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Arliss Michaels is not a sports agent, he is a sports super agent. To his team of associates, the athletes he represents and the world around them, he is God. He is like Jerry Maguire, but ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Robert Wuhl ...  Arliss Michaels 79 episodes, 1996-2002
Sandra Oh ...  Rita Wu 53 episodes, 1996-2002
Jim Turner ...  Kirby Carlisle 52 episodes, 1996-2002
Michael Boatman ...  Stanley Babson 46 episodes, 1996-2002
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Arliss Michaels is not a sports agent, he is a sports super agent. To his team of associates, the athletes he represents and the world around them, he is God. He is like Jerry Maguire, but without a conscience. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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English

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10 August 1996 (USA) See more »

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(80 episodes)

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Every episode began and ended with the lead character reading in voiceover chapters from a fictional book he had written about his life as a successful sports agent. The point of this was to show that the character did the exact opposite of what he wrote. Robert Wuhl said he got the idea to do this after seeing a book written by Donald Trump. Wuhl said he always wondered what the difference was between what was written and what was actually done. See more »

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Drew: No more commercials for creamed corn, which I had to eat mercilessly over and over and over again. Like giving a tablespoon a blow job swallowing that gunk.
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Referenced in 30 Rock: The Beginning of the End (2012) See more »

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(Somewhat) Unfairly Maligned
17 January 2019 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This show is, on the whole, not as bad as everyone says. But those who tout its unimpeachable brilliance are a bit off, too -- there's some real stinkers in this series, especially in the later seasons.

As a sports comedy it's usually pretty fun, with plenty of cameos from real athletes and personalities. There's also plenty of made-up characters -- agents, coaches, managers, players, and more, all zipping around a cutthroat, cynical world that's clearly meant as a dig at the profession's sickening sunshine-y portrayal in "Jerry Maguire."

The show is at its weakest when it's focusing on its amoral characters' disgusting sex lives. Arliss himself, played by Robert Wuhl, also might be off-putting to some: he's an obsessive optimist, willing to do whatever he can for his clients. And the show too often undermines any genuine sympathy you might have for the characters by immediately jump cutting to over-the-top punchlines.

But when it's funny, it's pretty darn funny. Focus on the first couple seasons; season 1 highlights include "Athletes Are Role Models," featuring a goody two-shoes Christian footballer who takes a bite of the serpent's fruit, played by Rick Johnson; "The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of" with Ken Howard as a washed up baseball icon; and "Negotiating: It's Never Personal," which has an all-around great cast including George Wallace and Michael Fairman, with a great storyline to boot.

The show is readily available on HBO's on-demand and streaming platforms. Worth a watch, if only to seek out the really good episodes.


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