Michael Jordan’s The Last Dance is one the most unmissable Netflix events of the year: 7 more WTF sports documentaries to binge in lockdown

Normal People isn’t going to make teens want to have sex – they would have done it anywayLoving The Last Dance? 7 more shocking sports documentaries to binge in lockdown (Picture: Netflix)

The Last Dance launched last week and immediately became a must-watch for all basketball fans, Space Jam fans, or anyone old enough to remember the 90s being all about one man: Michael Jordan.

The 10-part series is an all-access deep dive into one of the most extraordinary teams in sporting history, the Chicago Bulls’ meteoric rise from mediocracy to the single most popular squad in the world, thanks to Jordan’s unprecedented determination, talent, and superstardom.

It’s been almost 20 years since Jordan’s final professional slam dunk, but despite the world’s press and all eyes on the Bulls, it turns out we only knew a glimmer of the greatest story the game has ever known.

From the team’s days as a ‘cocaine travelling circus’, to behind-the-scenes fall outs and sneaky trading deals, The Last Dance leaves no stone unturned.

But if you’re loving the gripping cocktail of basketball, sex, drugs and unmissable drama, look no further.

Here’s seven more sporting documentaries that come with an added dose of WTF.

Icarus (2017)

Investigating the dark underbelly of competitive cycling’s doping problem, author and playwright Bryan Fogel accidentally uncovers more than he could have imagined when he turns to Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory.

What follows is a disturbing game of cat and mouse, and suddenly the documentary itself is at the centre of one of the biggest sporting scandals in history .

Icarus is available to stream on Netflix now.

Sunderland ’tIl I Die

After a painful relegation to The Championship, Sunderland FC allowed Netflix to film their lowest point as a club in years and their challenge for promotion. Some of the players may have been reluctant for a second series, but thankfully we got one anyway.

Sunderland ’til I Die is available to stream on Netflix now.

Last Chance U

Last Chance U is a fresh look at the most successful football program in the US at East Mississippi College.

Four seasons in, the heart-wrenching docuseries explores the academic struggles of some of the top players, many with difficult pasts looking to football as their last shot at turning their lives around.

Last Chance U is available to stream now.

Cheer

If you haven’t gobbled up Cheer in one sitting already, and hopes of becoming the next Sally Rooney in coronavirus lockdown are slowly slipping away, make sure you watch the highs and lows of the Navarro College cheerleading team.

Prepare to sob and scream to seven episodes of teenagers being tossed to great heights and breaking bones as they tirelessly rehearse for the annual Daytona Championships – the biggest event in the cheerleading calendar.

Thanks to coach Monica’s unforgiving regime, they’re the undisputed number one college squad in the US, but how long can they hold on to their title?

Read our interview with Monica here.

Cheer is available to stream on Netflix now.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

From the team who brought you the monumental Senna, Formula 1: Drive to Survive is two seasons down and has had millions gripped with behind-the-scenes unlimited access to the biggest names on F1 during the 2018 and 2019 Formula One World Championship, following their lives both on and off the track.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive is available to stream on Netflix.

Killer Inside: The Trials of Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez was one of the most promising American professional footballers in the NFL before his career came to an unthinkable end when he was arrested and convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd and sentenced to life behind bars.

It was the most high-profile case of any celebrity since OJ Simpson.

Killer Inside: The Trials of Aaron Hernandez catches up with his friends, teammates, attorneys and journalists who look back at the disturbing trial while Netflix describes the series as ‘a tumultuous and often abusive upbringing, a growing fascination with gang life, and other discoveries that painted a maelstrom of motivations behind his violent behaviour.’

Killer Inside: The Trials of Aaron Hernandez is available to stream on Netflix now.

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