What is ESPN’s The Last Dance and how can I watch it?

ESPN’s The Last Dance, a 10-part docuseries on the Michael Jordan Bulls and their final championship season, premieres Sunday, Apr. 19.

ESPN has been creative in their basketball coverage since the NBA season was suspended, helping put together and air the NBA2K Players Tournament and the NBA HORSE Challenge. However, the real prize is this Sunday, Apr. 19, when they begin airing The Last Dance, their 10-part documentary about the Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

The series follows the team through their 1997-98 championship-winning season, Jordan’s last with the team. It’s loosely organized with each episode focusing on a specific month of the season, from October through June. According to ESPN, the film, helmed by Jason Hehir, draws on an expansive well of footage:

The Bulls allowed an NBA Entertainment crew to follow the team around for that entire season, and some of that never-before-seen footage will be featured in the documentary. In addition, ESPN spoke to more than 100 people close to the team and personalities who experienced the run, exploring all angles of the Jordan phenomenon.

The documentary also includes original interviews with Jordan himself which reportedly were candid and emotional.

The series begins airing on Apr. 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET and the first episode will be immediately followed by the second. It is scheduled to unfold over the next four Sundays, two, hour-long episodes at a time, airing at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. On the second week, Sunday, Apr. 26, ESPN will also begin re-airing the episodes from the previous week at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. In addition, the network has announced that they will air two different versions at the same time. The version on ESPN will include all the foul language, unedited. The version on ESPN2 will be bleeped and family-friendly.

The Last Dance schedule

Sunday, April 19

9 p.m. ET  — Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 1
10 p.m. ET — Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 2

Sunday, April 26

9 p.m. ET — Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 3
10 p.m. ET — Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 4

Sunday, May 3

9 p.m. ET — Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 5
10 p.m. ET — Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 6

Sunday, May 10

9 p.m. ET — Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 7
10 p.m. ET — Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 8

Sunday, May 17

9 p.m. ET — Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 9
10 p.m. ET — Premiere of “The Last Dance” Episode 10

We’ll be covering the entire series here at The Step Back with reactions after each episode and full-up coverage on Mark Carman’s Chicago podcast, Da Windy City. Make sure to follow and subscribe so you can follow along with us.

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