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All Episodes 1996 - 2002

  • Ended
  • HBO
  • 1996-08-10T00:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 1 day, 10 hours, 55 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy
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.

81 episodes

1x01 A Man of Our Times

  • Series Premiere

    1996-08-10T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

While being nominated for the civic honor ""Man of Our Times,"" Arliss must juggle one client's plans for a same-sex marriage on the opening night of a huge ice-skating tour, Kirby's gambling habit, and another client's financial ruin and impending unemployment.

1x02 Negotiating: It's Never Personal

  • 1996-08-14T04:00:00Z — 24 mins

While high-school hoops sensation Shaler halimon announces he'll skip college and jump straight to the NBA, Arliss positions himself as Shaler's agent and uses the opportunity to settle a score with team owner Buddy Reingold.

1x03 Athletes Are Role Models

  • 1996-08-21T04:00:00Z — 23 mins

Temptation gets the better of squeaky-clean QB Dan Hendricks. Arliss battles with a client's desire to confess his sins to the world, while keeping the suspicious media and a scorned wife at bay.

1x04 How to Turn a Minus into a Plus

  • 1996-08-28T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

AMM client and boxing champ Sucre Rey Santos finally gives in and grants top contender Cohones Ochonez a title fight. The huge payday means Arliss can finally buy that Gulfstream Jet he's had his eyes on. But when Ochonez is arrested and tossed in jail, the fight is no mas. However, Arliss gets the governor to sign off and approve the fight, allowing HBO to televise the Battle in the Bighouse, live from the state penitentiary.

1x05 What About the Fans?

  • 1996-09-04T04:00:00Z — 24 mins

L.A. Kings owner Flora Lansing dangles part-ownership in front of Arliss if he can find a new home for her hockey team--provided there's a new stadium, complete with luxury boxes and PSLs. But this must be kept a secret! So Arliss shops the team to three prospective homes: Raleigh-Durham, Las Vegas and New Mexico.

1x06 The Company You Keep

  • 1996-09-11T04:00:00Z — 23 mins

Mike Armstrong, president of multinational CSM, is interested in buying AMM. Arliss never dreamed of selling until he hears what Armstrong's paying. AMM staffers, particularly Kirby, Rita and Stanley, know their boss is up to something and begin to worry about their job security.

1x07 Colors of the Rainbow

  • 1996-09-18T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

A reporter overhears Arliss talking about the Jaboos of South Street, a rival stickball team from his old neighborhood, and interprets this as a racial slur. A media siege begins and arliss is under fire. Meanwhile, free-agent relief pitcher (and white supremacist) Trevor Heath decides to let Arliss represent him upon hearing the comments.

1x08 Crossing the Line

  • 1996-09-25T04:00:00Z — 22 mins

Why would Arliss even consider representing Anya Slovachek, the 186th ranked woman tennis player whose father is a psychotic maniac? Well, when he sees Anya with his own eyes, Arliss' mind is made up for him.

1x09 Timing Is Everything

  • 1996-10-02T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Arliss and Kirby decide to take beach volleyball to the next level by creating a new made-for-TV indoor tour with high-level glitz, oiled bodies, fluorescent sand and heavy promotion. But everything goes afoul as the tour's top women's pair have irreconcilable differences, and one of the top guys infects his toe on a petrified kelp pod.

1x10 The Client's Best Interest

  • 1996-10-09T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

In the 12th annual Den of Thieves Rotisserie Baseball League, Arliss and Kirby hope their Frozen Ropes can bring the title back where it belongs, away from cosmetic surgeon Vic Freed and his hated Silicone Valley. Arliss must resolve a conflict of interest between the good of the Frozen Ropes, and the good of AMM client and Phillies ace Ned Bastille.

1x11 The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

  • 1996-10-16T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

As a kid, Arliss idolized Hall of Fame outfielder Rocky Framaggio so much that he still carries around the Rock's rookie card. And now, after a chance meeting at the racetrack, Arliss decides to help the downtrodden Rock make some scratch and get back on his feet. But after the Rock strikes out at three job attempts, Arliss comes up with a stroke of marketing genius.

2x01 A Full Service Agency

  • Season Premiere

    1997-06-17T04:00:00Z — 23 mins

Catcher Zack Bowers can barely get the ball back to the mound, let alone to second base. The source of his problems: he suspects his wife is unfaithful. He demands that Arliss hire a private investigator to uncover the truth. Meanwhile, Kirby is asked to housesit Bruce Smith's 'cat'.

