Cheer: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Cheer

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With an inspirational troupe of teens and willingness to engage in the tougher trials facing the sport today, Cheer perfectly captures the highs and lows of what it takes to be a cheerleader.

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Critic Ratings: 15

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User Ratings: 75
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Episodes

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Air date: Jan 8, 2020
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Critic Reviews for Cheer Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

Cheer's hardworking, eager-to-please athletes are indeed transcendent. But Cheer doesn't let their victories shine.

Jan 24, 2020 | Full Review…

"Cheer" quickly and effortlessly becomes all-consuming for the viewer. Whiteley superbly structures the story through six episodes to heighten the anxiety as the competition nears.

Jan 9, 2020 | Full Review…

As much as it salutes the various breakthroughs that Navarro team members make, "Cheer" is certainly not blind to the consequences that come with such a full commitment to a single pursuit.

Jan 9, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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I found the series utterly engrossing, just perhaps not in the way its marketing suggests. I did see the hard work, the dedication, and the benefits of giving people a place to belong and to work hard. But I also saw something darker.

Jan 8, 2020 | Full Review…
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My days of even dreaming of being an elite athlete may be long behind me, but the goal of becoming even 1% of what Aldama is will never leave me. She is the first and last word in fairness, discipline and tenacity.

Jan 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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There's no competitive cheerleading beyond college level, which casts an elegiac tone over the show, and makes the team's dedication all the more striking.

Jan 22, 2020 | Full Review…

It's Bring it On meets Friday Night Lights-only it's real and Coach Taylor is a woman, y'all.

Jan 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Engrossing docuseries follows cheer team champions.

Jan 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Cheer is, fundamentally, the story of damaged kids finding a stable home, and often achieving healing and transformation, through cheerleading...

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

You'll start wincing even more when you get to know the cheerleaders, which are, for the most part, far more candid about the struggles of student-athlete life than anyone we meet in Last Chance U...

Jan 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Yes, sure, it's a documentary about cheerleaders. But it's also about moving past childhood trauma and finding salvation through sport. And it's already one of the year's best shows...

Jan 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Though Cheer aims to highlight the sport's athleticism above all else, it doesn't lack an emotional pull. Cheer succeeds mostly on the strength of the characters it chooses to highlight.

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cheer: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    Excellent. Compelling. I had no interest in competitive cheerleading before, and still don't after watching this docu-series....but, I loved this show.
  • 4d ago
    LOVE -- I hope this documentary catapults all of these kids into the success they deserve, what inspirations. I want to be Jerry when I grow up.
  • 6d ago
    It's a wild ride and it is so fascinating to watch and be invited into this world of Cheer. I binged it from start to finish!
  • Jan 20, 2020
    Loved everything about this. Found myself rooting for them as a team and as individuals all the way through!
  • Jan 20, 2020
    So inspiring!! Can't wait for season two.
  • Jan 19, 2020
    I knew nothing of competitive cheerleading, but I like documentaries so I gave this a shot. It's much more than I expected. It's really a documentary on overcoming trauma through hard work and good influences. It's truly beautiful that this series portrays the complexities of being a community college student without relying on any of the usual tropes. Highly recommend for literally anyone
  • Jan 18, 2020
    The show is truly amazing and what these young people are doing is beyond anything I ever did as a cheerleader. What is disturbing to me is the Head Mistress's little or no sympathy for her members when they fall or get really hurt. It's like they become invisible. This sport does so much damage to our bodies and as far as I have watched I have not seen any attention to that aspect of this extreme sport.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    Es muy buena, lo del deporte de animadores es importante en la historia pero lo que la hace increíble es la forma en que muestra la vida de algunos de sus protagonistas. Emotiva, bien hecha, grandiosa.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    This is an amazing look at cheerleading. Yes, I am a former cheer coach but this show is for anyone with an ounce of competitiveness in them. Everyone I've recommended Cheer to has loved it. Be prepared because you will get sucked in and will need to watch it all at one time. The storytelling is so well done. This show is about more than just cheerleading, it is about relationships and caring for others.
  • Jan 16, 2020
    Not a total fan of cheerleading, but definitely became a fan of the true grit, dedication, and strength of these athletes, coaches, and everyone involved in the sport. I loved and appreciated them even more until the finale. This series captured the roller coaster of feelings and obstacles that the team had to go through, and I truly felt for them. It's an effective, educational, emotional, and entertaining documentary.

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