Director(s): Larry David
IMDB Rating: 8.6
Hes got it all a loving wife, good friends, a successful career, a great home..what could possibly go wrong for Larry David? Seinfeld co-creator Larry David stars as himself in this hilarious, off-kilter comedy series that presents an unflinching, self-depreciating depiction of his life.
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Daniel Wishart (10 May 2013)
Seinfeld has long been a firm favourite of mine, and the trailers I sawforCurb Your Enthusiasm weighed heavily on the Larry David / Seinfeldconnection. Whilst the similarities between the two are noticeable tofans,it's fair to say the two shows are also very different.Curb Your Enthusiasm is basically a study of how a seemingly meaninglessinteraction can cause big problems further down the line - the butterflyeffect, I think its called. Larry will do something early on in anepisode,and by the end whatever it is will have caused him serious trouble. A goodexample is the episode entitled "The Bracelet." Larry and his good friendRichard Lewis go for a meal, and Larry only tips one of the two waiters inprotest against the restaurants' policy. Later on they both see a braceletthey want to buy for their respective significant other - but there isonlyone. As the shop is shut, they need to come back the next day. So, thenextmorning Larry gets up early so he can get to the shop first and beat hisfriend to the one and only bracelet. However, he has lost his creditcard -he left it in the restaurant. He goes there to pick it up before headingoutto the jewellers, but the waiter he DIDN'T tip blocks his car in, and thenrefuses to move it. So, Larry is forced to run to the jewellers and ofcourse arrives late, and in a moment of unparalled hilarity fights hisfriend in the doorway of the jewellers.The show is recorded with no real script; the actors know the plot andsimply improvise. This makes for some very funny interactions andarguementsbecause its all so believable. The show won't be to everyone's tastethough,it's very unconventional. Instead of a laugh a minute, Curb YourEnthusiasmrelies on three or four moments of intensely funny interactions (usuallyarguements or insults) built around a normal plotline.The music in the show deserves a mention as well. It sometimes leanstowardsthe kind of auteuristic brilliance of some kind of French art film. Forexample, in an episode with a character called Carmen, Larry finds himselfinvolved in a race - he has to beat an elevator by running up the stairs.The Carmen overture plays throughout, reaching the crescendo as Larryreaches the top of the stairs just as the elevator arrives, and rugbytackles the occupant to the floor.Despite all this praise, I can't help but feel that Larry David has optedfor the lazy option in this program. In interviews he said he didn't wanttogo back to television, but Curb Your Enthusiasm clearly IS television.However, by not writing a script and filming the programme outside of astudio with a handheld camera, it comes across as the kind of programmeanyone with an exceptional degree of talent and a camcorder could make.Nonof the stresses of a studio filmed sitcom like Seinfeld, I imagine. Also,the episodes are very repetative if watched back-to-back. Its very odd,oneepisode leaves you wanting more, but three episodes is more than enough.However, it only takes a few hours before you're ready for more. Thatsaid,if thats what Larry David needs to make such brilliant inspired comedy,I'mall for it.So, in summary: Curb Your Enthusiasm is a totally unique and utterlybrilliant programme. It has the power to make you laugh harder than youthought possible, and at the same time is purely intellectual. Larry Davidknows his audience, and for those of you who fall into that audience thisprogramme is a gem, a one-of-a-kind, comedy machine. For those of you whoaren't in his audience, well thats fine - we don't care. This programme ISfunny, and you won't see anything better for a long time.
trrish (10 May 2013)
This show is mostly improvised, and I think you need to appreciate improv tofully appreciate the show. I've studied improv, loved improv and Iabsolutely adore this show completely.Larry David in this show is the deep dark part of us that we hate to admitwe have, only he's that all the time. It's an excellent portrayal of thehuman condition. If you are looking for obvious, laugh out loud humor, thisisn't for you. It's more like a very fine wine or chocolate that should besavored, sip by sip. There's tons of in-jokes and Hollywood jokes and stuffthat only a relative handful of people might really get, but mostly the funis being poked at what is truly average, everyday, regular life. Itcompletely cracks me up. I really think it is an acquiredtaste!Trish
m_shamoo (29 April 2013)
Whoever wrote the last review of this show apparently has no sense ofhumor, or perhaps just a really bad one. Let me give a moreappropriate/accurate review. Not only is this show brilliant, but theacting makes it complete. Everyone uses their real life first names and most of the show isimprov with basic predetermined guidelines. Larry David has anincredible screen presence, and the rest of the cast is equallyimpressive. If you found Seinfeld even the least bit entertaining Irecommend you check out "Curb Your Enthusiasm." If you like cynicalsatires and Jewish, neurotic old men, this show is for you. If not, gowatch old episodes of "Friends" or something.
