The BEST Episodes of Playmakers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2021

Network: ESPN

Highly stylized to generate a level of dramatic energy seldom seen on television, this lightning-paced series about a professional football team looks with unblinking candor beyond Sunday's glory, "good guy" endorsements, and super-jock celebrity. What is left is a world invested more with dark than light, where stars don't shine so much as they fall. Scripted with unsentimental compassion, the series weaves multiple storylines into an intricately patterned saga that changes minute to minute as the playmakers on the field struggle to negotiate the red zone between fame and real life, off the field.

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#1 - Halftime

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 23, 2003

The Cougars have been ravaged. Coach George and the medical staff must patch up the pieces for the second half. Leon faces a potentially career ending knee injury that worsens a rift with Olczyk, who knows what Leon did to Robin. DH can't make it to the next half without getting high. McConnell needs relief from the pain of a separated shoulder: he's got Chambers scouring the stands for his next night nurse.

star 8.83
6 votes
Directors: John Fawcett
Writers: Edwin Eisendrath
Week 17

#2 - Week 17

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 11, 2003

Leon auditions for a sportscaster job at Samantha's station; Olczyk must handle a surprise pregnancy announcement; Buffalo's weight gain affects his chances of playing.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: T.J. Scott
Writers: John Eisendrath
Down and Distance

#3 - Down and Distance

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 14, 2003

Olczyk prepares to face his nemesis: a lightning fast quarterback who runs. Leon must resolve his legal issues to continue playing on the team. Coach George learns that he has prostate cancer. McConnell's halftime hookup comes back to haunt him: she's pregnant and it's his.

star 8.43
7 votes
Directors: John Bell (XI)
Writers: Craig Sweeny
The Piss Man

#4 - The Piss Man

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 2, 2003

The league drug testing official a.k.a. The Piss Man is coming: no one knows which two players are on the list. They better be clean - otherwise it's automatic suspension. Guard Dog tempts Leon with a way to get his mojo back. Olczyk needs to calm his demons. McConnell's got pain management issues.

star 8.23
13 votes
Directors: T.J. Scott
Writers: John Eisendrath
Talk Radio

#5 - Talk Radio

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 7, 2003

Leon and Robin's decision to go public leads to legal problems; DH makes a charity appearance; Coach George sees a doctor; McConnell and Wilbanks' daughter make a bet.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Charles D. Holland
Game Day

#6 - Game Day

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 26, 2003

The Cougars are 2-3 and it's six hours to kick-off. Leon Taylor, back from injured reserve, plans to retake the running back throne from rookie Demetrius ""DH"" Harris, who will not slow down for anyone. Coach George must get hard-hitting middle linebacker Eric Olczyk's head together before the game.

star 8.00
17 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: John Eisendrath
The Choice (2)

#7 - The Choice (2)

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 16, 2003

Part 2 of 2. When new evidence surfaces, DH is pressured to change his statement; Olczyk receives news about his father; a rift grows between Robin and Leon.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Bruce McDonald
Writers: Peter Egan
The Choice (1)

#8 - The Choice (1)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 9, 2003

Part 1 of 2. Leon faces the possibility of a trade; DH must decide where his loyalty lies; McConnell's in a slump.

star 7.82
11 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Stephen Hootstein
Man In Motion

#9 - Man In Motion

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 30, 2003

Coach George lectures the team; DH's drug abuse comes to a head; domestic abuse rumors involving Leon appear; McConnell arranges a boys night out; Olczyk cannot forget about Beth.

star 7.71
7 votes
Directors: Terry Ingram
Writers: Michael Angeli
Tenth of a Second

#10 - Tenth of a Second

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 4, 2003

DH's big brother, Big E, learns some disturbing news about Cal's crime; Leon takes steps to prolong his career.

star 7.33
9 votes
Writers: Michael Angeli
The Outing

#11 - The Outing

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 28, 2003

Guerwitcz asks August to marry him in order to dodge a rumor that a Cougars player is gay; tensions build between Leon and and Olczyk over midseason contract negotiations.

star 5.50
10 votes
Writers: Craig Sweeny