30 for 30

10 Best Episodes of 30 for 30

30 for 30 is the umbrella title for a series of documentary films airing on ESPN and its sister networks and online properties. The series, which highlights people and events in the sports world that have generally received small amounts of attention, has featured two "volumes" of 30 episodes each, a 13-episode series under the ESPN Films Presents title in 2011-2012, and a series of 30 for 30 Shorts shown through the ESPN.com website.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 08, 2023.

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30 for 30 - S1E29

#15 - The Best that Never Was (Season 1 - Episode 29)

The 1981 recruiting of high school football player Marcus Dupree by multiple big-time college programs, his resulting injury-prone college and professional career, and how his pursuit by college and USFL teams changed the recruiting process. (2 hours in length)

The episode was rated 8.12 from 49 votes.

30 for 30 - S3E21

#14 - What Carter Lost (Season 3 - Episode 21)


In any other year, the 1988 team from Dallas's Carter High School would have gone down as one of the greatest in Texas football history, featuring 28 players who received college scholarship offers, eight of whom would eventually play professional football. Fighting off racial prejudice and a grades controversy—not to mention the team that would overshadow them in book and film (Odessa Permian)—Carter would claim the state title, only to be rocked to their core when six of their players were involved in an armed robbery that's affected the community's reputation to this day; the grades controversy would ultimately lead the UIL to strip the team of the title.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 74 votes.

30 for 30 - S2E28

#13 - I Hate Christian Laettner (Season 2 - Episode 28)

A look at the life and basketball career of Christian Laettner and the intense dislike some fans still harbor for the former Duke University and NBA star.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 69 votes.

30 for 30 - S3E22

#12 - Year of the Scab (Season 3 - Episode 22)


During the 1987 players' strike, the Washington Redskins field a roster of replacement players that goes 3–0 and helps pave the way for the Redskins' Super Bowl victory. Thirty years on, those players bear the stigma of being dismissed as "scabs" by fans in general and Redskins management in particular.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 65 votes.

30 for 30 - S1E8

#11 - Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks (Season 1 - Episode 8)

The impact of Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller on the New York Knicks in the 1990s, specifically focusing on the Pacers/Knicks battles in the 1994 and 1995 NBA Playoffs and on Miller's interaction with Knicks fan Spike Lee.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 100 votes.

30 for 30 - S1E16

#10 - The Two Escobars (Season 1 - Episode 16)


The lives of soccer player Andrés Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar; the intertwining of crime and soccer in their native Colombia; and the connections between the deaths of both men. (2 hours in length)

The episode was rated 8.26 from 69 votes.

30 for 30 - S3E33

#9 - Rodman: For Better or Worse (Season 3 - Episode 33)

The unfettered and definitive look at the life and career of Dennis Rodman.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 13 votes.

30 for 30 - S3E6

#8 - The '85 Bears (Season 3 - Episode 6)


A 30-year retrospective on the 1985 Chicago Bears, from how they were assembled to their swaggering, dominant run to Super Bowl victory.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 79 votes.

30 for 30 - S3E23

#7 - Tommy (Season 3 - Episode 23)

The unlikely rise and sudden fall of boxer Tommy Morrison.

The episode was rated 8.39 from 64 votes.

30 for 30 - S1E25

#6 - Once Brothers (Season 1 - Episode 25)


The story of Croatian Dražen Petrović and Serbian Vlade Divac, NBA players and Yugoslavian national teammates, and how upheaval in their homeland adversely and irretrievably affected their friendship. (90 minutes in length)

The episode was rated 8.47 from 58 votes.

30 for 30 - S1E23

#5 - Into the Wind (Season 1 - Episode 23)

Terry Fox's attempt to run 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi) across Canada in support of fundraising for cancer research captures the attention of his fellow Canadians and the world.

The episode was rated 8.48 from 27 votes.

30 for 30 - S2E18

#4 - Bad Boys (Season 2 - Episode 18)


A look back at the Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Narrated by rapper Kid Rock, a native of nearby Romeo, Michigan. (2 hours in length)

The episode was rated 8.51 from 87 votes.

30 for 30 - S2E7

#3 - Survive and Advance (Season 2 - Episode 7)

A look at the NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team's successful and improbable championship runs through the 1983 ACC and the 1983 NCAA tournaments. (2 hrs in length)

The episode was rated 8.52 from 44 votes.

30 for 30 - S2E6

#2 - You Don't Know Bo (Season 2 - Episode 6)


A profile of Bo Jackson and how his college and professional feats in two sports (baseball and football) captured the public's imagination and made Jackson a cultural (and marketing) icon.

The episode was rated 8.58 from 86 votes.

30 for 30 - S2E27

#1 - Of Miracles and Men (Season 2 - Episode 27)

An exploration of the Miracle on Ice from the point of view of the defeated Soviet Union team. The film features defenseman Viacheslav Fetisov returning to Lake Placid to recollect his team's defeat.

The episode was rated 8.90 from 30 votes.

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