Directed by Greg Whiteley ("Mitt," "New York Doll," "Resolved"), the series follows a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL. The football players are the latest recruits to Eastern Mississippi Community College (EMCC), an undefeated team with three consecutive National Championships under their belt. The EMCC Lions have become a phenomenon in junior college sports, attracting elite athletes, some of whom have been held back by poor academic performance or behavioral issues. Under Coach Buddy Stephens, one of the most successful but least known athletic programs, EMCC graduates more than twenty players per year into football scholarships at four year universities, and nine of his former players currently play in the NFL.
The members of the team have subjected themselves to the heat and isolation of a town called Scooba — population 712 — and to an imposing coach whose singular obsession with winning rivals that of legends like Bobby Knight or Mike Ditka. As the Lions strive for their fourth consecutive National Championship, the players struggle to keep up the pace in the classroom. Brittany Wagner, a vivacious single-mother and an advisor to the team whose own success is equally dependent on the academic achievements of the players, does everything she can to keep the guys focused, papers turned in on time, and eligible to play ball.
As the players continue to contend with their own personal challenges and teeter on the edge of success or failure, the series takes us on a journey to understand the real men beneath the helmets. Each of them has incredible drive to be the best, but each of them also has unique distractions and conflicts both on and off the field. The series follows the Lions as they enter another season of crushing their opponents, courting recruiters and enduring the physical intensity of this level of football. As their season takes an unexpected turn, the methods of this unconventional team are deeply called into question. With much to lose, they are constantly reminded of the stakes.
Inspired by a feature article in GQ magazine, "Last Chance U" is a Netflix production in association with Condé Nast Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment and One Potato Productions. The series is produced by Adam Leibowitz and Adam Ridley; Greg Whiteley is Director and executive producer; Lisa Nishimura, Jihan Robinson, Benjamin Cotner, Joe Labracio, Dawn Ostroff, James D. Stern and Lucas Smith serve as executive producers.