ESPN’s documentary “The Last Dance” focusing on Michael Jordan’s final season in Chicago, the 1997–98 Chicago Bulls.
While ESPN gets the majority of the credit for putting this 10-part documentary series together, it’s actually a joint production with Netflix. But U.S. customers may be wondering why the series doesn’t show up when they’re looking through Netflix’s library.
Also, since ESPN gets production credit, you’d probably think the company would put it on their own streaming platform, ESPN Plus. Again, however, ESPN Plus customers won’t find “The Last Dance” on there either. So what gives? We’ll explain all of that below.
Is ‘The Last Dance’ on Netflix?
Yes and no. Outside of the United States, the documentary is currently available for next-day streaming on Netflix. “The Last Dance” will arrive on Netflix in the U.S. on July 19, 2020.
The entire 10-part series will be available on that date to binge watch as you please. For reference, the series will air its final two episodes on television on May 17, so there’s about a two-month waiting period for Netflix viewers.
Is ‘The Last Dance’ on ESPN Plus?
Not currently. ESPN Plus subscribers won’t be able to stream “The Last Dance” until July 2021, a full year after appears on Netflix in the U.S. market. This is because distribution arrangements for “The Last Dance” were made before ESPN Plus was launched in April 2018, according to Front Office Sports.
How to stream ‘The Last Dance’ episodes
If you have access to a cable provider, you can stream episodes of “The Last Dance” on ESPN.com or the ESPN app. You can watch these episodes as they air, or afterwards in case you missed it live. Outside of that, you’ll need to patient for the series to arrive on Netflix or ESPN Plus.
‘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|