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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>
Great show, very funny and unafraid of being a bit different.
I started watching the Larry Sanders Show a few months back, and was about halfway through season 3 when its creator and main character, Garry Shandling, unfortunately passed away.
Having watched my share of television comedy, this show stands a head above most shows that I have seen with its hilarious tropes and funny moments and its illustration of what possibly might be going on behind the scenes of a popular TV talk show and all its troubles in producing a quality episode every day.
The show touches on some of the drama and conflicts you may expect in a office environment but also the differing egos and narcissism of both its staff who are in show business and the celebrities (Of differing levels of fame) that appear on the show.
The show does and says whatever it feels like and doesn't seem to be afraid of offending its audience, as many shows these days seem to be written within the confines of a politically correct culture where it is afraid to offend when using humor. The premise of Season 6, Episode 10, gives a humorous spin on this problem and shows how this can severely limit creativity and good comedy.
Seasons 1-3 were all solid with some standout episodes, but I feel that Seasons 4-6 are of a higher echelon overall, as the plot begins to follow more of an arcing narrative towards the end.
Some of my favourite episodes, when looking back on the show, include: "The Spider Episode" from Season 1, "Off Camera" from Season 2, "Next Stop.. Bottom" from Season 3, "Artie After Hours" and "Jeannie's Visit" from Season 4, "Everybody Loves Larry" and "Ellen, or isn't She" from Season 5, "Beginning of the End," "Putting the Gay Back into Litigation" and "Flip Pt 1" in Season 6.
In summary, I would highly recommend the show. It is criminally under- watched. There are currently less than 5000 ratings on IMDb and I have never seen this on the free-TV Australia. Luckily, the entire series is available on DVD for those that missed it!
RIP Garry Shandling.
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