The BEST Episodes of All American

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2021

Network: The CW

When a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds - Compton and Beverly Hills - begin to collide.

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Coming Home

#1 - Coming Home

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 25, 2019

With Spencer, Grace, Dillon and Darnell reeling from the news about why Corey may have left, they set out on a mission to find him. After locating Corey and trying to convince him to go home with them, the weekend turns out to be just what everyone needed. In an effort to keep fighting for the family to be whole again, Billy arranges for the family to meet with a family therapist and possibly help decide on the next step for them. During the session, the therapist gives Jordan and Olivia a separate assignment, which helps them learn more about each other than either knew.

star 8.07
174 votes
Directors: Benny Boom
Writers: Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi, Nkechi Okoro

#2 - Crossroads

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 3, 2020

With Spencer in bad shape, Grace, Billy, Laura, Olivia and Layla rush to his side. Knowing there is a big decision he needs to make, the community from both Crenshaw and Beverly Hills rally around him to show support. In the meantime, Spencer asks Coop to do him a favor, but somehow things go from bad to worse. Elsewhere, Jordan and his teammates step up to help Billy out while he is tending to other matters.

star 8.07
137 votes
Directors: Ryan Zaragoza
Writers: Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi, Robert D. Doty

#3 - Championships

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 20, 2019

Spencer suffers a devastating setback and gets strength from an unlikely source. Billy, while focused on the championship game, realizes that he has to face some tough truths in order to get his family back.

star 8.01
189 votes
Directors: David McWhirter
Writers: Michael Bhim, Nkechi Okoro

#4 - Legacy

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 27, 2019

With playoffs and mid-terms looming, Spencer makes a few shocking discoveries about his father. Coop desperately wants to bring down her enemies, while Jordan makes a connection with his grandfather.

star 7.97
200 votes
Writers: John A. Norris
Life Goes On

#5 - Life Goes On

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 2, 2019

With everything going on Spencer can’t get excited about his football ranking and gets some guidance from Layla, who in turn realizes it might not be the best advice for anyone, including her. Jordan gets some more news he wasn’t expecting, and Laura makes a decision about where she and Billy stand. Meanwhile, Asher gets some clarity from his parents on what happened in the last year, which helps Olivia and Asher to figure out their own stuff, too.

star 7.96
157 votes
Directors: Avi Youabian
Writers: John A. Norris, Laura Nava
Back in the Day

#6 - Back in the Day

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 6, 2019

Spencer tries not to repeat the mistakes of his past with his relationship with Layla and Olivia struggles with her sobriety. Billy reveals to Laura something he did to protect his family, while Coop has conflicted emotions about reuniting with her father.

star 7.92
195 votes
Writers: Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi, Nkechi Okoro

#7 - i

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 24, 2018

Spencer and Jordan spend an unexpected day together back in Crenshaw where our Beverly Hills golden boy, Jordan, gets his first taste of real life in South Central LA. Meanwhile, Billy struggles with his identity as a father as Olivia and Layla attempt to rekindle their friendship. And Coop faces her own truth, coming clean to her parents about being gay.

star 7.90
296 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Nkechi Okoro
Stakes Is High

#8 - Stakes Is High

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 2, 2020

Spencer goes against Billy's wish and goes around him to get what he wants. Olivia and Asher are both guilt ridden for different reasons when it comes to Billy and the position he now finds himself in. Layla continues to help Coop with her music which helps Coop receive an offer that she wasn't expecting. Meanwhile, Jordan does something to try and make things easier for Simone.

star 7.89
126 votes
Directors: David Crabtree
Writers: David Strauss, Jon Stone Alston, Mike Herro

#9 - Decisions

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 9, 2020

When Spencer hears that South Crenshaw may turn into a magnet school, he and his friends decide to do something about it, but he might have bigger problems to worry about. Billy makes a decision about his future that surprises everyone. Layla is focused on trying to get Coop a tour for the summer but isn’t having much luck, so she comes up with a different strategy that makes everyone happy. Asher has an opportunity to spend the summer with his mom but isn’t sure if he should go. Meanwhile, Olivia struggles with what she will do over the summer and Jordan makes a Hail Mary in his personal life.

