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Life with all its problems and distractions,
This review is from: Curb Your Enthusiasm : Complete HBO Seasons 1 To 5 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
I had never heard of Larry David until someone lent me the DVDs of series 4. In no time at all I was hooked and watched 4 episodes one night and 4 the next.
There is something fascinating in watching Larry David amble through his life, encountering every possible sort of social or relationship problem along the way, and dealing with it totally incompetently, compounding the issue until the viewer is squirming in embarrassment.
The cast of characters is broad - his agent and his wife, friends, colleagues, and business partners - including Ted Danson (who plays himself of course) and Ted Danson's wife. It is this strange mixture of real life and fiction which makes this series unique - Larry is playing his real self (the creator of Seinfield), but at the same time has a mixture of real-life and fictional people around him.
While some of the dialogue may be scripted, much of it is ad-libbed. Strangely, this works, and gives the impression of documentary rather fiction.
Jack Dee uses this format in Lead Baloon and having seen the Dee series before the David series, it became clear very early on where Dee got his inspiration from. Even the wives have a similar approach to life, being gently observational and mocking, rather than continually being angry at the pathetic messes their husbands get into.
I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a dry, slow-moving comedy, laid back in the extreme. It is not for those who prefer more obvious jokes and set-pieces.