Arli$$: Season 1 (1996)



Critic Consensus: Robert Wuhl knocks it out of the park in Arli$$, a bitingly hilarious -- if unnecessarily vulgar -- skewer of sports culture.


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Air date: Aug 10, 1996
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Critic Reviews for Arli$$ Season 1

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The new sitcom jabs the sports world with refreshing wit after so much syrupy Olympic coverage, and it slugs with insightful satire. Professional sports deserves the pounding.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

If sitcoms were judged like gymnastics, "Sanders" star Garry Shandling would grab the gold medal with a perfect score of 10 and Wuhl would be a cinch for the silver at 9.9.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Slam dunk! Home run! And score! Sports superlatives are a necessary evil in praising Arli$$.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Without the bad language, "Arli$$" would be an unqualified success in terms of quality.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

We can always count on a major-league effort from the key player, Robert Wuhl, who somehow makes us root for his character, the smoke-blowing, ego-stroking sports agent Arliss Michaels

Jun 4, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The show marginally succeeds as a lampoon of the sporting world's dominant new mentality -- which is to say, venality.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Playing the conniving sports agent Arliss Howard, and tucking real sports figures into his shows, Wuhl has connected with a target as ripe for lancing as Shandling's Hollywood.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

A behind-the-scenes look at an aspect of popular culture? Appearances by real celebrities? A haphazard central character? HBO? This sounds familiar.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

It's still, on balance, more entertaining than not for providing the mercenary backdrop to the doings tracked in the sports pages.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

It tops out at mildly funny and is infrequently even that, suffering from clashing tones and from too much Wuhl.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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