Curb Your Enthusiasm - C or D?

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Its not Seinfeld, but its damn close. Hilarious show, Classic all the way.

Chris, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

yah larry davis is fucking great. this show rules. better than seinfeld even.

chaki, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

there were a couple of golden episodes last season. the ones i saw last night had a few flashes of brilliance, but he ruins his best jokes by explaining them, instead of letting you share in his miserable moments of realization

bc, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

"The car is a fucking masterpiece"

Chris, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

the stuff with his wife is some of the subtlest most painful material on television.

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

one year passes...

don weiner, Saturday, 10 January 2004 18:15 (twenty years ago) link

"The prostitutes don't seem to mind it"

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Saturday, 10 January 2004 18:33 (twenty years ago) link

I'm hungry for more of this ('Curb' not Tang)

pete s, Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:17 (twenty years ago) link

We're still waiting to get the third season here in Toronto. I heard the writing started to slide a bit though. T/F?

may pang (maypang), Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:21 (twenty years ago) link

Well i've only seen the 5 episodes they screened on BBC2 i'm hoping they'll relent and show it all

pete s, Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:23 (twenty years ago) link

it actually is not scripted, all improvised from a story outline.

saza bob, Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:26 (twenty years ago) link

Ok, so I heard that the basic outlines started to slide a bit.

may pang (maypang), Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:27 (twenty years ago) link

this season's premise (that his wife is allowing him to sleep with another woman as a 10th anniversary present) is completely absurd, and the opener wasn't as funny as it should have been. But the next episode looked better.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:35 (twenty years ago) link

yeah that 10th anniversary episode was nonsense...the whole doctors examining room phone thing hurt my head. hope it gets better...

so yes so far the basic outlines have slipped may pang.

saza bob, Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:39 (twenty years ago) link

It's in its fourth season now, right?

may pang (maypang), Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:41 (twenty years ago) link

I didn't know there was even a second season.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Saturday, 10 January 2004 20:18 (twenty years ago) link

this is is the fourth season, yes.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Sunday, 11 January 2004 08:11 (twenty years ago) link

The "wife letting him sleep with someone else" premise is a little silly, but not as silly as it sounds on paper. The deal is, when they decided to get married, she said, "What, are you nervous about never sleeping with anyone else? Tell you what. You marry me, and you can sleep with someone else as a 10th anniversary present." So he mentions it as a joke, but it's pushed into reality by the fact that she says she doesn't think he can do it, anyway. So now it's a challenge.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Sunday, 11 January 2004 08:16 (twenty years ago) link

And besides, you have to put the completely absurd aside. All of the plots are incredibly contrived, just as they were on Seinfeld. It's kind of Larry David's calling card.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Sunday, 11 January 2004 08:18 (twenty years ago) link

The best bits are the little moments between him and his wife. His wife is sitting up in bed and Larry comes out of the bathroom:

"I think I found the perfect pair of socks. They're not quite white, because you don't want white..."

She shoots him a look of pointed boredom.

"Is this boring to you? Because if someone said to me they'd found the perfect socks, I'd say, 'Really? Where'd you get them? WHat are they like?'"

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Sunday, 11 January 2004 08:23 (twenty years ago) link

Watched this for the first time today, hilarious. Why why why are all the best shows only on cable?

dleone (dleone), Sunday, 18 January 2004 00:24 (twenty years ago) link

This is pretty much the only good show right now

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 18 January 2004 05:48 (twenty years ago) link

haha Kenan's description just totally made me want to see this show.

ryan (ryan), Sunday, 18 January 2004 06:09 (twenty years ago) link

(the wife deserves like a Thalberg or something)

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 18 January 2004 06:17 (twenty years ago) link

we need a thread about people who pop into our minds when we are doing that one thing.

Other wives popping in = classic

don weiner, Monday, 19 January 2004 04:05 (twenty years ago) link

A brilliant stroke is having Ben Stiller play himself as a sort of flip side to Larry David - both characters are jerks, but Ben knows what the rules are (the "no gifts" thing, being polite about the bedazzled sports sweatshirts, etc.). The second episode of this season had me cringing the entire does Larry have *any* friends?

