Last Chance U is getting back out on the field this summer, with Netflix renewing the sports documentary for a third season.
The award-winning series, inspired by a feature article in GQ magazine, has won acclaim and a huge audience of fans thank to its focus on the high stakes of junior college football. It follows players on a quest for redemption in the game, in the classroom and in life, as elite athletes in tough life circumstances struggle to realise their dreams.
“With the players’ futures in the balance every episode, there’s an emotional stake at play that makes every match we glimpse inherently gripping,” we wrote in our review of the show. “For non-sports fans, the thought of following a whole season of football is a daunting one, but Last Chance U’s strength partly lies in the way it condenses all of those ups and downs into six hours: a concentrated blast of action, emotion and real life that’s over in the blink of an eye.”
Season 1 followed the latest recruits to East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), an undefeated team with 3 National Championship wins over four years under their belt. The EMCC Lions have become a phenomenon in junior college sports, attracting elite athletes, some of whom have been held back by poor academic performance or behavioural issues. Season 2 followed the next group of young men at East Mississippi Community College – agains shepherded by Coach Buddy Stephens and Academic Advisor Brittany Wagner – as they work to become the future stars of the NFL.
Now, the show is back for Season 3, and it’s switching up the game to focus on a new team: the Independence Pirates in Kansas. After years of losing seasons, can Coach Jason Brown and the team vie for a spot among the best in the Junior College Football ranks?
The season premieres on Friday 20th July on Netflix. Here’s a trailer:
Season 1 to 3 of Last Chance U are available on Netflix UK, as part of a £7.99 monthly subscription.
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