bart88 (28 April 2013)
This show is the funniest show on television since Seinfeld. Most likelybecause Larry David is involved. The whole show is pretty much improved.They don't use a script and that's what makes this so incredibly funny.Thehumour is great and it's also fun to hear Seinfeld jokes every now andthen.
mygreatness321 (23 April 2013)
This TV show is superbly funny. It's a very simple idea but sobrilliantly executed. In the main it goes against Larry but they'vemade him so unlikable in the show that you rarely feel sorry for him.Even the smallest incidents can come back to haunt him later in theshow so you have to keep your eyes peeled. This is not something I canwatch with other people therefore. My personal favourite was in anearly episode where he takes one of his wifes friends to the movies,and she mistakes the way his trousers fold around his crotch for anerection. He spends the rest of the show denying it to everybody sayingit's the way his pants 'tent'. It's very well done and I think it's ashame that this show has never really got the backing it deserved onBritish TV, much like Seinfeld it was put on a more obscure channel atmidnight, the fools. Great show.
rutland274 (22 April 2013)
I am writing this because I think that this is the most hilarious andentertaining show on television. Unfortunately, my children do notshare my opinion and I had to search awhile to find someone with thesame enthusiasm for Larry David's humor. I always find, at least onething in each of his episodes to send me laughing for all of the goodreasons, loud and long! This humor is so therapeutic for me and makesmy day. I so 'get' this type of humor and it is wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the episode, when Larry invited the childmolester to his home for a dinner for a religious holiday. This was amix of his neighbors, who were aware of this young man's problem. LarryDavid is a master of underplaying and was superb!Beatrice
Matt Lustig (17 April 2013)
Browsing through the user reviews here on IMDB, I noticed a veryrecognizable trend. For every 3 or 4 rave reviews, proclaiming the show tobe the funniest thing to hit television since Seinfeld, there is alwaysthatone scathing review, denouncing the show and, most predominantly, itsunappealing main character, Larry David.Many reviews, both negative and positive, will draw comparison to theSeinfeld show, and both seem to agree that its humor seems more or lessderived from a similar source. Detractors claim the show lacks theinnocenthumor of Jerry Seinfeld and many of the supporting actors, and loses it'scharm to simply become grating. Supporters claim that it has a sharperedgethan the Seinfeld show, and delving into the more uncomfortable situationsmakes it more entertaining. However, one thing that never seems to comeup,is whether or not the viewer likes or hates what they see, the show doesitsjob perfectly.The intention of CYE is to cause one of two specific reactions within theviewer. The first reaction, one shared by people who dislike the show, isusually one of disgust. The viewer will strongly dislike Larry David,seeinghim as shallow and distasteful. The dialog will seem messy and awkward.Themain reaction is one of confusion, questioning how anyone in their rightmind could enjoy such tripe. The viewer will then stop watching the show,tell his/her friends not to watch it and possibly even post a harsh reviewon an internet movie website.The opposite reaction, one shared by those who like the show, starts assimple association. The viewer will begin to recognize traits that lookfamiliar. Usually these traits will start associated with fictionalcharacters, most commonly those in the Seinfeld show. Soon theseassociations will begin to spread, to people you know, and finally toyourself. Once the viewer has become a true fan of the show, they willhavemade numerous connections between Larry David's personality and their own.At that point, Larry David ceases to be the annoying little jerk that hestarts out as, and suddenly becomes a representation of all the littlethings that can, and frequently do, go wrong during the tasks of everydaylife. From here you will not only grow to empathize with Larry David, youwill actually appreciate him. For all the little mishaps and blunders thatcan seem so frustrating in life, Larry David can come along and twist theminto a huge tangled mess that you couldn't have possibly imagined.The trick of the show is to display those two main reactions, especiallytheones from people who hate Larry. It's no coincidence that Larry isconstantly surrounded by people who hate his guts, it makes for betterentertainment. Sheryl, Jeff, Richard, and (for those watching Season 3)MelBrooks, are Larry's fans. Nearly everyone else is an antagonist. Thesituations and dialog in the show, while fictional, are not made up. Thereis no doubt that Larry David has had plenty of similar situations in hisreal life. So you see, if everyone loved Curb Your Enthusiasm, there wouldbe no show.
