Arli$$

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It's tough being a professional athlete. Sure, there are big bucks. And big time glory. But there's also responsibility. Temptations. The media. Hangers on. More temptation. Diminishing skills. Lost endorsements. An uncertain future. Still more temptations. In the fast lane of pro sports, an athlete needs someone he can trust. He needs a friend. An adviser. A big brother. Today's sports superstar needs more than just an agent, he needs a super agent. He needs Arliss. Characters: Arliss Michaels: Arliss Michaels claims to be the "working man's friend." He is the super athlete's super-agent, wheeling and dealing in the higher echelons of the sports world--an arena filled with glamour, hypocrisy and money. Arliss Michaels, sports agent extraordinaire, is not above misbehaving as outrageously as his superstar clients in an effort to get what he wants when he wants it. Rita Wu Rita is Arliss' no-nonsense Girl Friday, seven days a week. As Arliss once said, "If there were a Franklin Day Planner event in the Olympics, Rita would take the gold." Rita's the one you want in your boat, ready to pass out life preservers and give directions. With enormous appeal and sass, she is often the moral voice in the AMM chorus, although she does have a certain weakness for Latin golf clients. Kirby Carlisle Kirby is an ex-football star turned agent as well as Arliss' old college buddy and first client. Endearingly ineffective, partially productive and effectively destructive, Kirby has a fondness for gambling, women and other distractions. The junior partner at Arliss Michaels Management (AMM), Kirby best orchestrates a night on the town for restless, action-seeking clients. Stanley Babson On the surface, Stanley appears to be Arliss' buttoned-up, straight-laced, conservative chief financial officer. Beneath his perfect three-piece suit lurks a buttoned-up, straight-laced, conservative chief financial officer. Stanley works magic with AMM clients' financial portfolios, with only an occasional investment blunder in a bum racehorse or pyramid scheme.moreless
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  • This show is about a sports agency. They go through everything that happend during the show's tenure.

    10
    I think that this is a perfect sports show because it fouces on the main character and the fellow stars. Also because it also talks abour everything that happend during the time when that show was on HBO. Nobody takes control of thew show in my opinon. And that\'s why I think that this is a perfect sports show.
  • Funny Show

    10
    Arli$$ reruns air on ESPN Classic at 10:30/9:30c.

    The shows are edited somewhat on Classic, but they are even more outrageous on the best of DVD, when the episodes are not edited.

    The show is about a hypocritical agent who does anything for personal gain, even if it means trading a client to win a fantasy baseball league, or getting rid of a high paying client to get access to front row Laker season tickets. There is one episode where Kirby, the associate dates a body builder and I'm probably not allowed to talk about what happens, but it is on The Best Of Arli$$ DVDs, and watch it for yourself.moreless
  • Not sitcom family funny, but adult only almost X-rated funny at times.

    7.4
    Believe me, this show is not for the kids, it is adult humor all the way. Arliss Michaels is a sports super agent and the show basically deals with his everyday life and the headaches and problems he has to go throw. Everything from making deals between players and teams to finding the next big plan to make more money! Arliss is an original show that is very smart and funny. There are a ton of cameos from actors and sports stars that are fun to watch! If the sports world or sports agents interest you at all then you will like this show.moreless
  • Arliss Michaels and a band of quirky sports agents take on the joys and pains of trying to run a high tier sports agency. Classic character types dominate the show and shape around the world of sports.moreless

    10
    Arli$$ was a hidden gem stuck on late night HBO. It was 30 minutes full of laughs and poignant moments that make own sit and reflect on their own life. The messages of the show transcended the sports world so all watchers could relate. However the real beauty of the show was mostly scene by the sports enthusiasts of TVdom. Jam packed with the the hottest athletes of the day, the stories always revolved around fictional athletes, and while the plot and story lines were not always 100% solid, the cast more than made up with it in laughs. Speaking of the cast they are a delightful mix of comedians who can produce a laugh with a prank fall or a silly face alike. This show was cut in its prime just when it had gotten started. If you have the chance, catch a few episodes and have fun.moreless
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    Sitcoms, 90s