"The Cost of Winning" follows a high school football team, but it's about much more than just football. This four-part docuseries, coming to HBO on Nov. 10, tells the story of St. Frances Academy Panthers football program in Baltimore, a team that excelled on the field; but it was what they did off of it — and how hard they had to fight to even be able to play — that has this one on our must-watch list.
The backstory: The Panthers went from being a winless program at an underfunded, nearly 200-year-old Catholic school, within a neighbourhood rife with socioeconomic challenges and gun violence, to three-time Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champions. Then, in 2018, they were kicked out of their league for being "too good." The talented team was left with no other option than to create their own schedule, travelling the country to showcase their skills in hopes of earning college scholarships.
HBO's docuseries follows that journey, led by head coach Biff Poggi and several star players. The team's determination and grit comes through even in the short, powerful trailer — watch for yourself above. Episodes one and two premiere on Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. ET, with episodes three and four airing Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. ET, all on HBO and HBO Max.