I loved this show when it was originally debuted on HBO.
I was sorry when it ended.
I have bought and watched various bootleg versions of the complete series during the period where Shandling and his ex business partners were squabbling about whatever, holding the official release of the show up for a long time.
The first one or two seasons came out and then a few years later a sort of 'best of' compilation, with, I must say, some excellent extras, was offered to the public.
Now, the complete series is available in a boxed set and it's a wonderful thing.
This must be the fourth time I've seen this show in it's entirety, including the first time, week by week for 6 years, and it's just as brilliant today as it always was.
Ricky Gervais says he owes a great deal to the The Larry Sanders Show in developing his brand of comedy and he's right on the money there.
It spawned a whole new hand held camera, documentary style of 'real' comedy.
If you're a television fan and somehow missed this groundbreaking show (although I can hardly see how that's possible), you MUST see it!
If you've watched it before, it holds up to repeated viewing, believe me.
Watch it again!
The extras and deleted scenes in the boxed set are terrific.
Much of it might be repeated from the anthology set I mentioned - I haven't actually gone through and checked - but it adds even more depth to the series to be able to watch them in chronological order as relates to each episode.
You hear it all the time and about some of the worst shows, but The Larry Sanders Show is probably the best comedy ever produced.
Funny people like Gervais, Larry David, David Letterman and Christopher Guest and so many more think so too.