Ballers (2015– )
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Pilot 

Spencer ramps up his efforts to build a post football career in Miami. Charles copes with the realities of finding a new job, while Ricky must find a new home.

Director:

Peter Berg

Writers:

Stephen Levinson (created by), Stephen Levinson
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Spencer Strasmore
John David Washington ... Ricky Jerret
Omar Benson Miller ... Charles Greane (as Omar Miller)
Donovan W. Carter ... Vernon Littlefield
Troy Garity ... Jason Antolotti
Jazmyn Simon ... Julie Greane
Rob Corddry ... Joe Krutel
Peter Berg ... Dolphins Coach
Taylor Cole ... Stephanie Michaels
Dulé Hill ... Larry Siefert
Letoya Luckett ... Tina
Anabelle Acosta ... Annabella
LaRoyce Hawkins ... Rodney
Tara Holt ... Kimmy
Tug Coker ... Ken
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Storyline

After the unexpected demise of a friend and former teammate, retired football superstar Spencer ramps up his efforts to build a post-football career in Miami, and feels pressure from Joe, his boss at a financial firm, to monetize his friendships. Meanwhile, recently retired player, Charles, copes with the realities of finding a new job. A talented wide receiver, Ricky is forced to put his pride aside to find a new home. Vernon, a player on the rise, finds himself in a tight spot and reaches out to Spencer for help. Written by Anon

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Quotes

Spencer Strasmore: Strasmore: Ricky, here's my first bit of financial advice. Don't invest in depreciating assets. If it drives, flies, floats or fucks, lease it.
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Soundtracks

Right Above It
Written by Lil' Wayne (uncredited), Drake (uncredited), Kane Beatz (uncredited) and Andrew Canton (uncredited)
Performed By Lil' Wayne & Drake
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Ball is Life
22 June 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

To make a show with as cheesy of a name as 'Ballers' work, you have to have a pretty likable lead, luckily we have one of the most charismatic actors around, The Rock, starring. This show also combines two of my absolutely favorite things in life, sports and TV/Film, so I was very interested to see what they would do. The premise of an ex football player trying to revamp his career post-playing on the field, isn't all that interesting. But I had fun with the first episode.

It's a plus that the opening credits feature music from Drake and Lil Wayne, who a few years back proved to be one of Hip-Hop's most lethal tandem. With basically unknown actors besides The Rock and Rob Corddry, the show struggles to keep an audience engaged without making it too unbelievable. But I liked the idea of having it focus on several different players and ex-players. I also loved Taylor Cole in the short-lived NBC series The Event, so it was nice to see her having some work post cancellation. Besides a few throwaway scenes it wasn't a great episode, but The Rock is just so likable that I definitely want to continue with the show. I just hope the show doesn't get too goofy and sticks to what makes being an agent fascinating. But at the same time give us great character drama with a ton of mixed in comedy.

If the show doesn't gloss over the important things of being an NFL player and even shows us shades of Jerry Maguire-esque story, then I think we may have a solid show on our hands.

+The Rock is so likable

+Music

+Atmosphere

+Few actors popping up..

-..But the unknown actors feel flat

-Don't skip over the dramatic elements

7.0/10


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