Netflix now has Michael Jordan and “The Last Dance” in the United States.
The popular 10-part documentary on the Chicago Bulls’ six NBA championships and the team’s breakup — as well as Jordan’s uncanny ability to make almost anything personal in an effort to hone his razor-sharp competitive edge — was a huge hit when it first ran on ESPN and ESPN2 in April and May.
The first-run of “The Last Dance” made it the most popular documentary content in ESPN history, averaging 5.6 million viewers nationally. Nowhere was it more popular than the Chicago TV market.
Then it was rerun on free over-the-air ABC in May and June.
It continues to stream on ESPN+.
But now Netflix, a production partner with ESPN, Mandalay Sports Media, NBA Entertainment and Jordan’s Jump 23 that held the exclusive distribution rights outside the United States, finally gets to share “The Last Dance” with its domestic subscribers.
For those binge viewers who want a fast recap of each episode to enhance the experience, the Chicago Tribune is happy to help.
Episode 3: “How Dennis Rodman joined the Bulls.”
When “The Last Dance” first was announced, it was expected to debut in 2019. By the end of 2018, it was clear it wasn’t coming out until 2020. Then its scheduled launch in June 2020 to coincide with the NBA Finals was thrown off by the coronavirus pandemic.
Production was rushed so its presentation could come months sooner, filling the void of no live sports.
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