List of Arliss episodes

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Arliss is a cable television series that aired on HBO.[1]

Series overview[edit]

A best of DVD titled The Best of Arli$$: The Art of the Sports Super Agent consisting of 13 episodes was released in 2003. Those are all the episodes that have been released.[2]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Network
1 11 August 10, 1996 (1996-08-10) October 16, 1996 (1996-10-16) HBO
2 10 June 17, 1997 (1997-06-17) August 19, 1997 (1997-08-19)
3 13 June 7, 1998 (1998-06-07) August 30, 1998 (1998-08-30)
4 12 June 6, 1999 (1999-06-06) August 22, 1999 (1999-08-22)
5 13 June 4, 2000 (2000-06-04) September 3, 2000 (2000-09-03)
6 10 June 10, 2001 (2001-06-10) August 12, 2001 (2001-08-12)
7 11 June 16, 2002 (2002-06-16) September 8, 2002 (2002-09-08)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1996)[edit]

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1 1 "A Man of Our Times" Andy Wolk Robert Wuhl August 10, 1996 (1996-08-10) Pilot
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. Guests: Bob Costas, Jerry Jones, Elizabeth Manley, Ann Meyers-Drysdale, Shaquille O'Neal, Jim Palmer, Danny Tartabull
2 2 "Negotiating: It's Never Personal" Nick Marck Robert Wuhl August 14, 1996 (1996-08-14) 101
When 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. Guests: Brent Barry, John Franco, Hannah Storm
3 3 "Athletes Are Role Models" Tucker Gates Kevin Falls August 21, 1996 (1996-08-21) 102
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. Guests: Al Michaels, Warren Moon
4 4 "How to Turn a Minus Into a Plus" Nick Marck Robert Wuhl August 28, 1996 (1996-08-28) 103
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. Guests: Al Bernstein, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jim Lampley, Chris Myers
5 5 "What About the Fans?" Mary Kay Place Joan Ackermann September 4, 1996 (1996-09-04) 104
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 Mexico City. Guests: Kobe Bryant, Jim Hill, Nick Kypreos, Stella Stevens
6 6 "The Company You Keep" Mary Kay Place Joan Ackermann September 11, 1996 (1996-09-11) 105
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. Guests: Barry Bonds, Alex Karras
7 7 "Colors of the Rainbow" Rodman Flender Jon Hayman September 18, 1996 (1996-09-18) 106
A reporter overhears Arliss talking about the South Street Jaboos, 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. Guests: Ricky Bottalico, Will Clark, Roy Firestone, Mike Lieberthal, Dennis Miller, Nate Newton, Conan O'Brien, Charley Steiner, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson
8 8 "Crossing the Line" Robert Wuhl Joan Ackermann September 25, 1996 (1996-09-25) 107
Why would Arliss even consider representing Anya Slovachek (Shannon Elizabeth), 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. Guests: Tracy Austin, Joe Carter, Bud Collins, John McEnroe, Alonzo Mourning, Stella Sampras, Dweezil Zappa
9 9 "Timing Is Everything" Jace Alexander Kevin Falls October 2, 1996 (1996-10-02) 108
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. Guests: Cecil Fielder, Liz Masakayan, Les Moonves
10 10 "The Client's Best Interest" Mike Tollin Roger Director October 9, 1996 (1996-10-09) 109
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. Guests: Jim Fregosi, Peter Gammons, Steve Garvey, Pete Incaviglia, Gregg Jeffries, Beverly Johnson, Barry Larkin, Tommy Lasorda, Leo Mazzone, Joe Pantoliano, Mayor Edward G. Rendell, Robert Shapiro, Gary Sheffield, Jonathan Silverman, Brandon Tartikoff
11 11 "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" Peter Baldwin Andy Munsey October 16, 1996 (1996-10-16) 110
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. Guests: Ken Howard, Phil Rizzuto, Dick Stockton

Season 2 (1997)[edit]

