TV shows about American football come and go. By our count (a 10-second time investment at the speed of Google), there are currently five football shows. Three of these are documentary-style non-fiction: QB1: Beyond the Lights and Last Chance U, both on Netflix, and Hard Knocks, which is on HBO.
As for dramatic fiction series, up until this month we had only Dwayne Johnson’s Ballers on HBO. As of October 10, 2018, however, a second football show leapt onto the TV gridiron: The All-American on CW. Based on the true-life story of Super Bowl-winning linebacker Spencer Paysinger, The All-American, starring Daniel Ezra and Taye Diggs, is the tale of an inner-city football standout who is recruited to play for a prestigious school in Beverly Hills. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime set amidst an inevitable culture clash.
CW’S SYNOPSES OF THE ALL-AMERICAN
All American is an inspiring, ensemble family drama about a young, high school football phenom, Spencer James, and the two families whose homes he shares after transferring from Crenshaw to Beverly High – his mother and brother in South Central LA and the Bakers of Beverly Hills. But as these two families and their vastly different worlds are drawn together, Spencer, the Bakers, and the James family will discover that the differences that divide us on the surface hide a deeper connection – the complicated, imperfect humanity that unites us all.
Since this show is on the CW network, you can bet it’s full of teen angst and melodrama — probably about as far away from Ballers as you can get while still being about football.
We here at the Galactic Football League are currently in punch-space between Ionath and New Rodina, so we haven’t been able to watch The All-American just yet. If you’ve watched it, tell us your thoughts below.
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