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Ballers 

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A series centered around a group of football players and their families, friends and handlers.

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Stephen Levinson
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2019   2018   2017   2016   2015  
Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Dwayne Johnson ...  Spencer Strasmore 47 episodes, 2015-2019
John David Washington ...  Ricky Jerret 47 episodes, 2015-2019
Donovan W. Carter ...  Vernon Littlefield 47 episodes, 2015-2019
Troy Garity ...  Jason Antolotti / ... 47 episodes, 2015-2019
Omar Benson Miller ...  Charles Greane 47 episodes, 2015-2019
Rob Corddry ...  Joe Krutel 47 episodes, 2015-2019
London Brown ...  Reggie 46 episodes, 2015-2019
Jazmyn Simon ...  Julie Greane / ... 38 episodes, 2015-2019
Carl McDowell ...  TTD 35 episodes, 2015-2019
Richard Schiff ...  Mr. Anderson / ... 26 episodes, 2015-2019
Dulé Hill ...  Larry Siefert 22 episodes, 2015-2017
Brittany S. Hall ...  Amber / ... 22 episodes, 2017-2019
Robert Wisdom ...  Dennis 22 episodes, 2015-2019
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Ballers is a half-hour comedy series starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. 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. Written by ahmetkozan

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Success hits hard See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was the only choice for the lead. See more »

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Conversion Therapy
26 March 2020 | by southdavidSee all my reviews

Having never watched "Entourage", I came to "Ballers" purely on the strength of a mild interest in American Football and the star power of Dwayne Johnson. Though I think some of the criticism the show received was valid, overall I enjoyed the run and I'm glad it came to an end before it wore itself into the ground.

At the conclusion of his career as a professional football player, Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) looks to transition into the role of a sports advisor/agent, assisted by his friend Joe Krutel (Rob Corddry). Once they increase their talent portfolio, including gifted but troubled Ricky Jerret (John David Washington), the money and the prestige begins to grow but Spencer hasn't forgotten his time on the field, and is looking to find some way to improve the lot for the men who risk their health on a game by game basis, but miss out on the unbelievable wealth.

It has to be said that in terms of drama, "Ballers" is more like "Dallas" than say "Billions". It's more soapy and is generally pretty much consequence free. There is lip service paid to more consequential themes, such as concussion protocol and drug use - but the shows not willing to make any of its leads really go through anything like that. Instead, they generally just flirt with failing, only to come good at the end. This is not to say that the show is not good. The three actors I mention in the above paragraph are all great and find ways to make you care about their characters, even if they have lives that many would be envious of. You can add to that list the character that has the most interesting arc, Charles Greane played by Omar Benson Miller. He goes from retired defensive linesman to the General Manager position.

There are other criticisms that you can level, it's portrayal of women is hilariously offensive, the money available to the characters comes from ... nowhere and is endless ... and the desire to up the stakes each season, rather than drilling further into the characters was a poor one. But the show isn't really interested in deep personality explorations, or complicated evolving plots - its happy being mildly entertaining fluff - and in that it succeeds.


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English

Release Date:

21 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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