Watch The Larry Sanders Show

The Larry Sanders Show was a situational comedy that ran for six seasons from 1992- 1998 with a total of 89 episodes. It was created by Garry Shandling who also starred as the titular character. This show was unique in many ways that is one of the first "behind the scenes" style series. It was also one of HBO's first big hits. The show was regularly nominated and won awards from academies such as the Emmy Awards, the Golden Globes the BAFTAs, and the Directors Guild of America just to name a few.

The series premise revolved around the cast and crew of the so-called "Larry Sander Show," a light night style comedy talk show. It often featured cameos of actors playing themselves as dramatic alter egos. It is continually on top TV lists as a beloved comedy from the early 1990's.

One unique aspect of the show is direct audience acknowledgement. Actors would break the fourth wall and actually talk to viewers which is uncommon in a series of this type.

HBO
7 Seasons, 96 Episodes - Canceled
August 1, 1992
Comedy
8.6/10
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The Larry Sanders Show Full Episode Guide

  • While meeting with Arthur and publicist Norman Litkey on the eve of his final show, Larry learns that some high profile guests have either canceled or refused to appear. Meanwhile, as Hank prepares his farewell to Larry, the staff tries to keep their volatile emotions in check.Clint Black's heartfelt farewell song helps bring Larry's talk show career to a close. Finding Larry and Arthur sharing a moment together after the show, Hank angrily complains about having his tribute interrupted and for being the butt of Larry's jokes all these years. However, after nearly coming to blows before storming off, Hank returns for a tearful apology as he, Larry and Arthur make up before leaving the set for the final time.

  • With Larry going on vacation, his regular guest host Jon Stewart is set to do the show. As part of their plan to groom him to take Larry's job, Melanie and Kenny do their best to make Jon feel welcome. But after learning he's booked the rap group Wu Tang Clan, they worry about alienating the audience and ask Arthur to intervene. Meanwhile, as Hank looks for a way to persuade Jon to keep him on the show, Larry gets a visit from his brother, Stan.

  • When Larry is poisoned by some bad frozen yogurt, Arthur presses Paula to find a guest host for the show. But when the list of regulars fails to produce a candidate, Arthur is forced to call on Hank to step in for Larry. After enlisting Shadoe Stevens to be his announcer and sidekick, Hank gets cold feet and tries backing out. But without anyone else to fill in, Arthur insists that he overcome his fears and do the show.

  • While preparing for a show with guest Carol Burnett, Larry is told that spider expert Steve Kutcher will also be appearing with some of his spiders. Asked to participate in a Tarantula Arm Race, Larry's fear of spiders causes him to worry but, when Arthur insists it will get huge laughs from his audience, he tentatively agrees to join in. Meanwhile, after having comedian Jon Lovitz and his date over for dinner, Larry tells Jeannie of his concerns about doing a show with spiders, while she points out that he would do anything for a laugh.

  • Larry tapes his last show.

  • Larry worries that his dating actress Gina Gershon might ruin his longtime friendship with Jeff Goldblum; Mary Lou nervously agrees to book Wendy as a comic on the show.

  • Hank worries that his jealous criticism drove Larry's longtime cue card man to commit suicide.

  • Larry and the staff try to identify the guest who got Beverly pregnant; Hank moves in with a Wisconsin family for a week.

  • With Larry going on vacation, his regular guest host Jon Stewart is set to do the show. As part of their plan to groom him to take Larry's job, Melanie and Kenny do their best to make Jon feel welcome. But after learning he's booked the rap group Wu Tang Clan, they worry about alienating the audience and ask Arthur to intervene. Meanwhile, as Hank looks for a way to persuade Jon to keep him on the show, Larry gets a visit from his brother, Stan.

  • When Phil gets a chance to write his own series for the network, he doesn't hesitate to quit the Larry Sanders Show. And though Phil claims his doctor insisted he take some time off for health reasons, both Arthur and Larry know he's lying. Meanwhile, when Larry buys Arthur an expensive pen, Hank wonders what Larry is going to get him.

  • With Larry's show coming to an end, everyone on the staff looks to the future.

  • Following the high ratings garnered by guest host Jon Stewart, a pair of network executives approach Larry with ideas aimed at boosting his own flagging popularity. And as Larry prepares for guest Winona Rider, Arthur does his best to convince him that the network is serious about making some changes. Meanwhile, Hank sends Brian to find the person who has the vanity license plate reading "Hey Now."

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