One of the main perks of being a retiree is the luxury of having spare time, of which I fill with whatever activities I want. In other words, I have unlimited hours to binge watch TV shows, and the most recent was Curb Your Enthusiasm. For years I’ve heard great things but never got around to a single episode until a few weeks ago. A bit of an older show, I never got the chance/felt the need to make it a point to watch. I sit here today (obviously sitting because that’s what retired life is all about) a humbled man. It’s the funniest show I’ve ever watched, and that is not a hyperbole of any kind. Larry David is a brilliant writer and a hysterical actor (for those that don’t know he co-wrote Seinfeld). His character is often misunderstood and persecuted, maybe more than any character ever, and he’s always getting himself into awkward situations because he doesn’t tolerate bullshit, pointless social cues, etc. If you’ve never watched Curb in full and sometimes feel that your life has no meaning, that’s because you haven’t allowed LD to fill the void in your heart. Here are some of the scenes that made me laugh out loud uncontrollably:
Season 1, “Beloved Aunt”:
“Would it have killed her to leave a note?” Incredible line. And a decent point to be honest.
Season 2, “The Shrimp Incident”:
Season 3, “The Grand Opening”:
Arguably the funniest scene of the entire show. “Fellatio, cunnilingus, French kissing.”
Season 4, “The Blind Date”:
This is LD in a nutshell; making a more than reasonable case for his argument, yet is the only one who understands the logic behind its practicality.
Season 4, “The Surrogate”:
Funny all around. Biracial girl tells Larry there’s no difference in black/white dick size, yet Muggsy Bogues (of all people) is hung like a moose, and when he tries to kick Larry’s ass he fakes another heart attack. Genius.
Season 4, “The Survivor”:
Season 5, “The Ski Lift”:
One of my favorite lines of the entire show. “What are you fuckin nuts?!”
Season 6, “The Lefty Call”:
JB Smoove aka Leon makes this show. One of the funniest TV characters of all-time as far as I’m concerned. This is one of the funniest scenes in the history of television.
Season 7, “The Hot Towel”:
Never has a man been more within his rights to curse at a child.
Season 7, “Denise Handicapped”:
“Bring the fuckin ruckus to that ass, Larry!”
Season 8, “Mister Softee”:
If you’re a fan of the show then this should serve as a trip down memory lane. And if not, maybe this was the kick in the ass you needed to jump aboard. The top 3 episodes for me are The Ski Lift (season 5), The N Word (season 6), and Mister Softee (season 8). 8 season of 30-minute episodes, you can knock out a season in 2 days and the entire series in a couple weeks tops. The way this show progressed was refreshing too. Lots of shows plateau at some point in terms of excitement, others start of strong and head downwards, but Curb truly got funnier as the show went on. I think I appreciate LD’s character so much because I often go into exhausting detail over minuscule details and occurrences. His public feelings about the little annoyances he encounters on a daily basis are simple but strangely hilarious.
Good news is there’s a chance that more Curb Your Enthusiasm is in store. God I hope so.