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The Best Sports Documentary Series

Updated July 10, 2020 343 votes 77 voters 3.2k views36 items

List RulesVote 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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    The Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    The Last Dance

    Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson

    Premiered2020

    The Last Dance (ESPN, 2020) is an American sports documentary miniseries directed by Jason... more on Wikipedia
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    Formula 1: Drive to Survive is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
    Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix, 2019) is a documentary television series produced in... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Last Chance U is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
    Last Chance U is a 2016 documentary series produced by Netflix showcasing the 2015 American... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Sunderland 'Til I Die is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Sunderland 'Til I Die

    Martin Bain, Nick Barnes

    Premiered2018

    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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    30 for 30 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    30 for 30

    Dan Rather, Magic Johnson

    Premiered2009

    30 for 30 is the umbrella title for a series of documentary films airing on ESPN and its... more on Wikipedia
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    E:60 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    E:60 (ESPN, 2007) is an American sports newsmagazine and sports news documentary television... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Cheer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Cheer (Netflix, 2020) is an American documentary-reality television series. The series follows... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Hard Knocks

    Zach Thomas, Darren Woodson

    Premiered2001

    Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL Films and HBO.... more on Wikipedia
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    Nine for IX is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Nine for IX

    Nine for IX is the title for a series of documentary films airing on ESPN, celebrating the... more on Wikipedia
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    30 for 30 Shorts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    30 for 30 Shorts

    30 for 30 Shorts (ESPN, 2012) is an American sports documentary web series. These shorter... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    60 Minutes Sports is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    60 Minutes Sports

    The first name in news magazines is now the last word in sports. The award-winning team behind... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Losers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Losers

    Iván Fernández, David Fernández Gené

    Premiered2019

    Losers (Netflix, 2019) is an American sports documentary television series. This show profiles... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    All or Nothing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    All or Nothing

    Michael Bidwill, Steve Keim
    All or Nothing (Amazon Video, 2016) is a sports documentary series. An unprecedented inside...
  • 14
    Warriors of Liberty City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Warriors of Liberty City

    Luther Campbell

    Premiered2018

  • 15
    A Football Life is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    A Football Life

    A Football Life is a documentary series developed by NFL Films and aired on NFL Network that... more on Wikipedia
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    First Team: Juventus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    First Team: Juventus

    Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Bernardeschi
    First Team: Juventus (Netflix, 2018) is an American and Italian six-part docu-series about the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Two-A-Days is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Two-A-Days

    Rush Propst

    Premiered2006

    Two-A-Days is a show on the United States cable television channel MTV. The show chronicled... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Future Phenoms is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Future Phenoms

    Pat Summerall

    Premiered2006

    Future Phenoms is a nationally syndicated sports television show about high school athletics.... more on Wikipedia
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    Baseball is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Baseball

    John Chancellor

    Premiered1994

    Baseball is an 18½ hour, Emmy Award-winning documentary series by Ken Burns about the game of... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Religion of Sports is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Religion of Sports

    Gotham Chopra, Teo Hunter

    Premiered2016

  • 21
    Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Prodigy

    Megan Rapinoe

    Premiered2020

    Prodigy (Quibi, 2020) is a sports documentary television series hosted by Megan Rapinoe. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Greatness Code is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Greatness Code

    LeBron James, Tom Brady

    Premiered2020

    Greatness Code (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American short-form sports documentary series. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians

    Rohit Sharma, Bhushan Kadam

    Premiered2019

    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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    American Dream Derby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    American Dream Derby

    American Dream Derby is an American horse racing-themed reality show that aired on GSN. Eight... more on Wikipedia
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    Baseball Wives is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Documentary Series
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    Baseball Wives

    Anna Benson

    Premiered2011

    Baseball Wives is an American reality television series based around the wives and girlfriends... more on Wikipedia
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