Entourage

Common Sense Media says

Inside look at Hollywood isn't for kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While there's a strong sense of friendship and loyalty among the guys, there's also a lot of entitlement and cockiness within their dynamic. Women are more objects than full characters. Some might find a critique of Hollywood amid the plots.

Positive role models

An agent cajoles, swears, and lies to get a deal; an up-and-coming Hollywood star's always on the make; young guys prove lecherous, drunk on the drug that is Hollywood.

Violence

Mostly verbal sparring, with occasional fist fights.

Sex

Young, single, on-the-prowl guys are on the loose in Hollywood, along with their female counterparts. A girlfriend skinny dips in front of all of the characters, there are one-night stands galore, a character cheats on his girlfriend out of spite, characters make lewd comments about women.

Language

One word: Explosive. Nearly every curse word under the sun gets full use.

Consumerism

More materialism than outright commericalism/product placement. Characters go shopping on Rodeo Drive and attend parties that are dripping in swag. Name the hot new product and it's most likely name-dropped here.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Smoking and drinking seem as common as breathing. Characters smoke weed in every episode.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a no-holds-barred look at showbiz life (read: sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll -- or, rather, early calls at the set). Part drama, part comedy, the show doesn't pull any punches. It gleefully dissects the underbelly of fame and fortune, not to mention the pursuit of all that jazz.

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What's the story?

Take Ocean's Eleven, move it from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and infuse it with a dose of East Coast grit and chutzpah and what you have is ENTOURAGE, HBO's fascinating series about four childhood friends touched by fame in glitzy Los Angeles. Vince (Adrian Grenier) is a former New Yorker who makes it big in the movies, or is on the cusp of doing so. When the cameras aren't rolling, he shares the spotlight with his friends from back home: his best friend/manager, Eric (Kevin Connolly); his always-striving sidekick, Turtle (Jerry Ferrara); and his still-hopeful, has-been-actor brother, Drama (Kevin Dillon). Together, the foursome manages to stick together and stay loyal in a town filled with sycophants and ambitious wannabes, aided in part by Vince's protective agent, the trash-talking, super-intense Ari (Jeremy Piven). Though they loathe Ari, they can't help but love him, too, not because he's one of them, but because he's one of the few people they can count on to be nothing but himself. What they see is what they get, for better or worse.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Not since Sex and the City has an ensemble friendship been dissected with such brutal honesty. In fact, much like that other landmark HBO show -- though the background here is the high-octane world of Hollywood rather than the skyscrapers of Manhattan -- what drives the storylines are the relationships among the show's lead characters, which deepen with every episode. When Eric decides to stop being Vince's lackey and jostles for a permanent role as his manager, for example, power dynamics shift. When Drama tries to get a job on his brother's projects, family roles switch. And when the leech-like Turtle decides to get responsible, all hell breaks loose.

Though the language is crass, the "hipster factor" over-emphasized (cue the alterna-soundtrack), and the ripped-from-the-tabloids scenarios sometimes a little over the top (for example, Vince hops from one girlfriend's bed to another without even showering), Entourage is pure viewing pleasure, made even more so by the easy rapport among the actors. Just remember to keep the kids away.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their perceptions of what Hollywood is all about and whether they think they're accurate. Is life under the klieg lights as glamorous as it may seem? Or is it just smoke and mirrors and special effects? In many ways, is it just like any other workplace? And how does a superstar "keep it real" in a place built on fakery? Is it possible to stay grounded? How?

TV details

Cast:Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon
Networks:HBO, Syndicated
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byssteyer August 4, 2009
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16
QUALITY
 

One of my favorite shows! Great acting, hilarious characters, and a fun way to see real places in Los Angeles Very graphic and often crude humor but is still awesome!

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bycantthinkofone August 17, 2009
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15
QUALITY
 

Good show for older teens, but awkward to watch with parents...

First of all, this is a really good show. It has good story lines,good acting, and it's pretty funny. Personally, it's a better show for someone around my age to be watching, rather than one of those disney channel shows that should only really appeal to 7 year olds. Sure it's a mature show, but will a year and a half when the law says it's okay to watch really make a difference? If you're kid is still watching shows on disney and nickeldeon, then this probably isnt for them, but if not, then this show is good for teens.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byoctober1985 July 17, 2009
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14
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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