If you’re looking for a sitcom that uses a bare-bones script and leans on improvisation, Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm is the place to look. Like Larry David’s and Jerry Seinfeld’s previous sitcom Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm relies on common daily inconveniences to find the humor in the mundane. The show stars a fabricated version of Larry David and other common characters in his life including his fictional wife Cheryl Hines, manager Jeff Garland, and Jeff’s wife, Susie Garland (the hilarious Susie Essman).
Larry David was inspired to create the show from his experiences writing for Saturday Night Live and other frustrating occurrences from being involved in Hollywood. Larry has described Curb Your Enthusiasm’s “Larry” as his alter ego. In an interview with Oliver Burkemen of The Guardian, David says that he finds the character “honest” which can come off as “cranky or rude,” but not unhappy.
The show has operated for eleven seasons, beginning in the year 2000, and is set up to produce a twelfth. The longevity of the show is something audiences and critics discuss often. According to Ross Bonaime of Collider, it is Larry’s “complete disregard for social norms” that assures the show will always have material. There is never any shortage of everyday inconveniences or pet peeves that Larry can run into, especially in a modern era where more and more things are off-limits. No subject is really off-limits for Curb Your Enthusiasm, though, and that’s part of why it remains popular. In an article by Common Sense Media, it is said that Larry approaches most inappropriate subjects including “religion, disability, and even the death of his own mother.” Being one of the funniest and unique sitcoms on American television, here are the best episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, ranked.