A 30 For 30 about Ric Flair breezes too quickly through pro wrestling’s most important era

B-

Nearly every film about professional wrestling hits a crucial point, where the participants have to decide how fully they want to answer one of the oldest and most persistent questions about their entire industry: “Is wrestling fake?” It’s something wrestlers themselves are understandably sick of talking about, for…

The Simpsons shifts into sports documentary mode for its amusing “22 For 30”

B

“22 For 30” dresses up The Simpsons’ formula in the gym togs of ESPN’s 30 For 30 sports documentary series, and, as far as stunts go, it’s a well-executed one. The arc of a traditional Simpsons episode and that of the average “troubled sports figure” doc mesh up neatly, as Bart, after honing his crumpled paper ball…

A classic college football game gets the 30 For 30 treatment in “Catholics Vs. Convicts”

B+

Two months ago, ESPN’s 30 For 30 offered a counter-narrative to its own “Survive And Advance” with the episode “Phi Slama Jama.” Now the series flips the script on its popular “The U” and “The U Part 2” with “Catholics Vs. Convicts,” the story of Notre Dame’s 1988 upset football victory over the University Of Miami.…

ESPN’s five-part O.J. Simpson documentary is a masterful portrait of a crime and its context

A

Thanks to one of those odd periodic showbiz confluences—the kind that gives us two killer earthquake movies in the same year or two animated films about talking ants or two Truman Capote biopics—the 30 For 30 docuseries O.J: Made In America is hitting TV screens just two months after FX had one of its biggest hits…