star 7.88
127 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Carrie Gutenberg, Nkechi Okoro
Who Shot Ya

#10 - Who Shot Ya

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 24, 2020

Spencer is worried Coop isn't taking everything seriously and asks Layla for her help. Olivia questions whether she did the right thing by going to Billy about Asher, leaving Billy to have to make a tough choice in order to protect his team. Coop is feeling smothered by everyone and makes a tough decision about her potential future. Meanwhile, Laura knows Jordan has a big heart but is concerned about his relationship with Simone.

star 7.87
130 votes
Directors: Nikhil Paniz
Writers: Cam'ron Moore, Michael Bhim
Hussle & Motivate

#11 - Hussle & Motivate

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 7, 2019

After winning the state championship, Spencer James faces a difficult decision that could transform his reputation. Billy realizes he needs to make some major changes to get his life back on track, while Grace and Corey have a tough conversation regarding their family.

star 7.86
207 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Nkechi Okoro

#12 - Canceled

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 8, 2021

With Homecoming King and Queen nominations being announced, neither Spencer nor Coop seem to be in a celebratory mood with everything going on. Laura notices that Olivia has become more withdrawn and allows Olivia and Jordan to both take a mental health day and get some much-needed twin bonding time. Things get heated with Layla and Olivia, leaving Olivia to get some much-needed clarity. Meanwhile, Billy is frustrated with the interim principal's new rules, leaving Spencer to come up with a game plan with a little help from Grace.

star 7.86
86 votes
Directors: Avi Youabian
Writers: Cam'ron Moore, Jameal Turner

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 10, 2018

Spencer James is a rising high school football player and an A student at South Crenshaw High who is recruited by Beverly High School’s football coach Billy Baker. Spencer is conflicted on whether or not to move to Beverly High but Spencer’s mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convince Spencer it’s an opportunity he has to seize. When Spencer is forced to move in with Billy and his family, these two families and their vastly different worlds are drawn together. They will discover that the differences that divide us on the surface hide a deeper connection – the complicated, imperfect humanity that unites us all.

star 7.85
365 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: April Blair
Protect Ya Neck

#14 - Protect Ya Neck

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 27, 2020

With Tyrone back on the streets, Spencer is being a little overly protective of Coop and Laura and finds himself in uncharted territory. Olivia is nervous about her upcoming SoLA Muse Cotillion and tries to lean on Asher, but he seems more focused on football than ever. Coop and Patience are trying to get back into a rhythm, but things get worse when Coop’s jealous streak comes out. Meanwhile, Jordan alerts Billy about what he sees on social media that makes Billy worry a little.

star 7.84
143 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: David Strauss, Mike Herro
Keep Ya Head Up

#15 - Keep Ya Head Up

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 16, 2019

Spencer should be on top of the world – his football team is headed to the playoffs and he can finally be with Layla – but he can’t shake a major tragedy that occurred causing him to question everything. Meanwhile, Coop learns some disturbing information about a friend and Jordan is worried about the results of a drug test that could end his football career for good.

star 7.81
219 votes
Writers: John A. Norris
Best Kept Secret

#16 - Best Kept Secret

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 13, 2019

Spencer learns the real reason his father left when he was growing up and is devastated by the truth. Billy must deal with the repercussions of decisions he made in the past, while Coop tries to stop a plan she set in motion, with tragic consequences.

star 7.81
186 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: David Strauss, Mike Herro
All Eyez on Me

#17 - All Eyez on Me

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 30, 2019

At a college recruiting event, Spencer’s former teammates from Crenshaw show up, which causes Spencer to lose focus. Olivia comes to Asher’s aid, while Jordan struggles with the opportunities that comes with being Billy Baker’s son.

star 7.79
194 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Jon Stone Alston, Robert D. Doty
Never No More

#18 - Never No More

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 21, 2019

Spencer gives his Dad an ultimatum about his new player, but after talking to Jordan, Spencer has a better understanding of what is really bothering him. After Coop shows off her rapping skills at school, she becomes more confident in her ability and decides to enter a freestyle battle. Olivia reluctantly joins the So Cal Muse group with Laura’s encouragement, but Olivia learns that this might help create her own identity. Meanwhile, Layla is still not acting like herself and Spencer grows concerned after what he sees.

