The Last Dance

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  • TV-MA
  • 2020
  • 1 Season
  • 9.1  (145,421)

The Last Dance is a documentary series that premiered on ESPN in 2020. The show is centered around the career of Michael Jordan during his time with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s. The title of the show refers to the Bulls' final championship run during the 1997-98 NBA season.

The show consists of ten episodes, each lasting for around an hour. The series blends interviews with key figures from Jordan's career, archival footage from games and practices, and behind-the-scenes footage shot during the 1997-98 season. Among the interviewees are Jordan himself, Bulls coach Phil Jackson, and Jordan's teammates Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, among others.

The series covers Jordan's entire career, from his high school days in Wilmington, North Carolina, to his college career at the University of North Carolina, to his years with the Bulls. It also touches on his brief stint playing minor league baseball after retiring from basketball in 1993.

The show is organized roughly chronologically, but each episode centers around a different theme or aspect of Jordan's career. For example, one episode focuses on Jordan's rivalry with Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys" during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Another episode looks at Jordan's relationship with his father, who was murdered in 1993.

Throughout the series, viewers get a sense of the intensity and focus that drove Jordan to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time. They also get a sense of the Bulls' incredible dominance during the 1990s, as they won six NBA championships in eight years.

One of the most interesting aspects of The Last Dance is the footage from the 1997-98 season. This footage was shot by an NBA camera crew who had unprecedented access to the Bulls during that season, which was supposed to be their final run together as a team. The footage offers an intimate look at the relationships and personalities of the players, as well as the tactics and strategies employed by coach Phil Jackson.

The Last Dance is not just a show for basketball fans, however. It is a fascinating portrait of a cultural icon at the height of his powers, as well as the team he led to greatness. The series offers a window into the wider cultural, political, and social forces that shaped Jordan's career, as well as the broader cultural impact of the Bulls' success.

Overall, The Last Dance is an engrossing, informative, and entertaining series that will appeal to fans of basketball, sports documentaries, and cultural history alike. Whether you are a die-hard basketball fan or just interested in learning more about one of the most iconic sports figures of all time, this show is well worth your time.

The Last Dance is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on April 19, 2020.

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Episode 10
10. Episode 10
May 17, 2020
In 1998, a year after the Chicago Bulls defeated Utah in the NBA Finals, their path to a sixth title only gets more challenging as it goes along, as a brutal seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers decides the Eastern Conference.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
May 17, 2020
In May of 1998, nearly a year after Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls fought past Utah in the NBA Finals, their path to a sixth title only gets more challenging, as a brutal seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers decides the Eastern Conference.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
May 10, 2020
Michael Jordan would famously use even the smallest slight imaginable to motivate himself against an opponent. And when his NBA comeback in 1995 fell short in the playoffs, he worked harder than ever to return to form.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
May 10, 2020
As Michael Jordan pushes his teammates hard for a sixth NBA title, his intensity and hunger for basketball dominance is in stark contrast to his mindset in October 1993, when he stunned the world by walking away from the game.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
May 3, 2020
With Michael Jordan's extraordinary fame came extraordinary scrutiny, and in 1993, it all felt like it came to a head with the Chicago Bulls' pursuit of a third straight title shadowed by question marks about Jordan's gambling.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
May 3, 2020
As Michael Jordan's fame peaked to unparalleled levels in the early 1990s in the wake of consecutive NBA titles and a starring role on the Olympic Dream Team, his image as "Air Jordan" made him a profoundly significant cultural figure.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
April 26, 2020
In what management insists is Phil Jackson's final season in Chicago as head coach of the Bulls, he continues to seem like the only one who can steer this unique, singular collection of talent to another title.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
April 26, 2020
Once a key member of the hated Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys" championship teams that brutalized Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman is virtually all Jordan can count on in the early months of the 1997-98 season.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
April 19, 2020
Scottie Pippen rises from obscurity to become one of the NBA's best players. An injury early in Michael's career sows distrust with Bulls management.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
April 19, 2020
The Chicago Bulls look for their third straight NBA Championship but the off-season is full of front office and player tension.
Where to Watch The Last Dance
The Last Dance is available for streaming on the ESPN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Last Dance on demand at Netflix, Amazon, ESPN+, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 19, 2020
  • IMDB Rating
    9.1  (145,421)