List of Luck episodes

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Luck is an American television series created by David Milch for HBO. Dustin Hoffman stars as Chester "Ace" Bernstein, a lifelong mobster who has just been released from a three-year prison sentence. His long-time friend and driver Gus (Dennis Farina) has become the owner of "Pint of Plain", a promising Irish racehorse. Ace immediately begins making plans to take control of the Santa Anita racetrack in Los Angeles, while simultaneously plotting revenge against the ones he holds responsible for sending him to prison. David Milch serves as executive producer alongside Michael Mann and Carolyn Strauss. A special preview of the pilot was shown on December 11, 2011, with the series officially beginning on January 29, 2012. On March 14, 2012, the show was canceled by HBO after three horses died during production. However, the remaining episodes still aired.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 9 December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11) March 25, 2012 (2012-03-25) November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27)[1] December 3, 2012 (2012-12-03)[2] November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14)[3]

List of episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Michael Mann David Milch December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11) 1.14[4]
Ace Bernstein is released from prison after three years and begins to plot his revenge on the associates who had him sent away. Ace’s lieutenant Gus acts as front for an investment in the race horse Pint of Plain. Pint of Plain’s trainer Turo Escalante manipulates the odds in favor of one of his other horses, Mon Gateau. The four railbirds – Jerry, Marcus, Renzo and Lonnie – pool their resources together to place a Pick Six bet with Mon Gateau as the centerpiece. Veteran trainer Walter Smith’s new thoroughbred, Gettn’up Morning, sparks an on-track rivalry between untested jockey Rosie and experience Ronnie, represented by agent Joey Rathburn. Ace’s plan against his former colleagues includes reviving the Santa Anita racetrack with casino gambling.
2 "Episode Two" Terry George John R. Perrotta February 5, 2012 (2012-02-05) 0.43[5]
Ace loses his temper during a meeting with two of the men that sent him to prison, DiRossi and Isadore Cohen. Marcus advises the other railbirds to not flaunt their newfound wealth from the Pick Six. Compulsive gambler Jerry ignores the warning and sits in at high-stakes poker games. Renzo wishes to claim one of Escalante’s horses. Lonnie parties with two cunning women. Rosie asks Walter for a chance to ride Gettn’up Morning.
3 "Episode Three" Allen Coulter Bill Barich February 12, 2012 (2012-02-12) 0.55[6]
Ronnie, Gettn’up Morning’s jockey, takes a tumble in another race and Walter is forced to call upon Joey to help locate the inexperienced Rosie. Ace meets the young and cocky Nathan Israel and hires him with the intent of getting closer to his revenge against his former associates. Ace is approached by Claire with a business opportunity. The railbirds attempt to buy Mon Gateau back from Mulligan and hire Escalante to train him.
4 "Episode Four" Phillip Noyce Jay Hovdey February 19, 2012 (2012-02-19) 0.44[7]
Ace faces off with his one-time partner Mike over Ace’s plan to take control of the Santa Anita racetrack. Claire proposes a business venture to Ace, who wishes to have a more personal relationship with her. Chan challenges Jerry to a private poker game. The railbirds have to save Jerry from gambling away his life. Rosie has the race of her life on Gettn’up Morning.
5 "Episode Five" Brian Kirk Scott Willson February 26, 2012 (2012-02-26) 0.50[8]
Escalante has entered Pint of Plain in a race with Leon as the jockey under the premise of needing to appease the gaming board, but ultimately scratching him. Ace sees through the lies and forces Escalante to swap out Leon for a more experienced jockey. Marcus has health concerns. Joey loses Ronnie as a client. Ace gives Claire a large check and invites her to watch Pint of Plain’s first race.
6 "Episode Six" Henry Bronchtein Robin Shushan March 4, 2012 (2012-03-04) 0.69[9]
Israel is offered a chance to work as a double agent against Ace. An earthquake puts things into prospective for Joey. Leon’s actions during his race on Mon Gateau has Escalante and the railbirds worried. Rosie ignores Walter’s advice and he is met with unwanted consequences. Jo wonders about her future with Escalante.
7 "Episode Seven" Brian Kirk Amanda Ferguson March 11, 2012 (2012-03-11) 0.47[10]
Ace and Claire take a tour of a prison outreach horse retirement farm. Walter defends his right of ownership to Gettn’up Morning. Jerry and Naomi try to enter a poker tournament. Israel represents Ace against Mike. Lonnie claims another horse named Niagara’s Fall. Walter has a decision to make. Rosie asks Joey for representation. Ronnie attempts to get his life back on track.
8 "Episode Eight" Allen Coulter John R. Perotta & Jay Hovdey March 18, 2012 (2012-03-18) 0.46[11]
Ace makes his move to purchase control of the track and goes around his former partners. Mike makes a move of his own. Walter enters Gettn’up Morning in the Western Derby against Pint of Plain. Leon loses his ride. Joey comes through for Rosie as her new agent. Jo’s budding pregnancy is put into jeopardy.
9 "Episode Nine" Mimi Leder Eric Roth March 25, 2012 (2012-03-25) 0.44[12]
The Western Derby, pitting Gettn’up Morning and Pint of Plain against each other, serves as the backdrop for other events. Jerry tries to figure out a new big score. Escalante awaits word about Jo. Renzo’s mother arrives in town. Ace feels guilt for Israel’s fate. Gus goes to extreme lengths to protect Ace.


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