2,575 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 Worst Episodes of Ballers

Ballers - S1E1

#1 - Pilot


Season 1 - Episode 1

Former Miami Dolphins stand-out Spencer Strasmore and his friend Charles Greene must cope with the realities of life after football. Spencer starts working for a financial advisor, helping sign and mentor his younger friends still in the NFL, while Charles gets a job at a car dealership. Meanwhile, a mistake may cost Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ricky Jerret his roster spot when he's involved in an altercation at a nightclub.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Ballers from 3257 votes.

Ballers - S1E2

#2 - Raise Up


Season 1 - Episode 2

Spencer struggles to sign Vernon as a client when he clashes with his childhood friend Reggie who handles all his money. Meanwhile, Jason works to renegotiate a contract extension for Vernon with the Dallas Cowboys, but has difficulties. During practice with his new Dolphins team, Ricky discovers that a teammate is not only unfriendly with him but is wearing his number. Now a struggling car salesman, Charles begins to wonder if he retired too early.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Ballers from 2485 votes.

Ballers - S4E6

#3 - No Small Talk


Season 4 - Episode 6

Spencer recruits Q to help him leverage a deal. With Reggie in tow, Joe talks business with a group of extreme skateboarders known collectively as Illegal Civilization. Charles hosts a pre-free-agent reception.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Ballers from 955 votes.

Ballers - S5E6

#4 - Edutainment


Season 5 - Episode 6

Spencer prepares for his first owners' meeting in the wake of an unexpected tragedy; Joe agrees to go on Ricky's radio show; Charles faces an unexpected health crisis during his busiest time.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Ballers from 685 votes.

Ballers - S4E4

#5 - Forgiving is Living


Season 4 - Episode 4

Spencer and Joe find themselves in a crisis at SportsX. Ricky considers his motivations in ending his retirement. Jason turns to Donna for help.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Ballers from 996 votes.

Ballers - S1E3

#6 - Move The Chains


Season 1 - Episode 3

Hoping to attract new clients, Spencer and Joe hold a corporate event. In their fight over Vernon, Spencer and Reggie's rivalry hits the boiling point. Bored by retirement, Charles lets loose for a night. Ricky learns his beef with his teammate, Alonzo, may be due to an awkward connection.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Ballers from 2337 votes.

Ballers - S1E4

#7 - Heads Will Roll


Season 1 - Episode 4

Spencer visits a neurologist. Charles gets pursued by a woman. Reggie tries to steal Vernon's renegotiation. Joe breaks the rules to get a client, while Ricky finds himself a mantra.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Ballers from 2234 votes.

Ballers - S5E4

#8 - Municipal


Season 5 - Episode 4

Spencer settles into his new position and makes a potentially unpopular decision. With Sports X teetering on the edge financially, Joe gets jealous when Kate tries to woo an important editor at a launch party. Ricky tries his hand at being a radio host and voices his true feelings about Spencer. Reggie comes to Vernon with a proposal that will make them both happy.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Ballers from 701 votes.

Ballers - S5E2

#9 - Must Be the Shoes


Season 5 - Episode 2

After learning of competing owner offers, Spencer returns to the Anderson brothers for financial help. Joe is tasked with apologizing for creating a hostile work environment and, later, sells a big idea to a major client with the help of Kate, a sharp Sports X exec. Ricky and Vernon each consider different kinds of futures, while Charles tries to hide some unwelcome news.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Ballers from 747 votes.

Ballers - S2E5

#10 - Most Guys


Season 2 - Episode 5

Spencer tries to mentor Travis while dodging unwelcome medical news and the ghosts of his financial past. Attempting to cheer up Vernon, Reggie and Joe buy a wild gift. Ricky encourages Charles to stand up for himself; later, he gets advice on a big career decision after running into a face from the past.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Ballers from 2674 votes.

Ballers - S4E5
#11 - Doink
Season 4 - Episode 5

Spencer looks to elevate the SportsX TV brand, while Joe weighs a new offer. At Jayda’s insistence, Spencer meets Quincy. Ricky tries to prove to Kisan he’s still got the goods, while Charles is encouraged by Julie to bring more flair to his job.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Ballers from 983 votes.

Ballers - S2E2
#12 - Enter the Temple
Season 2 - Episode 2

Spencer makes a play to poach a big client from Andre, his business rival, while struggling to find a quick fix for his physical ailments. Ricky considers where to head to next. Reggie fights for what he believes Vernon owes him. Feeling underpaid and undervalued, Tracy takes a stand with her boss. Charles gets insights from his coach.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Ballers from 2948 votes.

Ballers - S3E8
#13 - Alley-Oops
Season 3 - Episode 8

Spencer gets unexpected info that leads him to reassess his priorities. Joe considers the best way to break bad news to the ASM staff. Marginalized once again by Larry, Charles decides to take matters into his own hands.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Ballers from 2010 votes.

Ballers - S4E1
#14 - Rough Ride
Season 4 - Episode 1

Spencer and Joe weigh the pros and cons of acquiring an extreme-sport agency. Ricky sets down roots in LA with Amber and their daughter, but finds himself yearning for something else. Charles rallies a group of disgruntled employees as he begins his new tenure with the Rams.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Ballers from 1122 votes.

Ballers - S1E5
#15 - Machete Charge
Season 1 - Episode 5

Ricky tries to find common ground with Alonzo. Charles's marriage is put to the test. Spencer and Joe step in to help Vernon with a crisis.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Ballers from 2198 votes.

Ballers - S1E8
#16 - Gaslighting
Season 1 - Episode 8

Spencer tries to save Vernon by confronting his past; Ricky tries to reconcile with Bella; Charles finds that his football skills come in handy.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Ballers from 2122 votes.

Ballers - S3E7
#17 - Ricky-Leaks
Season 3 - Episode 7

Spencer finds himself in damage-control mode after an incident involving Ricky and a brash high-schooler. Excited over a possible plum job, Charles bristles at Julie’s lack of disclosure at work. Looking to reduce Vernon’s suspension, Reggie impresses Candace at the league office. Spencer and Joe find themselves at odds with Anderson over ASM’s future.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Ballers from 2098 votes.

Ballers - S3E6
#18 - I Hate New York
Season 3 - Episode 6

With the owners’ meeting a week away, Spencer, Joe and Mr. Anderson head north in search of financing for a Vegas stadium. Larry tests the limits of Charles’ loyalty and patience; Ricky gets a sobering diagnosis, and presses Jason to close a deal.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Ballers from 2074 votes.

Ballers - S2E1
#19 - Face of the Franchise
Season 2 - Episode 1

Convinced to appear on a talk show, Spencer ends up facing off with an old adversary, which puts his company and reputation in jeopardy. A reformed Ricky gets bad news in advance of his 30th birthday party. Charles relishes his new status as a fan favorite, but may face changes on the field.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Ballers from 3197 votes.

Ballers - S2E6
#20 - Saturdaze
Season 2 - Episode 6

Spencer attempts to broker peace between Travis and a critic. Struggling to adjust to his new role on the team, Charles is tasked with delivering bad news. Joe encounters Andre one-on-one. Still torn about his future, Ricky is thrown for a loop when Dennis decides to have more of a voice in his life.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Ballers from 2652 votes.

Last updated: feb 25, 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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