A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.
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Top Rated TV #183 | Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 46 wins & 135 nominations. See more awards »

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 Larry Sanders (89 episodes, 1992-1998)
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 Hank Kingsley (89 episodes, 1992-1998)
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 Phil (89 episodes, 1992-1998)
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 Arthur (89 episodes, 1992-1998)
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 Beverly Barnes (82 episodes, 1992-1998)
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 Paula (52 episodes, 1992-1997)
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 Darlene Chapinni (45 episodes, 1992-1998)
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HBO television sitcom about Larry Sanders, a talk-show host. This show goes 'behind-the-scenes' to reveal Larry's humorous interactions with the producers and guests. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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15 August 1992 (USA)  »

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El show de Larry Sanders  »

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Tom Snyder appeared as himself on the show as a candidate for the hosting job for a proposed talk show to follow Larry's. As a direct result of this appearance, David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company hired Snyder to host The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (1995), a talk show developed to follow Late Show with David Letterman (1993) each night. See more »

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Larry: Thank you very much. No flipping.
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Referenced in With Friends Like These... (1998) See more »

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Love Guarantee
Written by Diana Williamson and Frank Fitzpatrick
Performed by Diana Williamson
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Television's Great Masterpiece
20 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Larry Sanders show may be the finest American television show. The comedy always has the perfect precision and they take such great care to small details. In one episode, Larry visits Hank's office, which he rarely does, and Hank puts his jacket on to try to look his best, that's the level of detail you don't see in most crap sitcoms. No American show since has held no punches and has been so bitterly cynical yet hilarious.

The three main actors really make the show. Garry Shandling as the good natured but selfish and cowardly Larry Sanders really plays the perfect vain talk show host. Jeffrey Tambor as Hank Kingsley really fleshes out the talentless asshole sidekick who you still root for, similar to George Costanza. Rip Torn masterfully portrays the over the top obsequious producer with a dark streak. The simple pleasure of seeing these three men interact is entertaining enough on its own.

The show is actually based on talk shows, you see all the politics and show biz phoniness unvarnished. The ugliness and hypocrisy in Hollywood will really surprise the uninitiated viewer. One wonders how much of Larry was in Johnny Carson and how much of Hank was in Ed McMahon.

This show is a true gem that is not nearly as popular as it should be since it doesn't pander. Any fan of intelligent programming owes it to himself to watch this.


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