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All Episodes 1997 - 1998

  • Canceled
  • NBC
  • 1997-10-17T00:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 18 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama, Crime
Welcome to the Players guide at TV Tome. Three con men are released on parole and recruited by the government to use their skills to take down other criminals. Charlie O'Bannon is a computer hacker, Isaac (Ice) Gregory is a street hustler, and Alphonse Royo is a conman and smooth talker. Under the supervision of FBI agent Christine Kowalski they take on a major criminal with some kind of elaborate scheme. Players ran on NBC at 9:00 PM from 1997 to 1998, but was cancelled due to low ratings, which were due in part to frequent pre-emptions and the occasional timeslot jump. The network gave the timeslot back to the affiliates toward the end of the run, so many areas did not air the final episodes. If you have any episodes of the series on tape and would be willing to provide information to me, please get in touch. There are still a few guest credits and writing/directing credits that need to be filled in. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to reach me. S

18 episodes

1x01 Con Job

  • Series Premiere

    1997-10-17T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

The FBI arranges to release three criminals from jail (Alphonse Royo, Charlie O'Bannon, and Ice Gregory) in order to use their unique skills to catch criminals.

1x02 Con Law

  • 1997-10-24T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

On their first case in Los Angeles, the Players hire on to expose a crooked lawyer, Marcus Flint. They are initially supposed to use his client Jay Bagley to get close to him, to which end Ice has himself arrested. Unfortunately, Bagley ends up dead, the victim of an apparent suicide. The Players take one more stab at getting Flint, and with the help of an old friend of Ice's, they finally get him. Agent Kowalski isn't happy with the men initially, but begins warming up to them by the show's end.

1x03 In Concert

  • 1997-10-31T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

To catch CD bootleggers, Ice goes under cover as a country singer (Cool McCall), who invents a new form of music called 'rap redneck', with Charlie playing his manager. Their target is Del Cavanaugh, who seems to gain most of his income from the late great Jesse Dalton, whom Del killed to collect his fortune. And now he plans to kill another up-and-comer, Sarah Grace. With the help of Alfonse (who is able to play both a Greek waiter and an Australian photographer in one episode), the Players prove that Dalton is still alive, and take down Del before he can take down Sarah.

1x04 Con Artist

  • 1997-11-07T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Ice poses as an art thief to catch a crooked gallery owner. Alphonse disguises himself as the gallery owner's new Columbian client. Nothing goes quite according to plan and Chrissy has the trio dragged back to the office in handcuffs as a Van Gogh has gone missing. The boys set up an even more elaborate trap with Chrissy in the role of gangster's moll, something that Alphonse attempts to take full advantage of. Once again the boys land on their feet.

1x05 Contact Sport

  • 1997-11-14T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Assigned to crack a counterfeiting ring, the trio takes a curcuitous route involving car hijacking, basketball-game betting and high stakes golf matches with Ice as a duffer.

1x06 Con Amore

  • 1997-11-21T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

When the Players are assigned to bust arms dealer Simon Lott, Ice is shocked to run into his former partner / lover Laura and her new partner, Burke. Laura not only stabs Ice in the back by taking the deal for herself, but she infuriates Ice by playing it up with Alphonse. Laura's act seems to be working, because Alphonse agrees to leave the team and take the FBI's money and run along with her once this is all over. While Ice poses as the buyer, Alphonse as a rival seller from the IRA, and Charlie as the middle man, Lott's goose is cooked. After Lott is arrested, Laura heads over to pick up the money that Alphonse had left in a bag for them. She's shocked to learn that she was conned herself...the bag is empty, and Alphonse is back with the team.

1x07 Rashocon

  • 1997-12-05T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Alphone, Charlie, and Ice are all arrested after an armored truck heist gone wrong, and while in the interrogation room with Lt. Harper, each one gives a different story to him. Harper is left to sift through all these stories, with the only common thread being Veronica Salt, a beautiful woman who acted as a go-between for criminal mastermind Alex Duchek.

1x08 Three of a Con

  • 1997-12-12T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Quentin Belkey was recently released from a minimum security prison, and now he runs a high stakes poker game where the funds are seemingly unlimited. The Players are brought in to infiltrate the game, and take town Belkey. Stuart Finch controls the scene, and sets Ice up as a restaurant, Charlie as a waiter, and Alphone as a hotel security guard. A slight mishap has Charlie assuming the role of the owner, and the con almost goes awry when there are a number of unplanned distractions.

1x09 Mint Condition

  • 1998-01-02T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The trio engineers a scam involving a baseball trading-card valued at $200,000 in order to catch a mobster and his henchman. Meanwhile, Charlie has to deal with his father, an even bigger con man.

1x10 Confidence Man

  • 1998-01-09T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The boys take on a New Age guru with a murderous agenda. They set themselves up as marks to get close to him, and then exploit his cons to the full. Enter Corky Simmons, a grifter friend of theirs who helps with the scam.

1x11 Contraband

  • 1998-01-16T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The trio attempt to set up an arms dealer, but it all goes horribly wrong (again). A crooked cop is involved, and he kidnaps Chrissy to force Ice out into the open, because he knows Ice can identify him.

1x12 Continental

  • 1998-03-06T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The trio (Ice-T, Costas Mandylor, Frank John Hughes) tries to get the goods on brother-and sister fashion designers who give drugs to models and are involved with illegal garment workers. Chris helps out with the con, and Ice falls for the sister.

1x13 Wrath of Con

  • 1998-03-13T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A killer (John Saint Ryan) murders two guards while escaping, then the judge who sentenced him is found dead, so the trio tries to protect the woman (Michelle Stafford) whose testimony had sent him to prison.

1x14 Constrained

  • 1998-03-20T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The trio attempts to catch two kidnappers who have taken the son of a man who's estranged from his mobster father; and Alphonse (Costas Mandylor) agrees to deliver the ransom.

1x15 Conspiracy

  • 1998-03-27T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

While investigating a ""billion-dollar"" racket involving bootlegged gasoline, the trio discovers that there's a leak at the FBI and tries to find the agent who's working with the mob.

1x16 Contamination

  • 1998-04-03T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie receives birthday wishes from a terrorist named Jericho who is threatening to kill the entire city of Los Angeles with a sarin bomb. Turns out Jericho is a man from his past. While deciding what to do, Charlie faces his demons since leaving prison.

1x17 Conundrum

  • 1998-04-10T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

After college student Barry Decker is shot and killed in a parking lot, the team goes undercover, and realise his death is connected to a computer program he was developing. Charlie goes undercover as Barry's partner, and forms a tentative relationship with Barry's former girlfriend, Sarah.

1x18 Con Vivants

  • 1998-04-17T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

The paroled trio returns to New York where Ice tries to reform a young thief; Alphonse fights with his son Adam's drug supplier; and Charlie tries to stop an insurance scam while fighting his feelings for the beautiful conwoman.