Receiver Season 1 Review – The spiritual successor to Quarterback

Season 1



Episode Guide

Great Expectations: Part 1
Great Expectations: Part 2
Moving Target
Give Me the Damn Ball
Long Road Back
Win or Go Home
Don’t Have a Choice
Leaving Las Vegas


There are a lot of American football documentaries on the market. Prime’s All or Nothing remains the pinnacle of this but from Netflix alone we have Last Chance U, Untold and Quarterback. The latter is worth bearing in mind here because Receivers is basically the second part of that docu-series and a spiritual successor in all but name.

Quarterback focused exclusively on (unsurprisingly) quarterbacks in the game of American football, looking at plays through the NFL season and highlighting all the ups and downs that go with that. Much like that series, Receivers follows a handful of players and charts their success (or not) across the span of an entire NFL season.

The series follows 5 receivers in total. We’ve got Davante Adams, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Justin Jefferson and a pair of 49ers coming in the form of Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. Across the 8 episodes we see all their trials and tribulations they go through, starting with the draft and working through to the eventual Superbowl in the final episode.

This is very much a series designed specifically for American football fans so if you’re coming into this as a newbie to the sport, this is probably not the best one to begin with. The show knows its target audience and unashamedly tailors this for them, boasting an inside look at the men who make the big plays and how they handle the pressure.

With good narration and a blend of talking head interviews and archival footage, Receivers really does run with the age old adage that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The show doesn’t really do much different from Quarterback, with a familiar structure, the same visual design and some quirky humour for good measure.

The colloquial terms for football are used here throughout, while the personalities for each of the receivers definitely helps set each of them apart from one another, which is a nice touch.

Ultimately though, Receivers is a decent docu-series, although it’s unlikely to be the showstopping hit that other sport documentaries in this field achieve. Still, fans of NFL should be in their element with this one.

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  • Verdict - 7.5/10

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