The coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to virtually all live professional sports. With nothing else to watch, most fans are left with a sports-viewing void that they’re looking to fill.
Luckily, there are plenty of extraordinary documentaries you can now watch on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. So whether you’re interested in Formula One, competitive cheerleading in America or want to learn more about NBA legend Michael Jordan, there is something for everyone.
1. The Last Dance
ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance.” The 10-part documentary series provided an in-depth look at the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty through the lens of the final championship season in 1997-98. ESPN spoke to dozens of people close to the team and personalities who experienced the run, exploring all angles of the Jordan phenomenon. For more information, click here.
2. Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a documentary series produced in collaboration between Netflix and Formula One to give an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the drivers and races of the 2018 and 2019 Formula One World Championships.
This gripping docuseries on Netflix follows the ups and downs of Navarro College’s competitive cheer squad as they work to win a coveted national title. For more information on what to expect, click here.
4. QB1: Beyond The Lights
This riveting series follows three star high school quarterbacks as they play their final season before moving on to Division I college football. After you watch it, find out where the stars are now.
5. All or Nothing: NFL
All Or Nothing is an access-all-areas, behind-the-scenes documentary series on Amazon Prime Video that gives viewers an insight into what goes on behind the scenes in an NFL team over the course of a season. For more information, click here.
6. Hoop Dreams
Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film that follows the story of two African-American high school students in Chicago and their dream of becoming professional basketball players. This acclaimed documentary was shot over the course of five years. For more information, click here.
7. The Least Expected Day: Inside the Movistar Team 2019
The Least Expected Day is a sports documentary on Netflix that follows the 2019 season of Movistar, a Spanish team, as it sets its sights on the three biggest races on the cycling calendar — the Grand Tours. For more information, click here.
8. When We Were Kings
This Oscar-winning documentary chronicles the story of the “Rumble in the Jungle” between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video here.
9. Coming soon: The Man In The Arena
ESPN will air nine-episode series, similar to “The Last Dance” documentary series, with each episode covering one of Tom Brady’s, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback, nine Super Bowl runs. For more on what to expect, click here.
10. Sunderland ‘Til I Die
This sports documentary series on Netflix documents the events around English football club Sunderland A.F.C. during their 2017–18 season which saw them relegated from the EFL Championship. To read a review, click here.