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Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

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Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is an American sports drama that aired on HBO. It was first aired on March 6, 2022. This show is based on the book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s” written by Jeff Pearlman. The first season, made up of 10 episodes, follows the 1980s Showtime era of the Lakers. In April of 2022, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty renewed for a second season.

One of the stars of the show is John C. Reilly who plays the late Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Jerry Buss was a true self-made millionaire with a flamboyant personality. Before being the architect of the “Showtime” Lakers his profession was a chemist and real-estate mogul. The Lakers won five championships and Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty showed a sometimes unpleasant look into the reality of the players, coaches, and other personnel and how they won those championships. All in all Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty was a tribute and true love letter to Jerry Buss. He was of the best innovators when it comes to any sport.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty was intended to follow the lives of the Los Angeles Lakers players in the 1980s. It is a dramatization of not only their personal lives but their professional lives as well. After being released, the series actually received some criticism from actual Lakers players regarding inaccuracies. While other lakers players claimed they would never even watch the series at all. They claimed that it doesn’t depict the showtime era of the Lakers accurately. Though there are some bad reviews from the Lakers players themselves. There are some great reviews out there about Winning Time from the people at home who watched it. A lot of people said that it was much more than just another basketball show, and it was very enjoyable.

  • Season 1 (2022)

    E.1 – “The Swan

    E.2 – “Is That All There IsThe Good Life?

    E.3 – “The Good Life

    E.4 – “Who the F**k Is Jack McKinney

    E.5 – “Pieces of a Man

    E.6 – “Memento Mori

    E.7 – “Invisible Man

    E.8 – “California Dreaming

    E.9 – “Acceptable Loss

    E.10 – “Promised Land

Critical response
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 84% approval rating based on 56 critic reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. On Metacritic, the series has a score of 68 out of 100, based on 29 critic reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.




John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss
Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson
Jason Clarke as Jerry West
Adrien Brody as Pat Riley
Gaby Hoffmann as Claire Rothman
Tracy Letts as Jack McKinney
Jason Segel as Paul Westhead
Julianne Nicholson as Cranny McKinney
Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss
DeVaughn Nixon as Norm Nixon
Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Tamera Tomakili as Earletha “Cookie” Kelly
Brett Cullen as Bill Sharman
Stephen Adly Guirgis as Frank Miriani
Spencer Garrett as Chick Hearn
Sarah Ramos as Cheryl Pistono
Molly Gordon as Linda Zafrani
Joey Brooks as Lon Rosen
Delante Desouza as Michael Cooper
Jimel Atkins as Jamaal Wilkes
Austin Aaron as Mark Landsberger
Jon Young as Brad Holland
Rob Morgan as Earvin Johnson Sr.
Sally Field as Jessie Buss


Michael Chiklis as Red Auerbach
LisaGay Hamilton as Christine Johnson
Michael O’Keefe as Jack Kent Cooke
Kate Arrington as JoAnn Mueller
Sean Patrick Small as Larry Bird
David Purdham as Larry O’Brien
Kirk Bovill as Donald Sterling
Rickey Eugene Brown as Quincy Johnson
Darone Okolie as Larry Johnson
Andy Hirsch as David Stern
Lola Kirke as Karen West
Rachel Hilson as Cindy Day
Steve Harris as Dr. Thomas Day
Carter Redwood as Brian
Lucy Walters as Beverly
Gillian Jacobs as Chris Riley
Rory Cochrane as Jerry Tarkanian
Danny Burstein as Vic Weiss
Ta’Nika Gibson as Debbie Allen
Terence Davis as Adrian Dantley
Rodney Barnes as Maurice
Nell Sherman as Maude
Newton Mayenge as Jim Chones
Wood Harris as Spencer Haywood
Edwin Hodge as Ron Boone
Ja’Quan Cole as Ron Carter
Jynediah Gittens as Kenny Carr
Michael AG Scott as Butch Lee
Mike Epps as Richard Pryor
Max E. Williams as Jack Nicholson
Carina Conti as Paula Abdul
Mariama Diallo as Iman
Orlando Jones as Elgin Baylor
James Lesure as Julius Erving
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