EPISODE 1 "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY": Guest Star - Robert Hays. Larry finds himself in opposition to a network executive who wants him to do live commercials for "The Garden Weasel." EPISODE 2 "PROMISE": Guest Sta... more »rs Dana Delany, David Spade and William Shatner. Larry can't decide what he should do when a comic scheduled for the show appears first on a rival talk show. EPISODE 3 "SPIDERS": Guest Stars Carol Burnett, Jon Lovitz, Steve Duchesne and Steve Kutcher. Larry battles his reluctance when real live spiders are scheduled for the show, and he tries to find a sketch to do with guest Carol Burnett. EPISODE 4 "THE GUEST HOST": Guest Star Dana Carvey. Dana Carvey's success as a guest host on the show makes Larry very, very nervous. EPISODE 5 "THE NEW PRODUCER": Guest Stars Robert Morton and Jeff Cesario. A friend of Larry's replaces Artie temporarily as producer, but schemes to make the job permanent. EPISODE 6 "THE FLIRT": Guest Stars Mimi Rogers and Michael Richards. Jeannie becomes very jealous and accuses Larry of flirting with a playful Mimi Rogers on the show. EPISODE 7 "HANK'S CONTRACT": Guest Stars Robin Williams and George Foreman. It's contract negotiation time for Hank and he's going for a raise, and a golf cart. EPISODE 8 "OUT OF THE LOOP": Guest Star Peter Falk. Larry feels out of touch when he's the last to know that his head writer is having a torrid office affair. EPISODE 9 "THE TALK SHOW": Guest Stars Billy Crystal and Catherine O'Hara. An argument at Jeannie's home causes Larry to lose his concentration during the show that night. EPISODE 10 "THE PARTY": Guest Star Martin Mull. Larry's little dinner at home with Arthur, initiated by Jeannie,escalates into a full-blown party and causes Larry to become extremely paranoid. EPISODE 11 "WARMTH": Guest Star Richard Simmons. Worried about his ratings, Larry hires a focus group to help tighten up the show. EPISODE 12 "A BRUSH WITH THE ELBOW OF GREATNESS": Guest Star Bela Shaw. Larry makes the tabloids when a woman claims he knocked her into a magazine rack and neglected to apologize. EPISODE 13 "HEY NOW": Guest Stars Bob Saget, Ray Combs and Earl Holliman. Hank falls asleep during the show, which is just the last straw for a fed up Larry.« less
Dennis G. (mejias15) from PITTSBURGH, PA Reviewed on 7/20/2012...
The "Larry Sanders Show" is one of the great parodies in television history. Starring Gary Shandling as Larry, the host of a popular late night talk show on a major network. Jeffrey Tambor stars as Larry's sycophantic sidekick, Hank and Rip Torn as Artie, the show's producer and Larry's aide de camp. The premise is that we get to watch all of the behind the scenes activity and dialogue along with the actual show where real performers, such as Carol Burnett, Billy Crystal, Martin Mull, Robin Williams and many, many more pretend to be Larry's friends in order to promote their latest book, movie or telvision show. The show is absolutely hilarious, although it was originally shown on HBO with the tendency of cable shows to use "adult" themes and language, and therefore not suitable for family viewing. 'Season One" includes all 13 episodes.
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A reason why Season 2 & 3 are not out....
Robert Nagle | Houston, TX United States | 04/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm sure that most of the people looking at this page are in fact mystified why later seasons haven't already come out. I'm reading between the lines here, but I'm guessing the reason is copyright and clearance issues. Each episode showed live music from bands, and I have a feeling that contracts were written to grant permission for HBO to broadcast the show, not to sell it. Now that Time/Warner wants to put out DVDs, it's hardly surprising that music companies would try to extort as much money from Time/Warner as they can.
May 23 update: Gary Shandling says on tonight show that Season 2 is coming out in November."
You took a puck in the nuts
K. Gittins | CA USA | 03/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had only seen a couple episodes of the Larry Sanders Show before I bought the DVD. It is one of the funniest (fake) "talk shows" out there (better than Letterman or Leno, who I can not watch).I'm not a huge fan of Garry Shandling outside of the show, but in this show he hits it right. Plus, Rip Torn and Jeffrey Tambor really shine in nearly every episode. Kind of funny to hear them swear once in a while, or more (forgetting that it was originally on HBO).The so-called guests on the show are good too, as they blend fact and fiction. Billy Crystal gets upset when Larry talks about his old stuff instead of his new movie he is trying to plug, Carol Burnett worries that Larry's balls showed under his Tarzan outfit, etc.Waiting for season 2.Recommended."
Television at its best
Susan Fong | Las Vegas, NV USA | 08/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Larry Sanders Show" is perhaps the most realistic and funniest television series ever written about show business. In this case, the "business" is producing a late night talk show hosted by the amiable, humorous Larry Sanders, a Johnny Carson-like character deftly portrayed by Garry Shandling. (Shandling is also the creator and frequent writer of this series.)This classy television series shrewdly examines the behind-the-scenes and in front of the camera workings of a nightly television show. "The Larry Sanders Show" is a compendium of network executives, producers, actors, and agents whose enlarged yet fragile egos often clash with each other. The results are caustic and hilarious.The gifted ensemble cast which includes Shandling, Rip Torn, Janeane Garofalo, and Jeffrey Tambor deliver the incisive, witty dialogue with ease. The concept and structure of this series is so realistic that you often feel as though you are watching a documentary on "How to" or "How NOT to" grind out a nightly talk show."The Larry Sanders Show" is television at its best. Please don't miss it!"
Amazing show -- when will the rest be released?
Mother of 2 in California | North Bay Area, CA | 06/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Outstanding story lines and characterizations. The cast is wonderful (especially Rip Torn and Jeffrey Tambor). When will the remaining seasons be released???"
One of the Best HBO Original Series EVER
Mother of 2 in California | 05/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All I can say is this series is one of the best done by HBO. The series is just hilarious. PLEASE SONY RELEASE THE REMAINING SEASONS ON DVD!!!Please GOD I swear I won't say anymore bad words if you make Sony release the remaining seasons on DVD!!! Its that good!"