Skip to main content

HBO and Hulu are releasing a different type of docuseries about the Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers

HBO & Hulu are releasing a new docu series about the Lakers

It's a great time to be Los Angeles Lakers fans, old and new, as two series about the Lakers are going are scheduled to be released in 2022. Here's what you need to know.

HBO's Winning Time

HBO is set to release a fictional series about the Showtime Lakers in the 80s entitled: Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty. Per the article from ‘Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty’: HBO Unveils First Trailer & Photos For Adam McKay’s 1980s L.A. Lakers Drama Series

">Denise Petski for Deadline, The star-studded cast is already looking promising:

  • John C.Reilly as Jerry Buss
  • Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson
  • Jason Clarke as Jerry West 
  • Adrien Brody as Pat Riley
  • Gaby Hoffman as Claire Rothman
  • Tracy Letts as Jack McKinney
  • Jason Segel as Paul Westhead
  • Julianne Nicholson; Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Bus
  • Dr. Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The 10-episode series will be directed by Adam McKay, whose other film credits include The Big Short, Get Hard, Hustlers and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It is set to be released in March 2022. You can watch the trailer below:

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

The series is based on Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s written by Jeff Pearlman. The 80s Lakers were one of the franchise's most dominant rosters ever assembled. It's interesting to see the off-court drama that transpired behind the success and with a comedic twist. It may be different from Chicago Bulls' Last Dance, but it's also a must-watch. 

Hulu's Lakers docuseries

Meanwhile, a Lakers docuseries is headed to Hulu sometime in 2022. The series is similar to The Last Dance in that it's based on actual events, contrary to HBO's Winning Time. The still-unnamed docuseries will detail the franchise's 40-year history, starting when Jerry Buss bought it in 1979.

According to its press release, the series will feature the 80s era, Pat Riley, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Phil Jackson, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. 

The project is in collaboration with Jeanie Buss, Antoine Fuqua, Haven Entertainment, and Los Angeles Media Fund. Fuqua's film credits include Olympus Has Fallen, The Magnificent Seven, and Brooklyn's Finest. 

Since Jeanie Buss will also serve as executive producer, it remains to be seen how much behind-the-scene intrigues will be shown. The Last Dance glorified the Bulls and Michael Jordan and featured criticisms to balance the views. 

Regardless, the Lakers fans will be in for a treat next year as two big series about the Purple and Gold will be released next year. 

February 24, 2020; NBA legend Michael Jordan gives emotional speech to celebrate the life of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant at Staples Center

"I think it does make him feel more fragile" - Kobe Bryant's death made Michael Jordan do one thing he's never done before

Former Bulls and Lakers insider A.J. Adande noticed how Michael Jordan remarkably became honest about how he truly feels when talking about Kobe Bryant in the late NBA legend's memorial

John Wall

John Wall reveals what his "welcome-to-college" moment was at the University of Kentucky - "F*** practice…I wanted to transfer"

Hill reveals that he got humbled in the second game of his career by Ken Norman, who scored 30 points on him, and it may have completely changed his outlook on playing in the NBA

Grant Hill

Grant Hill reveals the first person who busted his a** in the NBA - “He showed me that anybody on any given night was capable of giving it to you”

Hill reveals that he got humbled in the second game of his career by Ken Norman, who scored 30 points on him, and it may have completely changed his outlook on playing in the NBA

Oscar Robertson

“It hurt enough that I never dunked again” - Oscar Robertson on why he never slammed the ball in an NBA game

Instead of dunking, Robertson opted to bait a foul from defenders for and-1 opportunities.

michael-jordan-kenny-smith-vernon-maxwell-min

“No Rodman, no Grant? Oh we smacking them!" - Kenny Smith believes the Houston Rockets would have won the 1994 & 1995 Finals even if Michael Jordan was still on the Chicago Bulls

We obviously won't ever know the answer to this question, but it feels like the Bulls would have had a very tough time beating the Rockets in these two seasons