What are the best sports TV shows?

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    #130 for 30

    30 for 30

    30 for 30 is a documentary series about the history and notable persons of different sports. It was first aired by Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) on October 6, 2009. The show was a celebration of ESPN's 30th year.

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    Parakram Verma
    Written on May 1, 2019
    "This is a legit find if you managed to watch this show. I haven't but luckily I have it on DVD now. Glad to see deeper stories about my sports hero Muhammad Ali and have a different insight on him. This is one of the best sports TV shows ever produced."
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    #2Ballers

    Ballers

    Ballers is an HBO series created by Stephen Levinson. It first aired on June 2015 and starred Dwayne Johnson. It currently has 39 episodes over four seasons with a fifth season still in the works.

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    Virginia Gutiérrez
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "Ballers is a great show and half the reason I still subscribe to HBO. It has fun story lines and exciting conflicts. I enjoy the actors in it and the larger creative team. Recommended for TV and/or sports fans."
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    #3Friday Night Lights

    Friday Night Lights

    Friday Night Lights is a sports teen drama series centered around Coach Eric Taylor after he is ousted from Dillon High's football team, and has to work to build a team from the ground up at East Dillon.

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    Angela Gu
    Written on May 25, 2018
    " Dramas, Dramas based on Books, Dramas based on Real Life, Sports Dramas, 20th Century Period Nice Story.."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that sports-drama TV show "Friday Night Lights" almost ended after two seasons? The show had high expectations upon its announcement as it has also achieved a rare feat. It is one of those sports TV shows that successfully made the jump from the big screen to cable. As such is the case, expectations couldn't have been higher for the show. "Friday Night Lights" is based on the 1990 non-fiction book by H. G. Bissinger, and was adapted as the 2004 film of the same name. Though the show was critically acclaimed, it never achieved high ratings. The first two seasons averaged roughly 6 million viewers each and the show almost ended after that. However, the producers found partners that would continue to support the production of the show. Ratings dropped in subsequent seasons until its fifth and last one.

Despite this, NBC President Kevin Reilly called the show's fanbase a "passionate and vocal one". As a result of this fan dedication, more advertisers expressed their support for the show. This kept the shoe running despite it not being seen as one of the best tv shows of all time. With free ad-support offerings, every episode of "Friday Night Lights" became available for download. As a special promotion, the pilot was initially offered as a free download and eventually, the series was one of the best shows on Netflix as it was aired through October 2017. The show can be seen as a game changer in sports tv despite it not gaining ratings that skyrocketed. Thanks to a devoted fanbase, the show was tied for the 11th most watched show by affluent viewers in the US.

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    #4Eastbound & Down

    Eastbound & Down

    Eastbound & Down is a dramatic comedy television series starring Danny McBride, Steve Little, and Katy Mixon. It was created by Ben Best, Jody Hill and Danny McBride, and was released on February 15, 2009 by Home Box Office (HBO).

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    James Austin
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Great show but not a sport TV show at all, just has to do with sports as a theme in the show but it is mostly a comedy. A great show to watch with your significant other. "
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    #5Blue Mountain State

    Blue Mountain State

    Blue Mountain State is an American sports-themed comedy television series starring Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson, and Chris Romano. It was created by Eric Falconer and Chris Romano, and was released by Paramount Network on January 11, 2010.

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    Emily Elliott
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Awesome show Sex drugs and football. Wish they never had cancelled it! A must watch comedy. Please move seasons to prime free"
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    #6Sports Night

    Sports Night

    Sports Night is a drama and comedy series featuring Josh Charles, Peter Krause, and Felicity Huffman. It was created by Aaron Sorkin and was released by American Broadcasting Network (ABC) on September 22, 1998.

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    Christopher Garza
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I used to watch this with my pop as a kid. If you like comedy and sports, this is probably one of the only shows with both."
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    #7Arli$$

    Arli$$

    Arli$$ is a sports-themed comedy television series starring Robert Wuhl, Sandra Oh, and Jim Turner. It was created by Robert Wuhl, and was released by Home Box Office on August 10, 1996. The show ended in 2002 and lasted for seven seasons.

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    Sandra Chavez
    Written on May 1, 2019
    "I managed to sneak into a few episodes of this when I was younger and it's quite funny for a sports tv show/sitcom. It's was just different yet one of the better sports-themed shows out there. Sandra Oh was amazing"
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    #8Inside the NBA

    Inside the NBA

    Inside the NBA is the postgame show for the NBA games broadcasted on TNT. Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson are the stars of one of the most insightful and funny basketball shows on television. 

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    Stephen Banks
    Written on May 1, 2019
    "Shaq and Charles are the life of this show and oftentimes they get predictions right but I'm just glad this sports tv show exists even though its just like small segments of pre-game and post-game chatter"
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    #9College GameDay

    College GameDay

    College GameDay (ESPN College GameDay built by the Home Depot) is one of the longest-running pre-game shows broadcasted by ESPN. It is a part of college football's coverage of the network where it is typically broadcasted from the campus of the team hosting a game.

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    Christine Thompson
    Written on May 1, 2019
    "Jay Bilas has been one of my favorite sports commentators out there. The guy seems fun and watching this show every game day is like a must for sports tv"
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    #10Around the Horn

    Around the Horn

    Around the Horn is an American sports discussion show produced by ESPN. it is hosted by Tony Reali in the ESPN studio and joined via satellite by four sports reporters from across the country, wherein the team debates popular sports stories. 

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    Amy Hu
    Written on May 1, 2019
    "A lot of great discussions here and there from this show but too bad it seems like they kinda ruined it with a lot of gimmicks nowadays but still I watch this to get insight in sports"
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    #11GLOW

    GLOW

    GLOW is a Netflix original series starring Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder who finds an unexpected chance at stardom after entering the world of women's wrestling, where she must work alongside 12 other Hollywood misfits. 

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    Ronald Henderson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "GLOW is a great change of pace from every other sports TV show about a typical jock and their high school love life and I've loved every second of it. Alison Brie is hilarious and I never thought I'd be interested in the world of women's wrestling in the 1980's, but I found myself immediately immersed. I was not disappointed when Netflix put out this fresh take on a beaten down genre of sports."

Summary

Best What are the best sports TV shows
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
130 for 30TV Shows 10 Paid
2BallersTV Shows 8 Paid
3Friday Night LightsTV Shows 8 Paid
4Eastbound & DownTV Shows 6 Paid
5Blue Mountain StateTV Shows 5 Paid
6Sports NightTV Shows 4 Paid
7Arli$$ TV Shows 3 Paid
8Inside the NBATV Shows 0 Free
9College GameDayTV Shows 0 Free
10Around the HornTV Shows 0 Free
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