2x02 The Value of Loyalty

  • 1997-06-24T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

One of Arliss' long-term friends and clients leaves him when his fiancee declares it's time for a ""fresh start."" Meanwhile, Rita is dating a client and Arliss wants it to stop, or else.

2x03 Arliss Michaels, American

  • 1997-07-01T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Arliss is invited to dinner at the White House and he can't decide whom to invite as his escort. but that becomes the least of his worries when his bowling champion client, the controversial Turkey Reeves, gets in trouble with the law.

2x04 The World at Your Feet

  • 1997-07-08T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Kahoutec ""Comet"" Evans is a can't-miss tennis phenom whom Arliss discovered years ago when the boy stood as tall as his racket. Now that Comet has come of age, Arliss must juggle the boy's mother's wish for her son to go to college with his own wish to cash in on the young superstar's talents.

2x05 Salary Cap This!

  • 1997-07-15T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Sports Illustrated is planning an article about sports agents, and will select one to grace the magazine's cover. Despite some early maneuvering, Arliss thinks he's out of the running. But ""the working man's friend"" puts on his best moves in OT when he risks his own life to save client Damian Niles, in the process displaying a brilliant grasp of NBA salary capology.

2x06 Kirby Carlisle, Trouble-Shooter

  • 1997-07-22T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

When Arliss throws out his back, his dream of playing in the Crosby Pro-Am with golf client Ryan Mason III is shattered. Enter Kirby Carlisle, Arliss' Man Friday. Kirby steps in to partner with Mason, and assist the pro with his club selection.

2x07 The Real Thing

  • 1997-07-29T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

AMM client Dan Manville is closing in on his 500th home run. Add that to the 500 stolen bases he's already chalked up, and he's the charter member of the 500/500 club. Arliss has everything in position for the ""500/500 Experience,"" a huge Manville memorabilia tour on wheels, coming to a mall near you. All that's left for Manville to hit his 500th dinger--and for Arliss to get the ball.

2x08 Visionary for a New Millennium

  • 1997-08-05T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

Arliss is dazzled by marketing whiz Giselle Jaynes. She's charming, clever and sexy, and she's filled with brilliant, cutting-edge ideas for AMM clients -- despite knowing nothing about the sports world.

2x09 How to Be a Good Listener

  • 1997-08-12T04:00:00Z — 23 mins

It's a day from hell for Arliss Michaels: Stanley is considering leaving AMM, while client Sammy Stilton is about to be suspended for ""assaulting"" an umpire. All this as Arliss tries to get to the airport for a top-priority ""secret meeting.""

2x10 Truth and Responsibility

  • 1997-08-19T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Arliss manages to get Kirby some airtime as a sports talk-radio host. What better way to promote his own clientele--especially Yoshi Kobiashi, the latest pitching phenom nobody's ever seen. Before you know it, Kirby starts to rule the airwaves and a star is born--and a huge deal for Arliss may be on the rocks.

3x01 The Family Trust

  • Season Premiere

    1998-06-07T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

After Kirby signs hockey star Luc Cassoulet to the biggest contract in AMM history, an extremely delicate situation develops: how does AMM get paid its commissions without going public that the client is a deadbeat? Meanwhile, Arliss has his hands full defending NBA star Dewayne Troy for assaulting a referee.

3x02 My Job Is to Get Jobs

  • 1998-06-14T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

AMM client Theo Holt is the kind of football player every team needs: a reliable backup quarterback capable of winning games. But when Theo's team decides to let him go and there are no other takers for his services, Arliss begins to wonder. When Arliss learns about a league-wide rumor that Theo is gay, he resurrects Theo's career as only Arliss can.

3x03 Whatever It Takes

  • 1998-06-21T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Representing clients who line up against each other in the heat of battle is nothing new to Arliss. But he hopes to hold running back Quinton Holloway out of Sunday's game. It isn't because Quinton will face another AMM client, linebacker Chet Smitrovich. So when Arliss gets Quinton a new contract extension, it clears the way for a showdown.

3x04 Fans First

  • 1998-06-28T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Disaster hits AMM when Defensive Player of the Year Lucian Balboa is stabbed by a crazed fan at the office's annual Super Bowl party. Where was the security? How did the stabber get into the party? These are the questions Arliss has to answer. And now Lucian has decided not to play on Super Sunday unless Arliss can guarantee that the stabber will be locked up.

3x05 Where Do Clients Come From?

