Curb Your Enthusiasm
is the brainchild of star-creator Larry David, who cocreated Seinfeld
and was the basis for the easily rattled George Costanza. Like George, David has a tendency to speak too much, blow things out of proportion, and, most often, fail in the end (and often liking it that way). David's new show is also like its predecessor; it's about "nothing" except following the day-to-day ramblings of a sometime writer and comic (this time in LA). Eternal questions stemming from universal daily dilemmas are honed to perfect comedic absurdity. A notable exception is that the show is only scripted by plot; much of the action is improvised. The first season starts with a one-hour mockumentary following David's return to stand-up for the first time in years. The other 10 episodes follow a more traditional sit-com setup.
David plays "himself" (as does his friend, Richard Lewis) although his manager and wife are played by comedians Jeff Garlin and Cheryl Hines. Although this first season is a comedic gem, one can't take more than an episode or two at a time--it's caustic, biting comedy. The episodes are often built like a house of cards, which the irritable David will surely collapse by the end. --Doug Thomas
Every episode from all five seasons of the award-winning US TV series in which Larry David has it all - career, happy marriage, friends, beautiful home - but always finds that in spite of his seemingly perfect existence, his day-to-day life can, and generally does, turn into a sequence of misfortunes. Season one episodes comprise: 'The Pants Tent', 'Ted and Mary', 'Porno Gil', 'The Bracelet', 'Interior Decorator', 'The Wire', 'AAMCO', 'Beloved Aunt', 'Affirmative Action' and 'The Group'. Season two episodes include: 'The Car Salesman', 'Thor', 'Trick Or Treat', 'The Shrimp Incident', 'The Thong', 'The Acupuncturist', 'The Doll', 'Shaq', 'The Baptism' and 'The Massage'. Season three episodes are: 'Chet's Shirt', 'The Benadryl Brownie', 'Club Soda and Salt', 'The Nanny', 'The Terrorist Attack', 'The Special Section', 'The Corpse-Sniffing Dog', 'Crazy-Eyez Killah', 'Mary, Joseph and Larry' and 'The Grand Opening'. Season four episodes comprise: 'Mel's Offer', 'Ben's Birthday Party', 'The Blind Date', 'The Weatherman', 'The 5 Wood', 'The Car Pool Lane', 'The Surrogate', 'Wandering Bear', 'The Survivor' and 'Opening Night'. Season five episodes include: 'The Larry David Sandwich', 'The Bowtie', 'The Christ Nail', 'Kamikaze Bingo', 'Lewis Needs a Kidney', 'The Smoking Jacket', 'The Seder', 'The Ski Lift', 'The Korean Bookie' and 'The End'.