I have no idea how many sports fans or even documentary fans we have here at The Bonus View. If you’re out there, you should know that Netflix is currently streaming all of ESPN’s award-winning ’30 for 30′ series in HD.
As both as sports fan and a consumer of ESPN programming, I was really excited when the network announced and premiered this series back in 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, since I’m unwilling to schedule my life around TV premieres and rebroadcasts, I missed almost every film. Even though the documentaries were released on Blu-ray this past fall, due to their unique production, I’ve been hesitant to blind-buy. The documentaries all have different directors with varied subjects, so any particular one may not be as equally enticing as another.
After the initial thirty, ESPN continued to produce new films using the same set-up. (The concept is attributed to Bill Simmons.) Some of these are available on Netflix as well, though I have yet to find the excellent ‘The Fab Five’ on Netflix streaming.
Personally, I’ve found some of these documentaries to be so fascinating that they’re hard to turn off. Some involve sporting phenomenons that I followed at the time, while others either predate me or follow events that occurred outside of my purview.
- ‘Pony Excess’
- ‘Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks’
- ‘The House of Steinbrenner’
- ‘Kings Ransom’
- ‘The Fab Five (not currently on Netflix) ‘
- ‘Once Brothers’
- ‘Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?’
- ‘The Real Rocky’
- ‘Jordan Rides the Bus’
- ‘Catching Hell’
Sports fans owe it to yourselves to give these a shot.