Thursday, August 11, 2011

Curb Your Enthusiasm (DVD) Review


Nominated for 20 Emmys and winner of a Golden Globe for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy), Curb Your Enthusiasm is one of the more clever and hilarious shows on TV. The HBO original series is the brainchild of Seinfeld co-creator and writer Larry David, whose life maintains a peculiar resemblance to the quasi-fictional George Costanza. And just like George Costanza and his neurotically-low self-esteem (i.e. "God doesn't want me to be successful), Curb Your Enthusiasm propagates a Murphy's Law theme of "what can go wrong will go wrong". It's a true-to-life reality show about nothing in which every episode is certain to cause comedy connoisseurs everywhere to tremble in enthusiastic anticipation…

Curb Your Enthusiasm centers around the actual life of Larry David - post-Seinfeld and living the high life in Los Angeles. Just like Larry's other successful TV venture, the show doesn't focus entirely on plot, instead following the mundane and routine adventures of a famous Hollywood insider. And just like his alter-ego George Constanza, Larry often witnesses simple acts and gestures on his part snowball into a series of misunderstandings and embarrassing situations. Accompanying Larry on his daily adventures are his wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) and his manager Jeff Greene (Jeff Garlin) as well as a host of Hollywood and Broadway celebrities who make regular guest appearances... Blurring the line between fiction and reality, Curb Your Enthusiasm is the perfect sequel to Seinfeld. In a nutshell, it's a glimpse of what would've been had Jerry and George's pilot been picked up by NBC (which ultimately raises the question - who wouldn't love a show about a man sentenced to be another man's butler?)…

The Curb Your Enthusiasm DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "The Pants Tent" in which Larry's khakis inadvertently bunch together to create a "pants tent". This innocent natural wonder becomes the source of enmity between Larry and his wife's friend Nancy. The girlfriend of Larry's new friend Richard Lewis is also offended by the incident. Meanwhile, Larry's problems compound when he phones Jeff and refers to his wife as "Hitler," unaware of the fact that Jeff's parents are listening in on speaker-phone... Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "The Bracelet" in which Larry spends an entire day attempting to purchase a bracelet for Cheryl in the aftermath of a fight they had, and "The Group" in which Cheryl becomes jealous when Larry's voluptuous ex-girlfriend Lucy bumps into the couple…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (The Pants Tent) Air Date: 10-15-2000
Episode 2 (Ted and Mary) Air Date: 10-22-2000
Episode 3 (Porno Gil) Air Date: 10-29-2000
Episode 4 (The Bracelet) Air Date: 11-05-2000
Episode 5 (Interior Decorator) Air Date: 11-12-2000
Episode 6 (The Wire) Air Date: 11-19-2000
Episode 7 (AAMCO) Air Date: 11-26-2000
Episode 8 (Beloved Aunt) Air Date: 12-03-2000
Episode 9 (Affirmative Action) Air Date: 12-10-2000
Episode 10 (The Group) Air Date: 12-17-2000

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