The Best Episodes of 'Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty'

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Every episode of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is like a kaleidoscope window into the history of modern basketball, but which episodes really stand out? Which episode of HBO's Lakers drama is the best? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Winning Time are, let's rank every episode from best to worst.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is a sports comedy-drama chronicling the 1980s era of the Los Angeles Lakers, including drafting "Magic" Johnson and bringing in the era of the Showtime Lakers. Winning Time premiered on HBO and HBO Max on March 6, 2022. Although many of the dramatic points of the history of LA's basketball team have been condensed or simplified for the series, the inspiration and basis for the series is Jeff Pearlman's Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty and vote down episodes that are more bricks than buckets. It can be difficult to put one Winning Time episode over the other when there are so few and so many are great, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

  •  Pieces of a Man
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    7 votes

    Pieces of a Man

    • Season: 1
    • Original Airing: April 3, 2022
    • Episode Number: 5
    • Episode Description: As the Lakers prepare for their season opener against the 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.
  •  Is That All There Is?
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    5 votes

    Is That All There Is?

    • Season: 1
    • Original Airing: March 13, 2022
    • Episode Number: 2
    • Episode Description: After giving Coach West carte blanche with the Lakers roster, 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
  • The Good Life
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    5 votes

    The Good Life

    • Season: 1
    • Original Airing: March 20, 2022
    • Episode Number: 3
    • Episode Description: Leaving the Lakers to deal with the fallout of Coach 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.
  • California Dreaming
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    4 votes

    California Dreaming

    • Season: 1
    • Original Airing: April 24, 2022
    • Episode Number: 8
    • Episode Description: As the Lakers continue their successful run, Paul and Pat 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.
  • Invisible Man
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    4 votes

    Invisible Man

    • Season: 1
    • Original Airing: April 17, 2022
    • Episode Number: 7
    • Episode Description: While Buss clashes with West over the coaching staff, Paul 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.
  • Promised Land
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    3 votes

    Promised Land

    • Season: 1
    • Original Airing: May 8, 2022
    • Episode Number: 10
    • Episode Description: Down two men and with the 1980 NBA Championship on 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.