howTVshouldbe (17 April 2013)
Network: HBO; Genre: Comedy, Improv; Content Rating: TV-MA (forprofanity, adult situations and suggested sexual content); Available:DVD; Perspective: Classic (Star range: 1 - 5) Season Reviewed: 4+ seasons Writer and comedian Larry David lives his post-"Seinfeld" years inBeverly Hills with his wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines). For Larry, every dayis a constant battle for survival in the face of requisite social moresand unreasonable people. Jeff Greene (Jeff Garlin) is the "fat guy" toDavid's "bald guy" effectively rounding out the classic comedy duo."Curb Your Enthusiasm" is a simple work of brilliance. A show that, atfirst glance, might look like scatter-shot, organized chaos. Shot witha simple single-camera and with all the conversation improvised by thecast, "Curb" is a good old fashioned avant-garde improv comedy. Davidand his crew make it look easy. Few other shows have such successsimply assembling all the characters in a room together and lettingthem scream at each other until the hysteria hits a hilarious boil. Theway raspy-voiced Larry pitches a fit and starts a screaming match oversomething completely insignificant is endlessly amusing to me.As loose as the dialog is, the stories are as tightly wrapped as ascripted British comedy of manners - an American, HBO, R-rated answerto the comedy of manners, that is. It is quite a feat.It is difficult to discuss, "Curb" and not mention "Seinfeld" a bit.Many have tried to duplicate the success of "Seinfeld", but you can'tjust rip-off the surface elements and catch phrases, you have to knowthe universe, language and, most of all, the neurosis. HBO was thesmartest of all to go straight to the source with David. "Curb" is aneurotic buffet. Knowing David's well publicized fear of success,publicity and responsibility I'm surprised HBO got him back to TV - andas the star of his own show no less.But the spirit of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's ground-breakingmega-hit gets reincarnated in "Curb Your Enthusiasm". It may not matchthe quality and epic scope of his first series, but fans of David'strademark joke-free conversational dialog will have a lot to laugh at.It is a cozy universe for "Seinfeld" fans, stripped down and morepersonalized for David. In addition to being a perennial victim ofcircumstance, Larry also seems to lead a strangely sheltered existence:he's never heard of the prom, has never heard an Aamco commercial,doesn't know what a baptism is and finds sex boring. "Curb" veryquickly steps out of the shadow of its predecessor and establishesitself as a cult series and its misanthropic star as an iconic comiccharacter.All of David's "Seinfeld" targets return in all their glory: unrequitedgifts, stress over tipping, selfish bystanders and the awkwardness ofbreaking the unspoken social rules. You certainly can't give a weddinggift more than 12 month after the day. And don't even try to fire ablack cable guy. "Curb" is about a man caught in a web of socialobligations where the tiniest details are trip-wires, which wind aroundto pay off at the end. We sweat out every excruciating turn, wonderingwhen the next shoe will drop on him.On every other show the ancillary characters tend to be quirkycartoons, but David's world view, exhibited on this show, shows peoplefor the thin-skinned, irrational, self-absorbed people that they are.I'm sure a lot of people will write off "Curb" as the warped ranting ofa misanthrope, but the show makes a great case for David's misanthropy."Curb Your Enthusiasm" is the best satire of this human behavior on TVtoday.Originally, I thought the show was awkward, shaky, forced, a messreally and that David - as an actor - was not even close to being readyfor prime-time. The first few seasons are a little forced, situationscan be contrived, and characters act in ways that only someone designedto move the story along would. But with each episode, and each season,"Curb" just gets better and better and better and David, himself,becomes more comfortable in front of the camera.As it goes the gems emerge: a hysterically devastating typographicalerror in "Beloved Aunt", Richard Lewis pathetically complaining aboutLarry stealing his answering machine message ("The Baptism"), Larryhaving a run in with a rap star, ""Krazee Eyez Killa") and thespectacular ending of "The Doll". "Curb" is at its best when dealingwith stuff David couldn't touch on network TV, as in the first seasonfinale "The Group". The show hits its rock-solid stride when it startsthreading a backbone through the seasons. The 3rd season is set amidLarry's attempt, with Ted Danson, to open a celebrity restaurant; the4th season (the most consistent as a whole) surrounds Larry being castas the lead in "The Producers" and attempts to cash in on his wife'sunusual 