'The Last Dance' Episodes 9 and 10: Where to Watch Finale of Michael Jordan ESPN Documentary

It seems only yesterday that The Last Dance premiered on TV, providing much-needed relief to fans starved of action and topics of conversation after the coronavirus pandemic had paralysed sports across the world.

Five weeks on since its debut, ESPN's 10-part documentary chronicling Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls winds up on Sunday with the final two episodes, meaning we are all going to have to find something else to do until actual sports eventually returns.

By the time it hit the screens on April 19, The Last Dance was one of the most-eagerly awaited sports documentaries in years and it has lived up to the hype. Over the last five weeks, the behind-the-scenes series has transcended basketball's traditional borders and instantly developed into pop-culture phenomenon.

Here's all you need to know ahead of the final two episodes on Sunday.

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When does The Last Dance finale air?

The ninth episode will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on May 17 on ESPN, with the tenth and final episode to follow straight afterward. A version of the documentary edited for language will air simultaneously on ESPN2.

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The seventh and eighth episodes will be re-aired from 7 p.m. ET on ESPN on Sunday, ahead of the premiere of the two new episodes.

The final episodes of the documentary will premiere on Netflix at 12:01 a.m. PT on May 18.

Where can I watch The Last Dance finale?

The documentary is available on ESPN and ABC, while Netflix has snapped up the international rights. ESPN and ABC will make the documentary available on TV and online via their digital platforms, while Netflix users can access it via the Netflix app on TVs and connected devices, as well as online.

Episode 7-8 recap

Episode 7 and 8 of The Last Dance showed different sides of Michael Jordan.

The fourth weekly instalment of the documentary explored MJ coping with the death of his father, his first retirement and brief foray into baseball, culminating with his return to the court and a fourth NBA title.

Barely a month after completing the three-peat in June 1993, Jordan's personal life was thrown in turmoil as his father, James, disappeared a month later and was found dead in August of the same year.

Two months after his father's death, Jordan suddenly announced his retirement from the NBA in order to begin a career in baseball.

"We were debating, me and him, we were debating about me playing baseball," MJ said in the documentary, as he recalled the last conversation he had with his father.

"Dad, 'I want to go play baseball. I'm thinking about retiring. I wanna go play baseball'. All the things that he was saying­­, 'Do it. Do it.' Because he had got me started in baseball."

While an inquest established James had been murdered in a robbery, his tragic death and Jordan's retirement triggered a flurry of conspiracy theories. Some suggested Jordan's decision to leave the NBA had come about after the league had suspended him for gambling-related matters.

Others, meanwhile, insinuated his father's killing was related to Jordan's passion for gambling. In The Last Dance, both theories were dismissed not only by Jordan, but also by former NBA commissioner David Stern and by a number of journalists.

Jordan swapped the court for the diamond, signing with the Chicago White Sox and then spending a year playing for the franchise's Double-A minor league affiliate Birmingham Barons.

While Jordan's baseball career was short and relatively average, a number of interviews in The Last Dance suggested he could have made it to the major had he stuck to baseball.

The NBA, however, proved too much of an allure and Jordan returned to the court in March 1995 as baseball descended into lockdown. After losing to the Orlando Magic in the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals, Jordan reestablished the status quo, leading the Bulls to defeat the Seattle SuperSonics in six games in the 1996 NBA Finals to claim a fourth title in six seasons and his personal fourth NBA Finals MVP crown.

Away from his personal life and his foray into baseball, Episode 7 and 8 further delved into Jordan's boundless and ferocious will to win and his penchant for berating teammates he perceived to be not as intense he was.

We also learnt how a punch-up between Jordan and current Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr forged a stronger relationship between the two and how Jordan used personal battles to motivate his innate desire to excel.

Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Chicago Bulls
Michael Jordan (L) holds the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy and former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson holds the NBA champions Larry O'Brien trophy after winning game six of the NBA Finals with the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 14, 1998. The Bulls won the game 87-86 to take their sixth NBA championship. Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty
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