Cheer is an American television docu-series airing on Netflix starting in January 2020. The six-part series follows the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team from Corsicana, Texas, having forty members and is nationally ranked. The team’s coach is Monica Aldama, and they prepare to compete in the National Cheerleading Championship held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. On five individual Cheer Team members, the episode focuses on and elements of the history of cheering leading, including the National Cheerleaders Association’s formation.
As the series begins, the Cheer Team has won fourteen NCA National Championships and five Grand Nationals in the junior college division. Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, is one of the group’s closest competitive rivals. The final episode addresses the outsized influence of Varsity Brands that seems to control most aspects of the billion-dollar competitive cheerleading industry.
The series received positive reviews from critics. As per critics, “Cheers perfectly captures the highs and lows of what it takes to be a cheerleader.”
- Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
- Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program
- Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program
- TCA Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
Background Cheers –
Cheerleading developed from mere boosterism into a sport gradually. Pyramids, baskets, throws, and tumbles would be created by one team and would combine skills from cheerleading, circus arts, and dancing, and other groups would build on those tricks. Cheerleading has no professional league after college, unlike other sports. The highest-level event where cheerleaders can compete the National Cheerleading Championship held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. Competitive cheerleading is a billion-dollar industry as of 2020.
While filming for Last Chance U (football television series), Director Greg Whiteley came across competitive cheerleading. He liked the cheerleaders’ highly competitive drive and athleticism.
Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, is a 9000 student community college, and Monica Aldama is the team coach there. She built the program from scratch, starting in 2000 and making it the best in the nation.