Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season Three
Any stranger can tell you about the Seinfeld Rat Pack: Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George. But what can they say about Larry, Cheryl, Jeff, and Susie? If the answer is nothing - well then, thanks to Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, we all know that nothing is something! The genius behind the Emmy winning series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is none other than Larry David, the co-creator and co-writer of Seinfeld, the popular show about nothing. In fact, the pessimistic, self-indulging, and outspoken character of George Costanza we all know and love was even based on Larry.
Throw in some Seinfeld here and some HBO there and BAM! - You would get exactly this: A raw, uncut, and downright ad lib representation of life through Larry David that offers something for everyone. There is nothing more entertaining and clever than unintentional comedy and THAT is exactly what Mr. L.D. delivers.
Similar to a mini-series, each episode overlaps one another to maintain a continuity of inside jokes relevant to each part his life. Curb has that fresh ad-lib feel because the cast members are merely given outlines instead of full scripts and creatively improvises lines along the way. This opens doors for free forming comedy in a very realistic everyday sense.
To first understand the show, one must understand the complex mind of Larry. He (like Seinfeld and George) tends to criticize everything with his endearingly cynical nature. As his fazed, but patient wife, Cheryl (played by the lovely Cheryl Hines) knows that rules don't apply to Larry. To Larry, he is above rules because he ultimately doesn't care and does what he wants - which unsurprisingly gets him stuck in sticky situations. Other cast members include his nonchalant sidekick manager, Jeff (Jeff Garlin) and Jeff's crude Jewish wife, Susie (Susie Essman). Great cameos from Martin Scorsese, Martin Short, Michael York, and Alanis Morissette are a treat to watch. But you'll also have plenty of laughs with celebrity regulars such as Ted Danson, Richard Lewis, and the all time favorite, Wanda Sykes.
Larry absent-mindedly transcends all rules of social etiquette through his aloofness. He experiences the same things that everyday people experience, only he has the nerve to do what most people wouldn't. The third season revolves around the development and planning of "the restaurant" which involves Larry and a team of partners. Obviously, everything is fated for whimsical chaos; a corpse sniffing dog and a search for the perfect chef are only some of the hilariously random scenarios that occur. My personal favorites are the Benadryl Brownie, The Special Section, and Krazy Eyez Killah episodes. Seeing Larry holler "You're my Caucasian" is priceless. You'll know what I mean - Just watch it.
Add some Larry to your life: From referring a "loony" nanny to bribing a gravedigger to relocate his mother's gravesite to a stubbornly lodged hair in his throat, Larry David will not be stopped You may have seen a lot, but you haven't seen it all until you've seen Curb. So seriously, go out and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" today.