Hard Knocks (2001– )

TV Series  |  Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport
8.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.5/10 from 349 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary produced by the NFL and HBO. Each season the show follows an NFL team during training camp in preparation for the upcoming season.

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 07 Jan 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 02 May 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 19 Aug 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 14 Mar 2014
 
a list of 26 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Hard Knocks" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hard Knocks (2001– )

Hard Knocks (2001– ) on IMDb 8.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hard Knocks.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2014   2013   2012   2010   2009   2008   … See all »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Playmakers (TV Series 2003)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The series is a gritty ensemble drama about the off-field lives of a group of players on a pro football team and how they deal with the pressure of being on the professional level.

Stars: Tony Denison, Omar Gooding, Russell Hornsby
30 for 30 (2009–2015)
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Dan Rather, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan
Melissa Harris-Perry (TV Series 2012)
Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Political talk show.

Stars: Melissa Harris-Perry, Raul A. Reyes, Joy-Ann Reid
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

Armed with dreams that extend beyond their block, Luis and Ronald, two best friends from Los Angeles, videotape their last 36 hours before shipping off to Afghanistan. One hundred days ... See full summary »

Director: Jamil Walker Smith
Stars: Malcolm Goodwin, Jamil Walker Smith, Michael Trotter
Two-A-Days: Hoover High (2006–2007)
Drama | Reality-TV | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Follows the 2005 football season of the Hoover High School Buccaneers, of Hoover, Alabama.

Stars: Zack Lathem, Alex Binder, Max Lerner
A Football Life (TV Series 2011)
Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Profiles the most important and influential figures in the history of the National Football League.

Stars: Jenn Brown, Rex Ryan, Josh Charles
Hard Knocks (TV Series 1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Stars: Tom Spiroff, Daryl Anderson, Todd Field
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Bryant Gumbel, Bernard Goldberg, Mary Carillo
Directors: Brittany Ballard, Jamil Walker Smith
Stars: Jamil Walker Smith
24/7 (TV Series 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Stars: Chad Dawson, Liev Schreiber, Andre Ward
On Freddie Roach (TV Series 2012)
Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Stars: Steven Feder, Freddie Roach
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Narrator (10 episodes, 2001-2009)
Edit

Storyline

Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary produced by the NFL and HBO. Each season the show follows an NFL team during training camp in preparation for the upcoming season.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Spoofed in Blue Mountain State: One Week (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A nice way of acquainting true football fans with the real emotions of the NFL
23 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It should be noted, first and foremost, that this documentary will not be entirely clear to those not acquainted with the NFL. This show does not take one by the hand and explain all that is going on. It respects the football IQ of its viewers and makes numerous references to current players that are known to only those who have been following the NFL diligently in recent years. The strength of "Hard Knocks" is that it puts on display the real interactions between NFL players, coaches and people of power. It does a good job of capturing the attitude and style of thinking of this unique group of people. It is a world that, until seen, is still somewhat distant for even the most hard-core of football fans. One learns things like what exactly it is that coaches do, the kinds of hints they give their players, the minute details that determine whether one makes the cut or is placed on waiver wires.

One interesting aspect of the series was how blunt and cold-blooded the director of football operations, Jim Lippencott, was in releasing players. He stood in stark contrast to president/owner Mike Brown, a surprisingly affectionate man considering his position, who, it seemed, employed Lippencott simply because he did not have the heart to break unsettling news to his players, all of whom seem rather dear to him. One walks away feeling as if Brown is perhaps the most loyal and fatherly of NFL owners. This claim might be justifiable as his habit of taking in, grooming and retaining talented players with checkered pasts is unrivaled in the NFL. A key difference between Brown and, say, Al Davis, is that Brown does so with sincerity and grows quite attached to his players as evidenced by his comments made concerning Chris Henry, who passed away months after the filming of "Hard Knocks". Despite his troubles (which included multiple arrests), Brown strongly endorsed Henry and admits to his soft spot for the young, misunderstood wide receiver (Brown made an astonishing move by re-signing Henry shortly after having released him due to his latest bout with the law).

The only flaws this series had are related to dramatizing certain elements beyond necessity. This, of course, gives the documentary more of a story, which, is understandable considering the circumstances. Yet, one walks away feeling as if, the effect of players who, at best, will contribute minimally, was blown out of proportion. Though the coaches' assessments and reactions were real, it might be argued that the viewers were led to believe that lesser training camp competitions and certain, less-heralded rookies were essential to the Bengals' success.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
to what JimKirkpatrik66
Discuss Hard Knocks (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page