The Best Episodes of Ballers

Last Updated: Jun 1, 2019

Set in Miami, Ballers is a half-hour dramedy centered on a group of current and former professional football players, as well as their families, friends, and handlers. The series goes beyond the game and explores not only the challenges that current players face, but also takes a behind-the-scenes, real look into their lives both on and off the field.

Game Day

#1 - Game Day

Season 2 - Episode 10

Spencer makes a last-ditch effort to get back what he's lost. Ricky awaits a call that could define his future. Vernon takes a road trip. Siefert offers Charles a big opportunity, but it comes at a cost.

star 8.00
2,599 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan Reilly, Steve Sharlet
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There's No Place Like Home, Baby

#2 - There's No Place Like Home, Baby

Season 4 - Episode 9

Spencer takes his fight to the next level and Ricky gets real with Charles.

star 7.92
815 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson
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Laying in the Weeds

#3 - Laying in the Weeds

Season 2 - Episode 8

Spencer's Draft Day party finds him trying to keep a lid on the firm's private affairs. Meanwhile, Charles and Ricky have a major disagreement; and Travis wonders how bright his future will be.

star 7.86
2,571 votes
Writers: Steve Sharlet
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Million Bucks in a Bag

#4 - Million Bucks in a Bag

Season 2 - Episode 9

Spencer gets a surprising offer from Andre; Ricky mulls where to put down roots; Vernon works overtime to return to the field; Charles and Julie clash over his busy schedule.

star 7.86
2,492 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan Reilly, Steve Sharlet
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Head-On

#5 - Head-On

Season 1 - Episode 9

Joe feels slighted when his efforts at work go unnoticed; Spencer tries to make amends; Bella challenges Ricky to act like an adult; Vernon is nowhere to be found after discovering what Reggie's been up to.

star 7.85
2,063 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Steve Sharlet
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The Devil You Know

#6 - The Devil You Know

Season 4 - Episode 8

Spencer takes a big risk, with the potential to blow the deal. After a heart-to-heart with Ricky, Charles spells out his vision for the team. Joe and Reggie enlist Vernon and Terrell “Sizzle” Suggs to persuade Illegal Civilization.

star 7.82
794 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Jason Lew
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Seeds of Expansion

#7 - Seeds of Expansion

Season 3 - Episode 1

Looking to score high-profile clients to pay off his debts to Ricky and Vernon, Spencer hits a roadblock with Mr. Anderson, who wants to focus on the Las Vegas market by partnering with casino magnate Wayne Hastings, Jr.. Ricky ponders fatherhood; Vernon and Reggie eye an edgy endorsement; Larry makes Charles the face of bad news at a team press conference.

star 7.81
2,603 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Rob Weiss
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Everybody Knows

#8 - Everybody Knows

Season 2 - Episode 7

Spencer scrambles to stay ahead after Andre makes a surprise visit to the office. Joe discovers the skeletons in his partner’s closet. Ricky tries to make amends with Dennis, as Charles plots to keep Ricky in Miami. Travis confides in Spencer during a talk-show appearance.

star 7.78
2,622 votes
Writers: Rashard Mendenhall, Zach Robbins
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Flamingos

#9 - Flamingos

Season 1 - Episode 10

Spencer faces a tough decision when Joe has an idea for a new venture; Ricky is confronted by his dad; Charles gets another chance; and Jason and Spencer try to get through to Vernon once and for all.

star 7.78
2,077 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Stephen Levinson, Evan Reilly
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Elidee

#10 - Elidee

Season 2 - Episode 3

Spencer advises a reluctant Vernon to stay quiet when the truth behind his injury threatens his career. Trying to stave off Andre’s attacks on their business, Spencer and Joe butt heads over how best to advise a client. Charles worries whether he’s up for a challenge. A hard-to-impress Ricky takes a trip to tour a potential new home.

star 7.74
2,818 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Steve Sharlet
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Ride and Die

#11 - Ride and Die

Season 3 - Episode 4

A key owner's blessing to bring professional football to Las Vegas hinges on equally critical meetings for Spencer and Joe. Meanwhile, Ricky stages his own private workout after being spurned by his new teammates; Vernon seeks a second chance; and tensions escalate between Charles and Larry after a Kisan's tryout.

star 7.72
2,221 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss
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Yay Area

#12 - Yay Area

Season 3 - Episode 10

Spencer and Joe get a late-game assist in their efforts to win over team owners. After soul-searching, Ricky maps out a new future. Jason gets Charles another crack at a coveted job. Reggie makes an impact at training camp.

