Shaquille O’Neal‘s life has got to be one of the most interesting among any current or retired NBA players. Everyone already knows he was an unstoppable big man on the court, winning three NBA titles alongside Kobe Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers and cementing his name in the Hall of Fame.
Off the court, Shaq Diesel’s list of ventures are as long as his arms are. He tried his hand at rapping, acted in movies and TV shows, and owns stakes in companies like Apple, General Electric and PepsiCo. Oh, and he lives in this massive, $22 million mansion that is hide-and-seek heaven for his children.
Shaq’s combination of ridiculous size — he stands 7-foot-1, 325 pounds — and humor have made him an unmistakable face on TV. Even those who impersonate his demeanor are funny as hell. The Big Aristotle starred in the video game “Shaq Fu” (1994), as a genie in Kazaam (1996) and became one of the first African Americans to star as a super hero in DC’s Steel (1997).
More recently, Shaq appeared in the Netflix TV show Tiger King. He’s also been the subject of ESPN’s “Shaquille” in 2005 and ABC’s “Shaq’s Big Challenge” in which he helped middle schoolers live healthier lifestyles.
Now, as the coronavirus pandemic forces NBA fans across the United States into their houses, Shaq is letting people into his own house on TNT’s “Shaq Life.”
What is Shaq Life?
“Shaq Life” is TNT’s new docuseries centered around four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal’s life. It’s billed as “an exclusive, no holds barred look into how the world’s largest superstar lives his life” every Thursday night.
Get. Ready. For. Crazy.
The TV series debuted April 9, and the first episode gave us a glimpse into some of the NBA star’s post-retirement endeavors. He serves on the board of Papa John’s Pizza, took on an alter ego by the name of “DJ Diesel” in which he played gigs in Las Vegas, and is training with UFC fighters for his first ever MMA fight. Good luck to whomever is squaring up against Shaq.
The show will also provide viewers with a look at Shaq the father and husband.
TNT is donating to a charitable organization chosen by Shaq’s guest after each episode. The network donated to the Boys and Girls Club of America following the premiere.
How to Watch
“Shaq Life” will air on TNT every Thursday night at 9 p.m. For those that don’t have TNT, fuboTV will also be live streaming the show.
The Shaq-filled fun doesn’t end with the conclusion of each episode at 10 p.m. Afterward, Shaq said he will be hosting a movie night called “ShaqNight” alongside famous friends.
“I can’t wait for viewers to join me on Thursday nights,” O’Neal said in a statement. “I hope ShaqNight will deliver laughs, fun, and entertainment into people’s homes at a time when we need it most.”
Who Narrates Shaq Life?
The great Samuel L. Jackson will narrate each episode of “Shaq Life”, giving viewers another reason to tune in.
Pairing an NBA legend with a Hollywood icon is a genius idea, if you ask me. That’s all anyone should need to clear their schedule every Thursday night.
“Shaq Life” is produced by Steve Michaels, Jodi Flynn and James Macnab of The Content Group. Michael Bloom for Bongo Pictures, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton, Mike Parris and Rory Karpf are the executive producers.