TV show review: ‘All American’

Harshita Avirneni, Feature Editor

“All American” is a television show following Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) and his high school football career as he strives to make it pro. The show premiered on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on the CW and has been gaining publicity ever since.

Spencer is a star football player who attends South Crenshaw High, and has a life changing opportunity when coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) recruits him to be a part of his team in Beverly Hills.

This is definitely one of my favorite shows right now. Not only did the producers do a phenomenal job with casting — Ezra and Diggs are joined by Cody Christian, Samantha Logan, Michael Evans Behling and Bre Z — but creator April Blair does an excellent job weaving a succinct plot that draws you in.

Although the show mostly revolves around Spencer and his football career, it covers so much more. Touching on stratification of social classes, racism, sexuality and in police brutality, the show makes an effort to connect with the audience and talk about issues in the real world. It also does a great job showing these topics but still keeping the story about Spencer and telling it through his eyes.

Another thing I love about this show is the development of the side characters. From the beginning, you develop a strong connection to Ezra’s character but the others seem to just be movements on screen. Then, with each episode, each scene, each individual character makes you feel something for them, whether it’s guilt, anger or even happiness.

Overall, “All American” is must watch for everyone, especially those who love the game of football. From the characters to the plot, this show is spectacular, and I am so excited to see how it evolves. I tune in every Wednesday to watch the show and so should you. I recommend this show everyone.