Backstage: Lakers
GenreSports Documentary series
Developed bySpectrum SportsNet
StarringLos Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)
Country of originUnited States
Original languagesEnglish
No. of seasons6
Running time30 minutes
Original release
NetworkSpectrum SportsNet
Spectrum Deportes
ReleaseOctober 2012 (2012-10) –

Backstage: Lakers is a weekly sports documentary television series produced by Spectrum SportsNet which covers the Los Angeles Lakers from an in-depth, behind-the-scenes angle, giving the viewer "unprecedented access" to the team.[1]

The series has documented the season from inside the locker room, the practice facility, the executive offices, the training room, as well as chronicling the players at home with their families and on the road with their team.[2]

A new 30-minute episode debuts every week of the season after the postgame show on Spectrum SportsNet. Re-airs can be viewed multiple times throughout the week on the network and its website.[3]


After the landmark rights deal between Time Warner Cable and the Los Angeles Lakers was completed in February 2011,[4] the idea for a weekly series was immediately put into motion based on the original talks of the partnership. Lakers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Jeanie Buss endorsed the proposed show as giving "one of the strongest fan bases in professional sports the access to the Lakers that they crave," while Time Warner Cable Sports executives stated that the Lakers would now allow cameras to go places "where they typically aren't allowed, which is exactly what was envisioned" when the decision was made to launch the networks.[1]

The first episode of the series debuted on the launch night of the networks, October 1, 2012 at 9:00PM PST.[5]


Los Angeles Lakers (2012-13)

Some of the topics covered on Backstage: Lakers in the 2012-13 Lakers season included:

Similar productions

Backstage: Dodgers

Once Spectrum SportsNet LA was launched in 2014, a similar all-access series premiered as well, offering behind-the-scenes access to the Dodgers clubhouse and players off-the-field.[10]

Backstage: Galaxy

From 2012 to 2017, A similar all-access series chronicled another team partner of Spectrum SportsNet, the LA Galaxy, including exclusive interviews & footage on and off the field. The series premiered during the Galaxy's 2012 playoff run to the 2012 MLS Cup.[11]

Backstage: Chargers

Starting in 2018, a bi-weekly, behind-the-scenes show debuted for the Los Angeles Chargers, providing unprecedented access to the team during the season.[12]



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  2. ^ Flint, Joe (2013-09-26). "Time Warner Cable's broadcasts of Lakers games set for tipoff". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  3. ^ "Spectrum SportsNet | Lakers, Galaxy, Sparks - Live & On Demand".
  4. ^ "New Lakers TV Deal With Time Warner Worth Reported $3 Billion". 14 February 2011. SBNation, February 15, 2011
  5. ^ "TWCSportsNet Programming Line-Up". TWCSN. 2012-10-01. Archived from the original on 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  6. ^ Flint, Joe (2013-11-09). "Will 'Backstage Lakers' go backstage on Brown's firing?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  7. ^ Pincus, Eric (2013-02-26). "Backstage: Lakers to air Jerry Buss tribute". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  8. ^ Pincus, Eric (2013-01-30). "'Backstage Lakers' to air Army captain's family reunion". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  9. ^ Pincus, Eric (2013-03-20). "'Backstage: Lakers' to show an inside look at win over Raptors". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  10. ^ "Watch a clip of the Dodgers' new all-access TV show - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. February 2014.
  11. ^ ""Backstage: Galaxy" to Premier Tonight at 5 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsNet". LA Galaxy. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  12. ^ "Chargers Videos | Los Angeles Chargers -".