The Worst Episodes of The Last Dance: When MJ’s Legacy Took a Hit

As a die-hard fan of basketball and documentaries, I was eagerly anticipating the release of ‘The Last Dance’. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint! The series gave us an unprecedented look into the world of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, their rise to dominance and the challenges they faced along the way. But as with any great show, there were a few episodes that didn’t quite hit the mark. So, grab some popcorn and join me as we take a deep dive into the worst episodes of ‘The Last Dance’. From cringe-worthy moments to lackluster storytelling, we’ve got it all covered. Just don’t blame me if you end up re-watching the entire series all over again.
Episode V

Episode V

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2020-05-03

As Michael Jordan’s fame peaked to unparalleled levels in the early 1990s in the wake of consecutive NBA titles and a starring role on the Olympic Dream Team, his image as “Air Jordan” made him a profoundly significant cultural figure.

Episode VI

Episode VI

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2020-05-03

With Michael Jordan’s extraordinary fame came extraordinary scrutiny, and in 1993, it all felt like it came to a head with the Chicago Bulls’ pursuit of a third straight title shadowed by question marks about Jordan’s gambling.

Episode X

Episode X

Season 1 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2020-05-17

In June of 1998, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls face the Utah Jazz in an NBA Finals rematch, looking for a sixth championship and a perfect ending for “The Last Dance.”

Episode IX

Episode IX

Season 1 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2020-05-17

In May of 1998, nearly a year after Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls fought past Utah in the NBA Finals, their path to a sixth title only gets more challenging, as a brutal seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers decides the Eastern Conference.

Episode I

Episode I

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2020-04-19

In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls begin their quest to win a sixth NBA title in eight years. But “The Last Dance,” as coach Phil Jackson called it, will be shadowed by tension with the club’s front office.

Episode II

Episode II

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2020-04-19

Michael Jordan is left to begin the 1997-98 season without his injured sidekick Scottie Pippen, whose contract dispute with the Bulls’ front office reaches a fever pitch as the team gets off to one of the worst starts of its championship runs.

Episode IV

Episode IV

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2020-04-26

In what management insists is Phil Jackson’s final season in Chicago as head coach of the Bulls, he continues to seem like the only one who can steer this unique, singular collection of talent to another title.

Episode VII

Episode VII

Season 1 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2020-05-10

As Michael Jordan pushes his teammates hard for a sixth NBA title, his intensity and hunger for basketball dominance is in stark contrast to his mindset in October 1993, when he stunned the world by walking away from the game.

Episode VIII

Episode VIII

Season 1 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2020-05-10

Michael Jordan would famously use even the smallest slight imaginable to motivate himself against an opponent. And when his NBA comeback in 1995 fell short in the playoffs, he worked harder than ever to return to form.

Episode III

Episode III

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2020-04-26

Once a key member of the hated Detroit Pistons “Bad Boys” championship teams that brutalized Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman is virtually all Jordan can count on in the early months of the 1997-98 season.