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Larry David is a successful TV producer. Rich, with a beautiful wife and co creator of hit TV series Seinfeld. You would think he has it all but Larry is constantly screwing up the simplest situations both personal and professional. He allows a film crew to follow him wherever he goes. This is a completely fictional version of Larry David and his friends and family. Larry comes across as a kind of American swearier version of Victor Meldrew from British sitcom One Foot In The Grave moaning and complaining about very small and petty things that most people would just ignore. Like classic 90's American comedy Seinfeld it is basically a show about nothing with no plot and no life lessons and Larry constantly screws up and never learns from his mistakes and backed by his long suffering wife Cheryl, and manager Jeff who constantly try to apologise and cover for him. Very funny once it gets past the pilot episode anyway and is now ranked as one of the greatest comedies of all time though if you are a bit prudish especially about bad language then maybe this show isn't for you. Watch for a stream of celebrity appearances, mostly playing fictional versions of themselves.
Larry David has a tendency to speak too much, blow things out of proportion, and, most often, fail in the end (and often liking it that way). David's new show is also like its predecessor: it's about "nothing" except following the day-to-day ramblings of a sometime writer and comic (this time in L.A.). Eternal questions stemming from universal daily dilemmas are honed to perfect comedic absurdity. A notable exception is the show is only scripted by plot; much of the action is improvised. The first season starts with a one-hour mockumentary following David's return to stand-up for the first time in years; the other 10 episodes follow a more traditional sit-com setup.
Well, Larry David, creator of the over-rated SEINFELD, plays himself in a Los Angeles version of Seinfeld with bad language and strange situations. Partners in crime include Larry's agent and best friend, Jeff Greene, and comedian-friend Richard Lewis. Other celeb's, such as Ted Danson, make an appearance. With every episode, Larry runs afoul of almost everyone he encounters, not to mention his wife, Cheryl, and Jeff's shrewish wife, Susie. In Season 1 included are many classic moments, among the best might be the disastrous "porn dinner party," where Larry is forced to do an embarrassing "double goodbye." None of the shows, however, are weak.
Having watched CYE recently, and when factoring in Larry's seven seasons on Seinfeld, I now subscribe to the Tao of Larry. What is it, you ask? Perhaps it's that people are functionally insane; that no good deed goes unpunished (or bad deed for that matter); and that we are creatures of passion and habit, not our environment. Some might find Larry the world's most obnoxious man. Others (and I'm one) might find him the funniest. If there is a "Seinfeld Curse" it certainly does not apply to Larry. While at times too confrontational, Larry is more often than not, I think, right. Some people wonder, "What Would Jesus Do?" I often wonder, "What Would Larry David do?" Spread the word.
Understandably, people have made comparisons of CYE and Seinfeld, which Larry David had a major hand in. However, in my opinion it's much better than Seinfeld. Fans of The Office will easily take to CYE, (and will be able to see where Ricky Gervais stole some of his ideas from!).
It's not a show for minors due to some of the language as well as some of the situations and themes, which are not particularly suitable for kids. However I think that this is one of the rare occasions where adult themes and strong language work well in a TV show and somewhat surprisingly, demonstrates how frequent swearing can be made to be very funny indeed!
Larry David's life, as presented in this HBO series, is one long excruciating faux pas. The plot twists in this first season sometimes come across as a bit too forced and coincidental, an aspect that was greatly improved upon in the second season, but the most important question is: Are the laughs there? They certainly are. The criticism of some reviewers that a little Larry David goes a long way is well taken--your enjoyment of this series will depend on how you feel about him. I think he's funny. The episodes guest-starring Richard Lewis are doubly funny. They should make greater use of him as a foil for Larry. They have great chemistry with natural, unforced repartee.
Larry David has taken comedy to a new level with Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you like the cringe-making humour in Extras, you'll love this, and in fact you'll spot many elements that have clearly inspired Extras. There are very few one-liners here (much of the dialogue is improvised) but the genius is in the excrutiatingly ridiculous situations that LD ends up in - for example he is asked by his wife to place an obituary in the local newspaper, but when it is published the 'A' of 'Aunt' gets replaced with the third letter of the alphabet so that 'Beloved Aunt' does not appear quite as it should. But for me the emphasis on plot rather than one-liners really works, and when I now see a sitcom where every line and nuance of the script has been has been carefully orchestrated, it just seems so artifical and old-fashioned - even Seinfeld, which LD co-wrote. This set is a bargain price and you also get the pilot episode. You can't go wrong!
...you'll probably love this. It stars and is written by Larry David, the guy behind Seinfeld. The concept essentially is that this is Larry's life, with Larry's real friends and family, and we follow him around as he basically gets himself into awkward situations and somehow contrives to make them even more awkward. What makes the show so great is the way it is played, very deadpan by David and the rest of the cast. There's a lot of improvisation and it's an extremely intelligent show. This box set also features an hour long documentary that was filmed as David prepared for a return to stand up comedy. It was this documentary that spawned the idea for Curb Your Enthusiasm, and it's the best thing in the box set...meaning that it is exceptional.