felt like picking up and binging end to end in a long time. Solid cast, immersive story, and so much raw emotion that you'll find yourself overwhelmed with feelings and thoughts that based on where you come from in life, you've maybe never stopped to truly feel them before.
  • Apr 23, 2019
    Loved the series, very relatable and multi-diverse perspective drama with a loveable cast and an engaging script. Every episode had an experience left with a self-reflection of "What would I do in that situation?"
  • Apr 21, 2019
    PLEASE make a 2nd season!!!!
  • Apr 19, 2019
    This show was awesome. My only request would to see a little more football!

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