star 7.71
1,798 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan Reilly
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Everything Is Everything

#13 - Everything Is Everything

Season 1 - Episode 6

Charles decides he is going to be selfish. Joe negotiates with Maximo. Ricky's off-field activities end up being revealed.

star 7.71
2,140 votes
Writers: Evan Reilly
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The Kids are Aight

#14 - The Kids are Aight

Season 4 - Episode 7

Spencer calls on the Anderson Brothers for help. Joe pitches Illegal Civilization to a major shoe brand. Ricky loses his cool at a neighbor’s pool party. Julie accuses an overworked Charles of being afraid to succeed.

star 7.70
833 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Jason Lew
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Crackback

#15 - Crackback

Season 3 - Episode 9

Spencer learns that his master plan to bring a team to Las Vegas may be in jeopardy. Ricky arrives at a crossroads, personally and professionally. Charles sees his wish come true in Miami, but ends up with regrets.

star 7.69
1,888 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan Reilly, Steve Sharlet
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World of Hurt

#16 - World of Hurt

Season 2 - Episode 4

Spencer and Joe search for Andre’s weakness, while Vernon anxiously awaits news. Jason faces an uphill battle as he woos a client. Ricky tries to understand his dad. Charles gets the real deal from Siefert.

star 7.69
2,673 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Rob Weiss
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Don't You Wanna Be Obama?

#17 - Don't You Wanna Be Obama?

Season 4 - Episode 2

Spencer becomes immersed in a marketing controversy. Still smarting from their feud in Miami, Charles agrees to give Ricky a chance, against his better instincts.

star 7.69
923 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Stephen Levinson, Rob Weiss
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This Is Not Our World

#18 - This Is Not Our World

Season 4 - Episode 3

Spencer looks to reign in Lance’s excesses. Vernon gets carried away at a ceremony retiring his number at his old LA high school, to Reggie’s dismay.

star 7.69
902 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Stephen Levinson, Rob Weiss
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Bull Rush

#19 - Bull Rush

Season 3 - Episode 2

In Las Vegas on business, Spencer gets reacquainted with Chloe, an old flame now working for Wayne, while Ricky challenges the odds in a game of dice. Set up by Joe to represent top running back Kisan, Jason ends up sweating it out in a tough neighborhood. Charles gets a public-speaking primer from Julie; Vernon and Reggie make a risky endorsement deal.

star 7.68
2,339 votes
Writers: Evan Reilly
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Make Believe

#20 - Make Believe

Season 3 - Episode 5

Spencer faces new challenges getting Wayne to finance his Vegas initiative, and ponders his place in the big picture. Looking to mend a long-festering feud between Larry and Coach Berg, Julie persuades Charles to invite both men over for a home-cooked meal. Vernon is surprised by an unscheduled visit from a league official; Joe becomes obsessed with virtual reality; Ricky loses focus and pays the price.

star 7.67
2,095 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Evan Reilly
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Rough Ride

#21 - Rough Ride

Season 4 - Episode 1

Spencer and Joe weigh the pros and cons of acquiring an extreme-sport agency. Ricky sets down roots in LA with Amber and their daughter, but finds himself yearning for something else. Charles rallies a group of disgruntled employees as he begins his new tenure with the Rams.

star 7.66
1,016 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Stephen Levinson, Rob Weiss
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In the Teeth

#22 - In the Teeth

Season 3 - Episode 3

Spencer encounters resistance to his Las Vegas expansion initiative in Los Angeles and Oakland. Meanwhile, Charles feels slighted by Larry for not getting credit after he landed a coveted lineman; Joe takes a detour with Reggie; Jason rebukes Kisan for his lack of transparency; and Ricky jumps to conclusions.

star 7.65
2,289 votes
Writers: Carter Harris
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Ends

#23 - Ends

Season 1 - Episode 7

Ricky flies off the handle; Spencer and Charles say good-bye to Roddney; Jason meets his mother's new beau.

star 7.65
2,111 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss
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Machete Charge

#24 - Machete Charge

Season 1 - Episode 5

Ricky tries to find common ground with Alonzo. Charles's marriage is put to the test. Spencer and Joe step in to help Vernon with a crisis.

star 7.63
2,146 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Steve Sharlet
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Saturdaze

#25 - Saturdaze

Season 2 - Episode 6

Spencer attempts to broker peace between Travis and a critic. Struggling to adjust to his new role on the team, Charles is tasked with delivering bad news. Joe encounters Andre one-on-one. Still torn about his future, Ricky is thrown for a loop when Dennis decides to have more of a voice in his life.

star 7.63
2,608 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss
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