Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm began as a one hour special portraying a fictionalized version of Larry David's personal life. David, who has written and performed in the comedy genre for several decades is intelligent, yet socially awkward. His personality is unencumbered by pretension and his forthright nature often leads to others finding him tactless. It makes for a genius comedy show. That is exactly what HBO thought and thus, Curb Your Enthusiasm was born.
The comedy of Curb Your Enthusiasm comes from many of the same daily mundane situations as David's former creation, Seinfeld. The difference is in the tone of the show. Curb Your Enthusiasm follows a married David through his daily activities as a semiretired television writer and producer. The show features situational comedy involving David's wife, friends and neighbors. The show explores aging parents, unusual sexual proclivities, illness and difficulties raising children. Where as Seinfeld was about nothing, Curb Your Enthusiasm is about everything. The show's funniest moments are found in the low key comedy about the daily social indignities that we all endure. David is a master at pointing out the absurdity of our lives. His comedy is engaging because it examines our daily dealings with fellow humans in an insightful way but never does the show, or apparently Larry David, ever take itself too seriously.
Because David works in the entertainment industry, the show is overflowing with celebrities playing fictionalized versions of themselves. Michael J. Fox makes an appearance as a neighbor. Parkinson's humor ensues. In the end, it is Larry David himself that makes this show work so well. The show's success is due to David's insightful and frank view of the world.
Curb Your Enthusiasm Full Episode Guide:
Season 8 (40 full episodes, 7 clips available)
Episode 10 - Larry vs. Michael J. Fox
First Aired: September 11, 2011
Episode 9 - Mister Softee
First Aired: September 04, 2011
Episode 8 - Car Periscope
First Aired: August 28, 2011
Episode 7 - The Bi-Sexual
First Aired: August 21, 2011
- Episode 6 - The Hero
- Episode 5 - Vow of Silence
- Episode 4 - The Smiley Face
- Episode 3 - Palestinian Chicken
- Episode 2 - The Safe House
- Episode 1 - The Divorce
Season 7 (40 full episodes)
- Episode 10 - Seinfeld
- Episode 9 - The Table Read
- Episode 8 - Officer Krupke
- Episode 7 - The Black Swan
- Episode 6 - The Bare Midriff
- Episode 5 - Denise Handicapped
- Episode 4 - The Hot Towel
- Episode 3 - The Reunion
- Episode 2 - Vehicular Fellatio
- Episode 1 - Funkhouser's Crazy sister
- Episode 0 - It's Not A Reunion Show but It's the ...
Season 6 (40 full episodes)
Season 5 (40 full episodes)
Season 4 (40 full episodes)
Season 3 (40 full episodes)
Season 2 (40 full episodes)
Season 1 (43 full episodes)
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It's the end of the season for Larry David and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and the show goes out in style with an episode featuring Michael J. Fox. This episode involves swastikas, "pre-gay" children and jokes about Parkinson's disease. Get your "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode recap here.
At lunch, Larry hears the music from a Mr. Softee ice cream truck, which brings back a rush of memories from his childhood. Apparently, he was caught having a game of strip poker with the daughter of the Mr. Softee man, and ran out onto the street with no clothes on. Man can't compete with machine, people.
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" never ceases to amaze. In the latest episode, Larry and crew manage to fit a "Fugitive" parody into a story revolving around racism, ugly wives, car periscopes and cheating trainers. When decisions get difficult, they've even got a bigoted ex-TV judge on hand to help make decisions. Watch the episode recap here.
Ricky Gervais makes a great guest appearance as himself (but really more like Andy Millman from "Extras"), which makes for an interesting dynamic: who's the bigger "prevaricator," Larry or Ricky? The feud between the two begins when they start insulting each others' shows, escalates when Ricky insults Larry's hard bread, gets worse when Larry insults Ricky's performance in his play, and comes to a boil when Larry tries to get Ricky to pay him back for a $300 bottle of wine and the $200 ticket to the play.
Larry is caught in his own chat & cut at Pinkberry to avoid talking to Tessler about Keegan's Club, but gets booted and gets caught in his New York lie. He goes so far with it that he actually has to make plans to go to New York, which will conveniently line up with Jeff and Susie's trip. On the way back from Pinkberry, Vance sees Larry and Jeff with the Pinkberry, but Larry convinces him not to tattle...that is, until Larry puts an angry note on Vance's car about his outside-the-line park job.
Leave it to Larry David to come up with one of the funniest sight gags in recent memory. It all starts when Larry, in shambles after his assistant Antoinette has taken a leave of absence from work to be with her dying father, complains of the lack of organization. A call from Larry to Antoinette's father finds that he's not getting any worse, so he convinces Antoinette to come back for a day. You can see where this is going, can't you?
For seven seasons, we've watched Larry David "say it like it is" and subsequently get in deep trouble for it pretty much every time. But Larry has always had a mission behind his meddling: he sees a problem and he wants to fix it. Now, in the third episode of season eight, we have a term for the misguided magic that Larry does. He's a "social assassin."
Last week's premiere had Larry losing Cheryl, losing the house, and gaining a pack of irate Girl Scouts. But it's a new week, so there's a whole new set of people for Larry to piss off. It all starts with Larry, Jeff and Funkhouser waiting for Richard to show up to lunch, when Funkhouser informs them that Richard is dating a burlesque dancer. This intrigues the boys enough to decide to go see her perform, but not enough to do the "hands in" with Funkhouser.