Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

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John C. Reilly leads this series from Adam McKay (Don't Look Up), following the story of how the Los Angeles Lakers became the most successful professional basketball team in the 1980s.

2022Rating: R16USAHyperobject Industries
ComedyDramaSportTrue Story & Biography

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

The Swan

1979. Businessman Jerry Buss stakes his fortune on the purchase... More 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.

EPISODE 1.2

Is That All There Is?

After giving Coach West carte blanche with the Lakers roster,... More 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.

EPISODE 1.3

The Good Life

Leaving the Lakers to deal with the fallout of Coach... More 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.

EPISODE 1.4

Who the F**k Is Jack McKinney?

As the Lakers head to Palm Springs for the start... More 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.

EPISODE 1.5

Pieces of a Man

As the Lakers prepare for their season opener against the... More 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.

EPISODE 1.6

Memento Mori

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

EPISODE 1.7

Invisible Man

While Buss clashes with West over the coaching staff, Paul... More 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.

EPISODE 1.8

California Dreaming

As the Lakers continue their successful run, Paul and Pat... More 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.

EPISODE 1.9

Acceptable Loss

As the Lakers prepare to enter the play-offs, Buss struggles... More with the team's tenuous coaching situation and his mother's failing health. Later, Haywood receives an ultimatum from Kareem.

EPISODE 1.10

Promised Land

Down two men and with the 1980 NBA Championship on... More the line, the outnumbered Lakers look to an unlikely source for inspiration. In Philly, Earvin faces off against his role-model-turned-rival Dr. J, while in LA, Haywood grapples with his own worst enemy: himself.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty | Reviews

Fast and fun comedy-drama series about the L.A. Lakers is an R-rated, no-holds-barred, reputations-be-damned look back at 1980s Los Angeles and the rise of the modern NBA, with the highs and lows that entails.

84%58 reviews

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Decider

Decider

You don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy the sharp writing and dazzling performances found within the series. But if you’re an NBA junkie, Winning Time is appointment viewing.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An entertaining, if familiar depiction of complicated masculine genius.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Max Borenstein's series is mostly a nostalgia trip for fans, but finds its footing in vetting the cost of victory.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Despite a plethora of well-tuned performances, its visuals and narratives stumble.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

For all the off-the-court shenanigans, Winning Time is primarily about the basketball, and the writers display a keen knowledge of the game...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

This isn’t a game-changing drama, but it’s an absurdly entertaining one.

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Paste

Paste

A flashy, raunchy, star-studded spectacle.

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Essentially it locates a sports story as a Hollywood tale, all about flash, ego and fun.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The constant swirl of dramatic action, bigger-than-life characters and obsessive drive make Winning Time impossible to resist.

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Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty | Trailers

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty | Release Details

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is available to stream in New Zealand now on Neon.