30 For 30 Documentaries: My Rankings

televisionI first wrote about ESPN's 30 For 30 series back in July. I had just watched Barry Levinson's The Band That Wouldn't Die and loved it. I'm happy to report it only got better from there.

As I type, I've seen 28 of the 30 sports docs in the series. I only have "No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson" and "Silly Little Game" left on my hit list. Of the 28 I've seen, most were great, some were absolutely fantastic and only a handful missed the mark.

Here's how I rank them. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments.

  1. "The Two Escobars"
  2. "The 16th Man"
  3. "Once Brothers"
  4. "King's Ransom"
  5. "The Best That Never Was"
  6. "Pony Excess"
  7. "Into the Wind"
  8. "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks"
  9. "June 17, 1994"
  10. "Fernando Nation"
  11. "Muhammad and Larry"
  12. "The U"
  13. "Guru of Go"
  14. "Without Bias"
  15. "The Band that Wouldn't Die"
  16. "Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?"
  17. "The Birth of Big Air"
  18. "Four Days In October"
  19. "Tim Richmond: To the Limit"
  20. "Little Big Men"
  21. "One Night in Vegas"
  22. "Run Ricky Run"
  23. "Jordan Rides the Bus"
  24. "Straight Outta L.A."
  25. "The Legend of Jimmy the Greek"
  26. "Unmatched"
  27. "The House of Steinbrenner"
  28. "Marion Jones: Press Pause"

Although The Fab Five wasn't part of this series, I highly recommend it as well. You can see it here.

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I loved this series - absolutely phenomenal. Other than Silly Little Game (which was awful and I believe was only aired once or twice here on TSN versus some of the other docs which have been replayed many times), all were a hit for me.

The series is a must for any sports fan.

March 15, 2011 @ 11:27 PM

Brother Ryan

I am amazed at how good almost all of these were. What a great idea and at our age group Mike this was perfect!!

You are too low on Guru of Go and June 17 1994, the are both in my top 5 with "The two Escobars", "16th Man" and "Without Bias"

That's my 2 cents.

March 16, 2011 @ 5:39 PM

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