America to Me: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
America to Me

Critics Consensus

America to Me confronts hard questions through candid moments in a Chicago high school, crafting an exploration of race and class relations in America that is as insightful as it is inspiring.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 58

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Air date: Aug 26, 2018
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Digging deep into the experiences of a racially diverse student population, "America to Me" sparks extremely candid conversations about what has succeeded and what has failed in the quest to achieve racial equality and overcome bias in our education system. Part observational character story and part high school confessional, James captures critical moments within this vibrant high school ecosystem.

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Critic Reviews for America to Me Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13)

The 10-part documentary series from Steve James (Hoop Dreams) is profound and thoughtful, taking a detailed look at inequality in America through the lens of a storied high school in Chicago.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Even in a series this expansive, you keep wishing you could spend more time with more people, but its scope allows James and his team to show both victories and defeats fade into the past, how fragile and yet how resilient its protagonists can be.

Aug 27, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A momentous achievement, both a statement on where we are right now in terms of race and how we need to work together to get somewhere better.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

[James] captures the specific moments that are hard to explain without being there - like a young black girl who feels uncomfortable with a white teacher's constant attempts to relate to her - and the larger systemic issues that are harder to upend.

Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Visceral and vital... a 21st century American addendum to the kind of child-achievement observation found in Michael Apted's milestone Up series.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It doesn't seem like a stretch to predict that America to Me will prove to be one of the best encapsulations of what the United States was like in 2018.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Its understanding of how serious political systems intersect with the more typical social systems of any given high school is pitch-perfect.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Thoughtful documentary on race and other complex issues.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Unlike most stories about teens, America to Me avoids stereotypes-from black vs. white to jock vs. nerd-by profiling individual students, families and educators.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a captivating portrait of these kids that simultaneously asks complex questions about how race and privilege can affect education. It's very, very good.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for America to Me: Season 1

  • Dec 27, 2018
    A fantastic series. Highly recommend.
  • Sep 14, 2018
    pure left wing propaganda that is 100% unwatchable garbage

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