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Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2019
To all the people who are rating this one star, because of a single appearance of a book you didn't like, grow up. If there are different political views in real life, then characters in movies can reflect that, especially seeing as this is a racially diverse TV show. Want them to pretend to be right wing to avoid hurting your feelings, although that isn't an accurate reflection of real life?.. ANYWAYS, the show is good, entertaining, light hearted, take it as such, and you'll enjoy it :)
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
The creators of this show are out of touch with reality and real pop culture. They follow a terrible formula of; good show = "trendy" mumble rap songs + money, cars, women, LA parties etc. The show relies on materialism, scenery and sex rather then a remotely interesting story. It so badly wants to be the modern "entourage" but fails in every way, been getting exponentially worse/corny since season . Show had real potential in the beginning, but the creators are now just looking to get paid, and get out.
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2019
Of course it's Entorage in the NFL. Entorage was a good show, and a good premise. With the buy-in of real NFL stars and some good performances from the Rock, Corddry, and Washington, it started as a feel good "behind the scenes" look at the league. The problem is that a behind the scenes show not produced by the NFL has to honestly acknowledge some very problematic things. Ballers earned its legitimacy in handling difficult topics in the ways it seems to anticipate issues that have come up in the league since the show has begun, but anyone really looking for the truth likely isn't surprised. Is it preachy? Only if you're on a particular side of history that may not enjoy the tenacity of particular cultural movements in this day.
The NFL is a sensitive topic with a fervent fan base. The empowerment of black men is a sensitive topic for some. Issues in our economy and our society are a sensitive topic. When else do we reflect on these things writ large if not though comedy? We rarely put such honest thought into our political discourse. That's where we are with Ballers, the show is half a step ahead of the time we live in. History will remember it as being on the right side of a number of topics, but as we see from comments in this thread and the fact that it was cancelled after season 5, being right does not always mean being popular.
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2019
The end of the fourth season put them [wirters, etc] in a difficult spot because it stopped being about one guys struggle with transitioning from football guy to manager. They never connected the dots on how these deals and money get made. They jump-cut all over the place with different scenes with characters we hope to care about. Season 5 makes little to no sense. The Russel Brand character is now humble and PC aware where before he was confident and arrogant. No one is managing much but trying to save respective business interests. They never articulate why they no one has money, where the money is coming from or why they are in constant duress. The show started out being a combination of Entourage + Any Given Sunday and now is a disjointed Jerry Mcguire.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
The homicide rate per 100,000 Americans in 1933 was 9.
By 1920 the rate was 6.8. Prohibition cost lives as well, and by 1930 the homicide rate was 8.8 per 100,000 population. The combination of repeal and the depression saw the homicide rate slowly sinking in the 1930's; down to 6.3 in 1940. By 1950 the post WWII crime waves had subsided and the homicide rate was 5.3.
Last year in NYC, one of the most diverse cities, the murder rate was 3.3.
If you hate “leftists” so much you should know the news outlets, movies, tv, and mass media have the ability to exaggerate and hand pick news stories in order to fit their agenda. Certain news stories get played on repeat. Is there a crime problem in America and particularly big cities, absolutely. But there always has been and poverty not race is the cause.
What can I say? its a great show. I didn't want to subscribe to HBO but I wanted to see the end of GOT plus wanted to see some more of this show. That's why I subscribed, thinking "two months and I'm out". But i'm hooked so I will ride it out till this season is finished then cancel the subscription and wait a few years to binge watch this one to the end. I would have preferred to see more fight with the NCAA but they moved on and maybe thats for the best. For me I know I'm hooked when the episode ends and I'm think "just 5 more minutes, please".