Tuesday, September 13, 2011

1617 - Curb Your Enthusiasm: season eight

The first thing you need to realize when you watch this show is that, in reality, Larry David is a billionaire (or close to it).  He absolutely does not need to do this show.  This is more like his hobby - and what a great one at that. 
This was the first season that didn't really attempt to have a strong ongoing arc - unless you count the relocation to New York, which did a lot for pumping fresh blood and ideas into the series.  Losing Cheryl Hines gave Larry the freedom he needed to really be himself (and what a treat that was).  With Leon as his sidekick there was no end to the delight.  There were some absolutely fantastic episodes this season and some that were just good.  I know that most people don't think like this, but what makes Curb Your Enthusiasm particularly great is it's comedic structure and how things come back to bite Larry.  In the lesser episodes you see them coming, but when the show is really popping you're along for the ride and not thinking about it, and then when it hits you it's ridiculously satisfying.  I think this series struggled a few seasons back but it's in fine form right now.  I'll keep watching so long as Larry David keeps making them.

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