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3.0 out of 5 stars Lather, rinse, repeat, 18 Sept. 2006
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This review is from: Curb Your Enthusiasm: Complete HBO Season 5 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Hmm.

Maybe it's because the bar has already been set so high? This season does seem to be more scripted than improvised; as someone has already pointed out, Jeff Greene seems to squeeze out 'that's just a big bowl of wrong' several times like HBO are hoping it'll catch on and shift a few more of their t-shirts. Ditto Susie's reliance on the 'f' word. Many plotlines are introduced with 'oh, that's what I was meant to tell you...'. There used to be a bit more finesse and realism in the interplay than that, surely?

Also, some of the plot threads are Seinfeld re-treads, even early Curb your Enthusiasm re-treads. However at least this show has the balls to tackle race, disability, religion and all the other topics American network executives dare not touch in case it upsets their sponsors.

That said, it's still far more rewarding to the viewer's intelligence than most other comedy shows. Everything just seems to be on autopilot. Let's hope if there's a sixth series, that it will match episode-for-episode brilliance of the fourth. I don't even care if that means they take a Sopranos-style hiatus for a year or three in order to come up with the ideas.

The two extra features are a pleasant addition but perhaps in future they could give us 45 minutes of deleted/extended scenes?
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