Since we never get tired of sports, in addition to following the Ligue 1, the Champions League, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the top 14 etc. you can also get your entourage drunk who doesn’t care about sports and a dedicated series.
Between biopics, historical series and fiction series, nothing is missing from the range of sports series to be happy. To help you with your choices, we’ve put together a small list of series that we liked to watch.
1. Formula 1: Drivers and their fate
The documentary series that has been broadcast on Netflix since 2019 is causing more and more commotion. “Formula 1” takes us behind the scenes of Formula 1, a sport that we are more or less familiar with (depending on taste) but whose challenges and strategies are difficult to understand.
The series therefore takes us into the world of Formula 1 with its economic interests, the rivalry between the teams and the incredible pressure that rests on the shoulders of the drivers. You are entitled to very beautiful images that immerse us in the heart of the Grand Prix and let us discover how the drivers experience a race.
Be careful though, if you don’t care about Formula 1, the series can seem a bit repetitive.
2. The English Game
The English game is a miniseries broadcast on Netflix (and yes again, it’s that they are strong the little ones) from 2020, which looks back at the origins of the most popular sport in the world: football. We then find ourselves in 19th century England, with highly successful sets and costumes that immerse us in this period universe, following the evolution of a team of English workers, the Old Etonians.
As well as the sporting aspect of the series (which some footballers may find neglected in favor of the characters’ more personal and social narratives, if I may be a little critic), this series also showcases the class struggles facing modern football. was born. in the 1870s. Indeed, football was first a sport played by the wealthiest social classes, even bourgeois and aristocrats, and then it gradually attracted the modest and working classes.
Thus we see the struggle of the working class club of the Old Etonians against the club of the city, while immersed in the passion of the sport, we appreciate the mix.
3. Mohammed Ali, Arte .’s Documentary Series
This 4-episode mini-documentary series proposes to return to the story of the greatest boxing champion of all time: Mohammed Ali. The director, Ken Burns, has chosen to return in detail to the champion’s journey, showing how he has grown from a person hated by the general public to a symbol of boxing but also of the black cause on the move. .American Civil Rights.
Mohammed Ali, in addition to his very special style of boxing, was an athlete with a character full of arrogance, very “big mouth” that was not necessarily liked by boxing professionals, but also by fans of this sport. Documentaries about Muhammad Ali, there are many, but this one is particularly detailed, hence the 4 episodes and also returns to the ambivalent positions of the boxer with a lot of transparency, his closeness to Malcolm X than to Martin Luther King, but also to Elijah Muhammad, head of the movement nation of islam†
You will be able to relive his best fights, but also his defeats and especially cross-interviews with his ex-wives, his daughters and certain specialists. You will understand, we advise.
And for once, we have a series that doesn’t “glorify” athletes and their success stories, but also tells another reality of high-level sport: failure.
The documentary series, broadcast on Netflix in 2019, looks back on the journey of 8 athletes, in different sports such as football, basketball or golf, who are mainly “losers”. Each episode is dedicated to a particular athlete, who is mostly unknown to the general public precisely because they didn’t win (or almost) or went on a tumultuous journey. For example, among the episodes we find the French skater Surya Bonaly who certainly excelled at the national level, but never won gold at the Olympics or at the world championships.
So we find the hidden side of sport: that of failure, a feeling that we have all felt at one time or another, whether as an amateur, as a supporter or even in fields other than sports and it is interesting to see that there are not only beautiful stories in professional sports to demystify this too sacred universe a bit.
Cheer is a documentary series airing on Netflix in 2020 that takes us into the world of cheerleading (cheerleaders what, you know). The series proposes to go beyond the “girlish” and stereotypical aspect that can be attributed to this sport, to discover the real training and daily life of a team from a Texas university.
The documentary format gives you a real sense of what competitive cheerleading is, with the portrait of the coach and some of the athletes the series focuses on. An interesting life story about a sport we are used to seeing in American B-series and which we French viewers don’t know very well.
6. Neymar: The Perfect Chaos
This documentary series on Neymar gave us a rather interesting portrait of the Brazilian star, which we didn’t necessarily expect.
