Today, Apple debuts two docuseries about basketball. One is called The Long Game, about upcoming NBA hopeful Makur Maker. The most prominent is a four-part documentary on the life of the basketball legend Earvin Johnson, called They Call Me Magic. Both series are streaming now with an Apple TV+ subscription.

Utilising unprecedented access to Magic Johnson, and his family and friends, the series covers his career as a professional NBA superstar player on the Los Angeles Lakers, in addition to his later life as a business magnate, helping other Black communities be recognized in corporate America.

It also charts how his HIV diagnosis began a sea change in how the disease was perceived in worldwide culture.

The Long Game is about the burgeoning career of Makur Maker, who was headed to the NBA draft as a five-star candidate until an unexpected course of events led him to play college basketball for Howard University.

How to watch

They Call Me Magic is streaming now on Apple TV+, presented as a four-part series. The Long Game is a five-part series, also available now. You don’t need an Apple device to watch Apple TV+. Just download the Apple TV app on your Amazon Fire Stick, Roku device, smart TV, games console and more. You can also watch in the browser at

An Apple TV+ subscription also includes access to more than one hundred Apple Original TV shows and movies, such as high-profile hits Ted Lasso, Severance, CODA, The Morning Show and more. Upcoming releases include another sports docuseries, Make or Break, and a new psychological thriller drama Shining Girls starring Elisabeth Moss.

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