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12 1 "A Full-Service Agency" Eugene Corr Kevin Falls June 17, 1997 (1997-06-17) 201
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 and convinces Arliss he must uncover the truth. Guests: Michael Andretti, Desmond Howard, Tim McCarver, Bruce Smith
13 2 "The Value of Loyalty" Rodman Flender Joan Ackermann June 24, 1997 (1997-06-24) 202
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. Guests: Carmen Policy, Bill Walsh
14 3 "Arliss Michaels, American" John Payson Norman Chad July 1, 1997 (1997-07-01) 203
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. Guests: James Carville, Jack Howell, Jim Leyritz, Katarina Witt
15 4 "The World at Your Feet" Peter Baldwin Andy Munsey July 8, 1997 (1997-07-08) 204
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. Guests: Tom Lasorda
16 5 "Salary Cap This!" John Payson Scott Kaufer July 15, 1997 (1997-07-15) 205
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. Guests: Bob Arum, David Falk, Ernie Johnson, Jr., Floyd Mayweather, Jerry West
17 6 "Kirby Carlisle, Trouble-Shooter" Rodman Flender Kevin Falls July 22, 1997 (1997-07-22) 206
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. Guests: Norm Crosby, Gary McCord, Jim Nantz, Dwayne Schintzius
18 7 "The Real Thing" Tim Marx Barry Gold July 29, 1997 (1997-07-29) 207
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 is for Manville to hit his 500th dinger--and for Arliss to get the ball. Guests: Hank Aaron, Roger Clemens, Cortez Kennedy, Larry King, Jon Miller, Frank Robinson, Ozzie Smith
19 8 "Visionary for a New Millennium" Ellen S. Pressman Joan Ackermann August 5, 1997 (1997-08-05) 208
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. Guests: Alexi Lalas, Jim Lampley, Orlando Pace
20 9 "How to Be a Good Listener" John Fortenberry Scott Kaufer August 12, 1997 (1997-08-12) 209
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." Guests: Chris Berman, Donald Fehr, Brett Farve, Lisa Leslie, Ted Turner
21 10 "The Truth and Responsibility" Peter Baldwin Kevin Falls August 19, 1997 (1997-08-19) 210
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. Guests: Barry Bonds, Ken Caminiti, Jim Harbaugh, David Justice, Eric Karros, Jeanette "Black Widow" Lee, Pete Rose

Season 3 (1998)[edit]

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22 1 "The Family Trust" Robert Wuhl Bruce Kirschbaum June 7, 1998 (1998-06-07) 301
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. Guests: Cammi Granato, Willie McGinest, Don Ohlmeyer
23 2 "My Job Is to Get Jobs" John Fortenberry Kevin Falls & Matt McGuiness June 14, 1998 (1998-06-14) 302
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. Guests: Oscar De La Hoya, Bob Kraft, Al Michaels, Ken Norton Jr., Craig Sager
24 3 "Whatever It Takes" Michael Grossman Robert Wuhl & Allan Stephan (story)
Barry Gold (teleplay)
June 21, 1998 (1998-06-21) 303
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. Guests: Jerome Bettis, Michael Irvin, Jimmy Johnson, Tim McDonald, Jim Rome, Dave Winfield
25 4 "Fans First" Melanie Mayron Eddie Feldmann June 28, 1998 (1998-06-28) 304
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. Guests: Oksana Baiul, Terrell Davis, Ryan Leaf, Dorsey Levens, Dan Patrick, Leigh Steinberg
26 5 "Where Do Clients Come From?" Tim Marx Joan Ackermann July 5, 1998 (1998-07-05) 305
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. Guests: Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty, Matt Williams, Charles Woodson
27 6 "The Legacy" Linda Rockstroh Kevin Falls July 12, 1998 (1998-07-12) 306
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. Guests: Barry Switzer, Joe Theismann
28 7 "What Arliss Hath Joined Together" Ellen Pressman Joan Ackermann July 19, 1998 (1998-07-19) 307
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. Guests: Kenny Anderson, Jerry Colangelo, Mia Hamm, John Randle
29 8 "The Working Man's Friend" Perry Lang Barry Gold July 26, 1998 (1998-07-26) 308
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. Guests: Gilbert Brown, Jerry Colangelo, Ivan Rodriguez, Picabo Street, Jerry Tarkanian
30 9 "Stanley Babson... Win, Place or Show" Steve Confer August 2, 1998 (1998-08-02) 309
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. Guests: Bob Baffert, Jim Colbert, Tippi Hedren, Curt Shilling, Eric Young
31 10 "Behind Every Great Client..." Melanie Mayron Jim McCoulf August 9, 1998 (1998-08-09) 310
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. Guests: Cobi Jones, Rick Majerus
32 11 "The American Game" Michael Grossman Kevin Falls August 16, 1998 (1998-08-16) 311
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. Guests: Bobby Bonilla, Jack Buck, Tony LaRussa, Mitch Richmond, Andre Rison, Drew Rosenhaus
33 12 "What Would I Do Without Wu?" Perry Lang Joan Ackermann August 23, 1998 (1998-08-23) 312
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. Guests: Jim Edmonds, Dominik Hasek, Katarina Witt
34 13 "His Name Is Arliss Michaels" Steve Confer Barry Gold August 30, 1998 (1998-08-30) 313
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. Guests: Johnnie Cochran, Giussepe Franco, Magic Johnson, Armen Keteyian, Gary Payton, Andre Rison, Ron Shelton, Ozzie Smith, Van Earl Wright

