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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

chaki, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"The car is a fucking masterpiece"

Chris, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 15 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Tang

don weiner, Saturday, 10 January 2004 18:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"The prostitutes don't seem to mind it"

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

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

pete s, Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

saza bob, Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

may pang (maypang), Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's in its fourth season now, right?

may pang (maypang), Saturday, 10 January 2004 19:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

this is is the fourth season, yes.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Sunday, 11 January 2004 08:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is pretty much the only good show right now

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 18 January 2004 05:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

ryan (ryan), Sunday, 18 January 2004 06:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(the wife deserves like a Thalberg or something)

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 18 January 2004 06:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 time...how 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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

maura (maura), Monday, 19 January 2004 05:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Very good show.

Star Hustler, Monday, 19 January 2004 05:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Great article, maura.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 19 January 2004 06:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i too enjoyed the article

Jaunty Alan (Alan), Monday, 19 January 2004 15:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

see ar (see ar), Thursday, 5 February 2004 03:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 5 February 2004 04:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

So CLASSIC.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 5 February 2004 04:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Chris V (Chris V), Thursday, 5 February 2004 12:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Doll is awesome.

Nick H (Nick H), Thursday, 5 February 2004 16:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Kerry (dymaxia), Thursday, 5 February 2004 17:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Wednesday, 25 February 2004 19:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Wednesday, 25 February 2004 19:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"he's a survivor"

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

god that last episode was so fucking good

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

yeah and jeff's face while eating a cookie in the elevator

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This season feels like all of David's friends are growing increasingly weary of him, with the exception of Jeff. It's been pretty cringe at times

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 30 October 2017 03:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this season is dark and bitter compared to previous ones

Treeship, Monday, 30 October 2017 03:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I wouldn’t say dark but, yeah, for the first time Elvid seems alone, left behind by his friends who seem to have settled their various neuroses.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 30 October 2017 08:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This was the first episode to have lots of non-Leon LOLs. "Patient-Doctor Confidentiality" was A+.

Spencer Chow, Monday, 30 October 2017 16:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Don't tread on me, mutha fuckas!"

nickn, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 05:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

CURB BACK

flopson, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 05:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this season is dark and bitter compared to previous ones

― Treeship, Sunday, October 29, 2017 11:46 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i actually disagree with this; i think he looks like he's visibly having a blast a lot of the time, and my favourite moments are throwaway bits of conversation, just him bullshitting and kvetching with jeff

flopson, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 05:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

classic episode. top ten

Spottie, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 06:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This season feels like all of David's friends are growing increasingly weary of him, with the exception of Jeff

No matter how tired of Larry they get, it will never be tired enough:

Richard Lewis - The neediest man alive
Leon - Gets to live in an awesome house for free
Funkhauser - Thinks Larry is his best friend and will forgive him anything
Ted Danson - Gets to be the high status male

Matt DC, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I would be fine with this whole show being LD, Leon, and Jeff's wife bitching at both of them

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Jeff's character is gross and not enjoyable given the weinstein stuff. and Garlin was always so awkward with and about women on his podcast.

Otm, this has more or less put my partner off of watching this season.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Larry was so cruel to the security guard. I don’t feel this is true to the spirit of the original series. He was selfish and casually mean but the conflicts were mostly due to misunderstandings

Treeship, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

nah i think you're just misremembering earlier seasons, like how is that different from stop-and-chat? (and it was supposed to be harsh; you could see how guilty Larry felt when he actually had to do it!)

i kind of like how un-selfconsciously the show reflects the petty leisurely lives of rich LA assholes, it would be way worse if it were trying to do some critique other than the narcissism of small difference of 'Rich LA assholes who annoy Larry David, a slightly different kind of Rich LA Asshole'

flopson, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

also it has been 6 years(!) since the last season of curb aired; we should consider that maybe It Is Us Who Have Changed

flopson, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nah there is a definite shift in tone around Season 4, and again around Seasons 7 or 8 - Larry just becomes more of a conscious dick to people. The comedy in the first few seasons arises from Larry trying to do the right thing and/or taking shortcuts due to his essential selfishness and laziness.

I didn't enjoy this last one very much, both the setup and the arguments felt very forced, and there was too much going on in it to let most of the minor characters breathe and be funny. The episode with Lewis's art exhibition was fantastic though.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 09:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Episodes like 'The Doll' or 'The Corpse-Sniffing Dog' are classics because Larry is well-meaning and blundering before he becomes belligerent. It's just less funny (not to mention being lazier writing) when the argument begins with Larry walking up to a minority character and going "lemme ask you something..." before saying something offensive and getting bawled out for it.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 09:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I keep thinking about Larry's ultra-obnoxious "ta-da" when he caught the grape in his mouth.

