Larry continues to offend Stiller until he drops out of The Producers and, in the fifth episode ("The 5 Wood"), David Schwimmer steps in. The following episode ("The Car Pool Lane"), in which David attends a Dodgers game--with a prostitute, so he can use the carpool lane--made history when it set an innocent man free. Unused footage from the show, entered into evidence by the defense attorney, confirmed his client's alibi that he couldn't have committed a murder because he was at the game (alas, the Braves still trounced the Dodgers). Other guests include Ted Danson ("The Weatherman"), Russell Means ("Wandering Bear"), and Gina Gershon ("The Survivor") as a Hasidic hottie. In addition, the hour-long season finale ("Opening Night") boasts a bevy of stars, including Davids old colleague Jerry Seinfeld, Nathan Lane (Broadway's original Bialystock), and fellow Tony Award winner Anne Bancroft. As they've done since the early days, Cheryl Hines (Cheryl David), Susie Essman (Susie Greene), and Richard Lewis and Wanda Sykes (as themselves) do what they can to keep one-man demolition derby David in check. --Kathleen C. Fennessy, Amazon.com
The formula is very simple; Larry David, as himself, manages to offend almost everyone he meets which leads to hilarious consequences throughout each show. What truly makes Larry a genuine telvision gem is that, like most protagonists, he is his own worst enemy and is derided simply for his honesty and un-flinching belief in his right to speak his mind.
But however he manages to get there he always seems to do or say the wrong thing. The first three series were great - this one, if it's possible, is even better. In this series there is one common theme of Larry's initiation into Broadway as the star of Mel Brooks' legendary play, The Producers.
Throughout the series we follow Larry as he prepares for his biggest role to date and another common theme as he prepares to cash in on an extraordinary 10th anniversary birthday present (which I won't spoil for you by saying)!
As usual for Curb, there is a whole host of guest stars with David Schwimmer, Ben Stiller, Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft being chief amongst them, in addition to the usual wonderful supporting cast of Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Richard Lewis, Wanda Sykes and the brilliant Susie Essman as the caustic, acid-tongued Susie Green.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is a rare gem of a sitcom which has more in common with The Office and Fawlty Towers than other traditional sitcom fare such as Friends. Larry David, if there's any justice, will go down in sitcom infamy as a character as diverse as either David Brent (The Office) or Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers).
But considering that Larry David is a real, living, breathing human being, that makes the excellent Larry David all the more remarkable...
(P.S. For those who are wondering about extras on the DVD's, I have to be honest and say that I don't think there are many to be found but as I never watch extras anyway, I'm not really fit to comment on them.)
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