10th anniversary gift.Speaking of, one of the most refreshing things about the show is therelationship between the Davids, which is basically a role-reversalwhere Cheryl constantly tries to initiate sex and Larry is the onemaking up excuses. The flawless chemistry between the two makes aninitially over-the-top May-December relationship entirely believable.Far from the usual nagging wife, you need only witness "The TerroristAttack" to see how well Hines can stand with David comically.The emergence of similar shows has only made me appreciate "Curb" more.Only Comedy Central's "Reno 911!" comes close. Too often a show willbank that just being improvised is enough to impress us. "Curb" isn'tjust a comic playpen for the actors to amuse themselves, it isgenuinely hilarious. Since this show hit, many have tried to duplicateit, but "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is the modern Mount Everest of theimprov comedy.* * * * / 5
Robert Campbell (17 April 2013)
You know, there's nothing Larry David wants more than to let everybody onthe planet know that he is the mastermind behind Seinfield. So what do weget? Curb Your Enthusiasm, a show that shouldn't exist. If the blatantSeinfeld clone, "It's Like, You Know..." dried up and died a deservingdeath, CYE should have less of a reason to have any longevity even thoughit's from the originator. I'm not quite sure where this exercise is comingfrom, is this supposed to show the life of Larry David outside the show, andthis is where he gets his inspiration? The show is basically Seinfeldrevisited, playing more like a low-key impromptu version... I'm laughingalready. Larry strongly believes in the notion that humor can come frompeople getting into hateful tiffs over the most insipid and minor ofsituations. We're getting that in spades in this show.Larry David, is, let's face it, NOT very telegenic. The way he carrieshimself in this show is VERY evident of that. Jerry Seinfeld, if not beingmuch of an actor, was a lot easier to take in his world-weary views onsociety, and the comedic approaches he took to it. Jerry was much easier forthe average man to get behind. Larry David's "Larry David" has a woe-is-medemeanor that we don't really feel, he's a poor little rich Hollywood moverand shaker, that faces people giving him grief consistently. Honestlythough, this guy usually gets what he deserves. It's really disheartening to see the co-creator of his past cash cow, ridingon the coattails of it all these years later. Between this and his featurefilm effort Sour Grapes, David is proving himself to one-note in hisapproach to comedy. I have to wonder though... I guess he really has noreason to expand. I was just hoping that the creator of THE mega phenomenonsitcom sensation of the past decade, would have the clout to try somethingdifferent this time around.
st-shot (16 April 2013)
Curb Your Enthusiam is Seinfeld uncensored. Free from the restraintsand prohibitions of network television, creator Larry David makes themost of mocking such politically correct untouchables as Blacks, Jews,Asians, lesbians and the handicapped. David's scripts leave no one(especially himself) unscathed. He mocks and ridicules with equalopportunity and it makes for a comic goldmine.Seinfeld co-creator, David plays himself living out the success andpitfalls of celebrity in LA. A thinner and older version of GeorgeCostanza, the obnoxious Larry's irritating personality gets him intoone uncomfortable situation after another. The roster of people heannoys is endless and includes real life celebrity friends (RichardLewis, Ted Danson, Wanda Sykes, Mary Steenburgen) and guest starsplaying themselves (Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer) who fall victim tohis phobias.Each episode is outrageously (in the true sense of the word) hilariousas it both shocks and amuses with its daringly funny takes on suchsober subjects as anti-semitism, terrorism, child abuse, serial murder,racism, pornography and hamsters.Cheryl Hines suffers nobly as his wife while co-producer Jeff Garlinplays his manager with a bemused understanding. Many of their scenestogether have an ad lib freshness and inside humor that you almost feelprivy to. Susie Essman as Jeff's wife proves to be more than Larry'smatch as she shreds him on a regular basis with profanity lacedprecision. Larry also gets as good as he gives with casualacquaintances and strangers acting just as petty and disingenuous as hecan be.David's humor has a fierce bite that some may find distasteful andoffensive. For those who do, safe canned laughter sitcoms reheating andrepackaging decades old scenarios will always be around. Those lookingfor something with spark and audacity will do no better than theprovocative humor of Curb Your Enthusiasm. It's the funniest show onthe plug in drug since, well, Seinfeld.
