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Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"/"Seinfeld" Combo Platter: Pure, Delicious Brilliance
November 23, 2009  | By David Bianculli
 

SeinfeldCast585-thumb-585xa.jpgSunday's season finale of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, which served up a savory Seinfeld reunion as well, was everything I hoped it would be, and more. What an episode. What a delight.

And, if Larry David chooses to end Curb with this most recent episode, what a sneaky, perfect-pitch series finale...

There's a lot to say about the way this episode did so much so well. The cast, the plot, the twists, the execution -- all brilliant. And I DO say a lot about it on today's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which you can read and hear later today by clicking HERE.

You can also watch a rerun of the season finale tonight at 9 ET on HBO2. It's perfect -- and even though our website designer, Eric Gould, predicted one plot twist with uncanny accuracy (that Cheryl would fall for Jason), that was only the tip of a very cool iceberg.

Bottom line: It was the best ending imaginable to the year's best TV comedy. And the fact that it, like the Seinfeld reunion within it, was on cable, not broadcast TV, in 2009, is a fitting analogy for all quality TV these days.

As I say on Fresh Air: Cable TV, more and more these days, is where it's at.

Broadcast TV, sadly, is where it was.

 

5 Comments

 

Ed Q said:

... having said that I am counting the days till another season of Curb is announced.

Comment posted on November 23, 2009 2:01 PM


Daniel M. Conti said:

Dave,

I can remember as a young man in northern NJ, taking the bus and walking to an old movie theater on Saturday to see the great movies of the day.

There was a movement at that time to "Save Free TV". An actual petition, name signing campaign to keep "Pay TV' or cable television as it was soon to be known from ever arriving. Like most propaganda, we were scared into thinking that we would no longer be able to watch the programming we love unless we paid cash money for the privilege.

Time passed, and my father resisted until he could not resist any longer. Eventually, our home, along with most of the country went cable, and thank god we did.

Had the propoganda prevailed, what would we be left with today? A monopoly of networks so out of synch with good quality programming that TV may have gone extinct out of sheer boredom!

With cable came HBO, Showtime, FX, AMC, and all of the other "niche" channel programming that makes current viewing so enjoyable, and offer quality shows that simply put the networks to shame. Of the new season network offerings, how many new offerings can we really say are quality offerings, or even come close to the quality of cable TV? "The Good Wife?", "V?", "Flash Forward?" Maybe?

As for "Curb", Your assessment of the season finale is spot on. All I can add is SUPERB, simply Genius.

Let's hope Larry will keep us laughing for years to come with this gem of a show.

Comment posted on November 23, 2009 3:12 PM


Gregg B said:

I couldn't agree more. Is there any two more original comedies on TV than the back to back of Curb and Bored To Death?
I wish Jerry Seinfeld would become a regular on Curb. His back and forth with Larry was so natural you could just see how their comic genius created Seinfeld. It has been such a long time since I have seen Jerry as funny and clever as he was here. His adlibs were so good, Larry couldn't hold back his laughter. David, you especially must have loved the line "It wasn't John, Paul, George and Larry!"
I certainly hope this isn't the series finale because Larry is just reaching new heights of comedic genius.

Comment posted on November 23, 2009 3:51 PM


Mark said:

Though I found the final episode very good, I found the show to be more and more sophomoric as the episodes went on. I never understood why this show continues to use vulgarity and immaturity as its part time basis. It reminds me the comedian whose show is based on nothing but f-bombs. He's a better writer than this - Seinfeld is the evidence. Who can forget the subtlety of Dolores as an example? Larry grow up! Your audience has.

Comment posted on November 25, 2009 5:28 PM


Avi said:

The personal comedy peak of the Seinfeld story arc for me was when Michael Richards opened the door to Leon and professed something along the lines of "please don't hurt me, it's been three years, it was a mistake." I feel that this elephant in the room might not have been addressed on most comedy shows and would have remained an elephant. But I feel that this is part of what sets this series apart from most other comedy shows, it boldly takes these types of things head on, so blindly sometimes, that you can't help to laugh at the reality of the issue. I'd even go so far as to predict that this might have been the moment that Richards has been waiting for, where he can finally apologize and provide laughter, all in the same breath.

Comment posted on November 29, 2009 11:30 AM
 
 
 
 
 
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