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The Series

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: This video posits that the show is an elaborate prank on the actors playing Vince and his crew, cruelly making them play successful actors when their real careers are depressing at best.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • Roughly half of the show follows the development of Vince's passion project, Medellin. It's first introduced in early Season 2, before becoming the direct cause of most of the drama in Season 3 (Which should be noted had an 8 month long gap in the middle & was twice as long as every other season of the show) & Season 4, whilst Season 5 is about rebuilding Vince's career after the film bombs.
    • The "Vince fires Ari" arc in Season 3 - it takes most of the second half of the season to resolve.
    • Eric & Sloan's Will They or Won't They?, which rubs from late Season 2 all the way to the end of Season 8. And then happens again in the movie.
    • Vince's Season 6 "plot" of just standing around waiting for his next film to start shooting.
  • Broken Base: The series has received plenty of flack for its treatment of women, usually some form of sex object, and the number of times women speak to one another in the entire show is 8.5 times. To some this makes the whole show some male fantasy trip, to others it... makes the show a male fantasy trip. It really depends on if you can hold on to the notion that the show is a shallow parody of the Hollywood life style.
  • Crazy Awesome: Ari Gold and Billy Walsh.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Ari and the headmaster share a moment in Season 4 when Ari goes over to the headmaster's house to try to convince the headmaster to let his son into the same private school as his sister, Ari tearfully acknowledges what he did to make the board not want to let his son in, the headmaster then confesses to Ari that he has a 'special' son who works in the mail room at another agency, he then tells Ari that if he gives him a better job at his agency he'll let Ari's son into the school.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Ari quickly became one of the most popular characters in the show, and gained more prominence in the show during the second season.
    • Eccentric and temperamental director Billy Walsh was also quite popular with fans of the show.
  • Epic Fail: Medellin almost killed Vince's career, and looks like it may have killed Billy Walsh's.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Ari's admonitions of pretty much everyone usually involve something sexual.
    Ari: That was a great speech, Lloyd. Yeah, if I was 25 and liked cock, we could be something.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Many people have noted that despite Vince being the "alpha" of the group, he's the least interesting of the main characters. But then you realize that she show is called Entourage for a reason; it's more about Vince's friends than Vince himself.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The show's Real Song Theme Tune is "Superhero" by Jane's Addiction. Vince takes the lead role in a superhero movie, specifically James Cameron's Aquaman.
    • In Season 2 (Airing in 2005) Vince is originally opposed to the idea of playing a superhero, worried that he'd just wind up in a campy film like Batman Forever or Batman & Robin. A few years later, roles in superhero films started to become much more sought after.
    • Ari's remark about NBC when Drama's worried they might cancel his new show, Five Towns.
    Ari: They gave Joey two seasons, NBC don't cancel shit.
    • In the first season finale, Johnny flips out when he spots a crewmember sending a text message during an audition, leading to him pulling a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!. Four years later, Christian Bale got similarly worked up about someone doing stuff in his eyeline while filming Terminator Salvation.
    • Years after the show joked about an Aquaman movie directed by James Cameron, an actual Aquaman movie directed by James Wan began development for the DC Extended Universe. Even funnier is that Aquaman will be made in part with the technology that James Cameron developed for the Avatar sequels, which was made to film underwater.
      • This also means that in the Entourage universe, the DCCU Aquaman would be another film franchise getting a reboot in the 2010s. And when one considers Aquaman's use as an Expy for the Spider-Man film that James Cameron almost directed, it's rather fitting considering that the Spider-Man films have been rebooted twice.
    • In season 6, Iris West is Reverse Flash's assistant. Which gets even funnier when one realises that it isn't really that far removed from what Reverse Flash actually does in the show's first season.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Ari becomes one in "The Beginning Of The End" - When Mrs. Ari tells him that she's started seeing someone else, he looks utterly crushed.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The character of Dom, whom most fans found to be obnoxious and unfunny. He was intended to become a permanent member of the cast but was quickly written out of the show because the fans hated him.
    • Ashley, Eric's crazy stalker girlfriend from Season 6 is widely disliked by fans of the show.
    • In season 7, Vince begins dating real-life porn star Sasha Grey. Many fans loathed her character as well as the entire story arc of Vince's descent into a world of Hookers and Blow.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Its debatable but complaints about the show going downhill surfaced somewhere around season 3.
    • Many fans have agreed that season 7 is the show's low point, criticizing it for losing much of its warmth and humor and becoming a Darker and Edgier drama. As a result of the fans' complaints, Season 8 returned to a tone more in line with the earlier seasons, with a greater focus on humor and heartwarming moments.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Verner Vollstedt may have been trying to get Vince to quit Smokejumpers, but he makes legitimate points about Vince's acting & forces him to step up his game.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Vince getting married in the finale, one episode after getting the girl to agree to go on a date with him. There was no Time Skip. And then The Movie reveals the marriage ended soon after anyway.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: It's called "Entourage" for a reason.
  • The Woobie: Dana Gordon in Season 8. She and Ari rekindle their old romance after Ari and his wife seperate. Dana falls back in love with Ari and wants to have a child with him even though she's nearly 40 years old. But in the end Ari realizes that he's still in love with his wife and breaks off his relationship with Dana, leaving her heartbroken.

The Film

  • Critical Dissonance: The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, but fans of the show and casual moviegoers loved it. Case in point, the critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 32% approval rating, while audiences gave it an 84%.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The biggest complaint about the film was that it was essentially a 105 minute long episode of the show with the characters going through their usual plot lines.