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All American is a television series that premiered on The CW on October 10, 2018. It is inspired by the life of professional football player Spencer Paysinger.

On April 24, 2019, The CW renewed All American for a second season, which aired from October 7, 2019, to March 9, 2020.[2] On January 7, 2020, the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on January 18, 2021.[3] On February 3, 2021, the network renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on October 25, 2021.[4] On March 22, 2022, All American was renewed for a fifth season.[5]


"When a rising high school American football player from South L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds—Crenshaw and Beverly Hills—begin to collide. Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger."



  • Daniel Ezra as Spencer James (seasons 1-present)
  • Bre-Z as Tamia "Coop" Cooper (seasons 1-present)
  • Greta Onieogou as Layla Keating (seasons 1-present)
  • Samantha Logan as Olivia Baker (seasons 1-present)
  • Michael Evans Behling as Jordan Baker (seasons 1-present)
  • Cody Christian as Asher Adams (seasons 1-present)
  • Karimah Westbrook as Grace James (seasons 1-present)
  • Monet Mazur as Laura Baker (seasons 1-present)
  • Taye Diggs as Billy Baker (seasons 1-present)
  • Jalyn Hall as Dillon James (seasons 1-present)
  • Chelsea Tavares as Patience (seasons 1-present)

Series overview

Season No. of episodes Originally aired Time slot Average ratings
First aired Last aired Rating
Viewers (millions)
1 16 October 10, 2018 March 20, 2019 Wednesdays 9/8c 0.2 0.67[6]
2 16 October 7, 2019 March 9, 2020 Mondays 8/7c 0.72[7]
3 19 January 18, 2021 July 19, 2021 0.3 0.71[8]
4 20 October 25, 2021 May 23, 2022 0.2 0.56[9]



In September 2017, it was announced that The CW veteran Greg Berlanti had two pilots in development for the network, one of them inspired by the life of NFL football player Spencer Paysinger. It was also revealed that April Blair would write and executive produce the untitled project, with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter executive producing. A pilot for the potential series, then called Spencer, was ordered in January 2018. The pilot was ordered to series on May 11, 2018.


On February 22, 2018, Taye Diggs was cast as Billy Baker, followed a week later with Samantha Logan cast as Olivia Baker, his daughter. The rest of the cast was filled out through mid-March with Bre-Z and Greta Onieogou cast as Tiana Cooper and Leila Faisal, respectively, on March 15 and Monet Mazur, Michael Evans Behling, and Cody Christian cast the next day as Laura Fine-Baker, Olivia's mother; Jordan Baker, Olivia's brother; and Asher. Karimah Westbrook was cast as Grace James on March 19 and Daniel Ezra was cast in the lead role of Spencer James on March 21. On May 31, Jalyn Hall was promoted to a series regular as Dillion, Spencer's little brother.


Filming for the series takes place in Los Angeles, California. The pilot was filmed during the first quarter of 2018. Filming for season one began in July. 



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