The BEST episodes written by Max Borenstein

Promised Land
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8.40
301 votes

#1 - Promised Land

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

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Invisible Man
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8.09
302 votes

#2 - Invisible Man

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 1 - Episode 7

As the Lakers hit the road, Dr. Buss makes a dangerous bid with Coach Westhead, and Earvin's rivalry with Larry Bird is put to the test.

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Acceptable Loss
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8.08
302 votes

#3 - Acceptable Loss

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 1 - Episode 9

As the Lakers prepare to enter the play-offs, Buss struggles with the team's tenuous coaching situation and his mother's failing health. Later, Haywood receives an ultimatum from Kareem.

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Who the F**k Is Jack McKinney?
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8.08
329 votes

#4 - Who the F**k Is Jack McKinney?

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 1 - Episode 4

While training in Palm Springs, the introduction of a new playing style threatens to further divide an already fractured Lakers franchise.

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The Hamburger Hamlet
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7.97
205 votes

#5 - The Hamburger Hamlet

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 2 - Episode 5

After a final clash between Earvin and Coach Westhead, Buss tasks Jerry West with picking up the pieces. As Honey attempts a heart-to-heart with Jeanie, Buss faces pushback from the press and his Captain. Later, Pat faces his demons and takes control of his team.

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Pieces of a Man
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7.95
332 votes

#6 - Pieces of a Man

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 1 - Episode 5

While the Lakers prepare for their season opener, Kareem experiences a crisis of faith, and Buss clashes with those closest to him.

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Everybody Runs
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7.92
804 votes

#7 - Everybody Runs

Minority Report - Season 1 - Episode 10

The precogs and Vega must come together to thwart a chemical attack by Memento Mori. Meanwhile, Blomfeld is determined to get the precogs back in the milk bath.

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California Dreaming
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7.90
302 votes

#8 - California Dreaming

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 1 - Episode 8

McKinney's potential return threatens Paul and Pat's increasingly successful status quo, while Earvin and Buss each face shocking truths.

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'beat L.A.'
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7.84
197 votes

#9 - 'beat L.A.'

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 2 - Episode 6

Despite taking home another ring, the Lakers face a series of humiliating defeats. While attempting to regroup, Buss fields accusations from Honey, Norm receives devastating news, and Earvin does his best to win Cookie over for good. Then, when a life-changing event alters Kareem’s perspective, a newly united team vies for a shot at taking on the Celtics – and Larry Bird.

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The Swan
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7.79
426 votes

#10 - The Swan

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 1 - Episode 1

Businessman Jerry Buss bets it all on the lackluster Los Angeles Lakers – and rookie phenom Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

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The New World
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7.76
196 votes

#11 - The New World

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 2 - Episode 4

After Earvin’s record-setting contract reaches the press, resentments flair in the locker room – and extend to the court. As the Lakers fight for their standing in the league, Buss looks to take his relationship with Honey to the next level, while Pat questions his role, and Coach Westhead meets with an old friend.

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What Is and What Should Never Be
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7.72
201 votes

#12 - What Is and What Should Never Be

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 2 - Episode 7

As the 1984 NBA Finals begin, tensions between the Lakers and Celtics reach new heights. While Buss fends off a potentially life-altering lawsuit, Claire faces the possibility of yet another bankruptcy, and Jeanie questions her place in professional sports. Later, Earvin and Larry battle to the bitter end of their first Finals face-off.

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Memento Mori
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7.70
327 votes

#13 - Memento Mori

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 1 - Episode 6

Assistant coach Paul Westhead adds to the Lakers' growing list of problems when he finds himself dealing with a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. Increasingly courted by corporate sponsors, Earvin consults a newfound financial advisor.

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The Second Coming
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7.67
199 votes

#14 - The Second Coming

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 2 - Episode 3

In the 1970s, college drop-out Larry Bird fends off offers from Indiana State’s Bill Hodges – and, later, Celtics’ head coach Red Auerbach. As the ’81-’82 season begins, Earvin pushes Buss for a long-term commitment, while Coach Westhead risks it all on a key move.

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Is That All There Is?
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7.65
363 votes

#15 - Is That All There Is?

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 1 - Episode 2

As Buss attempts to connect with a fellow franchise owner, Coach West and Claire face near impossible mandates, and Earvin looks for love.

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The Magic Is Back
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7.65
195 votes

#16 - The Magic Is Back

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 2 - Episode 2

When Earvin’s return threatens the Lakers’ new "system," Pat Riley and Jerry West push for a risky trade. While Coach Westhead fights for his team, Jeanie clashes with her brothers, and a melancholy Buss attempts to court a figure from his past.

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One Ring Don't Make a Dynasty
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7.61
221 votes

#17 - One Ring Don't Make a Dynasty

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 2 - Episode 1

1980. As the Lakers’ post-victory season begins, a laser-focused Jerry Buss shores up his all-star roster – and his relationship with his children. Later, a catastrophic injury threatens the team’s chance at defending their title.

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The Good Life
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7.56
337 votes

#18 - The Good Life

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty - Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

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Taizo
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7.52
646 votes

#19 - Taizo

The Terror - Season 2 - Episode 6

A story of the past provides insight into the present evil that stalks the Terminal Islanders; Chester returns home to his family; Henry and Asako are faced with a difficult decision.

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Memento Mori
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7.43
780 votes

#20 - Memento Mori

Minority Report - Season 1 - Episode 9

Blake withholds information from the Defense Intelligence Agency when he learns they are on the precogs' trail, and Arthur takes matters into his own hands to save them. Meanwhile, Dash gets a vision of a political assassination that intrudes into Vega's personal life.

Mr. Nice Guy
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7.29
1471 votes

#21 - Mr. Nice Guy

Minority Report - Season 1 - Episode 2

Dash and Vega team up again to find a killer who is currently down on love. Dash continues to reach out to his siblings for help.

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Pilot
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7.24
1919 votes

#22 - Pilot

Minority Report - Season 1 - Episode 1

Ten years after the end of Pre-Crime in Washington D.C., one of the three Pre-Cogs struggles to lead a normal life, but remains haunted by visions of the future.

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