Parents' Guide to

All American

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Football series addresses classism, racism, and bullying.

TV CW Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 16+

Great Storyline but HIGHLY sexualized

It’s easy to fall in love with the characters and the storyline of this show but it’s not for younger teens at all, in my opinion. It’s hard to think that anyone would allow a 13 or 14 year old to watch some of the extremely suggestive scenes of teenagers getting naked together or actually having sex. It’s a shame that Netflix had to make it this racy.
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age 13+

Life lessons outweigh typical teen drama

Not only is this show well written( on Season 1), but it does a very good job of keeping the story line engaging yet still managing to instill morality without being preachy. Some of the other reviews surprised me by their emphasis on sexual content, but I actually think compared to many teen driven shows, the sex is downplayed. I thought they did a wonderful job of striking a balance on life lessons vs stereotyping teen drama. Character development and acting are on point. I have no problem letting my 13 year old watch this.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (44 ):

This compelling fish-out-of-water series tells the story of a rising football player raised in poverty who gets an opportunity to play and live in a more privileged world. While football is the central storyline, the series also highlights how hard it can be for someone to negotiate the socioeconomic world of poverty and racial disadvantage with a community filled with privilege and frequent intolerance.

The overall plot doesn't feel particularly original, and the teen angst that results from competing love interests gives it a slight melodramatic quality. There's lots of football talk, too. Nonetheless, All American has some heart to it, and still tells a good story about someone who was given a rare opportunity to pursue his dream, and the struggles he faced to be true to himself among those who were not in a position to understand where he comes from.

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