The Player: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
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The Player's convoluted premise weighs down a game cast, bringing nothing original to the table.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2015

The series premiere introduces Alex Kane, a security expert who encounters an elite gambling organization called the House that is led by the mysterious Mr. Johnson. Kane joins the group, whose members place bets on whether he can prevent future crimes in hopes that they can assist him in catching his ex-wife's murderer.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2015

Alex is ordered to stop a diamond heist, but he encounters an old colleague who is seeking information. Mr. Johnson and Cassandra step in and threaten to call off the bets. Later, Alex attends Ginny's funeral and discovers details surrounding her murder.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2015

Alex asks a friend to further investigate Ginny's murder, but Mr. Johnson intervenes; Alex and Cassandra travel to L.A. to stop a sniper from enacting revenge for a drug cartel; and Det. Brown helps the FBI locate a missing ex-special ops agent in Las Vegas.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2015

Det. Brown discovers the truth about a hit man, leading him to arrest Alex's client. Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson helps Alex uncover clues about Ginny's murder, but Cassandra has her own plan.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2015

A student hacks the Pentagon and Alex attempts to protect him from both the House and the Chinese government; and new discoveries are made about Ginny's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson takes drastic measures after issues arise with an old friend.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2015

The House bets on Alex to stop a serial killer before Halloween. Meanwhile, Det. Brown is hot on Cassandra's trail, but Mr. Johnson intervenes.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2015

Alex travels to Chicago to stop an enraged father from avenging his family; and Cassandra discovers the location of the next attack and sends Alex to prevent it. Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson has ulterior motives for going to Chicago.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2015

Alex must stop the violence between two street gangs after a truck full of drugs and cash is attacked; and Cassandra discusses her priorities with Mr. Johnson. Meanwhile, Agent Rose Nolan is in pursuit of the truth about the House.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2015

In the Season 1 finale, Alex receives a major clue about Ginny's disappearance and teams up with Cassandra to ensure that his next assignment could lead him to her. Meanwhile, Det. Brown and Rose Nolan identify someone who works for the House.

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The first season of this crime drama follows a security expert named Alex Kane (Philip Winchester) who encounters an elite gambling organization called the House, which is led by the mysterious Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes). After his ex-wife, Ginny (Daisy Betts), is murdered, Alex agrees to work for the group in exchange for the promise that they will assist him in solving the mystery behind her death. Members of the House place bets on Alex and whether or not they believe he has the ability to prevent certain crimes before they occur. Alex becomes determined to learn the truth after he discovers more secrets behind the circumstances of Ginny's death and uncovers evidence that suggests the House may have even played a role in the event. The cast also features Charity Wakefield as Cassandra King and Damon Gupta as Det. Cal Brown.

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Critic Reviews for The Player Season 1

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (24)

[The Player] which features Wesley Snipes as the head of Los Vegas syndicate that bets on crime... is packed with action (and Winchester's abs) as well as a cheeky, almost campy sense of humor, as if it's fully aware of how silly this all is.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

It's hard to quantify but there's something more enjoyable about a program that knows its purpose and function in the TV landscape and doesn't outreach its grasp. The Player is fun, and doesn't really try to be anything more than that.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

There are some good action sequences, and Snipes is his usual smooth self, but neither is enough to compensate for the convoluted, leaden premise. Game over.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

[Winchester's] a charmingly roguish performer, and in The Player he's well-matched to his character.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Poor Wesley Snipes.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Without a steady spray of sawdust coming from Snipes' direction, there's too much time to focus on the show's loony premise and unspeakable morals.

Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…
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The pilot is just preposterous both in how it delivers its story, and how it asks audiences to invest in its premise. There's something here, but The Player's first script is nowhere near ready to embrace it.

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

It veers between deeply implausible to formulaic and slightly predictable. And, when you've got Wesley Snipes and a Vegas setting you expect something more.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

If you can get past the outlandishness of the premise, you'll probably like NBC's new drama The Player. A lot.

Sep 23, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Wesley Snipes gets out of prison for this story of people who bet on crimes.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Don't bet on this preposterous action drama to hit a ratings jackpot.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…

In addition to wonderful on screen chemistry and quality narrative ability, what The Player also has going for it is some of the best action hitting prime-time this fall.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Player: Season 1

  • Nov 05, 2019
    I found the show's original concept and all out action invigorating. It's sad when a jewel like this doesn't catch on!

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