Quarterback
Genre
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
Production companies
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseJuly 12, 2023 (2023-07-12) –
present (present)

Quarterback is an American streaming television documentary series developed for Netflix. The National Football League (NFL) and Netflix partnered to develop the series, while NFL Films, 2PM Productions, and Omaha Productions produced the series.[1][2]

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byOriginal release date [3]
1"The Quest"Matt Dissinger, Shannon Furman, Tim RumpffJuly 12, 2023 (2023-07-12)
2"Homecoming"Matt Dissinger, Shannon Furman, Tim RumpffJuly 12, 2023 (2023-07-12)
3"Kings of Pain"Matt Dissinger, Shannon Furman, Tim RumpffJuly 12, 2023 (2023-07-12)
4"Mind Games"Matt Dissinger, Shannon Furman, Tim RumpffJuly 12, 2023 (2023-07-12)
5"Roller Coaster"Matt Dissinger, Shannon Furman, Tim RumpffJuly 12, 2023 (2023-07-12)
6"Under Pressure"Matt Dissinger, Shannon Furman, Tim RumpffJuly 12, 2023 (2023-07-12)
7"Win or Go Home"Matt Dissinger, Shannon Furman, Tim RumpffJuly 12, 2023 (2023-07-12)
8"The Final Chapter"Matt Dissinger, Shannon Furman, Tim RumpffJuly 12, 2023 (2023-07-12)

Development and release

The NFL and Netflix announced the docu-series on February 22, 2023.[1] The announcement of the series followed the success of various sports documentary series on Netflix, beginning with their Drive to Survive series; Netflix also launched the tennis- and golf-themed series Break Point and Full Swing earlier in 2023.[4][5][6]

The NFL had not done business with Netflix prior to Quarterback.[2] Producers for the series include NFL Films, Omaha Productions, and 2PM Productions. 2PM Productions is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' production studio,[1] while Omaha Productions is the production studio of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.[7] Manning will executive produce the series along with Ross Ketover, Pat Kelleher, and Keith Cossrow of NFL Films.[6]

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota are the three quarterbacks featured in the series.[8][9] The three quarterbacks wore a microphone during every game of the 2022 NFL season, marking the first time the NFL allowed such access.[10] This audio is used in the series.[8] Netflix was also given special access to Mahomes during the season, which culminated in him winning Super Bowl LVII and being named the game's MVP.[11] Despite this access, Mahomes' private meetings with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid were not allowed to be filmed.[12] The Vikings finished the season having won the NFC North, while Mariota is documented during his first (and only) season with the Falcons.[10]

Netflix initially ordered one season of the series.[6][8] In June, a trailer for the series was released, confirming it would premiere on July 12.[13] In July, Manning confirmed that the series had been renewed for a second season.[14]

Reception

Writing for CNN, Brian Lowry commented on Mahomes' presence in the series, stating "not all play callers are created equal, with Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes easily providing the best and most entertaining company, eclipsing the mere mortals who flesh out the Netflix docuseries."[15] Lowry added that Cousins and Mariota "even with the intense and far-reaching access, seldom feel like they're opening up much more than the standard 'We're just trying to win ballgames' cliches."[15]

Brady Langmann of Esquire offered an opposing opinion, writing that "the storytelling grows inversely complex with each player's skill level," calling the series' "standout".[16] Langmann also wrote that "the highly curated version of Patrick Mahomes we see in Quarterback isn't all that interesting," and added "this isn't Last Chance U, where we're gifted a nuanced portrait of every player."[16]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Netflix partners with NFL for new docu-series 'Quarterback' following Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins, Marcus Mariota". NFL.com. February 22, 2023. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Florio, Mike (February 22, 2023). "Netflix, NFL partner on Quarterback series". ProFootballTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z – Quarterback on Netflix". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  4. ^ Peters, Jay (February 22, 2023). "Netflix's new NFL docuseries starring Patrick Mahomes debuts this summer". The Verge. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  5. ^ Harrison, Jonathan (February 22, 2023). "Kirk Cousins, Patrick Mahomes to feature in behind-the-scenes Netflix doc 'Quarterback'". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  6. ^ a b c Porter, Rick (February 22, 2023). "Netflix, NFL Films Team for 'Quarterback' Docuseries". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  7. ^ White, Peter (February 22, 2023). "Netflix Throws Sports Docuseries Hail Mary With 'Quarterback'; Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins & Marcus Mariota Tracked During 2022 Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  8. ^ a b c Teicher, Adam (February 22, 2023). "Netflix QB series to feature Mahomes, Cousins, Mariota". ESPN. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  9. ^ Henderson, Cydney (February 22, 2023). "Patrick Mahomes featured in new Netflix, NFL Films series 'Quarterback'". USA Today. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  10. ^ a b "Cousins, Mahomes & Mariota Featured in Upcoming Netflix 'Quarterback' Docu-series". vikings.com. February 22, 2023. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  11. ^ Grathoff, Pete (February 22, 2023). "Netflix promises 'unprecedented access' to Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes in new docuseries". Kansas City Star. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  12. ^ McCluskey, Megan (July 12, 2023). "Netflix's Quarterback Docuseries Offers an Intimate Look at the Lives of the NFL's Top Players". Time. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  13. ^ Foote, Jordan (June 14, 2023). "KC Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Teases Netflix 'Quarterback' Series With Trailer". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 26, 2023.
  14. ^ White, Peter (July 18, 2023). "'Quarterback': Peyton Manning Says NFL Docuseries Has Been Renewed For Season 2 At Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 18, 2023.
  15. ^ a b Lowry, Brian (July 12, 2023). "'Quarterback' goes deep with three NFL QBs, but Patrick Mahomes is the MVP here, too". CNN. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  16. ^ a b Langmann, Brady (July 17, 2023). "Quarterback Season 2: Everything We Know". Esquire. Retrieved July 31, 2023.