TV Tango Search


|              FREE: Ask a TV Expert

In the Arena: Serena Williams

In the Arena: Serena Williams

  • Premiered: 
    July 10, 2024
    (Click date to see TV listings for that day)

  • Network: ESPN+
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
  • Tags: tennis

Buy This Show on DVD or Watch Online

No DVDs Available
(That We Know Of)
Legal Full Episodes
Not Available Online
(That We Know Of)

Plot Synopsis

Directed by Gotham Chopra, IN THE ARENA: SERENA WILLIAMS is an eight-part docuseries that chronicles Serena Williams' legendary career, featuring firsthand perspective from Serena and key figures throughout her life. Several of Serena's most significant Grand Slam tournaments and defining personal milestones are examined and decoded in detail. The series juxtaposes Serena's spectacular on-court achievements and cultural impact with dramatic personal challenges. Through it all, Serena fights to maintain her place atop the tennis world while juggling the transformational experience of starting a family. Her career comes full circle as she welcomes a new generation of challengers - each inspired by Serena and hungry to follow in her footsteps, and of course, take her down. Spanning the life and legend of the greatest player of all time, we'll track Serena's personal and generational journey from phenom to icon -- re-examining decisive matches, formative moments, heartbreak, and glory along the way. IN THE ARENA: SERENA WILLIAMS debuted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 on ESPN+, with a new episode dropping each Wednesday through August 28. Episodes include:

"Out of the Shadow" (Wednesday, July 10, 2024): After years of overcoming the odds and playing in the shadow of her older sister, Venus Williams, 17-year-old Serena Williams, who began her tennis career on the public courts of Compton, California, wins her first grand slam at the 1999 US Open.

"Into the Light" (Wednesday, July 17, 2024): As Serena struggles to follow up her first grand slam, Venus wins four major titles in two years. Serena eventually finds her groove, but it means going head-to-head against the top player in the world, her sister, and only one can be the winner.

"Point of No Return" (Wednesday, July 24, 2024): After the death of her sister Yetunde Price, Serena Williams is overcome by grief and depression, leading her to drop out of the top 100 rankings. Williams enters the 2007 Australian Open battling her emotions and tough competition.

"The Deep End" (Wednesday, July 31, 2024): The isolation of tennis begins to take a toll on Williams, prompting her to enhance her game with the help of a new team. After reclaiming the No. 1 ranking, Team Serena must rally around her after life-threatening health problems to prepare her for the 2011 US Open.

"The Perfect Storm" (Wednesday, August 7, 2024): After losing in the first round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career, Williams hires a new coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. As she navigates her thirties and sets her sights on a calendar Grand Slam, Williams reflects on the similar path followed by her friend Roger Federer.

"Exodus" (Wednesday, August 14, 2024): In 2015, Williams makes her return to Indian Wells, a tournament in Southern California that holds painful memories for her and her family. Williams, her sisters and Mary Joe Fernandez share firsthand accounts of the event, which led Williams to boycott Indian Wells for 14 years.

"Love All" (Wednesday, August 21, 2024): During the Italian Open, love is in the air when Williams meets Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit. Shortly after getting engaged, Williams heads into the 2017 Australian Open with the hopes of winning her 23rd Grand Slam, all while carrying a secret.

"This is You" (Wednesday, August 28, 2024): As she begins a new chapter of her life, Williams enters the end of her career. After giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, Williams returns to the court before announcing her retirement from the game of tennis ahead of the 2022 US Open.

Portions of IN THE ARENA: SERENA WILLIAMS were first screened at the 2024 Tribeca Festival on Thursday, June 13 at 5pm ET at OKX Theater, followed by a conversation with Serena Williams, moderated by Amber Ruffin.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by ESPN
  • Produced by Religion of Sports
  • Produced by 199 Productions
  • Produced by Nine Two Six Productions