Arliss (stylized as Arli$$) is a cult TV show that aired on HBO. It lasted from August 1996 to September 2002, for a total of 80 episodes. It is perhaps best known for managing to air for seven seasons despite mediocre ratings and reviews due to a small but apparently loyal following.
The show follows the adventures of sports agent Arliss Michael, played by Robert Wuhl. Also in the regular cast are Sandra Oh as his personal assistant Rita Wu, Michael Boatman as his financial advisor Stanley Babson, and Jim Turner as retired football star turned associate agent Kirby Carlisle.
The show also features a great many appearances by real-life athletes and other sports figures playing themselves.
This show provides examples of:
- Lucky Charms Title: The show's name was sometimes stylized as "Arli$$".
- Real Song Theme Tune: Varies between "I Only Want to Be with You" by Dusty Springfield and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops.
- Special Guest: Arliss had big-name clients, as befitting a sports agent.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: The title character really is a scumbag.