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curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 6:03:05 AM   
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It doesn't seem to be an opinion many people share around here, but I really think Curb Your Enthusiasm is one of the most consistently funny, original, well written and executed comedies ever made.  Granted it's not to everyones taste, and it may take some getting used to, but I saw the first four series of it last year and absolutely loved it.  It's one of the few comedies that stands up to repeat viewings and the fact that most of it's improvised just seems to make it funnier.

However, I've just seen the fifth series, and felt a bit underwhelmed by it - there were still funny moments but it felt like the program was really running out of steam in places and wasn't as consistent as the previous four series.  For anyone who has seen it, it seems probable that this will be the last series of it, but it felt like a slightly disappointing way to end such a great program.

Does anyone else think this ?  Does anyone else even like it ?  Does anyone care ?
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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 1:35:13 PM   
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I'm confused as to why you say that your opinion is not one that 'many people share around here'. After all, Curb made it to No.26 in the Top 100 TV Shows poll conducted in Small Screen (beating Seinfeld no less), and its often cited as a favourite by forum members. There have also been topics posted on the show before. I'm a big fan and was a bit disappointed with season 5, but Larry has indicated that there may be a sixth season this year or next.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 1:55:38 PM   
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many months ago I bought the first three seasons, having only seen one episode, I could not get into it for ages, the dvds sat on my shelf unwatched, only yeserday for some reason I watched two episodes and now I really like it, so yes its a great show. Repo where did you get the idea that nobody likes it, if you look on the "post photos of your dvd collection" thread you'll see that quite a few people have the boxsets, and as tobias said its in the top 100 tv shows of all time.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 3:33:07 PM   
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It really is a fantastic show but I find if you watch too many at one go it starts to become a bit repetitive - with Larry shouting or getting in trouble all the time. And I sometimes don't like the obvious set ups that occur early on in the episodes just so there is a pay off later on. Sometimes it works better than others though.

I watched 'Thor' yesterday from Season 2 which is a brilliant episode. The way Larry starts to run up the stairs when Wanda walks through the door is hilarious.


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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 4:16:20 PM   
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My favorite moment from what Ive seen is when Larry is removing that Porn collection, and then starts watching one of them, and then the guys parents come and there really shocked, but he just tries to act realy normal, that cracked me up.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 4:45:10 PM   
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Krazee-Eyez Killa is a popular episode and it's my favourite. Some fantastic quotes:

Susie Greene: Okay Larry you don't want the tour? Get the fuck out of my house.

Cheryl: Wanda I have something terrible to tell you. Krazee-Eyes is cheating on you.
Wanda: What? How do you know?
Cheryl: Larry told me.
Wanda: That son of a bitch. I'm gonna find him and kick his ass.
Cheryl: Are you going to tell him about Larry?
Wanda: Oh yeah.

Krazee-Eyez Killa: [rapping] So you think you're gonna cross me And mess with my shit? Openin' your fuckin' trap And flappin' your lip? Don't fuck with me, nigga Cause you're gonna get dropped I'll snap off your neck With a crackle and pop!
Larry David: That's good. I like that Rice Krispies thing.
Krazee-Eyez Killa: Oh you caught that? How about this.
[rapping]
Krazee-Eyez Killa: If you say anything You'll beg me to die Cause I'll make you suck my dick Then I'll nut in your eye I'll stomp on your world As if my name was Godzilla I'm comin' for you, motha-fucka, I'm your Krazee-Eyez Killa!
[end rap]
Krazee-Eyez Killa: and then I'll look like this on the video
[looks crazy]
Larry David: I like it. But can I make one suggestion. How about lose the motherfucker. Cause you already said fuck before, you don't need two fucks. Instead how about bitch. Cause bitch is like a word for someone you disrespect.

Larry David: Are you my caucasian?! Are you my caucasian?!

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 5:28:51 PM   
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Oops...  I said it seemed unpopular because I've only seen one other thread discussing it, which was about cut price DVDs, and in various other threads I've noticed some disparaging comments regarding the program or Larry David in general.  Apologies, then - I missed the 100 TV shows bit and also haven't looked at the photos of peoples DVD collections.  I stand corrected.

Anyway, glad to hear that other people like it, and just to stray from the point briefly, I watched the episode today where Larry is accused of "liking asses" then gets caught on a speed camera at the end with his mother in laws rear end next to him in the photo.  I must've seen this episode a dozen times or more but still found it very, very funny, but still couldn't really choose one episode over another from the first four series.

Back to the point though, has anyone seen series 5, and did they think it was a slight disappointment after the brilliance of the previous four series ? 

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 6:23:46 PM   
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While I dont think the Fifth Season is the greatest season it probably has one of my favourite episodes - The End. I dont wanna spoil it for anyone who hasnt seen it yet but I think it is one of the funniest things that has been on TV in a long while (excluding Arrested Development of course) I also liked the running plot of the adoption also, what I dont think is that it is in any way inferior to the previous seasons

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 7:03:14 PM   
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quote:

Larry David: Are you my caucasian?! Are you my caucasian?!



That episode is absolutely brilliant.


