Quarterback: release date, episode guide, trailer, cast and everything we know about the sport documentary

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Netflix has taken us behind the scenes of golf (Full Swing), tennis (Break Point) and cycling (Tour de France: Unchained), but its expanding library of sports documentaries now includes football with the Quarterback docuseries.

As NFL fans desperately await the return of games (heck, many would even take preseason games), Netflix is offering to satisfy their appetite with a look back at the 2022 regular season through the eyes of three quarterbacks, with unprecedented access to their personal lives, weekly prep and on game days.

To find out which signal callers are featured in Quarterback and other details, read on for everything we know about the new series.

Quarterback release date

Quarterback premiered on Netflix on Wednesday, July 12. 

Quarterback episode guide

Here is an episode guide for the season:
Episode 1: "The Quest"
"Mahomes and the Chiefs put away a rival, Mariota makes his Falcons debut and Cousins acknowledges his time is growing short."

Episode 2: "Homecoming"
"A matchup between two leading AFC teams results in a tough loss for Mahomes. Cousins hopes to extend the Vikings' streak against his former team."

Episode 3: "Kings of Pain"
"Ahead of a game with a defensive powerhouse, Mahomes reveals his strategy for not getting hit too hard. The Vikings face a tall order against the Bills."

Episode 4: "Mind Games"
"An incredible throw ices a Vikings win. Mahomes admits he's not much of a scrambler, but it pays off in a tense game. Mariota may be turning a corner."

Episode 5: "Roller Coaster"
"Mariota and his wife find calm preparing for the birth of their baby. Following a loss, Mahomes relaxes with family. Cousins gets redemption."

Episode 6: "Under Pressure"
"His future in limbo, Mariota bonds with his baby. Julie Cousins nearly misses a historic finish. One team seems to have figured out the Chiefs."

Episode 7: "Win or Go Home"
"Cousins comes home from a playoff loss and unwinds by singing with his kids. Mahomes shares his pregame rituals and later, limps off the field."

Episode 8: "The Final Chapter"
"Mahomes' injury is a concern as the Chiefs conquer a nemesis in conference playoffs and grapple with the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII."

Quarterback cast

Quarterback dives into the life and career of three NFL starters during the 2022 NFL season, one of which is widely considered the best quarterback in the game right now: Patrick Mahomes. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has become one of the most popular players in the league with his incredible throws and big personality, but with the series you'll get to see all the work he put in to have success this season, including his journey to a second Super Bowl win.

While Mahomes is definitely the headliner, the other two quarterbacks are plenty familiar with NFL fans. One is Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, whose season highlights include leading the Vikings to an NFC North title and the largest come-from-behind win ever. The other is Marcus Mariota, who joined a new team, the Atlanta Falcons, in 2022 as he tried to restart his career while holding off a rookie QB for the starting job.

Also expect to see members of each players' family and at least archival footage of their teammates.

Quarterback premise

Here is the official synopsis for the series from Netflix:

"Quarterback is a first-of-its kind partnership between the NFL and Netflix, offering unprecedented access to three of the league's top players. The nine-episode series follows quarterbacks who, for the first time ever, are mic'd up for every single game, from the beginning of the 2022 season to its conclusion. And it's not just life on the field, either: Quarterback takes fans from inside the huddle to inside players' homes, showing how they navigate the pressures of their professional and personal lives."

Quarterback trailer

On July 11, Netflix released the following sneak peek of the season. 

The trailer for Quarterback that Netflix has released is just a taste of what fans are going to see in the nine-episode series. Check it out directly below: 

How to watch Quarterback

Quarterback is a Netflix original series, so a subscription to the streaming service is necessary in order to watch. You can subscribe to Netflix ad-free for a starting price of $9.99 per month, with more features available for slightly more expensive packages. If you’re OK with ads, then you can sign up for Netflix for $6.99 per month. 

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 Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.