2,577 votes


HBO 2015

Looking at the lives of former and current football players, the show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Ballers

Ballers - S2E10

#1 - Game Day


Season 2 - Episode 10

Spencer makes a last-ditch effort to get back what he's lost. Ricky awaits a call that could define his future. Vernon takes a road trip. Siefert offers Charles a big opportunity, but it comes at a cost.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Ballers from 2644 votes.

Ballers - S5E8

#2 - Players Only


Season 5 - Episode 8

Despite having a bullseye on his back, Spencer refuses to back down in his fight for the league's players. Joe embraces a new state of mind as he finds peace with himself. Julie encourages Charles to take care of unfinished business. Ricky decides to strike out on his own with his latest project. Reggie takes the next step in his career, with some encouragement from Vernon.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Ballers from 676 votes.

Ballers - S4E9

#3 - There's No Place Like Home, Baby


Season 4 - Episode 9

Spencer takes his fight to the next level and Ricky gets real with Charles.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Ballers from 927 votes.

Ballers - S2E8

#4 - Laying in the Weeds


Season 2 - Episode 8

Spencer's Draft Day party finds him trying to keep a lid on the firm's private affairs. Meanwhile, Charles and Ricky have a major disagreement; and Travis wonders how bright his future will be.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Ballers from 2616 votes.

Ballers - S2E9

#5 - Million Bucks in a Bag


Season 2 - Episode 9

Spencer gets a surprising offer from Andre; Ricky mulls where to put down roots; Vernon works overtime to return to the field; Charles and Julie clash over his busy schedule.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Ballers from 2533 votes.

Ballers - S1E9

#6 - Head-On


Season 1 - Episode 9

Joe feels slighted when his efforts at work go unnoticed; Spencer tries to make amends; Bella challenges Ricky to act like an adult; Vernon is nowhere to be found after discovering what Reggie's been up to.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Ballers from 2117 votes.

Ballers - S4E8

#7 - The Devil You Know


Season 4 - Episode 8

Spencer takes a big risk, with the potential to blow the deal. After a heart-to-heart with Ricky, Charles spells out his vision for the team. Joe and Reggie enlist Vernon and Terrell “Sizzle” Suggs to persuade Illegal Civilization.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Ballers from 897 votes.

Ballers - S3E1

#8 - Seeds of Expansion


Season 3 - Episode 1

Looking to score high-profile clients to pay off his debts to Ricky and Vernon, Spencer hits a roadblock with Mr. Anderson, who wants to focus on the Las Vegas market by partnering with casino magnate Wayne Hastings, Jr.. Ricky ponders fatherhood; Vernon and Reggie eye an edgy endorsement; Larry makes Charles the face of bad news at a team press conference.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Ballers from 2674 votes.

Ballers - S2E7

#9 - Everybody Knows


Season 2 - Episode 7

Spencer scrambles to stay ahead after Andre makes a surprise visit to the office. Joe discovers the skeletons in his partner’s closet. Ricky tries to make amends with Dennis, as Charles plots to keep Ricky in Miami. Travis confides in Spencer during a talk-show appearance.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Ballers from 2669 votes.

Ballers - S1E10

#10 - Flamingos


Season 1 - Episode 10

Spencer faces a tough decision when Joe has an idea for a new venture; Ricky is confronted by his dad; Charles gets another chance; and Jason and Spencer try to get through to Vernon once and for all.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Ballers from 2123 votes.

Ballers - S5E1
#11 - Protocol Is for Losers
Season 5 - Episode 1

While peacefully enjoying retirement and reflecting on his past, Spencer gets a tantalizing offer to become the first black majority team owner in professional football history. A year after splitting with Spencer, Joe eyes a big swing at Sports X with his new partner, Lance. Ricky finds himself in hot water with Charles, and Vernon considers a life outside of football, much to Reggie's chagrin.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Ballers from 813 votes.

Ballers - S5E7
#12 - Who Wants a Lollipop
Season 5 - Episode 7

Spencer and Joe get into past grievances while working out a major player deal, after which Spencer makes a public statement that's sure to have consequences; Ricky is on the defensive in a meeting with a Hollywood bigwig.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Ballers from 670 votes.

Ballers - S2E3
#13 - Elidee
Season 2 - Episode 3

Spencer advises a reluctant Vernon to stay quiet when the truth behind his injury threatens his career. Trying to stave off Andre’s attacks on their business, Spencer and Joe butt heads over how best to advise a client. Charles worries whether he’s up for a challenge. A hard-to-impress Ricky takes a trip to tour a potential new home.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Ballers from 2865 votes.

Ballers - S3E10
#14 - Yay Area
Season 3 - Episode 10

Spencer and Joe get a late-game assist in their efforts to win over team owners. After soul-searching, Ricky maps out a new future. Jason gets Charles another crack at a coveted job. Reggie makes an impact at training camp.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Ballers from 1874 votes.

