All American: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)


Season 1
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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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Air date: Oct 10, 2018

In the premiere, South Crenshaw High Spencer James is recruited to play for Beverly High School. He's then forced to move in with his coach, Billy Baker, and his family, and they soon discover that a deeper connection despite their surface differences.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2018

Spencer discovers that the rules in Beverly Hills differ from those at Crenshaw. Meanwhile, Coop is also forced to learn a new set of rules, with Spencer's protective "Halo Effect" now gone.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2018

Spencer and Jordan spend an unexpected day together back in Crenshaw where Beverly Hills golden boy Jordan gets his first taste of real life in South Central LA. Meanwhile, Billy struggles with his identity as a father as Olivia and Layla attempt to rekindle their friendship. Coop faces her own truth, coming clean to her parents about being gay.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2018

Spencer becomes seduced by the Beverly Hills good life during a three-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Coop is also being seduced by a new way of life-gang life-and everything it offers her.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2018

Spencer's worlds come together to celebrate his birthday in Beverly Hills. But mixing the dysfunctional families—with the dash of an unexpected guest—ends in disaster. Olivia and Jordan, on a mission to uncover a family secret, discover a missing link to their father's past. Meanwhile, Coop and Patience struggle to define their blossoming romance.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2018

The return of Layla's music mogul father gives Spencer the perfect opportunity to give back to Crenshaw and reunite with an increasingly distant Coop. But Coop's deepening affiliation with Shawn's gang threatens Spencer's good intentions. Billy, Jordan and Asher take a journey to Malibu to scout their next big rival as tensions simmer between Jordan and Asher.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2018

At an explosive homecoming dance, friendships in both Crenshaw and Beverly are put to the test when decisions made by Spencer trigger an avalanche that drastically changes the course of several lives. Meanwhile, Billy finds himself forced to spend some quality time with Grace and defend his decision to marry outside of the culture. Meanwhile, Coop realizes that getting Shawn out of gang life may come at a steep price for her.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2018

Beverly has their big Homecoming game and the pressure is on. Post-dance, Spencer is feeling the weight of the effects of his arrival at Beverly—as well as his departure from Crenshaw—and tries to set things right. Meanwhile, Billy tries to bring together his team for a win that will send them to the district playoffs for the first time since he became head coach. But Billy discovers that doing what's right and winning aren't always the same thing.

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Air date: Jan 16, 2019

Spencer should be on top of the world--his football team is headed to the playoffs and he can finally be with Layla--but he can't shake a major tragedy that occurred causing him to question everything. Meanwhile, Coop learns some disturbing information about a friend and Jordan is worried about the results of a drug test that could end his football career for good.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2019

As Coop gets more involved in gang life, her relationship with Patience is tested, while Spencer is determined to find a way to help his community stop the violence that keeps occurring. Jordan is developing a relationship with his grandfather, which brings up family issues for Billy.

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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 & Crew

Daniel Ezra
Spencer James
Taye Diggs
Coach Billy Baker
Samantha Logan
Olivia Baker
Tiana Cooper
Greta Onieogou
Layla Faisal
Monet Mazur
Laura Fine-Baker
Jalyn Hall
Dillon James
Chad L. Coleman
Spencer's Father
April Blair
Executive Producer
Greg Berlanti
Executive Producer
Sarah Schechter
Executive Producer
Rob Hardy
Executive Producer
Robert D. Doty
Lorna Osunsanmi
Michael Bhim
David Strauss
David McWhirter
J. Stone Alston
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Audience Reviews for All American: Season 1

  • Jun 09, 2021
    All American is a fantastic series that is truly captivating and interesting...a must watch for sure!
  • Aug 18, 2020
    It has a great story but terrible writing and mediocre performances. The lead character continues to make decisions that audiences can't relate to, and the show has predictable plot elements, but with better writing it could improve.
  • Aug 04, 2020
    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?"

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