"It's not TV. It's HBO."
The adage rang true for years, as HBO has been on the front of some of television's riskiest, groundbreaking movies and series. The Sopranos. Six Feet Under. Deadwood. Sex in the City? Sure, fine, Sex in the City.
And even HBO's comedies are not exactly something ordinary. From The Larry Sanders Show to Curb Your Enthusiasm to Da Ali G Show.
And then there's Arli$$.
Arli$$ (yes, that's the spelling) was the brainchild of Jewish comedian Robert Wuhl (you also might remember him from Batman and Bull Durham). It told the story of a douchebaggy (is there any other kind?) sports agent, who week after week treated some star client and learned some (douchebaggy) lesson in the process.
It wasn't risky, it wasn't groundbreaking. And for a supposed comedy, it wasn't even remotely funny.
Yet somehow, it lasted seven seasons.
Nope, in this case, it was definitely TV...