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Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

HBO 2022

A fast-break series chronicling the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties — a team that defined an era, both on and off the court.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - S1E4

#1 - Who the F**k Is Jack McKinney?


Season 1 - Episode 4

As the Lakers head to Palm Springs for the start of training camp, Buss finds himself in over his head financially, and the team's new coaches struggle to prove their vision for a groundbreaking method of play. Meanwhile, Jeanie works to bring her father's flair to the Forum.

The episode was rated from 166 votes.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - S1E7

#2 - Invisible Man


Season 1 - Episode 7

While Buss clashes with West over the coaching staff, Paul calls in a favor from Pat Riley. On the road for the first time, Earvin attempts to reconnect with loved ones in Lansing, before heading to Boston to square off against longtime rival Larry Bird.

The episode was rated from 130 votes.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - S1E5

#3 - Pieces of a Man


Season 1 - Episode 5

As the Lakers prepare for their season opener against the Clippers, an increasingly frustrated Kareem begins to doubt his place on the team – allowing Coach McKinney to stoke his growing rivalry with Earvin. Jeanie courts star talent for newly minted cheer squad, the Laker Girls, including a promising young dancer, Paula Abdul.

The episode was rated from 158 votes.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - S1E8

#4 - California Dreaming


Season 1 - Episode 8

As the Lakers continue their successful run, Paul and Pat are forced to reckon with the tenuous nature of their positions. Then, Earvin meets his childhood hero at the NBA All-Star game, where he receives some sage advice. Jessie convinces Jeanie to help shield her father from a devastating truth.

The episode was rated from 117 votes.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - S1E6

#5 - Memento Mori


Season 1 - Episode 6

Assistant coach Paul Westhead adds to the Lakers' growing list of problems when he finds himself dealing with a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. Increasingly courted by corporate sponsors, Earvin consults a newfound financial advisor.

The episode was rated from 153 votes.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - S1E1

#6 - The Swan


Season 1 - Episode 1

1979. Businessman Jerry Buss stakes his fortune on the purchase of the NBA's lackluster Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, the team's head coach, Jerry West, bristles at the prospect of drafting college phenom Earvin Johnson – who must decide if he's ready to live up to the mantle of his nickname: Magic.

The episode was rated from 225 votes.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - S1E2

#7 - Is That All There Is?


Season 1 - Episode 2

After giving Coach West carte blanche with the Lakers roster, Buss attempts to charm fellow franchise owner of the Celtics, Red Auerbach. Meanwhile, Earvin's efforts to impress the women in his life fall flat, and Claire's mandate to get creative brings conflict with Buss' daughter, Jeanie.

The episode was rated from 191 votes.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - S1E3

#8 - The Good Life


Season 1 - Episode 3

Leaving the Lakers to deal with the fallout of Coach West's shocking announcement, Buss travels to Las Vegas, and soon becomes entangled with a dangerous foe. Back in LA, Earvin finds himself alone in a new city, while former Laker Pat Riley seeks out a new place within the team.

The episode was rated from 168 votes.

Last updated: jun 28, 2022



This show is amazing. I sure hope they get a Season 2.


Everything about the show is expertly put together, from the acting down to the cinematography. I read this in Indiewire and had to share: >Playing into Corwin and McKay’s mix-and-match archival style, the DP shot a variety of film stocks — 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm color and black-and-white — and even incorporated long outdated tube video technology (Ikegami ITC-730A and HL-79 cameras). You can search Indiewire for the article, as I am seemingly incompetent; the way I add URLs in Markdown doesn't seem to apply here. In any case, awesome stuff.

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