'Entourage': Why We Keep Coming Back

The boys return after six seasons seasons of partying hard in Hollywood. So why are we still watching?

This Sunday, we head into lucky season 7 of HBO’s Entourage. Writers for the show would inevitably insert a joke about “getting lucky” here, since its core characters tend to revel in that sort of seventh grade locker room humor—the kind that would make most grown-ups roll their eyes. And actually, that’s the masterful trick of this show: We viewers find ourselves liking—even rooting for—the immature, knuckleheaded and often obnoxious guys at the center of it. Why? Partly because HBO has given its writers time to flesh out the characters. No one would ever confuse these Hollywood up and comers with deep thinkers, but they’re thrown into situations that practically defy them not to grow, at least a little.

Take Vince (Adrian Grenier), the handsome, freewheeling, risk-taking epicenter of the group. In this scene from the season’s first episode, he’s on location shooting an action movie with Nick Cassavetes (playing himself, but crazier). At the director’s urging, Vince considers doing his own stunt driving—to the horror of agent Ari (Jeremy Piven) and manager/pal Eric (Kevin Connolly). Vince isn’t much of a think-before-you leap guy, and he usually leaves the anguishing to those two. But the danger of injury looms much larger when you’re a Hollywood hunk vying for a spot on the A-list. And if he’s sidelined by an accident now, it affects others who depend on him.

It’s conundrums like this one that keep me coming back to this show. And, of course, there’s Ari—who arguably still gets the best one-liners on TV. And this season, with him heading up the largest talent agency in LA (and grasping for a piece of the sports agent market), he’ll no doubt have some great reasons to spout his biting repartee.

Creator Doug Ellin and co-producer Mark Wahlberg have announced plans for an Entourage movie. That should be fun, but in the meantime, I’ll take these knuckleheads in the usual, half-hour installments!

Do you think the guys of Entourage are both obnoxious and lovable? Chime in below!

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