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Now that the first season of HBO's "Winning Time" has come to a close, reviewer Jack Calabrese shares his thoughts on a collection of episodes with "ups and downs." Though the series faced controversy and struggled to balance showcasing the prestige of the 1980s Lakers with numerous subplots, the season finale offers a hopeful glimpse at what comes next in season two.

In episodes nine and 10 of "Winning Time," Magic Johnson (Quincy Isaiah), center, leads the Lakers to success in the NBA Finals, Jerry Buss (J…

HBO’s dramatization of the Los Angeles Lakers dominance in the NBA during the 1980s has resulted in some featured players and coaches to expre…

Despite following the story of a basketball team, the latest episode of "Winning Time" spends most of its time off the court in favor of a balancing act of other plots. "Each episode seems to stall more than the last, but 'Winning Time' is still quality entertainment," contributing reviewer Jack Calabrese writes.

The latest episode of "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty" shifts the show's perspective from Magic Johnson to highlight others from the ensemble of characters. As the episode ends with a shocking cliffhanger, contributing writer Jack Calabrese questions whether the twists will pay off as the show continues.

“Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” is HBO's new 1980s-set limited series starring John C. Reilly and Quincy Isaiah as Jerry Buss and basketball star Magic Johnson, respectively. After watching the first four episodes, reviewer Jack Calabrese calls the show "over-the-top" and television's "next big thing."