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The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998)

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A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.

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Series cast summary:
 Larry Sanders (89 episodes, 1992-1998)
 Hank Kingsley (89 episodes, 1992-1998)
 Phil (89 episodes, 1992-1998)
 Arthur (89 episodes, 1992-1998)
 Beverly Barnes (82 episodes, 1992-1998)
 Paula (52 episodes, 1992-1997)
Linda Doucett ...
 Darlene Chapinni (45 episodes, 1992-1998)


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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Release Date:

15 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El show de Larry Sanders  »

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(89 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Originally, a real studio audience was used for the talk show scenes. But sometimes the scenes would take hours to shoot which was tough on the audience. Eventually, they stopped having an audience unless the episode needed crowd reaction shots. A laugh track was used instead. See more »


Hank Kingsley: Can I ask you a question, can I? How would...
Larry: You're not going to go and come back, are you?
Hank Kingsley: How would you feel if I started dating Beverley?
Larry: I'd say it was your business, your life.
Hank Kingsley: Well I'm not into interracial dating, it never works - sex is good but in the mornign cultural differences start to raise their ugly heads.
Larry: I believe the cultural differences would occur with you and any woman Hank.
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Referenced in With Friends Like These... (1998) See more »


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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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