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:
|2007||Kansas City Chiefs||4-12|
|2010||New York Jets||11-5*|
|2016||Los Angeles Rams||4-12|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5-11|
|2020||Los Angeles Rams||10-6*|
|2020||Los Angeles Chargers||7-9|