Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

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  • TV-MA
  • 2022
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.3  (29,068)

In a nostalgic dramedy series, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is a sports show that depicts the rise of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team during the 1980s. The program follows the journey of the team from its early days under the charismatic and divisive ownership of Jerry Buss, to the later years under the leadership of the legendary coach, Pat Riley.

The cast includes John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, reflecting the feelings of the eccentric and flamboyant owner who revolutionized the NBA with his “Showtime” Lakers, Quincy Isaiah as former superstar Magic Johnson, and Jason Clarke as Pat Riley.

As the title indicates, the drama focuses on the enduring battles between the Lakers, who had become a dominant NBA team after several years of struggle, and their rivals, the Boston Celtics. It delves into the Lakers’ quest to establish themselves as one of the greatest sports teams and create a dynasty that will be remembered for generations.

The show features a host of guest stars, such as Adam McKay, who serves as an executive producer, Shea Whigham as former Boston Celtics player and eventual Laker, Bob McAdoo, and Sally Field as Jessie Buss, the daughter of Jerry Buss.

The series primarily comprises several thematic elements that form the backbone of the entire show, including the rise of Magic Johnson from a talented yet untested rookie to a world-beating superstar, the incredible work ethic and visionary leadership of Pat Riley, and the fearless competitiveness and chemistry of the Lakers’ fabled “Showtime” roster.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty expertly leverages the flamboyant lifestyles of the 80s generation, detailing the rise of Buss, with his struggles to remain financially afloat while still managing to deliver a world-shattering team. It is also a throwback to the golden age of basketball, with live-action clips of games accompanied by some of the era’s most famous soundtracks and an expertly choreographed soundtrack of its own, weaved seamlessly into the drama.

Additionally, the series expertly captures the meta-nature of the NBA, one in which the struggles, battles with addiction, and inconsistent behavior of its players is not shied away from but is rather embraced as part of the alluring NBA brand. The show is also littered with characters only a Lakers fan would know, such as the iconic fan Jack Nicholson and Lakers broadcasting legend Chick Hearn.

The show's writing is phenomenal, drawing poignant parallels between sportsworthy events and the cultural and societal events of the time. It expertly weaves together heartwarming moments, controversial elements, and introspective moments to deliver a well-balanced and enjoyable show.

In conclusion, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is a fantastic sports show that every NBA fan could enjoy. However, it does more than just showcase incredible basketball play. It’s an unapologetic salute to the highs and lows of the sport and what it means to be a fan, not just of the game, but of a team as well. With an outstanding cast portraying some of history’s most revered basketball players, the show promises to be a memorable dramedy that leaves viewers wishing there were more than eight episodes in the first season.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (17 episodes). The series first aired on March 6, 2022.

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What Is and What Should Never Be
7. What Is and What Should Never Be
September 17, 2023
With the NBA Finals, the tensions between Lakers and Celtics reach a new peak in 1984, and between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
'beat L.A.'
6. 'beat L.A.'
September 10, 2023
The Lakers win another championship. But after humiliating defeats, they have to regroup to take on the Celtics.
The Hamburger Hamlet
5. The Hamburger Hamlet
September 3, 2023
Superstar Earvin Magic Johnson and Coach Westhead clash. Team owner Jerry Buss orders Jerry West to pick up the pieces.
The New World
4. The New World
August 27, 2023
After Earvin's record-setting contract reaches the press, resentments flair in the locker room – and extend to the court. As the Lakers fight for their standing in the league, Buss looks to take his relationship with Honey to the next level; while Pat questions his role; and Coach Westhead meets with an old friend.
The Second Coming
3. The Second Coming
August 20, 2023
In the 1970s, college dropout Larry Bird fends off offers from Indiana State's Bill Hodges – and, later, Celtics' head coach Red Auerbach. As the '81-'82 season begins, Earvin pushes Buss for a long-term commitment, while Coach Westhead risks it all on a key move.
The Magic Is Back
2. The Magic Is Back
August 13, 2023
When Earvin's return threatens the Lakers' new "system," Pat Riley and Jerry West push for a risky trade. While Coach Westhead fights for his team, Jeanie clashes with her brothers, and a melancholy Buss attempts to court a figure from his past.
One Ring Don't Make a Dynasty
1. One Ring Don't Make a Dynasty
August 6, 2023
1980. As the Lakers' post-victory season begins, Jerry Buss shores up his all-star roster and his relationship with his children. Later, a catastrophic injury threatens the team's chance at defending their title.
Where to Watch Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, HBO NOW, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 6, 2022
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (29,068)