This article discusses 10 series like Hulu’s Mike you must watch and may contain spoilers.
Hulu’s Mike is currently playing on Hulu — here is a list of 10 series like the streaming series. Series like Mike include docuseries, documentary film series, and television series similar to the behind-the-scenes look of past events, including legendary figures, organizations, and incidents that have dominated the sports world for decades.
10 series like Hulu’s Mike you must watch
A League of Their Own (2022)
This series is based on Penny Marshall’s comedy classic 1992 film of the same name. This was the inspiration for the All-American Girl’s Professional Baseball League (AAGBPL). Like Mike, Abbi Jacobson’s show goes beyond the headlines to tell a dramatized story of a group of women oppressed when they had to live in the shadows while playing professional baseball in the 1940s.
American Crime Story (2016)
The award-winning FX series debuted with the dramatic serialized retelling of the O.J. Simpson murder case. Unlike the highly regarded 2000 CBS miniseries American Tragedy (starring Ving Rhames, Bruno Kirby, Ron Silver, and Christopher Plummer), which decided to keep the infamous figure off-screen, American Crime Story didn’t shy away from the controversial figure (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.). Starring Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, John Travolta, and Sterling K. Brown’s award-winning turn, this season set the standard for examining controversial sports figures under a different lens than American Tragedy.
The Bronx is Burning (2007)
Adapted from Jonathan Mahler’s best-selling nonfiction book, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning, focuses on the untold story of the turmoil between the New York Yankees star player Reggie Jackson and manager Billy Martin. All while under the leadership of one of the most polarizing owners in sports history, George Steinbrenner. What else? How about taking place with a backdrop of racial and socioeconomic upheaval that had the city on fire. Dramatized series like Hulu’s Mike are awfully hard to make. However, The Bronx is Burning is a shining example of capturing dichotomizing figures under stressful situations.
Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson (1993)
The award-winning television documentary aired on NBC on a late Saturday night in 1993. What makes this documentary interesting, and, like the new Hulu series, the filmmakers go beyond the headlines to interview Tyson’s closest friends, his ascent into fame, and his upbringing that led him to serve a jail sentence for rape.
Like Hulu’s Mike, this is a true story told in dramatic television series form recounting the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). The Netflix comedy was unceremoniously sent packing after three seasons, but not before going over real-life figures’ struggles with sexism, racism, and exploitation.
Lights Out (2011)
While a fictionalized series, Lights Out tells the story of a championship boxer who is past his prime and how he deals with his identity after he leaves the squared circle behind.
Man in the Arena (2021)
The Tom Brady docuseries goes beyond the headlines. With never-before-seen interviews, Brady and company go over his incredible 10 appearances in the Super Bowl, his career milestones, and even parting ways with the New England Patriots. After the success of Winning Time, look for this to be the inspiration for a new series titled Brady soon.
Muhammad Ali (2021)
The sweeping and critically acclaimed Ken Burns documentary series on the legendary master of the “sweet science” is up there with the best he has ever done. The documentary series is told in four parts, spanning over 74 years of the legend’s life and going beyond the headlines.
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
One of the greatest documentary series on the rise and fall of a legendary athlete. O.J.: Made in America is another example of a series that went beyond the headlines. But, does it separate itself fro the others? In short, yes! This series is viewed his life through a lens of the racial divide that has a stranglehold on a nation.
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (2022)
Like Mike, this acclaimed HBO and HBO Max limited series create the drama series approach to look at the polarizing figure. Based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. While the man behind the NBA logo, Jerry West, vehemently disagreed with the final product on screen, no one can argue one of the best-reviewed series of the decade caught American’s attention. Hulu hopes Mike will do the same thing.
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