  • 1998-07-05T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

Whenever a rival agent passes away, Arliss always leads the feeding frenzy to sign the available clients. But when Leo Maroni bites the dust, young turk Jeremy Brenner gives Arliss a battle in the scramble for new business. That's why Arliss signs Kit Ballew, a loser on the NASCAR circuit. But with nothing to live for, Kit starts tearing up the field, giving Arliss more than he bargained for.

3x06 The Legacy

  • 1998-07-12T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

Arliss has a comfortable arrangement with a Midwestern football powerhouse university: Arliss negotiates the school's exclusive network TV deal pro bono, and teaches an ethics class at the school. This provides him access to the student-athletes and creates a pipeline straight from the dorm to AMM. However, the pipeline may dry up when an investigation into legendary Coach Duffy's program reveals some improprieties.

3x07 What Arliss Hath Joined Together...

  • 1998-07-19T04:00:00Z — 24 mins

AMM client Amadou M'Bow is in love. And the NBA center from Senegal plans to marry his beloved, Miss Lisa Klein of Long Island. When Arliss insists that Amadou get his betrothed to sign a prenuptial agreement, Lisa balks, wedding bells are put on hold and Amadou plans to hang up the hightops.

3x08 The Working Man's Friend

  • 1998-07-26T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

As a fierce rainstorm brings the city to a standstill, Arliss is virtually alone at AMM. That is, until pitching sensation Diego Sanchez, like manna from heaven, arrives at the office after defecting from Cuba. But Arliss must rely on some unexpected assistance to overcome the obstacles of the day.

3x09 Stanley Babson...Win, Place, or Show

  • 1998-08-02T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

AMM's financial whiz Stanley Babson is fed up with his conservative reputation. But when Arliss accuses him of always playing it safe, Stanley puts the company at risk by using clients' funds to purchase a racehorse.

3x10 Behind Every Great Client...

  • 1998-08-09T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Arliss knows as well as any agent that helping a client in his personal life is part of the job. So when all-star shortstop Joe Garrison asks Arliss to tell his wife that he's leaving her, Arliss obliges. But what happens between Arliss and Erica Garrison isn't necessarily part of the job--nor what Joe had in mind.

3x11 The American Game

  • 1998-08-16T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Lockouts and strikes are unfortunately a part of pro sports, and nothing does more to alienate the fans. But when a ballplayer crosses the picket line, he knows the true meaning of alienation. Arliss must consider the consequences of representing replacement player Jim Greenbriar after Greenbriar saves Arliss' life.

3x12 What Would I Do Without Wu?

  • 1998-08-23T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

When Rita, the glue of AMM, gets her shot at representing clients, she proves herself an adept agent. Arliss, meanwhile, is helpless without his right-hand gal. To make matters worse, Kirby's cousin Fitz is Rita's fill-in.

3x13 His Name Is Arliss Michaels

  • 1998-08-30T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Longtime AMM client Donnie Thurman isn't quite ready to hang up the baseball cleats. So when Arliss tells Donnie there are no takers for his services and then signs a younger ballplayer to a big contract, Donnie sues Arliss for conflict of interest.

4x01 Cause and Effect

  • Season Premiere

    1999-06-06T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

An upset stomach leads Arliss to Dr. Irv's for a routine checkup. But when Dr. Irv expresses his concerns based on Arliss' family history, Arliss starts thinking the ""C"" word. Meanwhile, Kirby and Rita try to help a little old lady sell her late husband's treasure trove of sports memorabilia.

4x02 Taking One for the Team

  • 1999-06-13T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Arliss is so eager to sign high school baseball phenom Jake Battershell before any other agent does that he's willing to do anything to please Jake and his parents. Well, almost anything. Kirby's effort to help AMM client Seth Carson focus on his duties as a pro quarterback go further than anyone expects.

4x03 Our Past, Our Present, Our Future

  • 1999-06-20T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Fourteen-year-old skating champion Crystal Dupree is an AMM cash cow. But she learns the hard way, with Stanley's assistance, that Mom and Dad may not necessarily have her best interest at heart. Also, Kirby resists shutting down the ""KIRBY CARlisle WASH.""

4x04 People Are Assets, Too

  • 1999-06-27T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

When the Lakers move from the Forum to the Staples Center, there will be fewer courtside seats, and the ticketholders with seniority will maintain their floor seats. Arliss is not one of those ticketholders, and desperately tries to find a way to keep his cherished seats on the floor.

4x05 The Stories You Don't Hear About

  • 1999-07-04T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

It's fight night in Las Vegas and AMM client Ivory Ortega needs to get past Tomate de Cannes before a huge showdown (and payday!) with Oscar De La Hoya. But Arliss needs to act fast when he sees that Ivory is in no condition to box after a fight with his wife.

