Check out this Hollywood Reporter photo gallery celebrating 40 years of HBO programming. Everything from the long-running (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and the zeitgeist-setting (“Sex and the City”) to the less-than-earth-shattering (“Bored to Death”) and recently-acclaimed (“Girls”) is in there.
We’ve included photos from some of the less-expected shows. Above is “Arliss,” the “proto-Jerry McGuire sitcom” starring Rober Wuhl as a sports agent willing to push the envelope for his clients. Check out Sandra Oh, pre-“Grey’s Anatomy.” The show ran from 1996 to 2002.
The first image below is from an early example of HBO original programming, “1st and Ten,” a sitcom following the female owner (Delta Burke) of a pro football team. If you’re wondering if that’s a pre-“Law and Order” Christopher Meloni, you’re right. The show ran from 1984 to 1990.
The second is from “Carnivale,” a Dust Bowl-meets-the supernatural short-lived show, running from 2003 to 2005. (Third from right is “Argo”‘s Clea Duvall.)
The third is from “Dream On” (1990-1996), following singleton book editor Brian Benben’s explicit daydreams about sex.