Home Game season 1 review – Netflix highlights the toughest and bravest of sports Less conventional sports from around the globe.

3.5

Summary

Home Game is not for the fainthearted, bringing forth the grittiest and least conventional sports in a routine documentary series.

Netflix series Home Game season 1 was released on the platform on June 26, 2020.


As someone who is a sucker for sports, I’m always intrigued at games out there that are seen as a niche rather than the norm. Netflix’s Home Game brings 8 unordered episodes in the form of a docuseries, highlighting the toughest and bravest sports in the world, which many audiences are likely not to know about. From a sports perspective, this documentary series brings a welcome education in many corners of the world.

One of the first chapters of Home Game introduces Calcio Storico — the strange traditional sport of Florence, Italy, spanning 500 years of history. The sport mixes rugby with martial arts — you can essentially knock an opponent clean out before scoring points. This is an opener that speaks on so many levels — how two sports that are historically violent are merged into an even more violent sport. The Netflix documentary series brings the history and speaks to the teams at an individual level — it’s fascinating TV.

But if you are not one for sports, Home Game season 1 is more than just a sports begging feature — it involves showcasing various areas of the world from Austin, Texas to Congo. There’s plenty in here that will pique your interest. Ranging from highland games to freediving to pehlwani (a certain type of wrestling in India), the education of niche sports is obvious.

Home Game is not for the fainthearted, bringing forth the grittiest and least conventional sports in a routine documentary series.


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Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.

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