HBO’s Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is a brilliant drama series, which goes back in time to tell the professional and personal story of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are one of the most admired dynasties in sport and the 1980s was the time when everything was as it could have been. The HBO series is based on a book named Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers by Jeff Pearlman. The amazing ensemble cast of the series includes John C. Riley, Jason Clarke, Adrien Brody, Jason Segel, Quincy Isaiah, and Sally Field. So, if you like the series, here are shows you can watch while waiting for Season 2, which is coming to HBO and HBO Max in 2023.
Synopsis: Red Oaks is a half-hour coming-of-age dramedy set in suburban New Jersey in 1985. David Meyers is an NYU student, and a young man at a crossroads—conflicted about his major, confused about his relationship with his high school sweetheart, and unsure what to make of his parents’ recent confession that they may never have really loved each other. Hired as an assistant tennis pro at Red Oaks Country Club, David finds himself the recipient of unsolicited life advice from a colorful group of coworkers and club members, over the course of one eventful summer of self-discovery.
Synopsis: Cobra Kai takes place over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament with the continuation of the inescapable conflict between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).
Synopsis: The sun-soaked world of a group of past and present football players in and around Miami, FL is the setting for this comedy series starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Created by Steve Levinson (“Entourage,” “Boardwalk Empire”) and featuring cameos from sports stars and journalists, the show follows various players as they navigate life off the field. Leading the pack is Spencer (Johnson), a retired superstar who is trying to find a foothold as a financial manager to current players. Within his inner circle are talented but volatile wide receiver Ricky (John David Washington); Charles (Omar Miller), a reluctantly retired lineman struggling to adjust to life after the game; and rookie sensation Vernon (Donovan Carter), who lands himself in hot financial water. Troy Garity co-stars as a top-tier sports agent and Rob Corddry as Spencer’s larger-than-life boss.
Synopsis: Starring Peter Krause and Josh Charles as the anchors of a sports television program, this critically acclaimed sitcom is not at all about sports, but about the show’s frantic, quirky characters and the often difficult ethical questions they face.
Friday Night Lights
Synopsis: A small Texas town has high expectations for its top-ranked football team. Expanding on the hit feature film “Friday Night Lights,” this poignant series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the coveted state football championship rings are held in the highest regard.
Synopsis: Spencer James is a rising high school football player and A student at South Crenshaw High. Compton is the place he calls home. But when Beverly High School’s football coach Billy Baker recruits him to join his team in Beverly Hills, Spencer’s mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convince Spencer it’s an opportunity he must seize. Spencer navigates two worlds, the south side neighborhood that he knows and the affluent Beverly Hills world that has offered him an opportunity for something bigger. When Spencer is forced to move in with Billy and his family to protect his transfer permit to Beverly, he struggles to find his footing. The series is Inspired by the life of NFL player Spencer Paysinger.
Synopsis: Cam Calloway thought he’d finally reached the top when he got signed. But the higher you reach, the farther you can fall. The past that he has been avoiding comes back and threatens to destroy everything.