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The Best Sports Documentary Series  

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87 votes 13 voters 24 items

List Rules Vote up the best documentary shows about sports that have aired on television.

The best documentaries about sports can be fascinating even for viewers who aren't sports fans. The best sports documentary series ever shown on television range from biographies of athletes to the history of a sport. If you’ve been looking for the best sports documentaries to add some fun to your TV nights, this list of the best sports documentary series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

ESPN has several sports documentary shows, including 30 For 30 and Nine For IX, two series of documentary films that take in-depth looks at important people and events in the sports world and in sports history. Many sports documentaries are blends of traditional documentary series and investigative or interview shows, profiling athletes and teams that have made their mark in sports history. From American football to soccer and cricket, and even bull-riding, there are documentaries following just about every sport out there.

Which shows do the best job sharing the stories of sports? Vote up the best sports documentary shows and add any documentary series about sports and athletes that are missing.

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30 for 30 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Dan Rather, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan
30 for 30 is the umbrella title for a series of documentary films airing on ESPN and its sister networks and online properties. The series highlights important people and events in the sports ...more
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Last Chance U is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Last Chance U is a 2016 documentary series produced by Netflix showcasing the 2015 American football season for East Mississippi Community College as they attempted to win their third ...more
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Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Zach Thomas, Darren Woodson, Eddie Kennison
Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL Films and HBO. The show was first broadcast in 2001, and the current 2014 season is the ninth. Each season, it ...more
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30 for 30 Shorts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
30 for 30 Shorts
30 for 30 Shorts (ESPN, 2012) is an American sports documentary web series. These shorter episodes highlighting interesting people and events in sports history were originally featured on the 30 ...more
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E:60 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
E:60 (ESPN, 2007) is an American sports newsmagazine and sports news documentary television series. The show features investigative journalism, focusing upon news, issues, and other stories in ...more
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Warriors of Liberty City is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Warriors of Liberty City Luther Campbell
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Losers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Losers Iván Fernández, David Fernández Gené, Víctor M. Gros
Losers (Netflix, 2019) is an American sports documentary television series. This show profiles athletes who have turned the agony of defeat into human triumph.
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Nine for IX is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Nine for IX
Nine for IX is the title for a series of documentary films airing on ESPN, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The documentaries are being produced by ESPN Films in conjunction with ...more
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60 Minutes Sports is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
60 Minutes Sports
The first name in news magazines is now the last word in sports. The award-winning team behind 60 MINUTES turns its investigative eye towards the world of sports. From in-depth reporting to the ...more
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A Football Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
A Football Life
A Football Life is a documentary series developed by NFL Films and aired on NFL Network that documents the lives of select National Football League players, coaches, owners, and teams. Friends, ...more
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Future Phenoms is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Future Phenoms Pat Summerall
Future Phenoms is a nationally syndicated sports television show about high school athletics. The show, which is hosted by legendary broadcaster Pat Summerall, takes its viewers across the ...more
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Formula 1: Drive to Survive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix, 2019) is a documentary television series produced in collaboration between Netflix and Formula One to give an exclusive behind the scenes look at the 2018 ...more
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Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma, Bhushan Kadam, Mandar Karane

Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians (Netflix, 2019) is an Indian sports documentary television series. The show follows the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, the Mumbai Indians, as they seek to defend their 2017 championship.

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Sunderland 'Til I Die is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Sunderland 'Til I Die Martin Bain, Nick Barnes, Gary Bennett

Sunderland 'Til I Die (Netflix, 2018) is a sports documentary series. The show documents the events around English football club Sunderland A.F.C. during their 2017–18 season which saw them relegated from the EFL Championship.

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Coach Snoop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Snoop Dogg
Coach Snoop (Netflix, 2018) is a reality series. Rapper Snoop Dogg creates a youth football league to keep at-risk kids off the streets and focused on their goals.
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Fearless is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Fearless Grant Crookes, Ty Hurley
Fearless (Netflix, 2016) is a documentary series directed by Michael John Warren. On a journey from Brazil to the Las Vegas championships, professional bull riders risk it all to earn money, ...more
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Baseball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
John Chancellor
Baseball is an 18½ hour, Emmy Award-winning documentary series by Ken Burns about the game of baseball. First broadcast on PBS, this was Burns' ninth documentary and won the 1995 ...more
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Religion of Sports is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Religion of Sports Gotham Chopra, Teo Hunter, Cat Zingano
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All or Nothing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Michael Bidwill, Steve Keim, Bruce Arians
All or Nothing (Amazon Video, 2016) is a sports documentary series. An unprecedented inside look at the lives of players, coaches, and owners of a franchise over the course of an entire NFL
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First Team: Juventus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Bernardeschi, Giorgio Chiellini
First Team: Juventus (Netflix, 2018) is an American and Italian six-part docu-series about the Italian association football club Juventus F.C.
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The Real Football Factories is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
The Real Football Factories Danny Dyer
The Real Football Factories is a documentary series shown on the Bravo TV channel in the UK and created by Zig Zag Productions. The show looks at the in-depth life of football hooligans and ...more
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Human Weapon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Human Weapon Bill Duff, Jason Chambers
Human Weapon was a television show on The History Channel that premiered on July 20, 2007. The hosts, Jason Chambers and Bill Duff, traveled across the world studying the unique martial arts, or ...more
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Phenoms is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
Phenoms Gordon Ramsay, Dan Wicksman, Mario Melchiot
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The American Athlete is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
The American Athlete
The American Athlete is an American sports and interview television series created and hosted by Byron Allen. The series aired its first episode on June 1, 1996. It is filmed from the WABC-TV ...more