dogcow (14 April 2013)
Unlike seinfeld this show is not about modern social ettiquite. CYE issimply a brief peek inside the amusingly disturbed mind of Larry David.He is paranoid about everything, viewing every small faux pas as thecatalyst for complete disaster. Each week we watch as Larry tries to getthrough the show with some shred of dignity.
Bunkybunk (13 April 2013)
I started to watch Curb your Enthusiasm after watching the first threeseasons of Seinfeld (great, aged well but not unforgettable) andthere's no doubt : Larry David is a genius. Curb your Enthusiasm is,hands down, the greatest comedy on television in my opinion (with TheOffice).LD's writing is sharp, his humor is clever (and that cannot be said forall the comedy on air currently, even the best of those) and thebrilliant way Larry manages to match every tiny detail is quiteimpressive (all the story lines usually mix up in the end). Most of thetime, LD's making himself look like a misunderstood and reallyunfortunate hero^^. All the predictable comedies should inspirethemselves from Curb, a model of writing, really.Some jokes are employed over and over, after seven outstanding seasonsthe pattern of an episode is well-known, but yet it manages to bealways fun. And some running gag are hilarious at every time (the lookLD expresses when he suspects someone in front of him to be a liar (andthen the suspicious "...ok" after staring at the guy), it's just cult).I cannot decide which season is the best, they're all wonderful, Ican't think of a single episode that bored or annoyed me, actually. Ihope Larry will decide to do an 8th season.
idifoggio (10 April 2013)
In the past decade, television viewers have been forced to sit througha slew of bad attempts at comedy programming. Since the year 2000,however, one show has really solidified its place in the barrage of badsitcoms and contrived comedy: Curb Your Enthusiasm. The genius behindCurb Your Enthusiasm is Larry David, the creator and star of the show.David is no stranger to comedy television, however. Before Curb, Davidwas most well known for co-creating and writing for the phenomenonknown as Seinfeld. While these two shows are similar in some ways, theyare also completely different. The premise of Curb focuses on LarryDavid's life after Seinfeld and the social predicaments he gets himselfinto. While the premise alone seems somewhat plain, there is so muchmore to the show that sets it apart from everything else on television.One of the strongest points of Curb Your Enthusiasm has to be thesubject matter itself. The focus of each episode is usually some sortof awkward predicament that Larry David gets himself into. While thesepredicaments may seem fairly common to most people, David's use ofexaggeration and overreaction is what makes Curb so hilarious. David isa master at recognizing the silly social "rules" that we all have tofollow and expresses his frustration about them in his story lines:"..we do have these ridiculous social conventions that we all have toabide by all the time and they do get on my nerves" (David). A commonexample of this in Curb is Larry David's hatred of "stop and chats,"where he is forced to make pointless small talk with his acquaintances.Realistically, these kind of encounters are something that most peoplehave to deal with at some point. As well as the more complex socialdiscrepancies, David takes time to acknowledge simpler pet peevesincluding a car seat belt jamming, someone taking too many freesamples, and not wanting to shake someone's hand after they hadsneezed. No matter how big or small the idea is, Larry David can turnit into comedy gold and effectively connect to his audience in theprocess.However, not everyone appreciates the genius of Larry David. A commoncomplaint about the show is that David's overreactions are somewhatirritating and seem unrealistic. Well, of course no one would reallyact like Larry David does when placed in these situations, but that iswhat makes the series funny and unique. In an interview, Larry Davidwas asked if his character in the show is anything like himself in reallife. Larry responded, "That's the guy that I wish I was. I love thatguyÂ He behaves the way I want to behave" (David). The whole purpose ofthe show is to recognize how David, or anyone, would like to behave inthese frustrating situations.Another aspect of Curb that sets it apart from other shows is itsunique format. While it is technically considered a sitcom, it reallydoesn't follow the same rules. Unlike a typical sitcom, all the scenesof Curb Your Enthusiasm are filmed on location in Los Angeles with nouse of sets or sound stages. Also, there is no studio audience or laughtrack to provide comic relief; this aspect adds to the awkward humorstyle of the show. Finally, the