The Hustlers

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  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 7.5  (20)

The Hustlers is a fascinating reality television series that aired on truTV in 2015. This dynamic entertainment captures the attention and curiosity of viewers with an engaging presentation of the world of high-stakes pool. Set against the backdrop of New York City, this intriguing series introduces its audience to a uniquely tense and exhilarating environment where people gamble not just their money, but also their reputation, pride, and skill.

The Hustlers is structured around a small, tight-knit community of competitive pool players who have made this high-pressure game their life's obsession. Shot in the well-known 'Amsterdam Billiards Club'; a hub of pool hustling in the East Village, the series throws focus on ten compelling characters known in the world of pool for their extraordinary abilities. The series hosts a mix of seasoned veterans and rising stars in the world of pool, all of whom showcase a unique blend of grit, skill, and strategic acumen in their play.

Each of the central characters introduced in The Hustlers possesses their distinct style, background, and motivation. Some are proving themselves in the pursuit of glory, while others are trying to reignite their former stature; yet each is interconnected in their unyielding desire to be the best. Every episode of the series unfolds their individual storylines and characterization further, adeptly capturing the viewers' investment in their journey.

Within this high-stakes arena, the series delves into the artistry, precision, and mental fortitude required to be the king of the pool table. Beyond the baize, The Hustlers reveals the complex inner workings of the professional pool world, further exploring the myriad of relationships among players, promoters, family, and fans. Notably, the series highlights the unique psychological warfare and strategic manipulation that plays out – factors that prove just as crucial as the physicality of the game itself.

Captivatingly, the series does not just detail cash games played in the underground world but also focuses on legitimate competitions, tournaments, and championships. This dual perspective allows viewers to understand the depth and breadth of the players' skills, ambitions, and their pursuit to be 'the best' in diverse arenas. It demonstrates that there is much more to the world of pool than what meets the eye.

The Hustlers features a mixture of live-action play and engaging analytical commentary that helps illustrate the pool strategies and tactics at work. Cinematic production quality together with thrilling and gripping narratives makes The Hustlers a robust televisual experience. It sheds light upon the nature of the game, which isn't merely about sinking balls into targeted holes. It's about studying the table, calculating shots, predicting your opponent's moves, and staying composed under pressure.

Moreover, the series showcases the personal lives of these players, the sacrifices they've made, and the lengths they'd go to secure wins and recognition. It's not just about the life on the table, but off it, as well, displaying how they balance their personal lives, relationships, and the extreme pressure of keeping up with the hustle itself. The Hustlers does an exemplary job of humanizing these personalities, making us empathize with their struggles and triumphs.

The Hustlers' aptitude for dramatizing a seemingly innocuous indoor game into a thrilling and high-intensity competition is what sets it apart. Unlike any other, the series immerses its viewers right at the center of the action and intrigue, leaving them at the edge of their seat.

In summary, The Hustlers is a vivid exploration of the thrilling world of high-stakes professional pool, infused with nail-biting moments and intimate character portrayals that would appeal to both fans of the sport and novices alike. It provides a captivating blend of behind-the-scenes, off-table stories, and fierce on-table action. From its compelling characters to its gripping storylines, The Hustlers stands as a testament to the power of perseverance, skill, and the unrelenting pursuit of personal excellence, showcasing not just a game of pool, but the hustle of life itself.

The Hustlers is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on May 22, 2015.

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The Big Break
10. The Big Break
July 17, 2015
In the season finale of "The Hustlers," Finnegan sets up a $20,000 sudden death elimination tournament and invites outsiders to buy in. But a controversial handicap system leads to clashes, resulting in a surprise ultimate champion.
Atlantic City Action
9. Atlantic City Action
July 10, 2015
Steinway's top players head to A.C. to take on Jersey's top-ranked hustlers for a $5K prize. And Ross and Amy crash the party - but Ross has a lot on his mind, as he makes a surprise proposal that for once leaves Amy speechless.
Doubles Trouble
8. Doubles Trouble
July 3, 2015
A "pool" party at Emily's place leads to a girls vs. guys doubles match, but when Emily and Smiley start beating Mike and Jarrod, it get ugly between the Boston besties. Plus, Amy visits a Voodoo shop to give Ross a spiritual edge.
Gorilla Warfare
7. Gorilla Warfare
June 19, 2015
Jenn and husband Gregg seek couples counseling when the pressure to be the best takes its toll on their relationship. Plus, fiery Irishman Gary almost comes to blows with members of the peanut gallery during his list match with Jenn.
Don't Call It a Comeback
6. Don't Call It a Comeback
June 12, 2015
After beating Gary, one-handed pool hustler Scotty decides it's time to fight his way to the top, challenging Jennifer Barretta for first place and $1K. Plus, Amy hires a hypnotherapist to give Ross the edge he needs to win.
Pros and Conmen
5. Pros and Conmen
June 5, 2015
Pro pool players Mike Dechaine and Jarrod Clowery decide to officially become New Yorkers, making them eligible for a spot on Steinway's top 5 list. Plus, Finnegan concocts a new hustle against one handed pool shark Scotty Simonetti.
Zen & the Art of Hustling
4. Zen & the Art of Hustling
May 29, 2015
Zen & the Art of Hustling: Scotty Simonetti has only one arm, but he doesn't need to negotiate a match handicap to challenge Gary for cash and the #2 spot. Plus, Gary tries yoga with his wife to help focus his mind on winning at pool.
No Luck for the Irish
3. No Luck for the Irish
May 29, 2015
With competition at Steinway heating up and financial pressure on the home front, Gary is having a hard time keeping his head in the game, so Finnegan boosts his friend's confidence with a road trip warm-up.
Breaking Balls
2. Breaking Balls
May 22, 2015
Top pro player Mike Dechaine extends his stay in New York with his sights on the coveted top five list. But when he and Steinway's #1 player almost come to blows, Mike decides to go after NYC's top female player, Jennifer Barretta.
Art of the Hustler
1. Art of the Hustler
May 22, 2015
Fashion guru Tim Shaw, who owns a designer clothes store in Leeds, decides to put his extra cash into a second shop in his home city of Manchester. One of the many young business brains in the country now being attracted to the northern cities, he hopes he can make the gamble pay off.
Where to Watch The Hustlers
The Hustlers is available for streaming on the truTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Hustlers on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 22, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (20)