Chris L, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 12:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

spottie OTM

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 19:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Never watched this when it aired, but borrowed all past seasons thru the library over course of a few months. Obv liked it enough to stick with it, but by season 6 or 7 it was very samey. got grating. "ok for the love of god can't he just have 1 normal interaction with someone? does everything have to devolve into an absurdist comedy of manners? does there need to be a Seinfeld-ian disection of every single tiny social convention?". Seeing them all in a row really highlighted that there's really just one "joke" being told over and over in slightly different way. Felt like the latter seasons were so naked about doing that.
Really like LD and liked this show a lot to begin with, so just wanted him to do more. Still better than 98% of tv comedy.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 22:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

tbh "I like this thing you're doing but... honestly, can't you maybe do something else once in awhile?" is a very Larry David-esque complaint.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 22:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I guess it's just running out of GOOD versions of doing "his thing". Scrapping the bottom of the barrel.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 22:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

scraping too

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 22:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

nah Matt & other haters r wrong, show is as good as it's ever been and last episode was classic

flopson, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 23:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

season 7 is incredible wtf

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this show rules and it will always be relevant

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 2 November 2017 05:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

David refusing to aid a doctor for comedy relief was an A+ throwback to the sports doctor episode

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 6 November 2017 06:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Inspired by this thread, I started re-watching season 1 to see how/if things had changed. The main surprise was to remember that the show started as a mockumentary, shot on hand-held camcorders. Also linked to that, I re-discovered how much the dialogues were improvised in the beginning. By comparison, modern eps feel much more like a regular sitcom. The humor though hasn't changed much I find.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 6 November 2017 10:11 (one week ago) Permalink

hah yeah wasn't this show supposed to be a one-off hourlong special

frogbs, Monday, 6 November 2017 14:19 (one week ago) Permalink

feel like all the actors and esp guest actors in later seasons were going thru the motions of "I'm in a CYE episode. This is how you are supposed to act in a CYE episode. Ok I am now acting like I am outraged/appalled by Mr David's words and/or actions, cause I'm acting in a CYE episode and that's pretty much where the bulk of the comedy comes from. It's pretty cool that I am in this show right now, cause I am a fan of Mr David and this show. I can't wait to watch the episode where I'm actually ON the show and totally pretending to be outraged by that lovable scamp".

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 6 November 2017 16:19 (one week ago) Permalink

“Lamping?”
“There’s no ‘g’.”

calstars, Monday, 6 November 2017 17:11 (one week ago) Permalink

When life becomes a curb your enthusiasm episode pic.twitter.com/A5iFZdq0Oe

— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) November 6, 2017

flappy bird, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 04:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Episode 6 the funniest of the season by far.

chap, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:59 (one week ago) Permalink

“Really it’s as if the plane’s not there”
“Are you a magician?”

calstars, Sunday, 12 November 2017 02:53 (six days ago) Permalink

Hilarious episode. The puckered lip face he makes while Susie talks about the remodeling had me rolling. Also, Funkhouser re: the tapwater lol

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 12 November 2017 03:09 (six days ago) Permalink

It’s like sticking a straw in a frog’s asshole!

circa1916, Sunday, 12 November 2017 03:10 (six days ago) Permalink

Lol yeah one of the great episodes

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 12 November 2017 03:15 (six days ago) Permalink

Susie and Larry scenes were solid in this new one

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 13 November 2017 06:01 (five days ago) Permalink

loving the new season. yeah it's a little more polished and the guest casting is a little more obvious (Elizabeth Banks's "bad acting" was tough to sit through) but still pretty pretty pretty good.

it makes total sense than Cheryl and Ted would start dating. that whole conversation between him and Larry, having Larry call up Mary and get turned down in front of him, was so amazing. the callback to this later was pure gold.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:10 (three days ago) Permalink

Elizabeth Banks's "bad acting" was tough to sit through

high point of the season so far imo, but I love her

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:29 (three days ago) Permalink

Susie really needs to unleash the fury sometime soon.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:20 (three days ago) Permalink

The Romanian Uber driver was an amazing minor character though.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:20 (three days ago) Permalink

I would be fine with this whole show being LD, Leon, and Jeff's wife bitching at both of them

― Οὖτις, Tuesday, October 31, 2017 9:06 AM (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:21 (three days ago) Permalink

needs more leon

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:10 (three days ago) Permalink

I enjoy the puzzle like aspect of the intertwining plot lines - all humorous in their own way - and how they ultimately come together.

calstars, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:43 (three days ago) Permalink

I was waiting for it to come out that Larry's new gf was Romanian

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:45 (three days ago) Permalink

xp but that hasn't really happened as much this season. lots of plot lines just taper off, and some conclusions come out of nowhere (like the dick-drawing neighbor who didn't show up til the final scene).

Overall, it's been funny though, especially Susie and Leon.

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:41 (three days ago) Permalink

I've been wondering about that -- I'm not sure if it's done to defy expectations or if LD can't get the writing to work out any more.

Einstein, Bazinga, Sitar (abanana), Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:54 (two days ago) Permalink

current season has a more laid back, chatty vibe overall, i think the less dense plotting suits it

flopson, Thursday, 16 November 2017 07:56 (two days ago) Permalink

The Romanian Uber driver was an amazing minor character though.

― Matt DC

Was gonna say the same thing.

chap, Thursday, 16 November 2017 12:43 (two days ago) Permalink


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