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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 and was twice as long as every other season of the show) and Season 4, whilst Season 5 is about rebuilding Vince's career after the film bombs.
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    • The "Vince fires Ari" arc in Season 3 - it takes most of the second half of the season to resolve.
    • Eric and 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 always received plenty of flack for its treatment of women, who usually are portrayed as 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 parody of the shallow Hollywood lifestyle.
  • Catharsis Factor: During Season 7, when Eminem punches out a coked out and belligerent Vince after the latter insulted him at his own party. Also doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
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  • Crazy Awesome: Ari Gold and Billy Walsh.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 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.
  • 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 the 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.
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    • 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 DC movie universe 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.
      • Funnier still, Aquaman, as of January 2019 broke all box office records for a DC-based superhero (even The Dark Knight) movie, meaning the show was more prescient than mocking.
    • In season 6, Iris West is Reverse Flash's assistant. Which gets even funnier when one realizes that it isn't really that far removed from what Reverse Flash actually does in the show's first season.
    • Season 4 follows Vincent's attempts to develop his passion project, "Medellin", a biopic of infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar. Strenuous production difficulties for Vince's movie result in a disastrous Cannes premiere, panning by critics, and a direct-to-video release in the United States. In real life, Kevin Connolly would direct and Rhys Coiro would star in John Travolta's passion project, Gotti, a biopic of infamous mafia don John Gotti. Strenuous production difficulties for the real movie would ultimately result in a disastrous Cannes premiere, panning by critics, and a direct-to-video release in the United States.
  • 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In the Season 6 episode "Amongst Friends" (2009), the gang is attending the premiere of Martin Scorsese's new film, Gatsby. Eric and Sloan decide to go there as just friends, while Johnny turns up with his date for the day. The buddies rent a limousine for the occasion and Vince is accompanied by a very beautiful model named Lisa, who's played by Gal Gadot, a few years before she became a bona fide star by playing the DC Extended Universe's Wonder Woman.
  • 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:
    • It's 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 and 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.
  • Values Dissonance: There is absolutely no way Ari's behavior in the workplace would fly in The New '10s due to the increased awareness and harsher penalties for sexual harassment.
  • 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 separate. 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.


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