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.
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“
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”.