Media Release

Turner Sports to Premiere “The Inside Story” Documentary Series Commemorating 30 Years of Inside the NBA on Four Consecutive Nights Beginning March 4


The Four-Part Documentary Series Will Air Thursday, March 4-Sunday, March 7

Doc-Series Explores Evolution of the Iconic Studio Show Through the Lens of its Four Personalities: Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal

Click on the above image to view a trailer for The Inside Story and here for an additional clip

Inside the NBA – the Sports Emmy Award-winning studio show known for its entertaining style and unfiltered commentary – pulls back the curtain on its more than 30-year history with “The Inside Story,” a four-part documentary series airing on consecutive nights Thursday, March 4, through Sunday, March 7, on TNT. The first episode will air immediately following NBA on TNT's coverage of the Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans matchup.  (see below for full schedule).

Produced by Turner Sports, the documentary takes viewers on a journey that started in 1989 and illuminates its evolution into a cultural phenomenon.  Each hour-long episode reveals untold stories  that highlight the chemistry between the four personalities – Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal – while also exploring their uncanny ability to continuously entertain and inform viewers. The documentary series also demonstrates how the show’s common thread of togetherness has helped them survive some of the toughest times.

The Inside Story is driven by never-before-seen-footage and interviews with celebrities, production crew members and sports reporters exemplifying how Inside the NBA became a show able to blend sports and entertainment each week, with a willingness to push the boundaries as it engages viewers in an impactful and enjoyable way.

Day & Date Time The Inside Story Episode
Thursday, March 4 Immediately following MIA vs. NOP Episode 1 – The Traffic Cop
Friday, March 5 9:00 p.m. ET Episode 2 – The Role Player
Saturday, March 6 9:00 p.m. ET Episode 3 – The Entertainer
Sunday, March 7 Immediately following the NBA All-Star Game Episode 4 – The Little Brother

Additionally, leading up to the premiere, fans can visit the interactive site to get a behind-the-scenes look through photos and videos from the last 30 years in Studio J.

Inside breakfast
Click the image above to view a clip

“Inside the NBA is a unique show that has had significant cultural impact within the sports broadcasting landscape. That is attributed to the authenticity and chemistry of Ernie, Charles, Kenny and Shaq, along with countless people who have contributed to its success through the years,” said Craig Barry, Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. “Equally important are the show’s fans and their continued and unwavering support. We hope everyone joins us in this journey as we look back and celebrate The Inside Story.”

Inside studio team

About Turner Sports

Turner Sports, a division of WarnerMedia, is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all platforms, widely recognized for its long-standing partnerships with the NBA, Major League Baseball and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The Turner Sports portfolio includes two of the hottest digital destinations for young sports fans in Bleacher Report and House of Highlights, along with the B/R Live streaming platform and ELEAGUE, a leading gaming and esports entertainment brand. Turner Sports co-manages NBA Digital – comprised of NBA TV,, NBA LEAGUE Pass, the NBA App and – as well as and the NCAA March Madness Live suite of products.