The BEST Episodes of Ballers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2019

Network: HBO

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 7.99
2,624 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan Reilly, Steve Sharlet
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
892 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson
Players Only

#3 - Players Only

Season 5 - Episode 8

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 7.89
548 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson
Laying in the Weeds

#4 - 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
2,599 votes
Writers: Steve Sharlet
Million Bucks in a Bag

#5 - 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 7.85
2,514 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan Reilly, Steve Sharlet

#6 - 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 7.84
2,094 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Steve Sharlet
The Devil You Know

#7 - 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 7.84
867 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Jason Lew
Protocol Is for Losers

#8 - Protocol Is for Losers

Season 5 - Episode 1

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 7.83
716 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson
Seeds of Expansion

#9 - 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 7.80
2,647 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Rob Weiss
Who Wants a Lollipop

#10 - Who Wants a Lollipop

Season 5 - Episode 7

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 7.78
569 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson

#11 - 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
2,103 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan Reilly, Stephen Levinson
Everybody Knows

#12 - 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
2,649 votes
Writers: Rashard Mendenhall, Zach Robbins

#13 - Crumbs

Season 5 - Episode 5

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 7.77
614 votes
Directors: Rob Weiss
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson

#14 - 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
2,849 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Steve Sharlet

#15 - Copernicursed

Season 5 - Episode 3

Just as Spencer reaches out to him with the job of a lifetime, Jason gets an interesting counteroffer from Joe, who's determined to bring his old partner down. Vernon has a tryout at an Esports company and Reggie bemoans his position at Sports X. Ricky turns to partying to deal with his depression. Charles considers what to do about Kisan.

star 7.72
661 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson
Yay Area

#16 - 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 7.72
1,843 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan Reilly
Ride and Die

#17 - 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 7.71
2,254 votes
Writers: Rob Weiss
Everything Is Everything

#18 - 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 7.70
2,170 votes
Writers: Evan Reilly
World of Hurt

#19 - 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 7.68
2,703 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Rob Weiss

#20 - 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 7.68
1,930 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Evan Reilly, Steve Sharlet
The Kids are Aight

#21 - 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 7.68
895 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Jason Lew
Make Believe

#22 - 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
2,134 votes
Directors: Chloe Domont
Writers: Evan Reilly
Bull Rush

#23 - 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 7.67
2,383 votes
Writers: Evan Reilly
This Is Not Our World

#24 - 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 7.66
961 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson
Don't You Wanna Be Obama?

#25 - 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 7.66
993 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Rob Weiss, Stephen Levinson