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The Larry Sanders Show 

TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Series (1992–1998)
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A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.
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1998   1997   1996   1995   1994   1993   … See all »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 46 wins & 135 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Garry Shandling ...  Larry Sanders 89 episodes, 1992-1998
Jeffrey Tambor ...  Hank Kingsley 89 episodes, 1992-1998
Wallace Langham ...  Phil 89 episodes, 1992-1998
Rip Torn ...  Arthur 89 episodes, 1992-1998
Penny Johnson Jerald ...  Beverly Barnes 82 episodes, 1992-1998
Janeane Garofalo ...  Paula 52 episodes, 1992-1997
Linda Doucett ...  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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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El show de Larry Sanders See more »

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(89 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Throughout the course of the series, one hundred eighty-seven celebrities appeared as themselves. See more »

Quotes

Wendy Traston: [doing a stand-up routine] So I'm licking jelly off of my boyfriend, right? And I'm thinking, ew, I'm turning into my mother.
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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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Hilarious talk show satire.
13 January 2008 | by TOMNELSee 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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