Ballers - S3E4
#15 - Ride and Die
Season 3 - Episode 4

A key owner's blessing to bring professional football to Las Vegas hinges on equally critical meetings for Spencer and Joe. Meanwhile, Ricky stages his own private workout after being spurned by his new teammates; Vernon seeks a second chance; and tensions escalate between Charles and Larry after a Kisan's tryout.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Ballers from 2283 votes.

Ballers - S5E5
#16 - Crumbs
Season 5 - Episode 5

Spencer faces pressure from all sides as he fights for Kisan. Ricky gets mixed feedback about his radio show. Reggie, Vernon and Lance struggle to convince Joe to get into the gaming business. Charles works hard to land a big player. Jason goes through tough negotiations with the Anderson brothers.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Ballers from 707 votes.

Ballers - S1E6
#17 - Everything Is Everything
Season 1 - Episode 6

Charles decides he is going to be selfish. Joe negotiates with Maximo. Ricky's off-field activities end up being revealed.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Ballers from 2189 votes.

Ballers - S3E9
#18 - Crackback
Season 3 - Episode 9

Spencer learns that his master plan to bring a team to Las Vegas may be in jeopardy. Ricky arrives at a crossroads, personally and professionally. Charles sees his wish come true in Miami, but ends up with regrets.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Ballers from 1957 votes.

Ballers - S2E4
#19 - World of Hurt
Season 2 - Episode 4

Spencer and Joe search for Andre’s weakness, while Vernon anxiously awaits news. Jason faces an uphill battle as he woos a client. Ricky tries to understand his dad. Charles gets the real deal from Siefert.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Ballers from 2723 votes.

Ballers - S4E7
#20 - The Kids are Aight
Season 4 - Episode 7

Spencer calls on the Anderson Brothers for help. Joe pitches Illegal Civilization to a major shoe brand. Ricky loses his cool at a neighbor’s pool party. Julie accuses an overworked Charles of being afraid to succeed.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Ballers from 924 votes.

Last updated: mar 01, 2021



Dwayne Johnson is nothing short of amazing in this fantastic show about the inner workings of football, and a look into the inner workings of a sports financial adviso. And the action is nonstop with every episode you get invested with Spencer Strasmore with a mix of edgy humor and constant entertainment from episode to episode. You can't help but love this show more and more! HBO has a ridiculous hit on their hands.


I didn't expect to like the show as much as I do. I mainly checked it out for Dwayne Johnson who is great in it. The one who really surprised me was John David Washington (Denzel Washington's son) as Ricky Jerret. He gives an excellent performance and even though the character of Ricky can't seem to get out of his own way, I still found myself liking him and wanting him to succeed in attempting to do better and be better. There are some pretty serious moments, but there are some great comedic moments as well making for a good show.


Too many forced sex scenes for my taste.


Finished 5 seasons in 2 weeks.


It was kinda sad to watch the final season of the show and there is at least 1 or 2 season more to go.


For those wondering, this is _basically_ Entourage that is based around sports. If you like that type of show, or if you like the idea of a behind the scenes of football, or if you like The Rock, this is likely a show you will enjoy. PERSONALLY, I find the style of show quite enjoyable, I love movies and shows that The Rock is in, I find the cast quite solid, and I would say I am quite the fanatic for football, so this show suits me. I enjoyed it more than Entourage, **BUT** that does not mean it was perfect. The first two seasons I thought were great and fresh and a show I couldn't wait for the next season. But to me it hit a spot of "sameness" starting in Season 3 (similar to what I believe happened with Entourage) where I am enjoying what I am watching, yet I understand that it's not really progressing or keeping me hooked with new plot points like many great shows. In other words, it is quite niche where some people might love it throughout, some might entirely hate it, and others might go from loving to being bored. Not that any of those are particularly bad, and can likely be said about almost any show, but it definitely reigns true about Ballers. For how short of a watch this is for being five seasons, I would highly recommend giving it a shot if you like anything I mentioned in the first few sentences, but if you don't like the over the top debauchery and egomaniacal sport stars it will likely be skippable. Average Season Review: 8/10 Recommendation: At Least Give it a Whirl (For Realistic Drama/Comedy Fans)


I only watched a couple episodes, but so far, so good. Its basically the male version of "The Game".


I will lead by saying I am not a sports person. BUT this show keeps me coming week after week. Dwayne Johnson enables the program to the state of believability, I even want to be a sports financial advisor! Entertaining, humorous and edgy.. HBO hits the nail on the head with this one.


Dwayne Johnson is good but this is basically sports Entourage. Plus, the depiction of women in this show is turrrrrible.


Maybe it is just my Dwayne Johnson crush, but I actually really enjoyed this show. It isn't amazing by a long shot, but the episodes are quick, Dwayne's acting is good, and it is fairly well written.

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