There was already a massive fervor generating for the Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance,” which focuses on the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-98 season but also goes in depth on Jordan’s legendary career. With the entire nation quarantined, however, the anticipation has swelled considerably — so much that ESPN has chosen to air the documentary starting this Sunday, moving up significantly from its originally scheduled June air date.
The documentary promises to deliver never-before-seen footage and anecdotes from Jordan’s former coaches, teammates and friends, along with unprecedented access to No. 23 himself, who is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to media. Jordan has already said he’s worried that the documentary will make him look like a “horrible guy,” so you know there’s going to be some juicy details and interactions with teammates. We already know he once punched Steve Kerr in the face during practice, so there might be even wilder stories in the doc.
The 10-part series will be shown with two back-to-back hour-long episodes every Sunday for the next five weeks, and will be a shared experience for NBA fans eager for basketball after video game and HORSE tournaments have fallen a bit short. Here’s how to watch “The Last Dance” on TV (both censored and uncensored) and how to live stream each episode.
‘The Last Dance’ ScheduleSunday, April 19, 9 p.m. ET — Episodes 1 and 2Sunday, April 26, 9 p.m. ET — Episodes 3 and 4Sunday, May 3, 9 p.m. ET — Episodes 5 and 6Sunday, May 10, 9 p.m. ET — Episodes 7 and 8Sunday, May 17, 9 p.m. ET — Episodes 9 and 10
*Encore showings of the previous week’s episodes will air at 7 p.m. ET
TV and Live StreamTV: ESPN (censored version will air simultaneously on ESPN2)Live stream (U.S.): WatchESPN.com, ESPN appLive stream (International): Netflix (episodes made available five hours after broadcast time)Uncensored version
The documentary that runs on ESPN will feature “strong adult language,” while an alternate, edited version of each episode will run simultaneously on ESPN2. Here is ESPN’s statement on the matter:
“To maintain the authenticity of interviews and footage throughout the upcoming documentary series “The Last Dance,” ESPN will air two versions of the highly anticipated 10-part project about Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls. A version containing strong adult language will air on ESPN (TV-MA) while an alternate option edited for that language will air simultaneously on ESPN2 (TV-14-L).”