Deep inside, you know you're him. Curb Your Enthusiasm - it's the HBO hit comedy series starring Larry David as...Larry David! Each half-hour episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm features verité-style footage of David (playing ... more »himself) at home, at work and around town, as he gets into predicaments with fictional and real-life personalities.« less
"The sixth season of critical darling Curb Your Enthusiasm delivers the same Larry David and his life of absurd self-sabotage that has entertained viewers for nearly a decade. With an almost reality-TV improv feel, Curb follows the Seinfeld co-creator through his miseries and mishaps brought about by his George Costanza-like neuroses and over analysis of everyday situations.
As with previous years, Season 6 is tied together by a single overarching plot. In the first episode, Larry's wife convinces him to take in a family displaced by a recent hurricane. The Black Family (whose name mirrors their race, a joke not lost on Larry) work their way into each episode, as either an extra source of frustration for our perpetually exasperated hero or as a source for an alternative perspective when providing Larry with advice. In another example of art imitating life, a second extended plot develops involving the breakdown of Larry's marriage, just as he is going through divorce proceedings in real life. Cheryl's character doesn't seem as important in Season 6, also possibly the product of Larry's real life matrimonial problems. His frustrations with Cheryl take a meaner, more mocking tone (her absurd reaction to Larry and the Blacks desire to use non-recycled toilet paper being the best example). Larry's real life soon-to-be former wife is a champion of environmental and other causes, a trait she shares with Cheryl and one that Season Six paints as naïve and misguided.
Richard Lewis, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen continue their real life roles as Larry's friends and have no problems mocking their own image (where else can you see great moments like an uninvited drunken limo driver crashing a party and taunting Ted Danson by calling him "Becker"?). Season 6 adds Lucy Lawless, Senator Barbara Boxer and John McEnroe in small parts as themselves, each bravely portraying an exaggerated and ridiculous version of who they really are, but one that fits perfectly with Larry David's view of the world...and one that echoes the spirit of this irresistible show."
One of the best seasons from the best show ;-D
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 12/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love, love, love this show. I've watched it since it began and still love it and can't wait for more new episodes. This is definately one of the best seasons. He almost always gets better over time. And while it only has 10 episodes, they are all terrific. The situations he gets himself in are hilarious. I cringe each time he either puts his foot in it or someone takes him the wrong way. I felt for him when he was relaying what he'd heard in the bathrooms at the hospital and when he was telling the story, someone assumed that he was actually the one who'd said it and the trouble that follows. Here is some detail on what happens throughout this season.
MEET THE BLACKS Cheryl learns about a program to help disenfranchised families displaced by a major hurricane, and tries to talk Larry into hosting a family. Meanwhile, Larry's quest to find the perfect excuse for missing parties backfires on him, and he's disgusted by the choice of cake Marty Funkhauser recommends.
THE ANONYMOUS DONOR Larry decides to be nice for a change and actually donate money to a worthy cause. But when he's revealed to be the anonymous donor for the hospital wing, Larry goes ballistic. He then accuses a dry cleaner of giving his jersey to someone else, and goes off in search of it. Meanwhile, Larry, Jeff, and the Blacks get their reputation stained.
THE IDA FUNKHOUSER ROADSIDE MEMORIAL A sweaty $50 bill, a sample abuser, a roadside memorial, and a private school superintendent are all things that intimidate Larry while he tries to help Marty Funkhauser cope with the sudden death of his mother in a freak accident.
THE BATHROOM MONITOR Questions about Larry's bathroom habits become concern when Larry gets Richard Lewis' girlfriend a job at a place across the hall from his office. Meanwhile an incident involving a waiter and some take-out food threatens Jeff's dog.
THE FREAK BOOK Larry's birthday gift to Ted Danson - a coffee table book called "Mondo Freaks" gets him in trouble with everyone he shows the book to, which includes Ted, the limo driver, tennis star John McEnroe, a group of random mourners, and Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills.
THE RAT DOG A faulty toaster makes life difficult for Loretta and Leon. Larry repeatedly offends a hearing impaired girl about the small dog she keeps with her. Larry and Leon get their phones mixed up, and Larry traumatizes the entire audience at Sammy's middle school production of Grease when he invites Jeff's exterminator to watch the show.
THE TIVO GUY Cheryl is finally tired of Larry being Larry after her plane encounters severe turbulence and Larry seems more concerned about a malfunctioning TV device. After Cheryl announces that she's leaving Larry, the incident quickly splits up Larry's friends, who now have to break the news to Larry as to whose side they are taking.
THE N WORD Larry goes to the hospital to see his new girlfriend, an orthopedist. While in the bathroom, Larry overhears one end of a very angry, horribly offensive cell phone conversation. But repeating what the man said offends another doctor - the same one who is about to perform Jeff's operation. But it only results in Jeff's head getting shaved, who now has to deal with being bald. Larry has to give testimony as Jeff prepares to sue the hospital.
THE THERAPISTS Larry devises an overly elaborate plan to win back Cheryl. He does so by trying to get on her therapists' good side. Meanwhile, Larry accuses Marty Funkhauser of taking charity money under false pretenses.
THE BAT MITZVAH The Blacks learn some good news: they get to go home. As Larry says goodbye, he once again offends the wrong person, who takes his revenge on Larry by spreading a nasty rumor involving him and a gerbil. But thankfully Jeff's daughter's bat mitzvahs is coming up, and that provides Larry with the perfect, public opportunity to clear up that nasty rumor, as well as one more chance to patch things up with Cheryl.
I cannot wait to own all of these on the dvd set. I can add it to my other five seasons. I enjoy watching these over again every now and then because you still laugh even though you've seen it before. Larry David is a true genius and you'll really love this season for sure."
Meet the Blacks
Gregory Alongi | 11/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This season of Curb Your Enthusiasm was just as funny as the previous seasons. I personally prefer the first and second seasons to all the others (they just felt different) but there's no arguing that the sixth season was hilarious.
As usual, there are one or two weak episodes with some forced plot twists, but the better episodes more than make up for these weak points. The overall arc for the season was a black family (coincidentally named "the Blacks") who move in with the Davids after their home is destroyed in a hurricane.
To say anymore would ruin things, so I'll do no such thing. The bottom line is: If you enjoyed the other seasons, you will enjoy this one. Very simply, the show hasn't lost its edge yet. This is a fantastic set to add to your collection."
One of the best seasons yet
TheDot | 01/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season 4 was my favorite, but this season is some really tough competition. I won't go into detail except to say there's nothing not to like for a Curb fan. Other than that, I'll just add that the finale is simply stunning, probably the single funniest gag ever in the series."
What a great season...Larry outdid himself.
Daniel E. Fox | Phoenix, AZ | 12/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I watched every episode this season (sometimes twice in one week if I missed a few jokes!) and I thought Larry was absolutely brilliant. I loved the Black family (their interactions with Larry were hilarious and seemed so natural and effortless)and the other major story arc (the split with his wife) was not only well-done but very true to life ("Sorry Larry...we're going with Cheryl"...hate to say it, but this happened to me in my own life!!!) The episode where Larry was donating a wing to charity (but wanted to be "anonymous") was classic. There were also some great moments with Jeff's wife (and her foul mouth)...the episode centering around masturbation was quite memorable. Overall, a great season, certainly worth owning because every time I watch CYE reruns, I catch more and more little details I missed the first time. Long live Larry!"