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  • Actors: Michael Boatman, Sandra Oh, Jim Turner, Robert Wuhl, Paul Parducci
  • Directors: Robert Wuhl, Jace Alexander, Peter Baldwin, Stephen C. Confer, Rodman Flender
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WJBD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of Arli$$: The Art of the Sports Super Agent" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on 2 discs
  • On screen fun fact track with audio commentaries by stars Robert Wuhl, Jim Turner, Sandra Oh, Michael Boatman, and producers Mike Tollin, Timothy Marx & Jonathan Fink

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These 13 episodes from the long-running HBO series have plenty of the bells and whistles that make Arli$$ so much fun to watch: celebrity cameos, topical satire, swatches of deep poignancy, and pure silliness. Comic actor Robert Wuhl, who created and stars, plays Arliss Michaels, a sports super-agent driven by twin motivations of profit and idealism. Arliss is in the race to realize his clients' dreams of stupendous wealth, but he's just as likely to put his reputation (and big bucks) on the line to help a fading player claim his niche in history. As with HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, Arli$$ gets a lot of mileage out of verisimilitude. In these Best of shows, we meet the likes of Dave Winfield, Ernie Banks, Frank Deford, Lloyd Jones, Tommy Lasorda, and even O.J. attorney Bob Shapiro, playing themselves in some very funny stories about the perennial hopes and startling realities that drive professional sports. --Tom Keogh

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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. Todays sports superstar needs more than just an agent, he needs a super agent. He needs Arliss.

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lenkic on July 26, 2004
Arli$$ is a very funny, very clever show that deserves better treatment than that it was given on this DVD.

13 Episodes from it's 7 Seasons? Please!

Complete Season Sets only, thank you HBO, complete Season Sets only.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Lehrer on September 10, 2004
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Who can forget the side-splitting, sometimes raunchy (but hysterical) humor or Arli$$? Answer: The producers of The Best of Arli$$, Vol. 1. The episodes that appear on this DVD are fine, but they are far from the "Best" that Arli$$ has to offer.

How can the producers of this DVD leave off the episode where Rita feeds romantic lines to Arli$$'s football player client to deliver to his er, girlfriend? How about the episode where Stanley has to deliver a special gift to the IRS agent to keep Kirby out of trouble? This is Arli$$ at it's funniest!

Let's hope that Best of Arli$$ Vol. 2 more accurately reflects the comedy that made this show so special.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jason Colucci on October 31, 2003
First of all, I don't know what took them so long to start putting this show on DVD. I have been looking and waiting for months now. Well, it's about time because this is one of those shows that you need to get and keep. It's a good thing they put this show on HBO because it would have never worked on network or cable TV.
Arliss is one of the funniest shows I have seen. Not sitcom family funny, but adult only almost X-rated funny at times. 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. It's a good time, pick it up!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Marriott on June 22, 2003
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I'm waiting for more episodes from this smart and witty comedy series which is easily the best show from HBO in a while. Whilst The Sopranos and Sex In the City get all the critical attention and Today show fawning Arliss is the show that deserves all the accolades. It is all due to Robert Wuhl, the goofy reporter from Batman, who would have guessed? But the guy is a comic genius and this show is great. Every episode leaves you with a smile, even when they are serious, which some of them are. The sense of life in this series is very benevolent, which is what makes it so much better than the other two HBO series. The DVD is of great quality, only adding to the enjoyment.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Highlanderthal on October 26, 2005
These 13 episodes from the long-running HBO series have plenty of the bells and whistles that make Arli$$ so much fun to watch: celebrity cameos, topical satire, swatches of deep poignancy, and pure silliness. My big problem with the DVD is that it was an odd assortment of shows, from 7 different seasons, I really liked the shows but would have preferred them in a season format.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Max A. Collins on June 12, 2003
ARLI$$ was promoted in its first season as a sports-world LARRY SANDERS SHOW, and ever since, this fine series (which lasted an impressive seven seasons) has been kicked around and wrongly criticized. SANDERS is rightfully respected for its acid show biz comedy, but ARLI$$ takes a different approach, with a solid regular cast of selfish but not mean-spirited characters. Creator Robert Wuhl as sports agent Arliss Michaels is a standout -- a cynic with a heart of marshmellow. The tone swings wildly but from slapstick humor to genuine pathos, and yet consistently scores, as Wuhl and company explore serious topics unflinchingly in this satiric context. (As in the Wuhl-starring film COBB, a frequent topic is heroes with feet of clay.) This is a fine selection of first-rate episodes, but it's a pity this Hall of Fame-worthy comedy has been such a whipping boy so as to convince HBO only a "best of" is deserved, and not full season collections. I'm not a diehard sports fan, but the insider show biz stories, the quirky but appealing regulars and surprisingly sensitive treatment of contemporary problems has turned me into a stone ARLI$$ fan. You wuz robbed, Mr. Wuhl.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2004
I was a huge fan of the show when it aired on HBO Sunday Nights; however I find the "Best of" choices to be quite interesting. There were many other episodes that were much better than the ones presented in this set. Where was the episode where Kirby must outdrink the Volleyball player? or the Battle in the Big ouse boxing match or the one with the Katarina Witt or
some of the other classics. Instead we are treated to episodes that make one yawn. Next time let's see more humorouse episodes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Kid Billy on July 16, 2008
HBO is really making me angry by not releasing all of the Arliss seasons on DVD, this is by far the best show they have ever done. There are so many great episodes that I love that are not on this DVD collection, and watching the reruns on on regular TV at 3am does not do the show justice at all. C'mon HBO, you shouldn't be letting the fans suffer because you don't like Robert Wuhl. bring out all the seasons on DVD soon, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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