Here’s a list of shows you can watch while you wait for All American’s season 3.
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Last Chance U
Netflix’s docuseries Last Chance U highlights college football teams that don’t get the national attention they deserve. Much like Spencer, the show’s real life players live for the game, and watching the students pour their hearts into each season makes this series a total tearjerker.
Watch Last Chance U on Netflix.
Football and family provide the backbone of The Longshots, a movie about a former football player (Ice Cube) who takes a job coaching a team that needs to break their losing streak. The coach isn’t alone though, he adds his niece (Keke Palmer) to the roster as the quarterback, a move that instantly challenges the team’s status quo.
Watch The Longshots on Netflix.
All American isn’t just a show about football; it’s also a series about a young man thrust into a world of privileged teens. If your favorite part of the show is watching Spencer adjust to his new school, then you should give Elite — a show about three working class teens who enroll in one of Spain’s wealthiest private schools — a shot.
Watch Elite on Netflix.
Yes, Black Lightning is a superhero series, while All American is completely grounded in reality, but at their core, these two shows aren’t that different. Like All American, Black Lightning is first and foremost a show about family — the world saving is just a bonus. As a teen, Jefferson Pierce donned a suit to protect his city, but he puts that life behind him until one of his daughters is drawn into a street gang.
Watch Black Lightning on Netflix.
The main character in Amateur is a gifted basketball player instead of a football player, but the sport aside, the Netflix original movie has a similar premise to All American. Terron Forte is all confidence on the court, but when he’s recruited to an elite prep school, the 14-year-old struggles to fit in.
Watch Amateur on Netflix.
On My Block
With its California setting and focus on a group of high school friends from a predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhood, On My Block evokes Spencer’s hometown experiences from All American. Plus, this funny and socially relevant coming of age series is grounded by a quartet of friends that you’ll instantly adore.
Watch On My Block on Netflix.
The world of high school and college sports would be lost without its cheerleaders, but these incredible athletes rarely get their due. Netflix’s docuseries Cheer changes that by putting the spotlight on Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team and their quest to win the National Cheerleading Championship.
Watch Cheer on Netflix.
Like all great teen dramas, All American has some soap opera elements to go along with all of the football and family scenes. If you live for the more dramatic moments from the show, then Netflix’s one and done original series Spinning Out should be your next TV marathon. Set in the world of figure skating, this dark drama follows an Olympic hopeful who is obsessed with making her dreams come true at any cost.
Watch Spinning Out on Netflix.
Undefeated is an emotional documentary that chronicles one inner-city football team’s journey to the school’s first playoff game. Whether you’re a football fan or not, the team’s story will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Watch Undefeated on Netflix.
First Match has it all: a boundaries breaking athlete, complex family drama, and plenty of intense sporting moments. The movie follows a young woman who is trying to reconnect with her father after spending years in the foster care system. In order to form a relationship with him, she joins an all-male wrestling team.
Watch First Match on Netflix.
If the found family themes of All American are what draw you into the story, then The Fosters might be your new favorite show. The series follows two moms who have a mix of biological, adopted, and foster children that they shower with love. Whether its tackling social issues or zeroing in on what it’s like to parent a houseful of teens, this series always leads with its heart.
Watch The Fosters on Netflix.
The Last Whistle
Coach Billy Baker is an integral part of All American since he serves as a father figure to Spencer and also parents his own kids, Jordan and Olivia. The heartbreaking 2019 film The Last Whistle puts the attention squarely on a coach with Billy’s same fire — but he ends up facing controversy in his small town after his star player dies during practice. Instead of easing up on the remaining players, he pushes the kids on his team even harder to win their season.
Watch The Last Whistle on Netflix.
Raising Dion is a show about a single mother who will stop at nothing to protect her son after he manifests superpowers. The sci-fi concept aside, the strong mother-son bonds and familial themes of this charming show will draw in All American fans. (And as an added bonus, it stars Michael B. Jordan.)
Watch Rasing Dion on Netflix.
High Flying Bird
High Flying Bird moves beyond the realm of high school sports to tackle the big leagues. The movie is set over a 72-hour period as a sports agent tries to convince a rookie basketball player to take a big chance on his career during a company lockout.
Watch High Flying Bird on Netflix.
Selection Day is a series set in India that follows teen brothers and cricket players who are fighting to build their own identities beyond what the adults in their lives want them to be. They may be a world away from Beverly Hills, but Spencer could definitely relate to the brothers’ struggles.
Watch Selection Day on Netflix.