It’s The Office meets the Last Dance and it’s back again for the third and final time. Sunderland ‘Til I Die has been confirmed as returning to screens shortly by streaming giants Netflix.
When it first aired back in 2018, Sunderland Til I Die was an instant hit; it strayed from the traditional sports documentary mould in chronicling the day-to-day activities of one of English football’s most calamitously run clubs.
A fallen giant, Sunderland has languished outside of the Premier League since season 2016-17, spending four consecutive seasons in League One, the third tier of English football. The new season of the hit documentary explores the club’s changing fortunes, for once.
Sunderland Til I Die season 3 key details
When will season 3 hit screens?
February 13, 2024
Season 3 of the hit series will be available for streaming on Netflix on 13 February 2024.
What does it cover?
“We’re ending Sunderland Til I Die on a high,” explained Leo Pearlman, co-founder and managing partner of production company Fulwell 73. Pearlman and fellow show creator, Ben Turner, are both die-hard, life-long Sunderland fans.
Pearlman was appointed to Sunderland’s Board of Directors as a non-executive director in October 2023. One must wonder if his position at the club will impact the lens through which he edited the series’ final season.
For a club whose recent history has been painted in failure, season 3 of Sunderland Til I Die follows a rare successful campaign for the northern English club. After spending four consecutive seasons languishing in English football’s third division, the 2021-22 campaign, covered by the documentary, saw the Black Cats win promotion back to the Championship – English football’s second tier.
Without giving too much away, Pearlman explained the season would be following the final stanza of Sunderland’s successful promotion campaign, notably focusing on the side’s play-off final win over Wycombe Wanderers.
72,000 screaming, loyal fans packed into London’s Wembley stadium on that fateful afternoon in May 2022 to watch fifth-place Sunderland step closer to a Premier League return. Now, thanks to season 3 of the series, millions more worldwide are afforded the chance to re-live the highs and lows of that day.
Without being washed with generational talents, no side in England’s third tier is, Sunderland’s 2021-22 side features Australian international Bailey Wright, member of the Premier League 100-goal club, Jermain Defoe, one-time global sensation, Will Grigg, and the sublimely tricky Aiden McGeady.
In addition to this, promising loanees Jack Clarke, Nathan Broadhead and Callum Doyle, sent to the Stadium of Light from Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Manchester City, chipped in admirably throughout the season.
Reportedly, season 3 will be just three episodes long. In comparison to other prominent sports documentary series’ released in recent years, it’s a small window into a complex and jubilant period in Sunderland’s recent history.
For some fans, news of the sweetness of the content covered in Sunderland Til I Die season 3 might disappoint. After all, the show’s greatest drawcard, particularly in its first season, was its unintentional comedic value born from the farcical way its day-to-day operations were portrayed.
Sunderland fans, however, won’t be bothered at all. Success is success.
Is there a trailer?
Netflix is yet to release a trailer for the third and final season of the documentary. Instead, we can re-visit the trailer for the series’ first season, released five years ago, which explores the close relationship between Sunderland the club, Sunderland the city and its inhabitants.
Football in all corners of England, but particularly in the north, is a religion. Teams and players are deitified, revered as modern-day angels or devils, depending on the fortune they inspire.
“Guide us in our love for our city and our club, for it is a love born out of passion,” sermonises a priest in season 1’s trailer.
“The success of our team leads to the success and prosperity of our city,” he adds. Sums it up, really.
Any previous highlights from Sunderland Til I Die?
One clip from the series’ debut season will forever live in footballing infamy. It portrays Charlie Methven, a former executive at the club, discussing changing the pre-match music at the club’s Stadium of Light.
I could write 1,000 words on it. I won’t. All I’ll say is that it’s very David Brent – Ricky Gervais’ character from The Office and the inspiration for Michael Scott in the show’s American remake.