HBO Sports announced a four-part documentary series based on Shaq O’Neal by director Robert Alexander and Peter Berg’s Film 45 goes into depth about the Hall of Famer on and off the court. SHAQ debuts on November 23rd, with new episodes released every Wednesday on HBO and HBO Max.
SHAQ tells the story of a basketball legend unlike any other, whose larger-than-life personality transcended the sport and transformed him into a cultural icon. It will feature a series of revealing interviews with Shaquille O’Neal.
The documentary series chronicles Shaq’s life before and after superstardom as a dominant force who won four NBA championships and league MVP honors and changed the game. It also encompasses his life off the court, from his upbringing in a military family to his relationships and prosperous broadcasting and business careers.
Shaquille O’Neal said: “We kept this documentary real from the start, and I do feel like it is the most honest look into my life and career up until this point. This process allowed me to reflect publicly in a way I haven’t before, and I’m so proud of the work everyone has done to put it all together.”
Penny Hardaway, Dwyane Wade, Dennis Scott, Brian Shaw, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, and Jerry West will appear in the documentary series. In addition, the series includes interviews with several members of O’Neal’s family, including his mother, Dr. Lucille O’Neal, siblings Jamal and Lateefah Harrison, and three of his children — Taahirah, Shareef, and Myles.
Episode 1 “From Shaquille to Shaq”
Debut date: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT) The origin of Shaquille O’Neal’s legend, from a military household to NBA stardom.
Episode 2 “The Rise”
Debut date: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (9:00 – 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) The forming of a new dynasty in Los Angeles as Shaq reaches the apex of his career.
Episode 3 “The Fall”
Debut date: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 (9:00 – 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) Shaq and the Lakers’ continued dominance leads to a “three-peat” but soon comes to a crashing halt.
Episode 4 “From Shaq to Shaquille”
Debut date: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 (9:00 – 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) A champion again in Miami before age and injuries lead Shaq to the next phase of his life.
SHAQ is executive produced by Peter Berg, Matthew Goldberg, Brandon Carroll, Mike Parris, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton, and Robert Alexander; co-executive producer Katy Murakami. For HBO, executive producers Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Bentley Weiner; coordinating producer Abtin Motia.