'What I learned after watching Theroux films for a whole, weird weekend'

The central conceit was that Theroux, an innocent abroad, would spend time in a community that was considered fringe, and tell us their stories. Showcasing the excellence of Michael Jordan, the fast-paced documentary series charts the meteoric rise of the Chicago Bulls and their endeavor to bag a sixth NBA title in the ‘90s. It follows the Navarro College's cheer team from Corsicana, Texas, U.S. as they prep for the prestigious National Cheerleading Championship. The boxing icon's story is chronicled beautifully in this Emmy-nominated film, showcasing his rags-to-riches rise as well as his passionate social activism.  Beginning with the 2018 season, this annual Netflix series offers unprecedented behind the scenes access to the competitive world of Formula 1. From honest interviews of the racers to the ruthless business politics that rule the game, this unfiltered account is a must watch for fans of the sport. Offering a never-before-seen account of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the web series follows Mumbai Indians as captain Rohit Sharma helps the team try to defend their title in the 2018 season.  (Pictured) Sharma in action during an international game against England in London, England, in July 2018.  Back in the day, Argentina’s Diego Maradona was nothing short of a god when it came to soccer. However as years passed, his reputation was gradually questioned by fans and critics alike due to drug abuse and health issues. Can Maradona take this young franchise to the top of the table, andprobably earn back some of his old school repute in the process? This Oscar-winning documentary feature follows American climber Alex Honnold who attempts to climb the challenging El Capitan rock in Yosemite National Park. From his sublime shot-making skills to his hotheaded on-court antics, John McEnroe has entertained fans and critics alike for over two decades. The inspirational docuseries tracks Sunderland A.F.C.’s journey from being relegated in 2016 to coming back strong in the 2017-18 Championship season. Directed by Bryan Fogel (pictured), the hard-hitting documentary explores his journey into the murky world of doping in sports. He comes across former Russian anti-doping laboratory head Grigory Rodchenkov as the story moves from being just a documentary to a heady geopolitical thriller. The documentary film chronicles the experiences of Michelle Waterson, a top ranked mixed martial artist, who tries to find a balance between the UFC octagon and being a mom. The film focuses on the journey of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as he becomes the fastest man in history and one of the most popular Olympic gold winners of all time.   Hardly any other collegiate sport garner as much attention as football in the U.S. This gritty docuseries explores the football program at several colleges in each season.  One for all soccer fans, the British documentary film chronicles the meteoric rise of six Manchester United legends – (2nd from L to R) Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes – from being young hopefuls to tasting global superstardom, all the while being under the watchful eye of manager Alex Ferguson (L). The film documents his journey in detail, from coming out from a troubled childhood, to becoming a World Champion during the Cold War, and eventually forfeiting his title to live a life on the run as a fugitive. Directed by Asif Kapadia, this touching documentary acts as an ode to one of the greatest racers ever to grace Formula One – Ayrton Senna. A three-time world champion, the Brazilian legend was well on his way to break all imaginable records in the sport, before his fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. The thrilling documentary showcases the rivalry between future Hollywood stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (pictured) and Lou Ferrigno as they flex their pecs for the coveted Mr. Olympia title. Stan has more than 35 Louis Theroux documentaries haphazardly displayed – the titles like a set of playing cards that have been shuffled and thrown down at random. But there is something about taking in the creative products of a long career inoneconcentrated sweep that allows you to see an edifice emerging, the overall aim of one man’s life’s work: illuminating and humanising the misunderstood. Theroux spends time in two of London’s largest eating disorder clinics, meeting patients and grappling with the thorniness of the disease. In the years since Theroux filmed a documentary with him in 2000, Jimmy Savile was revealed to be a sex offender on a grand scale. After 10 hours of documentaries, I wonder if the universities should just shut down the journalism schools and make people just watch Louis Theroux’s shows.