The BEST Episodes of Ballers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2021

Network: HBO

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

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Game Day

#1 - Game Day

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 25, 2016

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 8.04
2,866 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan T. Reilly, Steve Sharlet
Laying in the Weeds

#2 - Laying in the Weeds

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 11, 2016

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 7.92
2,810 votes
Writers: Steve Sharlet
Players Only

#3 - Players Only

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 13, 2019

Despite having a bullseye on his back, Spencer refuses to back down in his fight for the league's players. Joe embraces a new state of mind as he finds peace with himself. Julie encourages Charles to take care of unfinished business. Ricky decides to strike out on his own with his latest project. Reggie takes the next step in his career, with some encouragement from Vernon.

star 7.92
732 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson

#4 - Head-On

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 16, 2015

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 7.91
2,435 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Steve Sharlet
There's No Place Like Home, Baby

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

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 7, 2018

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

star 7.91
963 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson
Million Bucks in a Bag

#6 - Million Bucks in a Bag

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 18, 2016

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 7.91
2,759 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan T. Reilly, Steve Sharlet

#7 - Flamingos

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 23, 2015

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 7.85
2,437 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan T. Reilly, Stephen Levinson
Everybody Knows

#8 - Everybody Knows

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 28, 2016

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 7.83
2,893 votes
Writers: Rashard Mendenhall, Zach Robbins
The Devil You Know

#9 - The Devil You Know

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 30, 2018

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
934 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Jason Lew

#10 - Elidee

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 31, 2016

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 7.81
3,090 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Steve Sharlet
Everything Is Everything

#11 - Everything Is Everything

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 26, 2015

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

star 7.80
2,507 votes
Writers: Evan T. Reilly
Seeds of Expansion

#12 - Seeds of Expansion

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 23, 2017

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 7.79
2,757 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Rob Weiss
World of Hurt

#13 - World of Hurt

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 7, 2016

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 7.74
2,948 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Rob Weiss
Machete Charge

#14 - Machete Charge

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 19, 2015

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 7.73
2,542 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Steve Sharlet

#15 - Ends

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 2, 2015

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

star 7.73
2,479 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss
Protocol Is for Losers

#16 - Protocol Is for Losers

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 25, 2019

While peacefully enjoying retirement and reflecting on his past, Spencer gets a tantalizing offer to become the first black majority team owner in professional football history. A year after splitting with Spencer, Joe eyes a big swing at Sports X with his new partner, Lance. Ricky finds himself in hot water with Charles, and Vernon considers a life outside of football, much to Reggie's chagrin.

star 7.72
857 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson
Who Wants a Lollipop

#17 - Who Wants a Lollipop

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 6, 2019

Spencer and Joe get into past grievances while working out a major player deal, after which Spencer makes a public statement that's sure to have consequences; Ricky is on the defensive in a meeting with a Hollywood bigwig.

star 7.72
728 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson

#18 - Gaslighting

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 9, 2015

Spencer tries to save Vernon by confronting his past; Ricky tries to reconcile with Bella; Charles finds that his football skills come in handy.

star 7.71
2,437 votes
Writers: Evan T. Reilly

#19 - Saturdaze

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 21, 2016

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 7.70
2,876 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss
Ride and Die

#20 - Ride and Die

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 13, 2017

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 7.70
2,368 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss
Yay Area

#21 - Yay Area

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 24, 2017

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 7.70
1,963 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan T. Reilly

#22 - Crackback

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 17, 2017

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
2,044 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan T. Reilly, Steve Sharlet

#23 - Crumbs

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 22, 2019

Spencer faces pressure from all sides as he fights for Kisan. Ricky gets mixed feedback about his radio show. Reggie, Vernon and Lance struggle to convince Joe to get into the gaming business. Charles works hard to land a big player. Jason goes through tough negotiations with the Anderson brothers.

star 7.68
756 votes
Directors: Rob Weiss
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson
The Kids Are Aight

#24 - The Kids Are Aight

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 23, 2018

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 7.68
960 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Jason Lew
Bull Rush

#25 - Bull Rush

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 30, 2017

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 7.67
2,495 votes
Writers: Evan T. Reilly