- Summary: The 10-part documentary series from Steve James takes a year-long look at Chicago's Oak Park and River Forest High School as students and staff deal with a variety of issues, including race, at one of the most diverse suburban public high schools in the U.S.
- Genre(s): News/Documentary, Documentary, Educational
- Season 1 premiere date: Aug 26, 2018
- Episode Length: 60
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Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
The show doesn't pretend teens today are growing up without full awareness of what reality TV looks like, and America to Me doesn't pretend not to be reality TV in its own way. It's reality TV in the best sense of the term, and I suspect that America to Me will end up being one of the year's best shows of any kind.
While all five episodes are connected by this question of diversity in education, the running time allows for a great array of personal stories as well. We see tryouts for poetry slam, cheerleader practice, several English classes, and so on. The result is that you end up, relatively quickly, at least by episode three, really rooting for the kids and teachers chosen to be highlighted by James’ camera.