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40 Years of HBO Programming -- Do You Remember '1st and Ten'? 'Dream On'? 'Arliss'?

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 26, 2012 at 2:32PM

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.
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"Arliss"
"Arliss"

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.

"1st and Ten"
"1st and Ten"
"Carnivale"
"Carnivale"
"Dream On"
"Dream On"

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.