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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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Cast

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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Comedy | Sport

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Official Sites:

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USA

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English

Release Date:

10 August 1996 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(80 episodes)

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In one episode of the show, we see Arliss Michaels watching old video footage of himself winning money on The $10,000 Pyramid (1973), and learn that Arliss used his winnings as seed money to start his agency. The footage was real; actor Robert Wuhl was a contestant on the show in 1973. See more »

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Alexi: Surely you realize I'm a natural blonde.
Rita Wu: Surely you realize we shower together.
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Sporting a Laugh
7 January 2007 | by Derek RushlowSee all my reviews

Robert Wuhl created and starred in this HBO TV show about a sports agent who was cutthroat but, at the same time, had the important values everyone seems to have.

Robert Wuhl portrayed Arliss Michaels, who represents several athletes (most of which are real and even made cameo appearances on the show). Sandra Oh played Rita, Arliss's sarcastic secretary who was never afraid to speak her mind and even helped Arliss as well as her co-workers at times. Then there was Jim Turner, who played Kirby, another sports agent who had those important values which made up for his unruly ways of doing business and other activities outside the office (you have to see the show). Finally, there was Michael Boatman, who played Stanley, the agency's financial adviser who was ultimately an arrogant jerk who was somewhat likable and even funny.

The show itself was funny, but sometimes even touching and truthful. It pointed out that even the biggest people in a business like this has the kind of heart a lot of people look for in everyone. That is what made these characters (Arliss, Rita, Kirby, and yes, even Stanley) likable -- they all had hearts.

Robert Wuhl also served as executive producer and even directed some episodes.

I give "Arliss" 3 1/2 stars out of 4.


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