Curb Your Enthusiasm is Almost Here

Curb Your Enthusiasm

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I am not a huge TV watcher.  I generally pick and choose a few shows that I enjoy.  I do watch a lot of soccer and History/Discovery/Science channel programs as I am drifting off to sleep.  There are a few shows that are absolute stop-downs.  The stop-down of stop-downs for me is Curb Your Enthusiasmon HBO.  This is, without a doubt, my favorite television show of all time.  I was not a fan of Seinfeld, but I think I may have missed the boat.  I picked up on Curb at about season three, and was hooked on the first viewing.

I don’t often run across many other Curb fans.  I have the feeling people are reluctant to give the show a chance.  I can certainly understand how that might happen if you’re just flipping channels.  Here’s the premise of the show:  Larry David is the co-creator of Seinfeld, just as in real-life.  Larry is a curmudgeon with a lot of quirks.  The show can basically be described as:  it’s Larry’s world, and we’re just living in it.  The show follows Larry as he moves through everyday life.  Larry seems to get into trouble at just about every turn.  In Larry’s attempts to do good, he offends just about everyone (or at the very least, someone).  Larry feels he’s wronged and others seem to gang up on him.  Larry is clumsy.  Larry is socially inept.  Larry is always funny. 

The show formula works like this.  There is about 25 minutes of setup with generally about 2-3 parallel plot lines.  Larry and friends interact with each other to set up one huge joke at the end of the episode.  The show is uncomfortable to watch sometimes, and I want to crawl under a rock for Larry on occasion.  The final joke never disappoints.  The great thing about the show is you rarely see the joke coming at the end.  The actors who appear in the show do not have scripts; everything is ad-lib.  They are given a basic outline of the plot, and nothing else.  I think this gives the show the feel of real-life, and the realism makes the show even funnier.

If you are a fan of Seinfeld, you’ll be interested to know that the entire cast will be reuniting on the show this season.  I think it will be great to see these actors in a new way.  I am a big fan of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and she’s been on Curb in the past.  If you haven’t watched Curb, jump on board before it is too late.  I can’t wait to see where Larry will take us this season. 

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