Ari Gold, Entourage
Played By: Jeremy Piven
The scenery chewing from Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold will forever be excellent. Though Piven is by far the biggest personality on the show, his performance was always anchored in what matters.
For the other major characters on Entourage, the goals are superficial: get more things and get more women to treat like things. Ari has a far more nuanced understanding of power. The successes of Vince and company often seems accidental, which isn't much fun to watch in the end. Ari's triumphs are carefully calculated and pulled off with panache. His successes and failures have weight, stakes, and meaning.