Season 4 (1999)[edit]

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35 1 "Cause and Effect" Robert Wuhl Robert Wuhl & Allan Stephan June 6, 1999 (1999-06-06) 401
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. Guests: Roger Clemens, Tonya Harding, Cheryl Miller, Keith Olbermann, George Steinbrenner
36 2 "Taking One for the Team" Andy Wolk Kevin Falls June 13, 1999 (1999-06-13) 402
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. Guests: Bob Costas, Tim Couch, Steve DeBerg, Chris Meyers, George Steinbrenner
37 3 "Our Past, Our Present, Our Future" Melanie Mayron Joan Ackermann June 20, 1999 (1999-06-20) 403
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." Guests: Charles Barkley, Billie Jean King
38 4 "People Are Assets Too" Michael Grossman Barry Gold June 27, 1999 (1999-06-27) 404
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. Guests: Jerry Buss, Dyan Cannon, Chick Hearn, Stu Lantz, Kurt Rambis
39 5 "The Stories You Don't Hear About" John Murray Norman Chad July 4, 1999 (1999-07-04) 405
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. Guests: Jamal Anderson, Bob Arum, Al Bernstein, Oscar De La Hoya, Prince Naseem Hamed, Jim Hill, Don King, Jim Lampley
40 6 "The Changing of the Guard" Rina Allon Rick Reilly & Richard Brenne July 11, 1999 (1999-07-11) 406
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. Guests: George Brett, Eric Karros, Willie Roaf, Pete Sampras
41 7 "You Gotta Love This Game" Timothy Marx Matt McGuinness July 18, 1999 (1999-07-18) 407
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. Guests: Chamique Holdsclaw, Gabrielle Reece, Glenn Rice, John Starks
42 8 "To Thine Own Self Be True" Michael Grossman Josh Goldstein July 25, 1999 (1999-07-25) 408
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. Guests: Eric Bischoff, Davey Johnson, Randy Savage, Lex Luger, Rick Steiner, Mike Tenay, Tony Schiavonne
43 9 "The Cult of Celebrity" Linda Rockstroh Christina Weir & Nunzio DeFilippis August 1, 1999 (1999-08-01) 409
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. Guests: Bob Costas, Ken Griffey, Jr., Travis Tritt, Jesse Ventura, Scott Erickson, Darius Rucker
44 10 "D-Day" Bob Berlinger Kevin Falls & Barry Gold August 8, 1998 (1998-08-08) 410
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. Guests: Chris Berman, Mike Holmgren, Jerry Jones, Mel Kiper, Jr., John Madden, Carmen Policy, Randy Moss, Stuart Scott
45 11 "The Art of Give and Take" Steve Confer Allan Stephan & Matt McGuinness August 15, 1999 (1999-08-15) 411
Arliss uses money from his foundation to buy off a bad childhood memory. Guests: Marcus Allen, Juwan Howard
46 12 "Rules of the Game" Michael Grossman Joan Ackermann & Kevin Falls August 22, 1999 (1999-08-22) 412
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. Guests: Tony Hawk, Lincoln Kennedy, Wally Szczerbiak

Season 5[edit]

1.Making Things Happen

2.Creatures of Habit

3.I Get Involved

4.Comings and Goings

5.It's Who You Know

6.The Value of Honesty

7.The Sum of the Parts

8.Honoring Our Past

9.The Fire Within

10.Last Call

11.You Can Pick Your Friends...

12.Where There's a Will...

13.When Opportunity Knocks

Season 6[edit]

1.Setting Precedents

2.You Are Your Priorities

3.Fielding Offers

4.Question of Character

5.The Price of Their Toys

6.Like No Business I Know

7.Of Cabbages and Kings

8.As Others See Us

9.Giving Something Back

10.Hard Choices

Season 7[edit]

1.The Immortal

2.What You See Is What You Get

3.In with the New

4.There's No I in Team

5.Playing It Safe

6.Moments to Remember

7.It's All in the Game

8.Standards and Practices

9.End Game

10.Profiles in Agenting

11.All That Glitters (Series Finale)

References[edit]