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The series is a gritty ensemble drama about the off-field lives of a group of players on a pro football team and how they deal with the pressure of being on the professional level.


John Eisendrath




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Series cast summary:
Tony Denison ...  Coach George 11 episodes, 2003
Omar Gooding ...  Demetrius Harris 11 episodes, 2003
Russell Hornsby ...  Leon Taylor 11 episodes, 2003
Jason Matthew Smith ...  Eric Olczyk 11 episodes, 2003
Marcello Thedford ...  Kelvin 'Buffalo' James 11 episodes, 2003
Christopher Wiehl ...  Derek McConnell 11 episodes, 2003
Bruce Gray ...  Gene Wilbanks 11 episodes, 2003
Stephen Bogaert ...  Phil Chambers 11 episodes, 2003
Phillip Jarrett ...  Coach Rudman 9 episodes, 2003
Karen LeBlanc ...  Robin Taylor 8 episodes, 2003
Dan Petronijevic ...  Thad Guerwitcz 9 episodes, 2003
Thea Andrews ...  Samantha Lovett 7 episodes, 2003
Sasha Roiz ...  Stephen Lyles 6 episodes, 2003
Orlando Bowen Orlando Bowen 6 episodes, 2003
Andrew Martin 6 episodes, 2003
Kevin Jubinville ...  Dr. Gatewood 5 episodes, 2003
Gabriel Hogan ...  Guard Dog Fredericks 5 episodes, 2003
Michael Miller Michael Miller 5 episodes, 2003
Joseph Pierre Joseph Pierre 5 episodes, 2003


The series is a gritty ensemble drama about the off-field lives of a group of players on a pro football team and how they deal with the pressure of being on the professional level.

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If all you see is the athlete, open your eyes.


Crime | Drama | Sport



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Did You Know?


In some of the first eight episodes, Jason Matthew Smith wears jerseys (both home and away) with his character's name misspelled as "Olcyzk". See more »


Referenced in Collateral (2004) See more »

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Excellent entertainment, but the league couldn't let it continue
21 February 2005 | by greg_barronSee all my reviews

The short-lived (but critically-acclaimed) TV show "Playmakers" was a well-acted series, with a lot of unknown and relatively-known actors in lead roles (which I always enjoy seeing). The show's subject was the lives of professional football players from a variety of perspectives: the headline issues, the playing fields/locker rooms, and their private lives. Gritty sports drama (with good humor mixed in throughout); had a slick soap opera feel to it.....sort of like an NFL Network/Lifetime Movie Network collaboration. :o)

If you ever wanted to take a look behind some of those NFL stories that get covered on SportsCenter, "Playmakers" is an enjoyable way to do it (now on DVD). Remember, though--it's *fiction*, not a documentary. It's supposed to sensationalize the pro football scene by adding more drama to each situation than might actually be present in real life. That having been said, the stories are *straight* from the sports headlines.....

And needless to say, if you love NFL football (like I do), it's worth checking out. The show does stand on it's own as a drama, however, and it's a good enough show that you don't have to be a hardened fan of the League to get into it.

The only caution from me would concern the implied violence, sex, drug use, etc. This show's not for the kids, the delicate, or the easily offended. I wonder which category the NFL corporate leadership falls into? It's not surprising, though, that they squeezed ESPN into dropping the show.

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Release Date:

26 August 2003 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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