Curb Your Enthusiasm Returnsby Brie Stimson October 2, 2017
Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good. That’s how fans of HBO’s offbeat and hilarious “Curb Your Enthusiasm” have to be feeling right now. The show, which first aired in the year 2000, is now back after a five-year hiatus.
The comedy is loosely based on the life of Seinfeld creator, and man troubled by life, Larry David. Larry, who is an executive producer on the show, writes a story outline of each episode, which is then improvised by the cast.
Larry’s humor on the show is always politically incorrect. In the season eight finale he tells his girlfriend’s young son that Hitler “didn’t really care for Jews. He thought they were a bit much.” This was, of course, after the child asked why he was doodling a little mustache and swastika on a picture in a magazine. “I just like to see what people look like with Hitler mustaches,” he responds after another (adult) character angrily confronts him about what he’s doing. After asking Larry what a swastika is, the child later innocently stitches the offensive symbol onto a pillow sham he gives as a gift.
The show, which is not for the easily offended, has dealt with sexism, racism, the disabled, Larry’s antisocial behavior and his obsessive compulsiveness. His character is mostly reviled by others on the show and has even been called a “self-loathing Jew” for whistling Wagner.
The show, for those who haven’t been initiated, takes off where Seinfeld left off, ramping up the comedic boundaries the sitcom pushed at the network further at HBO.
While fictional, the show mirrors Larry’s life in many ways, even including his actual divorce from his wife Laurie in 2007 into the plot.
It’s clear Larry character, who moved back to New York in 2011 after several decades in LA, hasn’t learned any social graces in the last 17 years. The season eight finale leaves Larry and roommate Leon in Paris, after Larry moved there temporarily to avoid playing mini golf with Michael J. Fox and a group of sick children.
Joining David for the ninth season are returning cast members Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, J.B. Smoove, and a slew of guest stars, including Bryan Cranston, Nick Offerman and Carrie Brownstein. In an interview with ABC, Garlin said the season nine storyline is “rather insane,” and “people are gonna go ‘I can’t believe they’re doing this.’” But, he said the show is coming back with “all the things about it people love.” The specifics of the plot are being kept under wraps, although a hacker did leak several episodes of the new season last summer.
One of HBO’s season nine promos refers to David as the “hero we need” for speaking out and continually fighting for justice – code for Larry yelling at people for doing things like tasting too many samples at a yogurt shop, parking outside of the lines or setting down a drink without a coaster. Another trailer for the new season shows Larry triumphantly wearing Roman garb. As the music swells we read “He left. He did nothing. He returned.”
And Larry and the rest of the cast will return to HBO October 1 at 10 p.m.