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Ballers 

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A series centered around a group of football players and their families, friends, and handlers.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 11 nominations. See more awards »
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A series centered around a group of football players and their families, friends, and handlers.

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Legends Don't Die. They Reinvent. See more »

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21 June 2015 (USA)  »

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Untitled Miami Athletes Project  »

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Dwayne Johnson wore a "Soulman Rocky Johnson" T-Shirt, which was a homage to his father, the former WWF wrestler. See more »

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Referenced in 2 Broke Girls: And the Booth Babes (2016) See more »

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Works for Now, but Higher Expectations for Future Episodes
22 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

I was fairly neutral going into "Ballers," but the idea of seeing fast cars, flashy lifestyles, and of course, the Rock intrigued me. However halfway into the pilot, a few things became painfully obvious. The writing is passable. It is by no means bad, but being an HBO show, I expected sharp writing akin to "Game of Thrones," "Girls," or "Silicon Valley." Nevertheless the dialogue wasn't bad, it was just... not what I would have liked. Possibly sharper humor and more insights into the financial world of the rich. Even better would be a new take on professional sports that we haven't seen already. The acting is good though. The Rock is charismatic as ever, and the supporting cast hold their roles well. The only thing is seeing Dule Hill go from playing the hilariously nonathletic and effeminate Gus from "Psych" to a player for the Miami Dolphins. That was a bit jarring. Either way it's nice to see him in another role. The most troubling thing is really the pacing. As soon as the show starts, we are thrown into the opening credits which move dizzyingly fast and leave your head spinning. From there the show makes a breakneck pace in its story progression. I really wish they would've taken their time and made it an hour long show instead of a half hour. It would have given them time to flesh out character development and let scenes play out naturally. In its current state it feels like someone is standing behind the actors with a cattle prod telling them to hurry up. Just like the writing itself, the pacing could learn lessons from "Game of Thrones" or "Girls," each of whom takes its time in the delivery of the narrative. Let the characters really be characters. Advancing the plot doesn't have to happen every few seconds. To be fair it is only the first episode. Maybe they were going quickly to make the first episode a big one, and things will slow down and progress more naturally in later episodes. We will see next week.


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