The Best Sports TV Shows

From documentaries about iconic players like Michael Jordan to competitive game shows to scripted dramas about athletes (hello, Friday Night Lights!): When there aren't live sports on (or you have an appetite for more), check out these family-friendly TV shows. If you have a kid who's into football, you're in luck: There are tons of great picks. Little soccer fan or aspiring NBA player? We've got you covered. There's something for everyone on this list, from the most rabid sports fanatic to the casually entertained. For more sporty fun, check out Sports Legends in the Movies and Movies for Girls Who Love Sports.

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All in with Cam Newton TV Poster Image
NFL great cheers on kids' efforts to achieve their goals.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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Bella and the Bulldogs TV Poster Image
Likable series tackles gender barriers in thoughtful ways.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2015)
(2015)
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Jagger Eaton's Mega Life TV Poster Image
Skateboarding phenom seizes the day in so-so show.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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The Kicks TV Poster Image
Book-inspired series scores with excellent tween role model.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2015)
(2016)
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NFL Rush TV Poster Image
Fast-paced, star-studded series is fun for football fans.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2015)
(2014)
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American Ninja Warrior Junior TV Poster Image
Young athletes take on notorious obstacles in fun contest.
Network: Universal Kids
(2018)
(2018)
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Best Sports Ever! TV Poster Image
Colorful, upbeat show about sports challenges stereotypes.
Network: Kids Central, Kidstream
(2019)
(2014)
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Kody Kapow TV Poster Image
Lively animation features lessons from the martial arts.
Network: Universal Kids
(2017)
(2017)
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Robotia TV Poster Image
Sweet soccer-playing robots learn teamwork, friendship.
Network: Starz
(2019)
(2017)
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Sports Stars of Tomorrow TV Poster Image
Sports sensations are good role models for kids.
Network: Syndicated
(2006)
(2004)
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Greatness Code TV Poster Image
World's best athletes inspire with their success stories.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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NASCAR Hammer Down TV Poster Image
Car-racing show entertains, defies gender stereotypes.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2015)
(2015)
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Prodigy TV Poster Image
Positive life lessons stand out in sports phenoms' stories.
Network: Quibi
(2020)
(2020)
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American Ninja Warrior TV Poster Image
Super-fit folks conquer big obstacles for money.
Network: G4, NBC
(2012)
(2009)
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American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja TV Poster Image
Bigger obstacles in head-to-head strength competition.
Network: USA
(2018)
(2018)
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Coach TV Poster Image
College football comedy scores. OK for tweens.
Network: Syndicated
(2004)
(1989)
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Crashletes TV Poster Image
Laugh at fails, falls in OK-for-kids sports blooper show.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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Game On! TV Poster Image
Lively game show mixes comedy, sports, and silliness.
Network: CBS
(2020)
(2020)
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Team Ninja Warrior TV Poster Image
Fan faves team up, crush new obstacles on competition show.
Network: USA
(2017)
(2016)
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Basketball or Nothing TV Poster Image
Captivating docuseries inspires, challenges stereotypes.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Cheer TV Poster Image
Tough love mixes with competition and positive messages.
Network: CMT
(2012)
(2012)
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The Outdoor Sports Show TV Poster Image
Extreme outdoor sports series is a little dry.
Network: Kids Central
(2019)
(2016)
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UHC: Ultimate Home Championship TV Poster Image
Funny at-home sports event for a good cause.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Zion TV Poster Image
Exceptional short docu tells teen's story of perseverance.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Re:Evolution of Sports TV Poster Image
Extreme sport innovators look for the next challenge.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2009)
(2006)
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We Are: The Brooklyn Saints TV Poster Image
Football docu has role models, language, intense moments.
Network: Netflix
(2021)
(2021)
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Born to Play TV Poster Image
Female athletes fight for glory in tender football doc.
Network: ESPN
(2020)
(2020)
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Defying Gravity TV Poster Image
Docu pays homage to female gymnastics; some heavy themes.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Ultimate Beastmaster TV Poster Image
Grueling reality show rewards perseverance, determination.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji TV Poster Image
Epic reality competition is grueling, highlights teamwork.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2020)
(2020)
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All American TV Poster Image
Football series addresses classism, racism, and bullying .
Network: CW
(2018)
(2018)
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Athlete A Movie Poster Image
Thorough docu about U.S. gymnastics abuse scandal.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Last Chance U: Basketball TV Poster Image
Inspiring, heartbreaking sport docuseries has some language.
Network: Netflix
(2021)
(2021)
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The Last Dance TV Poster Image
Terrific Michael Jordan docu has cursing, mature topics.
Network: ESPN
(2020)
(2020)
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Losers TV Poster Image
Sports docu series dependent on hit-or-miss stories.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Best Shot TV Poster Image
Honest documentary about mentoring; difficult social issues.
Network: YouTube Premium
(2018)
(2018)
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Friday Night Lights TV Poster Image
Poignant football drama scores; OK for teens.
Network: Freeform, NBC
(2006)
(2006)
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The Playbook: A Coach’s Rules For Life TV Poster Image
Insightful docu offers great life lesson, some cursing.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Sports Night TV Poster Image
Sophisticated dramedy features some mature themes.
Network: FX, Syndicated
(2013)
(1998)
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Sports Show with Norm MacDonald TV Poster Image
Comedian's edgy, raunchy commentary on sports.
Network: Comedy Central
(2011)
(2011)
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Ted Lasso TV Poster Image
Funny, feel-good sports series has some strong language.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Warriors of Liberty City TV Poster Image
Mature content, inspiring themes in compelling docuseries.
Network: Starz
(2018)
(2018)
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Spinning Out TV Poster Image
Self-harm, toxic competition in compelling skating series.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Coach Snoop TV Poster Image
Mentoring football docu addresses violence; has cursing.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2018)
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How To Be Behzinga TV Poster Image
Positive YouTube docu addresses mental and physical health.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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