star 7.78
176 votes
Directors: Sheelin Choksey
Writers: Jameal Turner
How To Survive In South Central

#19 - How To Survive In South Central

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 25, 2021

Both Spencer and Billy are not getting the hero’s welcome they expected from the football team and quickly realize they need to adjust their style and start earning the team’s trust first. Jordan is surprised at who the new football coach at Beverly turns out to be and that his starting quarterback position is threatened when the coach starts shaking things up. Coop and Layla get into an argument over Coop’s tour paycheck, which leads Layla to discover why Patience left the tour early. Meanwhile, Asher is keeping a secret from Olivia that could jeopardize their relationship.

star 7.78
96 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: David Strauss, Mike Herro

#20 - Homecoming

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 12, 2018

Beverly has their big Homecoming game and the pressure is on. Post-dance, Spencer is feeling the weight of the effects of his arrival at Beverly… as well as his departure from Crenshaw… and tries to set things right. Meanwhile, Billy tries to bring together his team for a win that will send them to the district play-offs for the first time since he became head coach… But Billy discovers doing what’s right and winning aren’t always the same thing.

star 7.77
225 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: April Blair
Only Time Will Tell

#21 - Only Time Will Tell

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 10, 2020

Billy and Grace are concerned that Spencer is going to push himself too hard before he is ready, which could make things worse for Spencer in the long run. Determined to secure their football future, Spencer, Darnell and Jordan decide to go on a college football visit, but Darnell's chance might be taken away by someone close to him. Asher's teammates and Olivia have been noticing a difference in Asher's performance and attitude on and off the field, leaving them to wonder why he is pushing himself so hard. Meanwhile, Layla thinks she knows what she wants to do with her future and needs Coop to do it.

star 7.76
130 votes
Directors: Kelli Williams
Writers: John A. Norris
Hard Knock Life

#22 - Hard Knock Life

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 18, 2019

An exhibition 7-on-7 rematch of the Beverly Eagles vs. South Crenshaw creates tension for all the players, but especially when Darnell proposes a bet that Spencer can’t refuse. Jordan realizes that he needs help and turns to Billy and Laura for support. Olivia and Asher are trying to figure out what the future for them means. Meanwhile, Coop turns to Layla for help with her song and to get in good with Layla’s dad, but Coop isn’t prepared for what she hears.

star 7.76
149 votes
Directors: Kristin Windell
Writers: Jon Stone Alston, Michael Bhim
Bring the Pain

#23 - Bring the Pain

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 11, 2019

After Spencer and Olivia’s efforts to try to get help for Layla blow up in their faces, Layla pretends that everything is fine by throwing a birthday party for Olivia and Jordan. With Spencer not in a good place after the news he receives about Corey, he is forced to have dinner with the biggest football booster, and it doesn’t go well. Coop is ready to start recording the music she wants but Preach pushes her to try something that isn’t her style. Meanwhile, Jordan finds himself in trouble and turns to his dad for help, leaving Billy to do what’s best for his family even though Laura doesn’t like it.

star 7.75
158 votes
Directors: David McWhirter
Writers: Robert D. Doty
They Reminisce Over You

#24 - They Reminisce Over You

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 28, 2019

When Spencer tries to talk to Layla about what is going on, things don’t work out quite as he hoped. It’s Billy, Corey and Grace’s 25th high school reunion which brings up a lot of memories and unfinished business. Laura becomes upset when she discovers Jordan has found a way around being grounded. Meanwhile, Asher turns to Olivia for support when someone from his past wants to see him.

star 7.74
172 votes
Directors: Gregg Simon
Writers: John A. Norris
The Choice Is Yours

#25 - The Choice Is Yours

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 28, 2018

The return of Layla’s music mogul father gives Spencer the perfect opportunity to give back to Crenshaw and reunite with an increasingly distant Coop. But Coop’s deepening affiliation with Shawn’s gang threatens Spencer’s good intentions. Billy, Jordan and Asher take a journey to Malibu to scout their next big rival as tensions simmer between Jordan and Asher.

star 7.74
244 votes
Directors: Benny Boom
Writers: David Strauss, Jon Stone Alston, Mike Herro