30 for 30
30 for 30



First Aired

Oct 06, 2009


30 for 30


Network: ESPN

Status: Continuing


Inspired by ESPN's anniversary, ESPN Films is launching 30 FOR 30, an unprecedented documentary series featuring 30 of today's finest storytellers telling thirty remarkable stories from the ESPN era. On their own, each of the films will be an intimate look at a specific story, relevant to larger themes from the modern era. Collectively, these films will be a diverse mosaic of what sports has meant to American and World culture in the last thirty years. Each storyteller will bring their passion and personal point of view to their film detailing the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 to 2009.


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Episode 1

According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of... Read more


Episode 2

In the history of the Olympics, there's never been a... Read more

There's No Place Like Home

Episode 3

On December 10, 2010, Sotheby’s auctioned off the most important... Read more


Episode 4

In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything... Read more

Ghosts of Ole Miss

Episode 5

In 1962, the University of Mississippi campus erupted in violence... Read more

You Don't Know Bo

Episode 6

Bo Jackson hit 500 ft. home runs, ran over linebackers,... Read more

Survive and Advance

Episode 7

When the 1982-83 college basketball season began, Jim Valvano and... Read more

Elway to Marino

Episode 8

In the spring of 1983, the NFL may have been... Read more

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

Episode 9

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau is 2013 documentary action... Read more

Free Spirits

Episode 10

When the American Basketball Association disbanded in 1976, four ABA... Read more

No Mas

Episode 11

In the midst of boxing's contemporary golden age -- the... Read more

Big Shot

Episode 12

In 1996, the once-dominant New York Islanders were in serious... Read more

This Is What They Want

Episode 13

"This is What They Want" is an examination of Jimmy... Read more

Bernie and Ernie

Episode 14

The world couldn't keep its eyes off two athletes at... Read more

Youngstown Boys

Episode 15

"Youngstown Boys" explores class and power dynamics in college sports... Read more

The Price of Gold

Episode 16

The world couldnt keep its eyes off two athletes at... Read more

Requiem for the Big East

Episode 17

"Requiem For The Big East" explores the meteoric ascension of... Read more

Bad Boys

Episode 18

Few teams in professional sports history elicit such a wide... Read more

Slaying the Badger

Episode 19

Before Lance Armstrong, there was Greg LeMond, who is now... Read more

Playing for the Mob

Episode 20

What happens when you combine "Goodfellas" with college basketball? You... Read more

The Day the Series Stopped

Episode 21

Soon after Al Michaels and Tim McCarver started the ABC... Read more

When the Garden Was Eden

Episode 22

In the early 1970s, America was being torn apart by... Read more

Brian and The Boz

Episode 23

In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made... Read more

Brothers in Exile

Episode 24

Major League Baseball has been transformed by the influx of... Read more

Rand University

Episode 25

Randy Moss has long been an enigma known for his... Read more

The U Part 2

Episode 26

Produced in 2009 by ESPN for its "30 for 30"... Read more

Of Miracles and Men

Episode 27

The story of one of the greatest upsets in sports... Read more

I Hate Christian Laettner

Episode 28

Christian Laettner helped Duke win two national titles in four... Read more

Sole Man

Episode 29

Sonny Vaccaro rose from Pennsylvania steel town roots to become... Read more

Angry Sky: The Legend Of Nick Piantanida

Episode 30

The story of Nick Piantanida, a New Jersey pet store... Read more

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