Indeed, when this series came out, we were afraid to see a documentary that only returned to the footballer’s successes, especially recalling his prize list, and yet we were entitled to a very fragile and sensitive Neymar (we are almost moved , do). In fact, if we find this series interesting, it is because it focuses in part on the player’s doubts and difficulties (especially in Paris), despite his incredible talent, which confirms the opinion that the ‘we can be a star and gives give us a little idea of what a player of this level can go through.
In The perfect chaos nothing is forgotten, his toxic relationship with his father, his failures at PSG, but also his successes at Barça and his incredible rise from favelas as a kid to football superstar. Neymar wanted to confide in and contradict a little bit of the wave of negative comments he’s making and frankly, it’s working quite well.
7. The Last Dance
Again and again a Netflix documentary series that this time returns to the life of the famous Michael Jordan. I look so drunk, but in fact the series is clearly worth the detour (and we’re in a top sport anyway so you can imagine we’re talking about great athletes).
If this series has suddenly become interesting, it’s in large part due to the quality of the documentary, which draws on a large number of exclusive archive footage, interviews with other great basketball players and important basketball players, as well as fragments from games that take us back to the best moments of Michael Jordan. The series focuses on the 1997-98 season of the Chicago Bulls who were trying to take a sixth title at the time.
Unlike the documentary about Neymar, The last dance tends to put Michael Jordan in a hero position, but it’s also because Jordan, in the picture, was a less divisive athlete who turned his sport into a real culture. A must for basketball fans (sports are sometimes forgotten in France) and even for others everyone will find something interesting.
Released in 2017 on Netflix, the GLOW series takes on the fictional creation of a television show: the “Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling” (knowing that this show really existed in the 80s). The series immerses us in an atmosphere of the 80s at the Weird stuff and tells us the story of a woman, Ruth, who aspires to become a dramatic actress, but ends up “performing” for a women’s wrestling federation devoted to television.
The series first shows the difficulty and requirement that the practice of wrestling represents by showing a group of women of different morphologies, different ages and different ethnicities, also carries a positive and inclusive message around women. † The stereotypical roles that racialized women have to embody in their wrestling persona (‘Queen of allowances’ for the black character, for example) also highlights specific problems and obstacles that minority women face. As a result, the series carries a committed and lucid discourse on what racialized women can experience in a society that is still deeply divided.
In short, GLOW is a smart, well-executed series. It highlights women who practice some recognized sport, wrestling, showing the characteristics and requirements of this spectator sport through the journey of a heroine who gradually learns to master her body, the art of fighting, but also the art of the game (drop the microphone, if I haven’t convinced you, I don’t understand anymore).
9. Last Chance
Last Chance U is a 5-season documentary series that features the daily lives of various American football teams of the JUCO (Junior College Athletic Association): the thing in which the students arrive who fail in school not segregated by the NCAA, the elite of American college-level football, a bit like the American football trash can.
Here we see sport as the only way out (which is unfortunately a great reality for many athletes) for various students from the most disadvantaged social backgrounds. The series is now over (and there is a version for basketball, Last Chance U: Basketball), but you can watch all 5 seasons, still available on Netflix.
So you will see sport as one of its darkest sides: that of a purgatory for extremely disadvantaged social classes and you will follow the immense success of certain players, such as the great difficulties of others in achieving their goals, preparing the handkerchiefs.
10. Bonus: Checkers
If we consider that chess is a sport (and for some it counts as such), then the ladies game fits perfectly with this top.
The series tells the true story of Beth Harmon, a child chess prodigy, who as the series progresses will become the best player in the world while coping with all of her addictions (mainly drugs and alcohol). We therefore follow the story of this young orphan from childhood to adulthood, the age when she begins to play chess professionally and trains daily.
Actress Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays the character of Beth Harmon, plays the part perfectly. Both honest and nuanced, it brings the character’s expressions, desires, and fears straight to the viewer, taking us to the heart of the series and story. In addition, the plot reveals the strategies of chess and the complexities involved in the practice of this sport, unknown to the general public. Finally, we also have a certain feminist vision, through the journey of a woman who evolves in a pre-eminently male universe, and who manages to reach the top of this sport only through her work.
If chess can be considered a sport, it’s because it can be played in competition, it requires diligent training to progress and it also requires physical involvement, so you see, it doesn’t come out of nowhere either.