biggest difference between Curb YourEnthusiasm and other sitcoms is the writing, or lack thereof. The plotline is mapped out by Larry David, and the actors are required toimprovise all of their lines. Curb Your Enthusiasm doesn't need todepend on punch line style writing to be funny, it is all about theactors and the performances. Complete improvisation is very hard topull off, and Curb Your Enthusiasm does it extremely well.However, no matter what Larry David does, people always seem to compareit to his predecessor series Seinfeld. Since both shows come from themind of Larry David, the humor is very similar; the difference betweenthe two shows is the delivery. Seinfeld depends more on a punch line toconvey humor, whereas Curb is more subtle and realistic in itsdelivery. Neither one is necessarily "good" or "bad," it is just amatter of preference. Personally, I prefer the style of Curb YourEnthusiasm over its predecessor Seinfeld. As far as the acting goes inCurb, I believe it feels more organic and personal than sitcom styleacting. Larry David has said that "It's not the way actors act. It'snot. Because it's doing stuff that really anyone can do" (David). Also,the lack of a laugh track is something I appreciate about Curb; youlaugh because it is actually funny, not because there is somethingthere reminding you to.While Larry David had a good run with Seinfeld, he knew it was time tomove on and create something more straightforward. Curb is exactly whatwas needed to break the monotony and begin a new movement in comedytelevision. Larry David took a big chance with this show, bending therules of format and ignoring all the standards. I understand that Curbis not going to appeal to everyone; it is the kind of show you eitherlove or hate. I must admit that I was even hesitant at first to beginwatching the series. After one episode, however, I was completelyhooked. Curb just seems to have this charm that no other show has. Thechemistry of the cast is great, the improvisation is second to none,and of course the ideas of Larry David are comedy gold. As Curb YourEnthusiasm approaches an eighth season, it seems that this series isdefinitely a force to be reckoned with.
Ryan Kelly (09 April 2013)
You have to have a certain sense of humor to like this show, I tink it'sgreat, a great addition to the rest of the wonderful HBO shows, I suggesteveryone should check this out, you can definatly pick up on the seinfeldhumor, and you can tell that David is the template for GeorgeCostanza
S.R. Dipaling (07 April 2013)
I will confess off the top that I've only watched a handful of episodesso far,but I intend to watch more. Creator/writer/producer and star Larry David,not too long after hissuccessful run as the co-creator and(one may argue)the heart and soulof the mega-hit "Seinfeld" gives us this show,which one could say is(asone reviewer said)was an "R-rated Seinfeld". I can't really argue withthat assessment,though I will say that this show changes the characterdynamics somewhat:instead of four single friends in New York and a kindof almost claustrophobic atmosphere of apartments,the diner,officebuildings,etc.,this show is set around(mostly)married,successfulfriends in Los Angeles,with the settings being large homes and outdoorsettings(i.e. Beverly Hills,downtown L.A.,etc.).Still,for all theelements I've just mentioned,the same,petty,potentially REALLY sociallyawkward and devastating situations, a la Jerry Seinfeld's show.Playing himself,Larry's flanked by his wife(on the show played by thewarmly sexy Cheryl Hines),his agent and erstwhile friend(JeffGreene,good foil)and his wife(Susie Essman,foul-mouthed and sharp)and avarious slough of persona's famous(Richard Lewis,Ted Danson,MArySteenburgen to name a few)and not-so-famous.As said before,I haven't seen too many of the shows so far,but I'mimpressed with what I've caught(including the theme and segue waymusic,which works perfectly with the tone and tempo of the show)andplan to both catch the new season coming up AND buy more episodes assoon as possible.
Caprice Marie Edwards (07 April 2013)
having spent most of my life sitting in front of a television, i thinki've seen a lot of good and bad TV. curb your enthusiasm is, to date,the smartest comedy series i've seen. i enjoy it more than seinfeldbecause larry is such a dynamically static character. you always knowhe'll do some sort of bonehead thing but, for some reason, you arealways surprised. i think the format of the show is most impressive to me. there is noscript; only a storyboard for each episode. thusly, the actors areforced to essentially improv characters and dialogue. every time ilaugh at one of the jokes on this show, i laugh even harder when irealize that this is off-the-cuff hilarity. bravo, larry David!