Favorite moments:
Larry commenting inappropriately on Mary in the Nativity scene.
Cheri Oteri singing the Looney Tunes song and mentioning that her suitcase doesn't have wheels.
The restaurant swear-fest. (this was a lot funnier than it probably should have been)
Larry's confused look, watching club soda and salt being applied to his wife's blouse.

Ernest P. (ernestp), Monday, 19 January 2004 04:40 (twenty years ago) link

from this week's (well last week's now i guess) new yorker

maura (maura), Monday, 19 January 2004 05:05 (twenty years ago) link

Very good show.

Star Hustler, Monday, 19 January 2004 05:33 (twenty years ago) link

Great article, maura.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 19 January 2004 06:14 (twenty years ago) link

i too enjoyed the article

Jaunty Alan (Alan), Monday, 19 January 2004 15:06 (twenty years ago) link

The first season just came out on DVD - we watched them all yesterday and the day before. I was falling over laughing - now of course I wish the rest of it was on DVD, but no, I guess we have to wait a year for the 2nd season... We don't have the premium cable channels, so we do this with Sopranos and Six Feet Under as well - a feast for a few days, and then a whole year to wait for more (and avoid spoilers if we can).

Layna Andersen (Layna Andersen), Tuesday, 20 January 2004 00:15 (twenty years ago) link

wow! i didn't know larry david really had a movie called "prognosis negative" or worked as a bra salesman - two choice seinfeld show moments.

mike a, Tuesday, 20 January 2004 04:02 (twenty years ago) link

two weeks pass...
the doll the doll the doll

see ar (see ar), Thursday, 5 February 2004 03:46 (twenty years ago) link

Taking a woman in a burqa to Canter's was unbelievable.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 5 February 2004 04:22 (twenty years ago) link


Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 5 February 2004 04:22 (twenty years ago) link

"the dog bit my PENIS!!!!!"

Chris V (Chris V), Thursday, 5 February 2004 12:12 (twenty years ago) link

The Doll is awesome.

Nick H (Nick H), Thursday, 5 February 2004 16:36 (twenty years ago) link

Of course it's brilliant. Comedy is redeemed as a high art.

Kerry (dymaxia), Thursday, 5 February 2004 17:26 (twenty years ago) link

Oh, and the scene this week where they pretend to be WASP-like to get into the country club - with just a few key gestures. I was laughing my ass off.

Kerry (dymaxia), Thursday, 5 February 2004 17:30 (twenty years ago) link

Man oh man. I just rented the first season on DVD (well, only half, actually, cuz the video store only rents it one disc at a time) -- hifuckinlarious.

jaymc (jaymc), Saturday, 7 February 2004 21:40 (twenty years ago) link

"The prostitutes don't seem to mind it"!

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Saturday, 7 February 2004 21:53 (twenty years ago) link

two weeks pass...
The whole "bi-racial" doll thing was fantastic.

This show is way better than Seinfeld.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 25 February 2004 19:01 (nineteen years ago) link

First series DVD is now on my list of "Official Reccomendations for Everyone on Earth"

Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Wednesday, 25 February 2004 19:32 (nineteen years ago) link

"We don't say 'mulatto' anymore."

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Wednesday, 25 February 2004 19:34 (nineteen years ago) link

"If you want a blowjob at a reasonable rate, she's your girl!"

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Wednesday, 25 February 2004 19:35 (nineteen years ago) link

I have all three series on DVD and I think series 3 is the best, although I'm only halfway through watching it. "Club Soda & Salt" is fantastic.

Nick H (Nick H), Wednesday, 25 February 2004 20:25 (nineteen years ago) link

I've never identified with any film/tv/literary character more than I do with Larry David. My whole life is now totally WWLDD?

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Saturday, 6 March 2004 19:47 (nineteen years ago) link

"he's a survivor"

Chris 'The Velvet Bingo' V (Chris V), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 13:50 (nineteen years ago) link

I pulled an LD last night at a bar, and was so proud of myself. This smelly guy at the bar tried to shake my hand, and I shook his arm instead.

Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 16:51 (nineteen years ago) link

god that last episode was so fucking good

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 9 March 2004 17:30 (nineteen years ago) link

i wouldn't go that far but I'd certainly keep watching

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 25 January 2022 05:58 (two years ago) link

it's more Seinfeld S9 than Simpsons S9 - still funny if increasingly ridiculous and repetitive

the thing with Curb is that it focuses around one guy and a specific sort of plot. the fact that there are 110 consistently funny episodes of it is pretty insane on its own. yes there are bits that don't work, perhaps more and more as the show goes on, but I'll still watch it

really amused by the fact that Leon still lives with Larry for no real reason other than "he's a funny character". I think that attitude is what makes the show work.

frogbs, Tuesday, 25 January 2022 17:25 (two years ago) link

Also looks like Cheryls got a bit of a Conway situation going

My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive. The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.

— Cheryl Hines (@CherylHines) January 25, 2022

frogbs, Tuesday, 25 January 2022 17:32 (two years ago) link

Ullman should come back every season playing a different character

dark end of the st. maud (sic), Tuesday, 25 January 2022 17:43 (two years ago) link

maybe she could take over as rfk jr's wife

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 25 January 2022 21:20 (two years ago) link

I'm catching up on season 11 and this show is still so fucken funny

west elm girls (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 January 2022 21:27 (two years ago) link

really amused by the fact that Leon still lives with Larry for no real reason other than "he's a funny character". I think that attitude is what makes the show work.

― frogbs, Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:25 PM (four hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

I mean, I think its pretty obviously that Larry and Leon are just super good friends at this point. They scheme and plot in the same way and have the same "my way is the only way" attitude. When they get in convos in the kitchen they have a rapport that seems even more eye-to-eye than w/ Larry/Jeff

west elm girls (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 25 January 2022 21:29 (two years ago) link

sure, but Larry seems like the kind of guy who wouldn't want to live with anybody. I'm more just amused by the fact that the dude has been a central character for 5 seasons now and it's never even mentioned why he's living with Larry in the first place

frogbs, Tuesday, 25 January 2022 21:41 (two years ago) link

sure, but Larry seems like the kind of guy who wouldn't want to live with anybody.


honestly enjoyed this season. I think there was a peak to this show, and that it was probably the first 5 seasons or so. I would maybe also rate the seasons after the break between 2011 and 2017 as being a little worse than what came before. but I still think this is one of the better comedy shows on tv, and this season was decent. I'll watch however many more seasons of it that Larry decides to make

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 25 January 2022 22:00 (two years ago) link

I like the later seasons. The Seinfeld reunion stuff was great and by the end some of the most meta shit I've ever seen on TV. The Fatwa season was ridiculous but very funny. The last 2 seasons are maybe a bit of a step down but still great. How can you not like the Mocha Joe stuff?

IMO the Maria Sofia plot was the best part of this season, it's kind of a shame that wasn't really resolved. Seeing part of a pilot episode of Young Larry with this obviously terrible actress would've been really funny. I do think it's cool how so many Curb seasons end like a bad dream - everything falling apart at one moment, with no real way out for Larry. So they don't even attempt it and just move on to the next one.

frogbs, Tuesday, 25 January 2022 22:20 (two years ago) link

It's Donald Duck plotting.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 25 January 2022 22:43 (two years ago) link

Was the Tracey Ullman character based on Judy Sheindlin? Maybe to some extent?

Josefa, Wednesday, 26 January 2022 00:41 (two years ago) link

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If you like this show and you'd like to see it have a good showing in the poll (running in February) all you need to do is submit a ballot including it and your other favorites (3 minimum, 25 maximum, ranked by your favorite to least favorite) to forksclovetofu at gmail. It'll take five minutes; get to it!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 20:57 (two years ago) link

walking into the la monte young exhibit ‘dream house’ in nyc and the only other person in there was Larry David

— Jeffrey Silverstein (@futuremyth) January 26, 2022

circa1916, Wednesday, 26 January 2022 22:27 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Larry David's now a crypto-shill

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Monday, 14 February 2022 14:52 (two years ago) link

Hard to imagine him sitting down and researching it before accepting an offer to do a commercial. Not that I have any fucking clue how any of it works and what is bad and good and what the future holds etc.

