I don't watch much television. Outside of new episodes of Game of Thrones or Archer, the TV isn't on much in my house when sports aren't on. And at this time of year, that usually means waiting until baseball gets started at 7 p.m. ET.
The only reason I say that is because I'm definitely not one who would typically gush about a Nickelodeon show, or even watch one. Rocket Power and Spongebob were a favorites when I was younger. Now, I spend my time in other ways. But because I write about the NFL, I tuned in for the first episode of All In With Cam Newton, Nickelodeon's new show featuring possibly the most polarizing player in the league, who also happens to be its reigning MVP.
I absolutely loved it.
Enough that I made sure to catch the second episode.
The premise is pretty simple and not entirely unique. "Cam Newton, is on a fun-filled mission to help kids discover the hero that lives inside of them." That's how the show is described on Nick.com (where you can, and should, watch the full first episode), and it's an apt description. That's really all there is to it, but Newton is absolutely perfect for the role.
It shouldn't be too surprising considering Newton is the NFL leader in "having fun while playing football" and has always got along great with kids, including giving away footballs to about half of the kids in Charlotte, N.C.
His goofiness on the show allows him to relate to the kids, inspire them to reach their dreams and make them laugh along the way:
Cam, the goof
In the first scene of the first episode, Newton tries to convince Kaden, a 12-year-old BMX up-and-comer that he should incorporate nose picking into his trick repertoire. It sets the tone for exactly the type of silliness that the Panthers quarterback brings to the show.
He then takes Soleil, an 8-year-old who aspires to be a veterinarian, to an animal hospital, where he reveals he's afraid of snakes.
That's the NFL MVP getting clowned by an 8-year-old. That's just good television.
He's perfectly relatable to the kids he's spending the day with. In the second episode he took WNBA-hopeful Ajnai to the gym where they met Lisa Leslie and played a little two-on-two against Newton. But not before he broke her toy rim and got reprimanded by Ajnai's mom.
But it's not just a half hour of Cam being silly. He also helps these kids reach for their dreams and meet their idols.
Cam, the inspirer
When Kaden struggled to nail the bar bar tuck, a trick that nobody his age has ever landed before, the frustration started to set in. BMX experts Mat Hoffman and Daniel Sandoval help Kaden with the technical aspects of the trick, but Newton was able to offer some words of wisdom, as well.
And even if you can't stand Newton. If you think he's arrogant, immature, showy or all of the above, he'll provide you with ammo to keep on hating.
Fire up the hot takes!
Cam doesn't care for the fundamentals. The only thing that's important to him is the dancing and the celebrations. Rabble rabble rabble.
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How else are you going to know that Cam's heartbeat sounds like smooth jazz?
New episodes of All In With Cam Newton are on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon. It's worth the watch.