Review by James Lindorf
Everyone has a high school experience, and for the most part, they aren’t drastically different. Then there are those that transcend the typical and embrace exceptionalism. Currently, there may be no place that is more common than on the campus of Sierra Canyon High School, 30 miles north of Los Angeles. The school boasts a 100% graduation rate, with over 90% of students attending significant universities; they also happen to have one of the world’s best basketball programs. When it comes to Southern California basketball, “You got the Lakers, you got the Clippers, and you got Sierra Canyon.” Through their free streaming platform IMDb TV, Amazon is teaming with LeBron James and Maverick Carter on “Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers.” The docuseries features the sons of NBA legends, multiple blue-chip prospects, and a formidable head coach. The series chronicles the trials and tribulations of the new mecca of high school basketball as they attempt to win their third straight state championship. “Top Class” will keep viewers at the edge of their seats starting February 26th.
Sierra Canyon teams in recent seasons have been subject to a great deal of media attention, mostly due to some of the players’ parents’ popularity. “Top Class” gives these players a chance to step out of the sizable shadows and into their own spotlight. From the new team’s formation to an overseas trip and a run for the championship, the players are given the opportunity to talk and showcase their personalities throughout the season. The six episodes are about 20 minutes long and focus on one or two critical moments in the Trailblazers season. While the team goes through its ups and downs, the series never fails to be entertaining. It invites you into a world 99% of us will never experience, and it makes you feel welcomed. “Top Class” blends passion and dazzling athleticism better than any basketball show or movie I’ve ever seen. The series is also infused with the most humor to hit the court since the Harlem Globetrotters’ creation. If you are a fan of basketball and have access to the internet, there is no reason not to checkout “Top Class” on IMDb TV.
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