By Sophie Meinhart, Social Media Editor
While channel surfing after dinner, the new CW show, All American, may seem like a basic high school football drama. With a Friday Night Lights football feel and a Beverly Hills new kid OC touch, it may seem like the same old high school drama that has been on television for years. However, with a brilliant cast of some veterans like Taye Diggs and some rookies like Daniel Ezra, the series is breathing a breath of fresh air to television today. After wrapping up the first season in March, All American has all of the characteristics to be a seven-season series. When Spencer James (played by Daniel Ezra) is recruited by coach, Billy Baker (played by Taye Diggs), to join the Beverly Hills football team, he is resistant as he feels at home with his South Crenshaw High team. However, after a few fights at school, his mom and best friend, Coop, convince him that it would be best to get a fresh start. After his first few days on the new Beverly Hills team, Spencer is not accepted as he is mostly beefing with Baker’s son, Jordan, and his best friend, Asher. After hazing and rude comments, the boys come to a breaking point and get in a fight. When Jordan takes things too far and reports a recruiting violation, Spencer must live with Baker in Beverly Hills to continue playing on the team. While Spencer slowly becomes part of the Baker family, there is an underlying secret that Baker and Spencer’s mother, Grace, must tell Spencer, but it never seems to be the right time.
The series follows family issues, affairs, parents abandoning their children, teenage alcoholism, gang violence, high school relationships, and of course football. As bonds form and secrets unwind, the drama intensifies. There’s no denying the show will keep you questioning motives and leave you on the edge of your seat. So, if you are looking for a weekend binge or a series to watch over the summer, keep All American in mind as your next best show.