4x06 The Changing of the Guard

  • 1999-07-11T04:00:00Z — 23 mins

Arliss gets fogged in while in Kansas City negotiating shortstop client Rico Rosa's contract with team owner Helga Krupp. Helga's an un-P.C. penny-pincher, making her an easy target for just about everyone. Meanwhile, the AMM bowling team is relieved that Arliss, the weak link on the squad, is AWOL.

4x07 You Gotta Love This Game

  • 1999-07-18T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

The NBA lockout allows Arliss the opportunity to focus on the other aspects of sports representation, particularly his female clients. At Rita's urging they take on WNBA player Terry Shaw. Terry is unlike anyone AMM has ever represented, creating a newly found awareness and appreciation of women's sports.

4x08 To Thine Own Self Be True

  • 1999-07-25T04:00:00Z — 23 mins

When The Korean government insists that AMM client, pitcher and native son Ja Ahn Kim serve in the Korean military, Arliss' deal-making expertise is put to the test. Meanwhile, AMM client and hockey enforcer Doug Hager is banned from the NHL and seeks a new career in professional wrestling.

4x09 The Cult of Celebrity

  • 1999-08-01T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Cooter McCoy is world-renowned for playing before huge crowds. But the country singing sensation wants to play baseball, not music, and seeks Arliss' assistance. Meanwhile, Rita and Kirby try to help Stanley find the woman of his dreams.

4x10 D-Day

  • 1999-08-08T04:00:00Z — 22 mins

Rap-master extraordinaire T-Bagg enters the arena of sports agency, and a few AMM clients jump ship. And, with Arliss bedredden with chicken pox, it's up to Kirby and Stanley to make things happen at the NFL Draft.

4x11 The Art of Give and Take

  • 1999-08-15T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Arliss uses money from his foundation to buy off a bad childhood memory.

4x12 Rules of the Game

  • 1999-08-22T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Feeling long in the tooth, Arliss gets a makeover, hoping to turn back the clock. Rita dates rival agent Justin Sturgess and Stanley is asked to join a prestigious country club.

5x01 Creatures of Habit

  • Season Premiere

    2000-06-04T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Arliss buys a rare piece of memorabilia, and sends a client to a hypnotist to help him quit chewing tobacco. When treatment appears to work, Arliss sends Kirby there to quit gambling. Meanwhile, Rita tries to keep an LPGA client from falling off the wagon.

5x02 Making Things Happen

  • 2000-06-11T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

Arliss learns that a good friend and client, who is about to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, is being charged with domestic abuse. Meanwhile, Rita's activist friend sides with the client's wife.

5x03 I Get Involved

  • 2000-06-18T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Arliss has to walk the fence when two clients, both teammates, are dating the same girl. Rita plays Cyrano for one of the clients, and a TV reporter shows up to do a ""Where Are They Now?"" segment on Kirby.

5x04 Comings and Goings

  • 2000-06-25T04:00:00Z — 24 mins

Arliss must help a client bury his mother. Meanwhile, Stanley's having a run of bad luck that threatens his chess game, so he goes looking for a ""slumpbuster."" And Kirby comes face-to-face with his own slumpbuster from 18 years ago, and must face the consequences.

5x05 It's Who You Know

  • 2000-07-09T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Arliss tries to talk the ""pot dealer to the NBA"" out of retiring by offering to get his kid into a fancy private school. Meanwhile, Rita plays a relationship with a physical trainer by ""The Rules.""

5x06 The Value of Honesty

  • 2000-07-16T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Arliss has an affair with a WNBA coach, but his client (also the coach's star player) wants her fired. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of a wild birthday celebration, Kirby and Rita suspect they may have ""done it.""

5x07 The Sum of the Parts

  • 2000-07-23T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

A baseball client needs a kidney, and Arliss tries to convince the player's minor-league brother to donate his. Meanwhile, a soccer client scores a goal for the opposing team, causing him to take refuge at Rita's apartment while Kirby goes into hiding.

5x08 Honoring Our Past

  • 2000-07-30T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

When one of his boxing clients enlists in the Army, Arliss tries to figure out a way to get him out. Meanwhile, Stanley and a native-American tribal chief attempt to get a football team to change its ""offensive"" mascot.

5x09 When Opportunity Knocks

  • 2000-08-06T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Arliss, Rita and Stanley must deal with Kirby's absence when he leaves the agency to join a fledgling football league run by a flashy TV producer.