Evan, Monday, 14 February 2022 14:59 (two years ago) link

Funny commercial too. I was bummed when it turned out to be crypto.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 February 2022 15:05 (two years ago) link

crypto companies think they're as revolutionary as the wheel or the light bulb

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Monday, 14 February 2022 15:14 (two years ago) link

He definitely didn’t get paid in crypto.

Chris L, Monday, 14 February 2022 15:43 (two years ago) link

"You did a crypto add Larry?"
"Yeah, what? It's a superbowl commercial!"
"You don't own any crypto Larry."
"So? So? I might buy some."
"You're going to buy crypto Larry? You?"
"Maybe I will. Maybe I'll make my own crypto."
"Yeah what're you gonna call it, shitcoin?"
"Yeah! Yeah!"

— AJG (@JimmyG100) February 14, 2022

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:00 (two years ago) link

Larry David's a crypto shill, Cheryl Hines an anti-vaxx apologist, Jeff Garlin is a workplace hazard...

Gotta say the next season of Curb is looking pretty, pretty good.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:07 (two years ago) link

Imagine watching an early episode of CYE and a man from the future telling you that the cast member who would basically turn out to be an OK guy in real life is Richard Lewis

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 14 February 2022 16:28 (two years ago) link

Leon's doing ads for a sportsbook, which is also gambling but at least is way more fun than watching some graph move up and down

frogbs, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:36 (two years ago) link

Again, does anyone really expect Larry to be reading Twitter threads or listening to tech podcasts about crypto and why he shouldn't be accepting 5 oil drums full of cash to star in a commercial for some company?

Phone rings, Larry picks up: "Hello? Yeah, OK, yeah, uh-huh.. crypto? Uh yeah not really. Uh huh ...bitcoin sure. Not a clue. Computer money, got it, fantastic. Look anyway, I've got to get go- oh? How many oil drums of cash you say?"

Evan, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:54 (two years ago) link

I saw a Patton Oswalt betting ad the other day too. Zero respect for anybody who shills for gambling. Encouraging people to fuck their lives? You don't have to make money that way, daddy-o.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 14 February 2022 16:57 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

I have been watching both Curb and episodes of The Flintstones and have noticed a similarity in their use of the oboe instrument

Ste, Thursday, 27 April 2023 19:39 (nine months ago) link

nine months pass...

It’s back and we all get to spend time with our favourite man Leon again

H.P, Thursday, 8 February 2024 13:46 (one week ago) link

I agree that the panties one was great.

― bear say hi to me (ENBB), Monday, November 16, 2009 6:32 AM (fourteen years ago) bookmarkflaglink

I don't remember what the panties one was.

Been thinking that I need to rewatch this start to finish. It's been so long. I didn't realize Leon still lived with Larry lol.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Thursday, 8 February 2024 14:03 (one week ago) link

I so badly want this series to stick the landing but Irma and Maria Sofia are almost a non-starter for me. Easily the worst characters of the series. Only prime Leon and Richard Lewis can save it.

avoid boring people, Friday, 9 February 2024 19:52 (one week ago) link

ooh didn't realize it started already. I liked both those characters btw

didn't Larry recently say something involving the Seinfeld finale was going to happen soon? wonder if he's referring to something that's gonna happen in this series

frogbs, Friday, 9 February 2024 19:58 (one week ago) link

this reminded me of Curb lol

brimstead, Friday, 9 February 2024 20:38 (one week ago) link

Deep down, I thought this first episode back was bad telivision. But deeper down I don't care about that because it's Curb and it's bloody great! Leon's back, Larry's back, they can make the worst television in the world in this offensively formulaic way, and I will still gulp it down every week and say thank you very much sir afterwards

AI's next step is being able to create Curb episodes from scratch. The formula is so there for it.

