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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 10, 2018
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  • Summary: Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), a South Crenshaw High football player is recruited to play at Beverly Hills High by its coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs). When circumstances forces him to move in with the Bakers, it causes tensions with Billy's star quarterback son, Jordan (Michael Evans Behling)Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), a South Crenshaw High football player is recruited to play at Beverly Hills High by its coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs). When circumstances forces him to move in with the Bakers, it causes tensions with Billy's star quarterback son, Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) in this drama inspired by the life of NFL player Spencer Paysinger.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Sports
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 10, 2018
    83
    What starts as a fun reminder of just how bankable rags-to-riches stories can be, results in a relevant original series that’s a whole helluva lot of fun--all on its own terms. ... Bre-Z, Logan, and Ezra are all early stand-outs. They’re charming, they listen to each other, and they never lose the intended tone.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Oct 1, 2018
    75
    All American is an interesting mix of the California-as-utopia teen drama--so many shirtless boys!--and a more nuanced exploration of the intersection between race and class. [5 Oct 2018, p.36]
  3. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Oct 9, 2018
    75
    American works because the writers often push its predictable plot lines further than you'd expect. ... The casting is excellent, and Ezra is a brilliant find as a relatively unknown British actor (not that you'd know: his American accent is impeccable).
  4. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 8, 2018
    67
    All gathers a charismatic cast, even if some look like they belong in high school about as much as I do. Logan is especially strong as a young woman searching for her own redemption. But having established some prickly relationships in its first two outings, All fumbles some story continuity in its third episode (airing Oct. 24) with a seeming revision in the fractured friendship between Olivia and Leila.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 9, 2018
    67
    All-American has overtones of NBC’s exemplary Friday Night Lights, but so far is not in its class.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 8, 2018
    65
    It’s a well-made teen drama pilot that traffics (mildly) in some social issues and ends with a welcome, soapy wallop.
  7. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Oct 9, 2018
    40
    There’s no spark here, no big moment and most egregiously, no authenticity. There’s a flat phoniness to all the behavior, and a patness to everything.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 21, 2018
    10
    People everywhere we're excited about this show and now I get why I gotta say if you don't cheer once for this guy you don't have a pulse thisPeople everywhere we're excited about this show and now I get why I gotta say if you don't cheer once for this guy you don't have a pulse this is the drama of the year hands down one of the best shows of the fall I can't wait for more
  2. Oct 12, 2018
    9
    Man, I'm super-impressed by the pilot of this show. I fully expected it to be an OC-knockoff, but it's that and more. When will the kid openMan, I'm super-impressed by the pilot of this show. I fully expected it to be an OC-knockoff, but it's that and more. When will the kid open his eyes and go for the coach's beautiful daughter instead of that not-in-the-same-league shiny object of a girl who is dating his rival wide receiver?? I dabbled in the show, but have now set my season pass!
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    9
    I loved the pilot of this show. While the second episode was much weaker, I am still highly anticipating the rest of the season. The music isI loved the pilot of this show. While the second episode was much weaker, I am still highly anticipating the rest of the season. The music is spectacular by the way. They chose the tunes very well.

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