Beautiful Losers

Come to Luck for the horses, but stay for the people



The pilot of HBO's new horse-racing drama Luck (Sundays, 9 p.m. E.T.) introduces viewers to the Pick Six. You predict the winners of six races, laying down all your money in advance. Pick them all, you win big. If not--well, at least you got some fresh air at the track.

Critics like me often spring a version of the Pick Six on readers when it comes to prestige dramas. "It starts slow," we say, "but give it five or six episodes!" TV viewers, having waited like Linus in the pumpkin patch on slow burns like The Killing, may well worry it's...

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