5x10 Last Call

  • 2000-08-13T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Arliss tries to get a dotcom millionaire team owner to re-sign an aging broadcaster who may be losing his touch. Rita ghostwrites a column for Arliss, and Kirby helps discipline Stanley's unruly dog.

5x11 A Breed Apart

  • 2000-08-20T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Arliss pursues popular mascot Reggie the Rooster, using a fundraiser Stanley has organized for another mascot, who was injured in the line of duty. Rita takes up boxing after a series of obscene phone calls.

5x12 Where There's a Will

  • 2000-08-27T04:00:00Z — 24 mins

Arliss is named executor of a superstar jockey's will, which leaves everything to his wife - but he had two wives. Kirby discovers that his former coach is now homeless.

5x13 You Can Pick Your Friends...

  • 2000-09-03T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Arliss' ne'er-do-well brother Archie uses his name to further a scam. Kirby and Stanley plot their own scam on a stadium concession millionaire. Stanley purposely swallows a ring that turned up in a burger.


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6x01 Setting Precedents

  • Season Premiere

    2001-06-10T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

Arliss deals with the domestic problems of a female tennis superstar. Kirby helps a basketball client graduate from college.

6x02 Fielding Offers

  • 2001-06-17T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

Arliss treks to Canada in an effort to steal a hockey team; Rita uses alternative medicine in her war against age.

6x03 You Are Your Priorities

  • 2001-06-24T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Arliss treks to Canada in an effort to steal a hockey team; Rita uses alternative medicine in her war against age.

6x04 A Question of Character

  • 2001-07-01T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

While Stanley and Kirby consider investing in the rodeo business, Arliss re-kindles an old flame.

6x05 The Price of their Toys

  • 2001-07-08T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Arliss tries to get a husband-and-wife broadcasting team their own show; Kirby deals with a spoiled clients's new ""hobbies.""

6x06 Like No Business I Know

  • 2001-07-15T04:00:00Z — 24 mins

Arliss seeks revenge on a baseball manager who embarrasses him; an actor studies Kirby as research for a movie role.

6x07 Of Cabbages and Kings

  • 2001-07-22T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Kirby reps a mercurial college basketball coach; Arliss is frustrated trying to sell beachfront property.

6x08 As Others See Us

  • 2001-07-29T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

While Rita is visiting her family, Kirby and Stanley prepare Arliss' ""surprise roast.""

6x09 Giving Something Back

  • 2001-08-05T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

A female pro-golf client conceals a dark secret; Kirby gets hold of a piece of rare memorabilia.

6x10 Hard Choices

  • 2001-08-12T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

Arliss faces his first year in the red, while Kirby deals with his model girlfriend.

7x01 The Immortal

  • Season Premiere

    2002-06-16T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

Arliss deals with a revered baseball legend and his namesake daughter. Stanley escorts a boxer to his HBO debut.

7x02 What You See Is What You Get

  • 2002-06-23T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

Rita manages a client's political passion, while Arliss helps a team member find her passion. Stanley's new car gets dinged

7x03 In with the New

  • 2002-06-30T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Arliss works to make an NBA client's dream come true, while Stanley mentors a student project.

7x04 There's No I in Team

  • 2002-07-07T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Arliss hires a protégé, to the dismay of Kirby. Rita is attracted to the chef at Stanley's new restaurant.

7x05 Playing It Safe

  • 2002-07-21T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

Arliss tries to realize his gold record dreams while helping a baseball player through a tough decision.

7x06 Moments to Remember

  • 2002-07-28T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

Kirby dates a female body builder, while Arliss motivates a traumatized NFL client.

7x07 It's All in the Game

  • 2002-08-04T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Arliss and Kirby support an ex-client's political rise while Rita seeks a spokesmodel for a specialty clothing item.

7x08 Standards and Practices

  • 2002-08-11T04:00:00Z — 24 mins

Stanley advises his sought-after football-star nephew on choosing the right college, while Arliss helps a female football reporter negotiate with network executives who see her as too old for the job.

7x09 End Game

  • 2002-08-18T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

Arliss and Stanley try to persuade a reclusive former chess champion to get back into the game, and Rita is wooed by a former lover.

7x10 Profiles in Agenting

  • 2002-09-01T04:00:00Z — 27 mins

Stanley and Kirby try to persuade boxer Roy Jones Jr. to endorse an innovative cooking product, while Arliss is smitten with Rita's sports photographer friend.

7x11 All That Glitters

  • 2002-09-08T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

Stunned by the sudden death of a good friend, Arliss goes off on a road trip of soul searching, leaving Rita, Kirby and Stanley to manage AMM on their own.