Michael Jordan trash talking, Scottie Pippen contract drama and a Dennis Rodman midseason vacation — “The Last Dance” has it all when it comes to the 1997-98 Bulls.
ESPN’s 10-part documentary series is already a massive hit, averaging six million viewers across its first four episodes. Those numbers are strong but not surprising considering the interest in “The Last Dance” leading up to its premiere and lack of sports programming available as the world continues to deal with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
New episodes have turned into appointment viewing and lit up social media. As Dwyane Wade noted, Jordan once again provided plenty of meme energy for the folks on Twitter.
If you’ve missed any episodes of “The Last Dance” and don’t quite understand the references, don’t worry. Here’s everything you need to know about catching up on the series.
How to watch ‘The Last Dance’ live
- Date: Sunday, April 19 through Sunday, May 17
- Time: New episodes at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET
- How to watch: ESPN (United States), Netflix (international)
“The Last Dance” can be seen on ESPN each Sunday from April 19 through May 17 in the U.S. Netflix owns the international rights to show the documentary.
How to stream ‘The Last Dance’
- United States: Watch ESPN, Netflix (July 19)
- International: Netflix
Episodes will be added to Watch ESPN after they air live. For those in the U.S. waiting to binge watch the entire series without commercials, “The Last Dance” will hit Netflix on July 19.
‘The Last Dance’ TV schedule
Two new episodes of “The Last Dance” will air on ESPN (uncensored) and ESPN2 (edited for language) each Sunday through May 17. The two previous parts of the documentary series can be watched before the new episodes premiere.
Netflix will roll out episodes in similar fashion for international viewers with two new parts hitting the streaming service following the live showings in the U.S.
ESPN and ESPN2 (United States)
|April 19||Episode 1||9 p.m. ET|
|April 19||Episode 2||10 p.m. ET|
|April 26||Episode 3||9 p.m. ET|
|April 26||Episode 4||10 p.m. ET|
|May 3||Episode 5||9 p.m. ET|
|May 3||Episode 6||10 p.m. ET|
|May 10||Episode 7||9 p.m. ET|
|May 10||Episode 8||10 p.m. ET|
|May 17||Episode 9||9 p.m. ET|
|May 17||Episode 10||10 p.m. ET|
|April 20||Episode 1||12:01 a.m. PT|
|April 20||Episode 2||12:01 a.m. PT|
|April 27||Episode 3||12:01 a.m. PT|
|April 27||Episode 4||12:01 a.m. PT|
|May 4||Episode 5||12:01 a.m. PT|
|May 4||Episode 6||12:01 a.m. PT|
|May 11||Episode 7||12:01 a.m. PT|
|May 11||Episode 8||12:01 a.m. PT|
|May 18||Episode 9||12:01 a.m. PT|
|May 18||Episode 10||12:01 a.m. PT|
What will ‘The Last Dance’ cover?
During the 1997-98 NBA season, a film crew was given access to follow the Bulls as they chased a second three-peat. “The Last Dance” reveals how Jordan and the Bulls captured their sixth NBA championship — and details all of the drama that surrounded one of the greatest dynasties in sports history.
With so many Jordan highlights and stories available online, viewers could be wondering if “The Last Dance” will simply rehash previous works. For any skeptics out there, this documentary does feel different.
“Michael Jordan and the ’90s Bulls weren’t just sports superstars, they were a global phenomenon,” director Jason Hehir said in a press release. “Making ‘The Last Dance’ was an incredible opportunity to explore the extraordinary impact of one man and one team. For nearly three years, we searched far and wide to present the definitive story of an era-defining dynasty and to present these sports heroes as humans.
“I hope viewers enjoy watching our series as much as we enjoyed the opportunity to make it.”