We Are the Champions

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A scene from episode 1 of We Are the Champions. (Photo: Netflix)
A scene from episode 1 of We Are the Champions. (Photo: Netflix)


5/5 Stars


Explore an array of unique competitions, from the quirky to the bizarre, and meet their passionate communities in this docu-series.


It was a chilly day in the Mother City in the middle of what would usually be considered summer. An icy breeze from the Atlantic Ocean had unceremoniously met warm inland temperatures and created a blanket of mist that rested softly in between skyscrapers and partly empty streets.

Like they would have said in 2009, before the catch phrase had any sexual innuendo, it was the perfect day for "Netflix and chill" – to curl up on the couch by oneself and consume hours of entertainment while relaxing.

It was on this specific day that I found myself click, click, clicking from one show to the next until I stopped on the six-part series We Are the Champions.

Executively produced and narrated by Rainn Wilson, this charming docu-series was like a cosy grey sweater to snuggle up in while burying your head in a snowy soft mountain of white pillows.

Rainn, who some might know best as Michael Scott's most loyal ally and Jim Halpert's most despised foe, had created the most interesting, creative, happy and, at times, sad show I've ever watched. In my most humble of opinions, it is perhaps one of the shiniest hidden gems among the colossal collection of content on the streaming giant's platform.

The series scratched in the bottom drawer of curiosities and found the most unsuspecting competitive sporting events across the globe, dusted them off for the world stage and placed them so perfectly centre on a podium that it would make Wes Anderson smile ever so slightly (yellow Futura font included).

The sweet series tells heroic tales of cheese-rolling warriors, chilli-eating beasts, hairstyling gods, yo-yoing youngsters, dog dancing divas and frog jumping victors.

Each individual episode tells a story of suspense, determination, success and, yes, of course, failure. There are broken limbs and collar bones, pepper eaters crying in pain, a man that cuts hair in the air, a girl about to show the boys how to yo-yo like a pro, real Russian dog dancer royalty that have won every contest in the world except one, and slippery amphibians jumping to break Rosie the Ribeter's ridiculous record.

I cringed at times, I laughed at times and by the end I cried. This eccentric collection of stories chronicles the most beautiful part of being human, of overcoming the odds, of being ourselves, of giving it our all and never giving up, because in the end these are our stories and we… we are the champions.


Click here to watch We Are the Champions on Netflix now.

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