'Hard Knocks: Los Angeles'—Start Date, How to Watch, Which NFL Teams Are on HBO Show?

The NFL has developed a reputation for having more subplots than a Hollywood blockbuster, so it seems perfectly apt that one football's most revered TV series will be based in Los Angeles this year.

Hard Knocks makes its return on August 11—exactly a month before the scheduled start of the NFL season—and for the first time HBO cameras will focus on two different training camps, with the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers featuring simultaneously.

The decision to feature both teams on the 15th season of the Sports Emmy Award-winning series is largely due to the franchises' impending move into the state-of-the-art SoFi Stadium nearing completion in Inglewood, California.​

Built at a total cost of almost $5 billion, the 70,000-seat stadium will be the most expensive venue in NFL history and will mark the beginning of a new era for the two franchises, with the Rams and the Chargers both debuting new logos and uniforms this season.

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Aside from the stadium move, the novel coronavirus pandemic will obviously be a major point of focus of the show, given it has had a major impact on what and how NFL teams have conducted training camps.

Several NFL players have already opted out of the upcoming season because of the COVID-19 outbreak and while the NFL remains adamant the season will begin as scheduled on September 10, the scenario may change.

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Here's everything you need to know about this season's series.

Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams
Sean McVay, head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, speaks to quarterback Jared Goff during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty

What is Hard Knocks: Los Angeles?

Now in its 15th season, the show is produced by NFL Films and gives viewers an insight into an NFL team's training camp. The show is granted unparalleled behind-the-scenes access, which it uses to explore a series of different storylines.

These change from team to team but they almost always include how new signings fit into a team, the impact rookies can have in their first season and the coaching team's plans for the season. Expect to see a big focus on roster cuts and position battles too.

NFL Films production crews were on-site at both southern California training camps, shooting more than 2,300 hours of footage for the series, which will offer an inside look at life in an NFL training camp.

As usual, the series will have access to players' and coaches' meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.

When does Hard Knocks: Los Angeles begin?

The first episode of the new season of Hard Knocks will air at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 11 on HBO. An hour-long episode will air each week on Tuesday at the same time, culminating in the season finale on September 8.

Both the Chargers and the Rams are scheduled to open their NFL campaign five days later. The former travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals, while the Rams host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

Where can I watch Hard Knocks: Los Angeles?

Hard Knocks will be available on HBO, HBO on Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO partner streaming platforms.

Replays will be available every Wednesday night and can be streamed on HBO via HBO Max and partners' platforms.

Why has HBO chosen the Rams and the Chargers?

Because of NFL regulations, teams are exempt from consideration if they have played in the postseason in the past two years or have been the focus of the series in the previous decade. Teams who have a first-year coach are also not considered.

That meant HBO could choose from just five franchises—the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars—for the 2020 series of Hard Knocks.

However, the NFL has done away with tradition and opted to focus on two teams simultaneously for the first time, largely owing to the Rams and Chargers' imminent move to SoFi Stadium.

Will non-football fans enjoy the show?

Being a Rams or a Charger fan or at least a football fan will certainly help, but one of the best things about Hard Knocks is its appeal to casual fans. Its unscripted nature gets the most out of the high-octane environment that is an NFL training camp, particularly with the added layer of uncertainty due to the ongoing pandemic.

"NFL Films cherishes the relationship we've had with HBO for over four decades, and specifically with the Hard Knocks franchise since 2001," NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover said in a statement.

"To be able to announce this extension as we embark on an unprecedented two team series this summer brings us incredible pride and only heightens our excitement for the return of football."

Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers
Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks the football field prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. David Eulitt/Getty
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