’30 for 30′ is a series of documentary films that air on ESPN, its sister networks, and is available online highlighting events and people of interest in the history of sports. It premiered for the first time on October 6, 2009. The series includes three volumes consisting of 30 episodes each, along with a series spanning for 13 episodes under the title ‘ESP Films Presents’, and a series of shorts titled ’30 for 30 Shorts’ that have been shown through the ESPN.com website. Already boasting a solid array of content, it also expanded to include ‘Soccer Stories’ that aired before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as audio podcasts.
The series has been created by Bill Simmons and Connor Schell, who also act as producers, along with John Dahl. Although the series had a slow beginning, as awareness grew among fans, it quickly became a favorite series and earned critical praise as well.
30 for 30 Cast: Who is in it?
The format of ’30 for 30′ has expert storytellers from inside and outside the world of sports come in and present the various parts of the series. Thus there are no fixed cast members for the series per se. However, among the people who have been on the show, are, Ice Cube, Ryan Fleck, John Dorsey, and Steve Nash, among many others.
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, we will see even more experts come forth to narrate the incidents that are shown in the series, making ’30 for 30′ as entertaining as it is informative.
30 for 30 Plot: What is it about?
The basic premise of ’30 for 30′ includes some of the finest storytellers who come from both within and without the world of sports. It is an unprecedented documentary series and began initially as a celebration of ESPN’s 30th anniversary. Over the years, the series has come to life thanks to the fascinating and eclectic collection of films that it passionately presents and the way it deals with sports and culture.
When viewed individually, these films stand out on their own and they bring the filmmaker’s vision to life. However, when the films are viewed collectively, they portray an altogether different message. We see how a sport is an integral part of our culture and how it ties in to and reflects that very aspect. What ’30 for 30′ ultimately tries to do, is to tell a story to the viewer and grab their attention. It does so by employing various sources, making use of words and images, but sticking to a particular perspective. They merely use these words and images to substantiate this point of view. While the sports universe is full of competing voices, this series offers compelling tones which stand out.