The Greatness Code on AppleTV+ - Series Review

LeBron James on The Greatness Code - Image from AppleTV+

A new docuseries begins streaming July 10 on AppleTV+ featuring some of the most popular athletes from a variety of sports over the past decade.  When you think of names like LeBron James and Tom Brady, "greatness" easily comes to mind.  But what if you asked them about a great moment in their career?  What stands out to some of the greatest athletes of a generation in their own minds.  The Greatness Code, available on AppleTV+ aims to peel back those layers.

The Greatness Code Review

Visual Effects from The Greatness Code - Image from AppleTV+

As someone who has loved watching sports my entire life, I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to screen this series ahead of it's release.  Here is a list of the athletes you'll see in Season 1 of the series.

  • Episode 1 - LeBron James (Basketball)
  • Episode 2 - Tom Brady (Football)
  • Episode 3 - Alex Morgan (Soccer)
  • Episode 4 - Usain Bolt (Track & Field)
  • Episode 5 - Shaun White (Snowboarding)
  • Episode 6 - Katie Ledecky (Swimming)
  • Episode 7 - Kelly Slater (Surfing)

The intimate sit down with the athletes sounded like the ideal setting to learn more about their careers through their eyes.  However, the short episodes left little storytelling time.  At just 5 to 8 minutes each, each episode picks one game to focus on and has the athlete talking about how that game impacted their career.  I guess the concept works for those who want just a quick sneak peek at their story, but I wanted more.  I also found the graphics and visual effects to be a bit distracting to what was happening.

Alex Morgan on The Greatness Code - Image from AppleTV+

Now my 8-year old son on the other hand LOVED this!  He watched the episodes with me - knowing 3 of the athletes (James, Brady, and Morgan) already and being introduced to the others along the way.  Tom Brady was his favorite episode and he when I asked what he like about the series his response was a simple, kid-friendly "I like everything about it!"

You can roll through these episodes very quickly and in an evening hear from these rockstars in their field.  If you're looking for something to fill the sports void and like hearing a little "behind-the-scenes" commentary from the athletes themselves, then check it out.  Just know what it is going in and enjoy it for that.

About The Greatness Code (From AppleTV+)

“Greatness Code” is a landmark short-form unscripted series directed by Gotham Chopra and co-produced by Uninterrupted and Religion of Sports that spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world. The first season unfolds with seven mini episodes, each examining a pivotal moment that defined an athlete’s career. Internationally revered athletes featured in season one include four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lebron James; six-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady; Olympic gold medalist and co-captain of the US women’s national soccer team Alex Morgan; world's fastest man and eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt; five-time Olympic gold medalist and 15-time world champion swimmer Katie Ledecky; 11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater.

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“Greatness Code" is a co-production between powerhouse sports content platforms Religion of Sports, which is co-founded by Gotham Chopra, Tom Brady and NFL Hall of Fame legend Michael Strahan, and Uninterrupted, the athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. Gotham Chopra also executive produces through Religion of Sports, alongside executive producer Maverick Carter via Uninterrupted. Ameeth Sankaran also serves as executive producer through Religion of Sports, and Devin Johnson executive produces via Uninterrupted.

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