Hard Knocks

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  • TV-MA
  • 2001
  • 17 Seasons
  • 8.4  (2,051)

The sports documentary and reality show Hard Knocks was created by HBO and the National Football League to illustrate a NFL team's ups and downs while preparing for the NFL season. The show looks at every aspect of training camp, both the personal and business aspects of the NFL. Actor Liev Schreiber narrates Hard Knocks and has held this position since the creation with the exception of season three, where die-hard Chiefs fan Paul Rudd narrated the Kansas City Chiefs' Hard knocks. Hard Knocks is exclusively shown on HBO and the NFL Network and has earned a total of seven Emmys, living up the high standards set by these networks. The Hard Knocks series began with the 2001 Baltimore Ravens, followed by the next season's Dallas Cowboys. There were then four years of hiatus until the 2007 Hard Knocks featuring Kansas City Chiefs came back with a vengeance, winning the program's first Emmy. The next year, they followed up with another Emmy win with the Dallas Cowboys, and later topped both years with the 2009 Cincinnati Bengals features, which captured 2 Emmys. The most eventful season belonged to the 2010 NY Jets, which focused on their outspoken Head Coach Rex Ryan, and a Super Bowl favorite team that earned Hard Knocks three more Emmys. The 2011 season featured owners locking out the players and causing the fourth work stoppage in the NFL history. Hard Knocks unsuccessfully tried to get a team to sign on due to the uncertain future. The 2012 Hard Knocks program will follow the Miami Dolphins, as announced by their Head Coach Joe Philbin in a May 2012 press conference. Hard Knocks gives the unflinching fans of the NFL a glimpse into what preparation, sacrifices, and even fun goes into being part of a NFL team. The challenges rookies face, team pranks, players' family life, and the end of careers, where wily veterans struggle to hold onto their positions are all gripping features that make this show such a success. Unfortunately, it is hard to get NFL teams to allow cameras to follow them, most citing strategic privacy. Other NFL teams think their young players may be distracted with the cameras and not prepare enough to be successful in the regular season. There is also the issue of the Hard Knocks curse, which may be a combination of the theory of distraction and an unknown force. All of the NFL teams that have participated in Hard Knocks have not lived up to the public's off season expectations for one reason or another. It will be up to the 2012 Miami Dolphins to come together and break the curse of Hard Knocks.

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Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 7
7. Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 7
January 12, 2022
HBO's Emmy®-winning all-access sports follows the Indianapolis Colts over the second half of the 2021 NFL season.
Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 6
6. Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 6
January 5, 2022
HBO's Emmy®-winning all-access sports follows the Indianapolis Colts over the second half of the 2021 NFL season.
Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 5
5. Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 5
December 15, 2021
HBO's Emmy®-winning all-access sports follows the Indianapolis Colts over the second half of the 2021 NFL season.
Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 4
4. Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 4
December 8, 2021
Following their closely contested loss to the Buccaneers, the Colts enter a December schedule in which every game is crucial.
Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 3
3. Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 3
December 1, 2021
HBO's Emmy-winning sports series takes it's unprecedented all-access coverage in the NFL regular season for the first time, following the Colts as they navigate the challenges of an NFL season and battle for a playoff berth.
Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 2
2. Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 2
November 24, 2021
As the Colts look to move past the .500 mark, Head Coach Frank Reich leads the team into Buffalo.
Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 1
1. Hard Knocks: The Indianapolis Colts - Episode 1
November 17, 2021
Inside the relationship between head coach Frank Reich and his QB Carson Wentz; plus, Darius "Maniac" Leonard; and Colts vs.Jaguars.
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The sports documentary and reality show Hard Knocks was created by HBO and the National Football League to illustrate a NFL team's ups and downs while preparing for the NFL season. The show looks at every aspect of training camp, both the personal and business aspects of the NFL. Actor Liev Schreiber narrates Hard Knocks and has held this position since the creation with the exception of season three, where die-hard Chiefs fan Paul Rudd narrated the Kansas City Chiefs' Hard knocks. Hard Knocks is exclusively shown on HBO and the NFL Network and has earned a total of seven Emmys, living up the high standards set by these networks.

The Hard Knocks series began with the 2001 Baltimore Ravens, followed by the next season's Dallas Cowboys. There were then four years of hiatus until the 2007 Hard Knocks featuring Kansas City Chiefs came back with a vengeance, winning the program's first Emmy. The next year, they followed up with another Emmy win with the Dallas Cowboys, and later topped both years with the 2009 Cincinnati Bengals features, which captured 2 Emmys. The most eventful season belonged to the 2010 NY Jets, which focused on their outspoken Head Coach Rex Ryan, and a Super Bowl favorite team that earned Hard Knocks three more Emmys. The 2011 season featured owners locking out the players and causing the fourth work stoppage in the NFL history. Hard Knocks unsuccessfully tried to get a team to sign on due to the uncertain future. The 2012 Hard Knocks program will follow the Miami Dolphins, as announced by their Head Coach Joe Philbin in a May 2012 press conference.

Hard Knocks gives the unflinching fans of the NFL a glimpse into what preparation, sacrifices, and even fun goes into being part of a NFL team. The challenges rookies face, team pranks, players' family life, and the end of careers, where wily veterans struggle to hold onto their positions are all gripping features that make this show such a success. Unfortunately, it is hard to get NFL teams to allow cameras to follow them, most citing strategic privacy. Other NFL teams think their young players may be distracted with the cameras and not prepare enough to be successful in the regular season. There is also the issue of the Hard Knocks curse, which may be a combination of the theory of distraction and an unknown force. All of the NFL teams that have participated in Hard Knocks have not lived up to the public's off season expectations for one reason or another. It will be up to the 2012 Miami Dolphins to come together and break the curse of Hard Knocks.

Hard Knocks is a series that is currently running and has 17 seasons (92 episodes). The series first aired on August 1, 2001.

Where to Watch Hard Knocks

Hard Knocks is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hard Knocks on demand at HBO Max, Hulu and HBO NOW.

  • Premiere Date
    August 1, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (2,051)