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Players is a partially scripted but largely improvised American comedic television show based on two brothers that couldn't be more dysfunctional as they attempt to run a sports bar together. The show was created by Matt Walsh and airs on Spike TV network. Walsh also plays the role of Bruce, the carefree happy go lucky brother more interested in providing everyone with a place to hang out with friends,eat,drink and be merry as opposed to his boring older brother Ken (Ian Roberts) who would prefer a more subdued restaurant like his former job at The Soup Ranch. Throw in two wacky waitresses (June Diane Raphael and Danielle Schneider), a bartender that lives in the storage room (James Pumphrey) and a retired police officer with nothing better to do than to sit by the bar placing bets on his favorite sports team (Jack McGee) and you've got comedy on the highest level.

uesday 10:30 PM et/pt on Spike TV on Spike TV
1 Season, 10 Episodes
March 2, 2010
Comedy, Kids & Family
Cast: Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, June Diane Raphael, Danielle Schneider
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Players Full Episode Guide

  • Bruce holds a promotional event at Players for a brand new snack product that ends up being meat-flavored crank which turns everyone in the bar, including the staff, into hopped up, violent drug fiends.

  • Convinced that Ken will never stop pining for his ex wife, Karen, until he sleeps with someone else, Bruce puts up a $2,000 bounty to the first Players staff member to get Ken laid.

  • When Players becomes a haven for European soccer fans, who flock there to watch World Cup qualifying matches, Bruce and Ken come to blows over their alliances to the fans of England and Germany respectively

  • Bruce and Ken are two very different and dysfunctional brothers from Phoenix living out the ultimate guy fantasy - owning and operating a profitable sports bar.

  • When Bruce and Ken's mentally-challenged cousin Leonard comes for a visit, Ken does his best to keep Leonard from being a menace to Players but only succeeds in painting himself as a dickhead who hates retarded people.

  • When Bruce leases the bar out for a film shoot that turns out to be a hardcore porn movie, Ken is incensed until he's invited to play the part of an authentic restaurant manager

  • When Ken becomes concerned with Bruce's gambling, he stages an intervention which only he takes seriously.

  • Bruce is nonchalant about Barb still living with her husband who she's separated from, she gets upset and breaks up with him, ultimately forcing Bruce to fake a jealous rage and win her back.

  • While planning a grand re-opening of Players, Ken's repeated attempts to prove to the staff that he's capable of having fun backfire when he injures a customer at the big event who threatens to sue and shut Players down for good

  • When her hard-to-please mom comes for a visit, Krista lies about being the manager of Players to impress her and then, in a moment of panic, lies again about being engaged to Ken but when her mom decides to move out to Phoenix

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