The U.S. is about to watch The Last Dance Michael Jordan documentary online, ahead of the rest of the world getting these episodes tomorrow. And NBA twitter, and the rest of the world, will tune in to enjoy chapters 5 and 7, the latest editions of the 10-part series, before they hit Netflix.
The two-hour block is back tonight, as The Last Dance episodes 7 and 8 air at 9 p.m. Eastern in the U.S. today (May 10) on ESPN. Those episodes drop on international Netflix tomorrow.
This is the second to last set of episodes that form a two-hour block of TV trying to fill the hole left by the shuttered NBA season.
Yes, it's not a new game, but this highly anticipated documentary is going to give us an unprecedented look at a critical year in MJ's basketball career. And if you're watching with your family, know that the uncensored and censored versions are airing, and we've got the details on both.
ESPN is using an intriguing mix of rare archival footage and present day interviews to present the 1997-98 NBA season, which proved to be the end of the line for Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls. If you weren't aware at the time, Jordan's exit from the team is actually a tale of loyalty.
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Management wanted to reset on the team, even though it had been bringing in NBA championship trophy after championship trophy. This included removing head coach Phil Jackson, which was a step too far for Jordan.
This 10-part docuseries was scheduled for later in the year, but ESPN moved it up as a way to cope with live sports shutting down in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Oh and if you're already caught up, I've collected 5 of the best The Last Dance tweets below.
Haven't started yet? HBO's given the first five minutes of the show for you to sample:
Can't wait for Sunday? Neither can we.So we're dropping five minutes from the first episode of #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/qW0Z3rmSxrApril 17, 2020
How can I watch The Last Dance with a VPN?
If you're away from home and trying to watch The Last Dance online and just figured out it's not available on a service you're already paying for, you don't need to get another streaming service. Yes, those stuck away from home don't need to be thwarted by geo-fenced restrictions. But, with the help of a virtual private network (VPN), you can watch along with the rest of us, no matter where you are.
Our pick for the best VPN is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which is easy to use and delivers fast internet speeds, making it simple to set up for streaming in no time at all. It also works on practically any device, starting with iOS and Android and including streaming devices such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV. Plus, game consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), is a top choice for those looking to watch The Last Dance. It's got a solid mix of safety, speed and ease-of-use. Plus, you get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year. And, heck, if you've never used a VPN before and are curious and not sure, there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.
How do I watch The Last Dance online in the US?
You can still watch The Last Dance online even if you've cut the cord. The 10-part docuseries, which airs at 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern on ESPN every Sunday, is on one of the best streaming services in Sling TV (opens in new tab)'s Orange package.
ESPN has the uncensored edit, while ESPN2 has the censored version — something parents of younger kids will want to know.
If you can pay a little more, we'd also recommend Hulu with Live TV, which gives you a lot more in return.
- Sling TV (opens in new tab): The first month of Sling Orange costs $20, and ESPN is one of the 32 channels included in the package.
- Hulu With Live TV (opens in new tab): 60-plus channels and access to Hulu's library and originals for $54.99
Not only is Sling TV (opens in new tab) the more affordable of the two services, but it's even more affordable right now, as Sling's chopped 33% off its first month's bill. ESPN is on Sling Orange, one of the service's three packages, which also includes the Disney Channel, ESPN2 and ESPN3.
ESPN is also in is one of the many channels on Hulu + Live TV (opens in new tab), which includes top original programming, including The Handmaid's Tale and the new High Fidelity series. It's also got CBS, FOX, NBC and 24x7 news networks including CNN, FOX News and MSNBC. Hulu's Live TV service is currently offering a 1-week free trial.
How can I watch The Last Dance online in the UK
This one's easy. New episodes of The Last Dance land on Netflix in the United Kingdom on Mondays, with the next pair delivering tomorrow, May 11, while the final pair arrive on May 18. That means Brits can watch when they wake up, rather than how the rest of us wait for prime time.
How to watch The Last Dance online in Canada and everywhere else
Canadians, just like the folks in the U.K., get to watch The Last Dance on Netflix. Lucky them, right?
The Last Dance US release schedule
New episodes air in pairs at 9 and 10 p.m. Eastern, while the previous two episodes will also air at 7 and 8 p.m. Eastern.
- Sunday, April 19 - 9 p.m. Eastern - Episode 1
- Sunday, April 19 - 10 p.m. Eastern - Episode 2
- Sunday, April 26 - 9 p.m. Eastern - Episode 3
- Sunday, April 26 - 10 p.m. Eastern - Episode 4
- Sunday, May 3 - 9 p.m. Eastern - Episode 5
- Sunday, May 3 - 10 p.m. Eastern - Episode 6
- Sunday, May 10 - 9 p.m. Eastern - Episode 7
- Sunday, May 10 - 10 p.m. Eastern - Episode 8
- Sunday, May 17 - 9 p.m. Eastern - Episode 9
- Sunday, May 17 - 10 p.m. Eastern - Episode 10
The Last Dance Netflix release schedule
- Monday, April 20 - 12:01 a.m. PT - Episodes 1 and 2
- Monday, April 27 - 12:01 a.m. PT - Episodes 3 and 4
- Monday, May 4 - 12:01 a.m. PT - Episodes 5 and 6
- Monday, May 11 - 12:01 a.m. PT - Episodes 7 and 8
- Monday, May 18 - 12:01 a.m. PT - Episodes 9 and 10
The Last Dance Jordan shoes
Sneakerhead nation was also wrapt up in the excitement for the April 19 debut, but for a different reason. Nike did a surprise release of the Jordan 5 ‘Fire Red’ sneakers, which went fast. How fast? Well, Chicago Tribune content editor DeAnte Prince tweeted that, "Predictably, they sold out before the opening credits."
Unsurprisingly, the May 2 10 a.m. Eastern drop disappeared similarly quickly, though they also hit malls.
Top The Last Dance tweets
"I played against Larry, and I've always wanted to play against Michael." Magic has us ready for Episode 3 of #TheLastDance 🙌 pic.twitter.com/793E2oMD8JApril 20, 2020
Behind-the-lens 📸Photographer Andy Hayt takes us to 1997! #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/nPOOsB3sT1April 20, 2020
"former Chicago resident" 😂#TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/sHlKbaizW6April 20, 2020
So you mean to tell me that “Space Jam”, the movie I watched 10,000 times as a kid was nothing more than a message about bulls front office?#TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/3VfvsOCbB9April 20, 2020
“I felt like Scottie was being selfish.”- Michael Jordan discussing Scottie’s trade demands in 1997, while making over $30 million more per year than Scottie Pippen. 😂😂😂 #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/eEsN36AAzxApril 20, 2020