Everyone has been smitten with Netflix’s cheerleading documentary series, Cheer, since it debuted in January. Even Simone Biles, Ellen DeGeneres, and the entire cast of Glee have declared their friend Gabi Navarro to be a certified cheer-lebrity by posting pictures of themselves performing their 2019 nationals routine. Seriously, a scathing skit about getting on the mat was created for Cheer by Saturday Night Live.
Our favorite tumblers, flyers, and stunters have been keeping us up to date with their latest antics since Daytona. When they’re not competing with Miami’s Top Gun Cheer squad in competitions like the National Cheerleading Championships, Lexi, Jerry, Morgan, and La’Darius are all back at junior college.
The binge must continue, so instead of waiting for word on season two, here are eight more shows to watch….
1. Last Chance U (2016–)
This Is It! Because it was directed by the same person as Cheer, U is essentially Cheer with football. Unlike Cheer, which repeatedly emphasizes how there is no real future in cheerleading as a sport, this show follows athletes who join elite junior college programs with the hope that they will go on to major NFL careers. In this situation, the stakes are extremely high, and the pain that the athletes must endure to succeed is all too familiar.
2. Spinning Out (2020–)
In addition to the athleticism, showmanship, and costumes seen in Cheer, the new Netflix drama focuses on the world of competitive ice skating.
The lives of the characters in Spinning Out are filled with tragedy and conflict, and many of the athletes prefer to hide their injuries rather than miss out on competing altogether.
In the event you’re looking for a steamy love triangle, Spinning Out has one that Cheer does not.
3. Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)
While it has nothing to do with Cheer, Netflix users are just as likely to recommend this documentary series to their friends and family.
Amateur internet detectives in Don’t F**k With Cats attempt to catch a depraved and vicious killer.
You should prepare to have your eyes and ears covered quite a few times during the course of the series. I don’t care if you think you’re a badass.
4. Dare Me (2020–)
On Dare Me, Collette (Willa Fitzgerald) is a coach who can hold her own against Monica Aldama.
She certainly has a lot more to deal with in terms of drama. The USA Network show about a high school football team is a little unnerving. Glamour’s review of the new series describes it as a cross between Bring It On and Spring Breakers, which is all you need to know about it.
5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018–)
When it comes to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, “cheerleader by day, queen of hell by night” is the tagline for the third season. Enough is enough.
6. Cheer Squad (2016)
You don’t even have to leave Netflix to watch Cheer Squad, which is Freeform’s bubbly take on Cheer.
7. Cheerleader U (2007)
There’s no better place to catch a team on its way to the national championships than this.
Cheerleader U is a documentary that follows the 2007 Kentucky Wildcats cheerleading squad as they compete for the national championship. Only this time are you able to watch the tryouts in action.
8. Dallas Cowboy’s Cheerleaders: Making the Team (2006–)
“More showgirls” than cheerleaders? Then this is the series for you. You may not even finish the entire 14-season run of Cheer before there is a new season.