A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.
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Top Rated TV #212 | 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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Part of the reason cast members from Seinfeld (1989) did cameos on the show, is because both productions shared the same production facility in Studio City, California. See more »

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Hank Kingsley: [trying to pitch ideas for column to stop Larry story getting out] Let me see, I'll run through these, see if anything works for you - I'm afraid of the dark, nah, didn't think so. This is hard - red wine gives me hives, I got a special thing for Asian ladies.
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Love Guarantee
Written by Diana Williamson and Frank Fitzpatrick
Performed by Diana Williamson
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Hilarious talk show satire.
13 January 2008 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Larry Sanders has a broad range of humor. When on camera, the humor comes from how unfunny these characters actually are in front of the camera and how funny the audience finds it. Anyone who watches late night talk shows can relate to the "mock show" portion of each show. The behind the scenes, which makes up most of each episode relies on the situations as well as the dialogue which is usually very funny and well written, like something that would actually be said.

The characters were all very different and well written. Larry Sanders, played subtly and brilliantly by Gary Shandling. Larry is always smiling, whether he's happy or not. He's self centered, but not too much of a jerk. His manager Artie (Rip Torn) is more over the top rude and loud, but he's not an unbelievable character. Then there's Hank (Jeffrey Tambor) who plays second banana to Larry and the talk show, but on this show, often steals the episodes, taking many of the main plot lines, and he is hilarious as the alternate universe Ed MacMahon. Along with these three, there are many other less important characters, all very funny.

Overall, Larry Sanders was usually hysterical, but when not, it was still one of the most brilliant shows on television.


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