Entourage (U.S. TV series)

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Created byDoug Ellin
Opening theme"Superhero"
by Jane's Addiction
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes96 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time21–35 minutes
Production company(s)Leverage Management
Closest to the Hole Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
HBO Enterprises
Original networkHBO
Picture format480i (SDTV)
HDTV 1080i
Original releaseJuly 18, 2004 (2004-07-18) – September 11, 2011 (2011-09-11)
Followed byEntourage (film)
Related showsWebsite

Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004 and concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons. The series was created and largely written by Doug Ellin and chronicles the acting career of Vincent Chase, a young A-list movie star, and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City, as they attempt to further their nascent careers in Los Angeles.

Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson served as the show's executive producers, and its premise is loosely based on Wahlberg's experiences as an up-and-coming film star.[1][2] The series deals with themes of male friendship and real-life situations in modern-day Hollywood. The show is known for its array of famous guests, having featured several actors, athletes, and other celebrities in guest star and cameo roles, often playing fictionalized versions of themselves.


According to Mark Wahlberg, Entourage was initially conceived when his assistant asked if he could film Wahlberg and his friends, calling them "hilarious."[3] Other reports credit Eric Weinstein, a long-time friend of Wahlberg, with the idea of filming the actor's group of friends.[4][5] However, according to Donnie Carroll, who was the inspiration for the Turtle character, the idea for a show involving an actor and his friends had come from him.[6] It had originated as a book idea, centered on Carroll's own life and his experiences with Wahlberg, titled From the 'Hood to Hollywood, A Soldier's Story.[6]

To be more satirical of the Hollywood lifestyle, a fictional approach was chosen rather than a straight documentary in order to keep the content light, and avoid directly depicting Wahlberg's violent past.[4] Vincent Chase was envisioned to be more similar to Wahlberg, but it was decided that some of his and his friends' activities (particularly some elements of their criminal past) would not work well on television.[3] A lighter approach was subsequently decided upon.[3]

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