TV Review- “Peyton’s Places: Brett Favre” on ESPN+

Peyton Manning is one of the greatest and most famous football players of all-time. He has hosted Saturday Night Live, appeared in countless commercials and, oh yeah, won a couple of Super Bowls. Now, he’s hosting his own series on ESPN+.

Peyton’s Places follows the NFL great around the country as he explores the history of the National Football League, one piece at a time. The 14th episode features Peyton having a conversation with another one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time: Brett Favre.

Peyton’s Places has followed a similar format in every episode to this point. We typically get an idea of an orver-arcing story and then a few different segments that are loosely tied to that story. Episode 14 breaks that mold. Peyton sits down with Favre in the legendary Lambeau Field and in one of Favre’s classic cars to have a conversation about the hall of fame quarterback’s iconic career.

Honestly, this episode was a no-brainer. You’ve got two of the biggest personalities the NFL has seen in recent years sitting down to talk about football. You really don’t need any more than that. Peyton and Favre are both very entertaining and Favre has a bunch of great stories to tell from his rookie year and throughout his career.

For example, it was very fun to find out that Brett Favre, one of the absolute greatest quarterbacks in the history of football, came into the NFL without knowing what a nickel defense was. Now, if you’re not a big football fan, that may not mean much to you, but for one of the all-time greats to not know this very common terminology is pretty crazy.

Favre also has some fun stories from off the field as well. Like the time he and a few teammates dressed up in Halloween costumes and knocked on their coach’s door looking for candy, only to refuse to leave when they were told there was no more candy. Don’t worry, they let up before the coach called the police on them.

It’s also a lot of fun to see some of Favre’s old highlights. Especially, the two games he played against Peyton Manning. Personally, I enjoy seeing clips of the mistakes players like that made in their rookie seasons. It’s funny now to see Favre throw back-to-back horrible interceptions or watch Peyton have the ball just slip out of his hand in his own endzone after watching everything these amazing player have accomplished over the year. And listening to them recall those mistakes really humanizes these guys that are looked at as heroes.

Overall, this is easily the most simplistic episode of Peyton’s Places yet, and that might make it my favorite. It’s not that other episodes haven’t been entertaining, but this one didn’t have any strange segments that pull you away from the main focus of the episode. It’s just two NFL greats talking and sharing great stories.

The first 13 episodes of Peyton’s Places are available now on ESPN+. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and can cancel at any time.

Mike Mack
Mack is the Editorial Director for Marvel and ESPN content and he has covered comic cons, theme park events, video game showcases and other fun events. He is a fan of theme parks, sports, movies, Marvel Comics and is a self-proclaimed "nerd."