Missing the NBA? The silver lining of the global lockdown is that one of the most anticipated sports series of all-time has landed early. Basketball aficionado or not, you've heard of MJ and probably owned the sneakers, so here's how to watch The Last Dance online and stream the latest episodes of the new Michael Jordan documentary wherever you are.
Originally scheduled to air in June to coincide with the 2020 NBA Finals, The Last Dance's release date was brought forward to April due to the pandemic. It's directed by veteran sports filmmaker Jason Hehir, who's also behind the critically acclaimed Andre the Giant documentary, and charts the final championship run of the 90's Chicago Bulls dynasty and its mercurial leader, Michael Jordan.
With six NBA titles to his name, Jordan isn't just the best basketball player of all time – sorry not sorry, LeBron fans – but arguably the greatest athlete in the history of US sports. Only Tom Brady and Tiger Woods even get a seat at the same table.
We've got more information about this groundbreaking new series below, but before that we'll tell you how to watch The Last Dance online and stream the new Michael Jordan documentary from anywhere in the world.
How to watch The Last Dance from anywhere in the world
Below, we explain all the country-by-country options to watch The Last Dance, and it's all pretty straightforward until you find yourself abroad – at which point annoying geo-blocking restrictions will likely cut you off from your normal streaming provider. Admittedly, most people aren't going anywhere anytime soon right now. But global travel will one day resume and, in an absolute worse case scenario, you may even be stuck abroad.
Fortunately, there's an easy solution to geo-blocking. Downloading a VPN will allow you to stream The Last Dance no matter where you are. This simple bit of software changes your IP address so that you can access episodes live or on demand as they become available, just as if you were lying on the couch trying to teach the kids how to spell 'self-isolation'.
Is The Last Dance on Netflix?
For a great many people, this is a firm yes – but folk in the US are not among them.
Netflix is the global distribution partner for The Last Dance and new episodes of the miniseries are set to drop on the popular streaming service just after they air on the cable channel – around 3am ET or 12am PT every Monday in North America, or 8am BST in the United Kingdom, where it will likely find itself among the best Netflix UK shows sooner rather than later.
Netflix Australia and Netflix Canada will also be offering the series for streaming after it first airs on ESPN in the US, so read on and we'll explain how to watch The Last Dance wherever you are.
As we say though, you won't find The Last Dance on Netflix in the US for its first run.
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What is The Last Dance?
Far from being just a collection of standard highlight reel stuff, The Last Dance features candid new interviews and previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage. The 1997/98 NBA season is explored in such a way that draws attention to Jordan's domineering personality just as much as it does his epic dunks. It was to be his last year with the Bulls and the culmination of a return odyssey that started back in 1995 when the legend decided to furlough his ambitions as a professional baseball player in the MLB.
To compile all of this, an NBA Entertainment film crew went behind-the-scenes with the Bulls throughout the campaign, having gained the approval of Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, and head coach Phil Jackson.
And in addition to reminding us why we were desperate to 'be like Mike' in the 90s and would queue for hours for the latest pair of Air Jordan sneakers, the documentary also hones in on other key members of the Bulls team – fellow Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, as well as sharp-shooter Steve Kerr (now head coach of the Golden State Warriors).