When "Sex and the City" left the air in 2004, many people wondered how HBO could possibly replace one of its biggest hits. But as it turns out, they already had something cooking, and only a few months later, "Entourage" premiered. Though it wasn't exactly the replacement that most female viewers were hoping for, the new series finally gave guys their own show about a quartet of friends who enjoy the finer things in life. No, not Cosmopolitans and fashion, but the rock n' roll lifestyle of a Hollywood movie star. Vincent Chase might be the only true celebrity of the group, but that didn't stop his friends from reaping the benefits, or the audience from tagging along.
The series started out a bit superficially – the first season was more about booze, bud and banging hot women than the relationships between Vince and his friends – but over the years, "Entourage" has become a more complete package with rewarding storylines to balance out all the cool toys, exotic locations and celebrity cameos. Not that we still don't like all of that, because we've been big fans from the start. Check out all of our "Entourage"-related coverage below, including actor profiles, DVD reviews of the first six seasons, and the latest updates from our Entourage Blog.
July 19, 2011
Will Vincent Chase and Co. come out on top? Jason Zingale previews the eighth and final season of the HBO comedy series.
His portrayal of super-agent (and, quite often, super-asshole) Ari Gold has earned Jeremy Piven three Emmys.
In part because of her work as Eric Murphy's on-again, off-again love interest, Chriqui's star has been on the rise for years.
While Sloan's the kind of girl you'd expect would ignore most guys, there's not a single diva bone in her body.
Entourage: Season 1
It's sex, drugs and rock n' roll as new movie star Vincent Chase and his entourage party it up Hollywood-style.
Entourage: Season 2
After a breakout hit at Sundance, Vince's star continues to rise as Ari lands him a role in a summer blockbuster.
Entourage: Season 3, Part 1
The guest stars steal the show as Vince and Ari worry about their futures. Oh yeah, and Eric has a threesome.
Entourage: Season 3, Part 2
Not as strong as the first half, but Jeremy Piven saves the day with plenty of laughs and even a bit of heart.
Entourage: Season 4
After teasing us for three seasons, Vince finally starts production on "Medellin," while Drama finds success.
Entourage: Season 5
The show's worst season is still better than most TV, but we preferred Vince better when he was famous.
Entourage: Season 6
Vince is back on top in this well-plotted return to roots that finds the guys growing up and Matt Damon goofing off.
Entourage: Season 7
Vince's career hits the skids again when he becomes addicted to drugs and starts dating porn star Sasha Grey.
Entourage: Season 8
Vince kicks the habit and gets his career back on track (again), while the gang plan for their respective futures.
If the shot-callers at HBO were uncertain whether the next season of "Entourage" should be its last, then this season pretty much confirmed it. What started out as another promising year quickly turned into a rehash of Season Five.
Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara really shined in some of the season's best subplots, while the emergence of Ari Gold's softer side allowed Jeremy Piven to inject a little humility into his performance.
This isn't the same show that debuted on HBO four years ago. But after watching Vince, Eric and Ari struggle, strive and progress over the years, we'd argue that's a good thing.
Sunday nights just wouldn't feel the same without a little 'Entourage' in our lives.
Fans of the show know 'Entourage' wouldn't survive without the caustic Ari, so heading into April's fourth season, the question isn't if, but when Vinny and Eric reunite with Ari.
Everything is once again right with the world: Vince is sharing the spotlight with his boys, Eric's having threesomes, and Ari is the biggest, and funniest, prick on TV.
In short, it could've been a better second season for "Entourage," but it could've been much worse. And for that, HBO can thank Piven.
Loosely based on the experiences of executive producer Mark Wahlberg during his Funky Bunch days, 'Entourage' succeeds on the strength of its exceptional writing, not surprising since 'Seinfeld' vet Larry Charles penned several episodes.
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