A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.
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Top Rated TV #199 | 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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(89 episodes)

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David Duchovny's appearances on the show focused on his attraction to Larry. This is a joke that has outlived the Sanders show itself, resurfacing, among other places, on Duchovny's show The X-Files (1993) (in the episode "Hollywood A.D.", Garry Shandling, appears as himself, Gillian Anderson's character comments to Duchovny's character "I think that Téa Leoni has a little crush on you...I think that Shandling likes you a bit too.") and in a skit filmed for The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004). See more »

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Bruno Kirby: I was in "The Godfather".
Hank Kingsley: I don't think so.
Bruno Kirby: I was in "The Godfather Part 2".
Hank Kingsley: Oh see, I only saw part 3, the good one.
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.2 (2001) See more »

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Love Guarantee
Written by Diana Williamson and Frank Fitzpatrick
Performed by Diana Williamson
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Great show, very funny and unafraid of being a bit different.
22 April 2016 | by (Tasmania, Australia) – See all my reviews

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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