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Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Detroit Lions — next episode, recap and everything we know about the NFL reality series

Detroit Lions' Aidan Hutchinson makes a tackle against Atlanta Falcons
Detroit Lions' Aidan Hutchinson makes a tackle against Atlanta Falcons (Image credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Football fans can’t get enough of the NFL, which is why Hard Knocks has been such a hit for the past 17 years, as the documentary series dives deep into a team’s NFL training camp. This year, the spotlight is on the Detroit Lions.

The show, which is a co-production between NFL Films and HBO Sports, has won 18 Sports Emmys and has focused on 13 teams throughout its previous 16 seasons, including the Dallas Cowboys three times. This is the first time that the Lions are going to be a part of Hard Knocks.

Here is everything that we know about Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Detroit Lions.

When is the next Hard Knocks episode?

Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Detroit Lions has an all new episode on Tuesday, August 16, at 10 pm ET/PT; it is also available to stream at the same time on HBO Max, at which point subscribers can stream it on demand.

This latest episode should cover the Detroit Lions first preseason game that took place on Friday, August 12, against the Atlanta Falcons.

New episodes of the docuseries air every Tuesday at the same time until the season finale on September 6, just days before the 2022 NFL season kicks off.

UK NFL fans can watch episodes of Hard Knocks if they are subscribed to Sky TV. Airing on Sky Sports Arena, Hard Knocks episode 1 is available to watch on-demand, while episode 2 debuts on Thursday, August 18, at 5 pm UK time. 

Hard Knocks episode recap

Episode 1
The season premiere of Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions spent a lot of time introducing viewers to the coaches of the Detroit Lions, including head coach Dan Campbell (known for his tough mentality and fantastic soundbites) and a host of former players, headlined Duce Staley and Aaron Glenn. 

On the player side, Lions' rookie Aidan Hutchinson was a standout. The first-round pick and Michigan native is a big story for the team, but part of his official introduction to his new teammates was having him do a rousing rendition of a Michael Jackson song.

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Episode 2
The second episode of Hard Knocks was all about getting ready for the first preseason game for the Lions. That included getting an inside look at some team meetings, where standouts were rookie linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez, who is earning early buzz, and assistant head coach Duce Staley, a continued breakout star of this season.

Fans also got their first Hard Knocks look at Amon-Ra St. Brown. The second-year receiver had a big rookie season and is looking to continue that with a training regiment that he does with his dad, a two-time Mr. Universe. It was the elder St. Brown that stole the show, however, as he took a bit of a shot at NBA star Kevin Durant, who has dealt with calf injuries in recent seasons, asking when was the last time he did calf raises?

The episode ended with an extended sequence from the Lions' preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, which they ultimately loss 27-23.

How to watch Hard Knocks

Airing live on HBO, anyone with the premium cable channel as part of their traditional pay-TV subscription can watch Hard Knocks when it airs at 10 pm ET/PT on Tuesdays. There is also the option to stream it via HBO Max, which you can either sign up for as a standalone service or get automatically if you have the traditional HBO cable channel. HBO/HBO Max is also available as an add-on with services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV and Sling TV

Sky TV is the only place showing Hard Knocks in the UK, so a subscription to the TV service is required to tune in to episodes weekly.

Is there a Hard Knocks trailer?

The trailer for Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Detroit Lions is here. Head coach Dan Campbell's voice is heard throughout the trailer, praising his team and saying how they are at a different level heading into this new season over footages of the first few days of training camp. Give it a watch below:

What is the premise of Hard Knocks?

The idea behind Hard Knocks is to give an in-depth look into an NFL team’s training camp as it gets ready for a new season. This lets fans not only see the rigors of training camp, but also get to know many of the players and coaches for the teams better. Here is the synopsis for this season with the Detroit Lions:

"Camera crews will head to the Lions’ training camp in Allen Park, Michigan in the next few months to begin filming. The action will heat up in August when the cinema verité show focuses on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches. Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Detroit Lions will chronicle head coach Dan Campbell entering his second season leading the team and an intriguing mix of young emerging stars, established veterans, free agent additions and highly regarded rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the preseason."

Another aspect of Hard Knocks that is unique is it claims to have one of the fastest turnarounds on TV. While some filming has already been taking place, each episode details the week of training camp and the NFL preseason game that preceded it. So for instance, the second episode set to air on August 16 will include footage and reactions to the Lions’ preseason game on Friday, August 12.

Who narrates Hard Knocks?

Actor Liev Schreiber is the voice narrating each episode of Hard Knocks. This marks Schreiber’s 16th season handling narration for the docuseries.

Schreiber may be best known for his role as Ray Donovan in the titular Showtime series, but some of his other credits include Spotlight, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Isle of Dogs, Goon and Defiance.

Michael Balderston
Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.