Andrew Siddons (04 April 2013)
I absolutely love the show. As others have said, it is the best 30minuteson Television today. Period. Furthermore, it is is a very VERY smartshow.As veteran viewers can attest to, there is not a single throw away gag inany one episode. Everything, even if It seems seemingly insignificant,canaffect what happens in the show, or reappear to bite Larry in the asslateron, when you least expect it. Most of the things that happen are funnyallby themselves, but in order to get the most out of the show, watch thewholeepisode to see where things will play back in and I guarantee you willenjoythe gags that happen later in the show even more. Take, for example, thefirst episode of this season (2002). It opens with Larry and Jeff walkingdown the street, and Larry happens to throw something out in an opentrashcan. The owner of the can witnesses, and gives Larry sh*t for it.Larry and him exchange words, and the man threatens him a final time astheywalk away. It is a funny scene all by itself. However, you have to watch(for this particular joke) until the very last few seconds of the episodetotruly understand how funny it is, and what it has set up. After watchingafew FULL episodes, you begin to appreciate the brilliance and clevernessofthe writing and joke making.Obviously, Highly Recommended.
tedg (04 April 2013)
This comment is based on watching three episodes from the third season.You will want to color them by knowing that I do not own a TeeVee, amgenerally offput by the cinematic compromises TeeVee makes, and amdiscouraged by what people will accept in TeeVee shows as filler fortheir lives.But I had some positive expectations from this having heard Larry Davidinterviewed by Terry Gross. It sounded like a worthy experiment:Â Lines discovered by the cast at the last momentÂ Significant self-reference in the setup: a comedian playing acomedian's lifeÂ Extreme self-mockingÂ All the primary jokes have at least two layers. For instance if therewas a joke about racial boundaries, it would be accompanied by a jokeabout bald brotherhood.I have to admit that before I watched the show, I admired it. A monthafter the experience, I recall the idea fondly. But actually watchingthe thing... I hated it. It was clumsy, not in a homemade andaccessible human Ernie Kovaks way, but just awkward. It was tooabstract in presentation for the material it was using. The actorsseemed external to their own stories, all of them. You can easilyimagine them snickering in the sidelines but you never have access tothis Â which would have helped. Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You canfind something better to do with this part of your life.
Eight Two (29 March 2013)
The meteoric success of "Seinfeld" left American culture with a sizableawareness of the often bizarre social etiquette and pleasantries that pepperit, and it is undoubtedly because of that show that "Curb Your Enthusiasm"is allowed to exist. Not so much a spinoff as it is a runoff, Larry Davidseperates his show from Jerry's in two ways: taking full advantage of HBO'samenities, he runs each show without a studio audience and formally writtenscript, preferring to improvise around a general plotline. Also, focusingless on merely astute observations on society's absurd codes of behavior andmore on a constant struggle against them, David places himself infull-throttle victim role. Each seemingly minor faux pas at a socialgathering evolves into a life-altering mistake, and it is these Byzantinetragedies on "Seinfeld"-esque topics such as phone call cut-off times andhow long one must wait to have sex after a funeral that make "Curb YourEnthusiasm" an intriguing show. It's not about a group of neurotic pals whoget themselves into hijinks week after week, but rather a self-referencingparody of human behavior that, dare I say, often surpasses "Seinfeld"'sefforts. It's like, you know ... funny.
mk35 (28 March 2013)
my son got hold of two DVD's being 10 episodes of Larry David's CYE. Hepassed them on to me with the comment-- you might enjoy these. Enjoy-indeed I did - Larry is wonderful. My "partner" in business is so muchlike Larry in that he makes me cringe in his attitude to life andpeople- he is pedantic, always right, insufferable but unlike"partner", Larry is funny. What is not funny is that I have to put upwith my partner every day. Playing golf with partner is a mission- heknows all the rules, keeps giving advice and thinks he is better than"Tiger" but just not so lucky.My wife wont watch CYE - I think it's because she might have to laugh.Perhaps if I give The DVD's to "partner" he may recognize himself- butthat's a very long chance.DVD is a wonderful way to watch this series and I will get the othersreal soon. LIfe these days in Africa can be very unpleasant at times -so thanks to Larry we can have a real good and hearty laugh.
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