The Franchise (TV series)

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The Franchise
The Franchise tv logo.jpg
Season 1 title card
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes15
Production company(s)Major League Baseball Productions
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseJuly 13, 2011 (2011-07-13) –
August 22, 2012 (2012-08-22)[1]
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The Franchise is an American reality-documentary television show that debuted on July 13, 2011, on the Showtime television network. The series follows Major League Baseball (MLB) teams before and during the baseball season.

The first season of the show followed the San Francisco Giants as they defended their World Series title during the 2011 Major League Baseball season. The series focused mostly on the players themselves and followed their lives on and off the field. The players featured included Matt Cain, Barry Zito, Pablo Sandoval, Brian Wilson, Buster Posey, and Ryan Vogelsong. The Franchise provides a rare inside view into a Major League clubhouse, showing the ups and downs of a long and trying professional baseball season.

The second season premiered on July 11, 2012 and featured the Miami Marlins, in their first season in their new park.[2] The season was cut short by one episode.[3][4]

On January 12, 2013, Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins said the series will return if the "right team and the right story" is found.[5] The Cleveland Indians have been linked to the show as a possible choice.[6]


Season 1: 2011[edit]

No. Title Original air date
0"San Francisco Giants: Special Preview"April 13, 2011 (2011-04-13)
1"San Francisco Giants: Episode 1"July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13)
2"San Francisco Giants: Episode 2"July 20, 2011 (2011-07-20)
3"San Francisco Giants: Episode 3"July 27, 2011 (2011-07-27)
4"San Francisco Giants: Episode 4"August 3, 2011 (2011-08-03)
5"San Francisco Giants: Episode 5"August 10, 2011 (2011-08-10)
6"San Francisco Giants: Episode 6"August 17, 2011 (2011-08-17)
7"San Francisco Giants: Episode 7"August 24, 2011 (2011-08-24)
8"San Francisco Giants: Episode 8"August 31, 2011 (2011-08-31)

Season 2: 2012[edit]

No. Title Original air date
0"Miami Marlins: Special Preview"April 21, 2012 (2012-04-21)
1"Miami Marlins: Episode 1"July 11, 2012 (2012-07-11)
2"Miami Marlins: Episode 2"July 18, 2012 (2012-07-18)
3"Miami Marlins: Episode 3"July 25, 2012 (2012-07-25)
4"Miami Marlins: Episode 4"August 1, 2012 (2012-08-01)
5"Miami Marlins: Episode 5"August 8, 2012 (2012-08-08)
6"Miami Marlins: Episode 6"August 15, 2012 (2012-08-15)
7"Miami Marlins: Episode 7"August 22, 2012 (2012-08-22)


  1. ^ "The Franchise".
  2. ^ "MIAMI MARLINS TO BE FEATURED IN SEASON TWO OF THE FRANCHISE ON SHOWTIME" (Press release). Showtime Networks. February 13, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  3. ^ Kaduk, Kevin (August 20, 2012). "Showtime calls an early end to 'The Franchise'". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  4. ^ Tucker, Heather (August 20, 2012). "Showtime pulls plug on Marlins, 'The Franchise' a week early". USA Today. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  5. ^ Brian Ford Sullivan (January 12, 2013). "Showtime at TCA: "Episodes" Won't Be Back Until Early 2014". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  6. ^ Hoynes, Paul (9 February 2013). "Tribe pursuing Michael Bourn, Kyle Lohse? Unlikely, but possible: Cleveland Indians Insider". Cleveland Live. Retrieved 12 February 2013.

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