The CW sports drama ‘All American’ dropped its finale episode of season 3 on July 19, 2021. The show follows the life of Spencer James, a football prodigy, and it has already been greenlit for another season. All American is an intriguing football saga including a high-school and family life dimension. While fans anticipate the fourth season’s release, here are similar tv shows they can watch meanwhile.
1. On My Block
Setting plays an important role in the plot of the series, and just like All American, the popular Netflix series, On My Block is set in the Los Angeles neighborhood. The comedy-drama series follows the lives of four friends as they navigate through their high-school drama. This coming-of-age series has 95% Rotten Tomatoes ratings because the lives of these streetwise teens explore various pertinent themes.
The group chemistry is phenomenal as they as exposed to multiple challenges which test their friendship. Yet, they stick with each other through thick and thin. The dramedy also breaks through various stereotypes, and the diversity of characters makes the show a compelling watch. And, the comedy aspect in it hits the right tone through its various teenage antics.
2. Friday Night Lights
If the football theme is your main catch, you should watch the American sports drama Friday Night Lights. It originally premiered on NBC from 2006-2011, with a total of five seasons, and now you can catch it up on Hulu. It is set up in the fictional town of Dillon in rural Texas and explores the drama antics of a high school football team, Dillon Panthers, headed by coach Eric Taylor. However, it succinctly addresses various socio-cultural themes that dominate contemporary American culture.
Next on the list is the Netflix documentary series Cheer, released in 2020. The Emmy award-winning series created by Greg Whiteley is set in Corsicana, a small town in Texas. The focus is not on athletes, but the cheerleader’s group in Navarro College, preparing for competing in the national championship. It is a gripping docuseries, as it follows the highs and lows of the group as they proceed towards the cheerleading contest.
4. Last Chance U
Greg Whiteley brings another compelling Netflix documentary series, Last Chance U which follows different junior-level American college-level football programs. The series explores the lives of these plays both on and off the screen. The behind the scenes are emotional and gripping, and this character-driven series is one of the best watches if you are hooked on watching All American.
The desperate backstories provide an intimate look into how the players are aligned with their ambitions. Each win exhilarate the players, each loss hurts in their guts, and the show explores how the players sway between obsession and ambition. Last Chance U also has a spin-off series, Last Chance U: Basketball which was released in March 2021, in which a strong and determined basketball coach gives his best to help the college youth to explore their full potential.
The American drama series Pitch premiered on Fox in 2016. Exploring the life of Ginny Baker, who is making it big as the first female pitcher in Major League Basketball, the series has only one season available, but it is definitely worth watching. Ginny experiences various struggles; the team members do not willingly accept her, the pressure of becoming an overnight star, and the background family drama. As she battles her way through it, it makes the drama an endearing watch.
While waiting around for the fourth season of All American, you can give these shows a try. It will help you explore various dynamics in the world of sports or teen high-school lives, which are full of possibilities, obstacles, hope, passion, and more.