The reason HBO's hit show Entourage is so popular among the masses is not due to its celebration of fame and status. To the contrary, it is the shows relatability that has everyone clamoring every Sunday night during the summer to catch a fresh new episode. Every male group of friends is its own "entourage" in a way. The characters of the show are specific enough to have most wonder "Hey, Johnny Drama reminds me of..." because there's one of him in every circle of male friends.
Just like what Sex And The City did for women, Entourage is a male inspired show that identifies what men like to do. Of course the quarter of a million dollar cars and models lead character Vince dates are enough to make everyone want to tune in yet every group of male friends follows the same formula that HBO has so simply made into a hit.
Every male group of friends is built around the structure that if one of the group members ever "makes it", he will be the one to rely on. So there are many "Vincent Chase's" in this world but not all are successful actors. They can be doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers, athletes, agents, promoters, truck drivers, and the list goes on.
The American Dream that was to become successful, get married, and provide for your family has been remixed in this day and age because marriage and settling down isn't a priority to most males in their 20's. More women are working now and more men are enjoying their lives because a man's 20's is a time when a man can enjoy doing whatever he wants with the money he's earning. That is also where his friends would come in, being that most males stay strong friends with childhood buddies throughout their lives. So eventually the childhood friend is going to be the "leader of the pack", the go-to man for advice, favors, etc. Things that today's twenty-something male wouldn't feel comfortable trusting a female with, especially one he has just met as opposed to a lifelong bond created on the playground.
As the final season of Entourage nears us, the show is as popular as ever and will continue to gain fans as a film is in the works. The fact that most American males can relate to Entourage is enough to make it a phenomenon. There are many good shows on television, but the perfect comparison to Entourage is that "The Sopranos" was even more popular than Entourage has ever been when it went off the air, but correct the author of this article if he's wrong, most Americans cannot relate to a mob boss based out of New Jersey, it was just captivating television.
Most American males can and do relate to the show and also relate to the character their personality most closely resembles. If thats not enough to be on top of the world or at least enough to be on top of your own entourage, then what's the point?
Are you a fan of Entourage? Have you ever drawn comparisons between yourself, your friends, and the characters on the show?