H.P, Saturday, 10 February 2024 00:52 (one week ago) link

it was okay. I dont mind Irma or Maria Sofia, imo the issue with this was the storyline with the wealthy South African guy which feels like a slight variation of a plotline they've done 7 or 8 times now

frogbs, Sunday, 11 February 2024 17:51 (one week ago) link

the return of this show did remind me of what is probably my favorite Seinfeld moment though

there's an episode where Jerry and Elaine are outside and they spot Frank Costanza, who is talking with a mysterious man in a cape, played by Larry David. George spends most of the episode trying to figure out who this man is. it turns out to be his lawyer. at the end of the episode there's a woman who Kramer may have impregnated who is considering throwing herself off a bridge. Larry David shows up to save her. she looks at him and says "Who are you?" and he just replies, "I'm Frank Costanza's lawyer"

frogbs, Monday, 12 February 2024 15:08 (one week ago) link


a hyperlink to the past (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 12 February 2024 15:19 (one week ago) link

First episode was way too rushed or overstuffed? Pacing was way off to me, the Larry vs. maid part felt forced... idk! It felt more like a cartoon based on Curb than the show itself.

Evan, Monday, 12 February 2024 17:31 (one week ago) link

yeah, it felt overstuffed to me. the car phone scene I didn't like. what was the point of it? if it was established that siri was messing up and calling people, then it ties into the end.

the lunch tray scene too - he takes the tray. ok, that's it?

i liked the show, but the show used to be tighter

francisF, Monday, 12 February 2024 17:38 (one week ago) link

they were usually better about weaving all those moments together more naturally, yeah exactly

Evan, Monday, 12 February 2024 18:01 (one week ago) link

The combo of ridiculing fat shaming and emotional support animals on planes feels...more like Adam Carolla circa 2014. Still, first episode's fun as usual, esp. the glasses.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 04:27 (one week ago) link

First episode was way too rushed or overstuffed?

Given how Curb episodes work, I expected Leon's cake-slice stealing to be what gets Larry kicked out of the party somehow. For this show, weird to have just a comic loose end that doesn't have consequences.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 19:27 (one week ago) link

yeah I was wondering about that too it's almost like an entire plotline got cut out except for one scene. they don't really ever dangle loose plot threads out like that do they? that was Seinfeld's thing too, every little side bit would always come back

frogbs, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 19:29 (one week ago) link

Second ep brought the ruckus but please, Larry, keep the core: Leon, Susie, Jeff, Richard, Funkhauser, Cheryl, Ted and Mary, various aggrieved service workers.
The Westwood Edgelord is ready for his close up.

avoid boring people, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 03:35 (one week ago) link

The guy who played Funkhauser died in 2019 unfortunately

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 09:11 (one week ago) link

feel like the long break between seasons is kinda hurting it, I mean It's Always Sunny did a Giuliani hair dye joke two seasons ago, and the water bottle thing Larry got arrested for was so wrapped up in the insanity of the 2020 election that I think most people forgot about it. anyway this episode was better than the first even if pretty much everything in it rehashes something from the show's past. it's still funny but I'm glad this is the last season. at this point I'm convinced Larry is gonna try to end this exactly the same way Seinfeld did.

frogbs, Thursday, 15 February 2024 15:38 (six days ago) link

This series definitely feels like a compilation of Curb’s greatest hits…oddly reminiscent of an Elton John or Stones farewell tour…crowd pleasing not exactly groundbreaking

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Friday, 16 February 2024 01:16 (five days ago) link

The lawn jockey bit goes all the way back to the cigar store Indian in Seinfeld.

nickn, Friday, 16 February 2024 02:01 (five days ago) link

not to mention the Judy doll episode where he has to replace something very specific

I will say the Mocha Joe lookalike made me laugh a lot

frogbs, Friday, 16 February 2024 22:21 (five days ago) link


completely suited to the horny decadence (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 17 February 2024 00:14 (four days ago) link

Okay Richard Lewis is back, all is well again

H.P, Tuesday, 20 February 2024 12:38 (yesterday) link

these two episodes were much better than the first, less cluttered.

H.P, Tuesday, 20 February 2024 12:39 (yesterday) link

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