Entourage Season One

Friends – they come in all shapes and sizes, but what’s important is that they’re there for you, no matter what. That’s what HBO’s Entourage is all about.

Based on the real life experiences of Mark Wahlberg (also the executive producer of the show), Entourage follows the story of young actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) on his rise to stardom in Hollywood. Chase has just broken it big: his new movie Head On is a box-office smash hit, he’s the talk of the town. Most importantly, he’s having fun with his entourage of friends by his side.

Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillon) is Vincent’s older brother and cook. Drama was once a famous TV star and therefore has to share his experiences — whether good or bad — constantly with the group. Though some would consider him to be a joke, Vince keeps Drama at his side simply because they’re family.

Eric “E” Murphy (Kevin Connolly) is the conscience of the group and also Vince’s manager. He and Vince grew up together Vince knows that Eric can always pull him back if he’s gone too far.

Finally, there is Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) — also Vince’s childhood friend. And though he has a good heart, he constantly takes advantage of his friendship with Vince; whether it’s a free entrance to a privileged club or a sponsorship deal from a mobile phone company.

The cast is supported by Jeremy Piven, Debi Mazar and a host of celebrity guest stars. Entourage is definitely a series to watch. — Mehboob Siddiqi

(This review originally appeared in the July 23rd, 2006 edition of DAWN Images)