Colts ‘Hard Knocks’ schedule 2021: How to watch, stream new NFL midseason HBO series



Time to pony up for “Hard Knocks in Season.”

For the first time in the series’ history, an NFL team will be the subject of the behind-the-scenes look at football matters while the season is still in progress, and it kicks off on Wednesday night.

Not only is it the first time that a “Hard Knocks” series will take place in season, but it’s the first time that Indianapolis Colts will be the feature of the program, making them the 15th different NFL squad 

The Colts are currently vying for a playoff spot, while the team navigates its first season with Carson Wentz under center. That alone should make for some juicy storylines as the season enters the playoff run.

Here’s what you need to know about the series:

‘Hard Knocks in Season’ schedule 2021

  • Episode 1: Wednesday, Nov. 17
  • Air time: 10 p.m. ET

The first season of “Hard Knocks in Season” begins Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.

The series is going to run every Wednesday at 10 p.m. until the Colts finish out their season, meaning it could end as early as Jan. 12 or as late as the Wednesday after Super Bowl 56. 

Here’s the complete schedule:

Episode Air date/Time Time Channel Live stream
Episode 1 Wednesday, Nov. 17 10 p.m. ET HBO HBO Max
Episode 2 Wednesday, Nov. 24 10 p.m. ET HBO HBO Max
Episode 3 Wednesday, Dec. 1 10 p.m. ET HBO HBO Max
Episode 4 Wednesday, Dec. 8 10 p.m. ET HBO HBO Max
Episode 5 Wednesday, Dec. 15 10 p.m. ET HBO HBO Max
Episode 6 Wednesday, Dec. 22 10 p.m. ET HBO HBO Max
Episode 7 Wednesday, Dec. 29 10 p.m. ET HBO HBO Max
Episode 8 Wednesday, Jan. 5 10 p.m. ET HBO HBO Max
Episode 9 Wednesday, Jan. 12 10 p.m. ET HBO HBO Max

How to watch ‘Hard Knocks in Season’

  • TV channel: HBO
  • Live stream: HBO Max

“Hard Knocks” airs exclusively on HBO, so you will need to subscribe to the service through a cable or dish provider ($14.99 per month) in order to watch each episode live.

HBO’s streaming service, HBO Max, also carries each episode and offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers

How have HBO’s featured teams fared?

In the 16 seasons that the show has featured a team — not counting the league’s highlight series featured in 2011 — six teams have gone on to make the playoffs, including last year’s Los Angeles Rams squad. They shared the season with fellow LA team, the Chargers, who did not make the postseason.

The Cowboys, who were on the preseason edition of “Hard Knocks,” could be the seventh team to make that list if things continue to go according to plan: The Cowboys currently lead the NFC East and and are in prime position to make the playoffs this year.

Here’s how the teams that have been on “Hard Knocks” have fared:

Year Team Record
2001 Baltimore Ravens 10-6*
2002 Dallas Cowboys 5-11
2007 Kansas City Chiefs 4-12
2008 Dallas Cowboys 9-7
2009 Cincinnati Bengals 10-6*
2010 New York Jets 11-5*
2012 Miami Dolphins 7-9
2013 Cincinnati Bengals 11-5*
2014 Atlanta Falcons 6-10
2015 Houston Texans 9-7*
2016 Los Angeles Rams 4-12
2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-11
2018 Cleveland Browns 7-8-1
2019 Oakland Raiders 7-9
2020 Los Angeles Rams 10-6*
2020 Los Angeles Chargers 7-9
2021 Dallas Cowboys

*Made playoffs 


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