I really adore Curb Your Enthusiasm, but I too was someone who wasn't into it at first. My boss at my old job recommended it to me so I bought the first series (an optimistic commitment, I know, but I really trust his opinion). After watching the first couple of episodes I wasn't really sure what I though of it. But as I continued to watch it I realised how funny it was, and how clever. So I now own all four series on DVD (I didn't actually realise there was a fifth -  is it released or has it just been aired?).

CYE is so funny for a number of reasons. Larry gets into very awkward situations, 'tis true, but for me the funniest situations are those for which Larry is not to blame even though he is a complete arsehole. Everyone knows what a prat he can be so when something isn't his fault for once, or if he really had the right intentions, events play out so that it looks to everyone else that he is to blame. The irony is priceless. Some of the things Larry says, too, have me staring open-mouthed at the sheer audacity. It suspends your belief momentarily, he can be that rude. Brilliant! (Though nothing tops Michael York swearing at the end of series 2 )! He's such a pedant as well, to the extreme. Then you have Jeff who is such a man's man and agrees with almost everything Larry says when Larry is looking for validation for his actions. Cheryl is absolutely brilliant, so unbelievably tolerant. The whole cast of characters, in fact, is great, and the many cameos are priceless. Larry is also funny because of his general appearance; his posture, the way he walks and his terrible taste in clothing. I just love everything about it.

I really think this program is one of the greatest comedy series' ever made. It's right up my alley and I love it.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 7:27:49 PM   
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I agree about the 'Thor' and 'Krazee-Eyez Killa' episodes, both are hilarious, especially K.E.K, he just seemed to work with Larry so naturally, it was hilarious.

I've yet to see Season 5 as I'm waiting for the DVD, but I hope it's not as "underwhelming" as some have found it.


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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 7:39:14 PM   
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quote:

The whole cast of characters, in fact, is great, and the many cameos are priceless. Larry is also funny because of his general appearance; his posture, the way he walks and his terrible taste in clothing. I just love everything about it.


It's so true. I can't help but laugh when he says things like: "Isn't that a great shirt?" and it looks terrible.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 7:48:17 PM   
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Am I the only one who thinks Larry is right pretty much 100% of the time? What he thinks about certain situations and the way that all these little things actually matter is exactly how I think. Like the tent pants for example. It's a common problem that isn't really talked about, but the thing is with Larry, is that it is always brought out into the open most of the time.

I find it's usually the other people who are in the wrong and it's the fact that these things annoy Larry so much for him to mention it - that it becomes a problem.


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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 8:39:07 PM   
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It was a show that i didn't like too much straight away, but i was into Seinfeld and could not understand why i wasn't loving it. Then it just grew on me over time and i've now come to think that CYE is better then Seinfeld and i watch it a lot more. I hope there will be a series 6. Season 3 was possibly the best series, especialy the grand opening. Classic.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 8:41:38 PM   
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I love that bit in The krazee eyes killa episode when him and jeff are having coffee, and larry say's "pretend this is a commercial........hmmmm that's good coffee". Cracks me up every time, and i always say it when im drinking my first coffee of the morning.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 9:05:45 PM   
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quote:

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I've yet to see Season 5 as I'm waiting for the DVD, but I hope it's not as "underwhelming" as some have found it.



Although as a season it's maybe not as good as some others, season 5 has some of the funniest curb moments ever. One of my favourite curb moments ever is (****not really a spoiler but if you don't wanna anything about it don't read****) from season 5 where larry dresses as a christian. My stomach was hurting I was laughing so hard. Genius.


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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 9:21:37 PM   
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It took me a little while to warm to CYE, probs because of the documentary style in which it is filmed, but the humour guarenteed that wouldn't remain a barrier for long. The reveal in 'Beloved Aunt' of the misprint has to be one of the funniest, most unexpected moments I've seen in a sitcom ever! And Susie Green beats every other sitcom wife in the Gorgon stakes (even Sybil Fawlty) - "you fat fuck!" always gets me laughing!

Season 5 is by no means a failure, if anything I rate it higher than season 4 (which for me was bogged down with The Producers subplot and finale), but I was disappointed by some elements of it. It did have some great episodes tho, like The Christ Nail, and I really enjoyed the adoption subplot. Richard Lewis and Ted Danson returned too which was great! If we do get a sixth season, it probs wont be until next year, and will almost definetly be the last, alas. What would your perfect storyline for the final season be?

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 9:52:44 PM   
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It took me a little while to warm to CYE, probs because of the documentary style in which it is filmed,


Arrested Development is filmed in pretty much the exact same way though.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 10:39:39 PM   
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Sure thing Rocky, but I first saw CYE back in 2001, when I was more used to being prompted to laugh by studio-based sitcoms. Oh the shame! Curb and Larry Sanders readied me for watching Arrested Development, which may be my favourite comedy series ever.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 11:33:24 PM   
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I did think after posting that Arrested Development was a bad example as it came out after Curb.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 3/8/2006 11:54:06 PM   
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AD is very different from Curb though, Curb is far more "real" than AD, like the way in Curb people talk over each other and swear tons, just like real life, I think thats the reason it took me ages to warm to it.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 4/8/2006 12:09:34 AM   
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It was a comment on the way it's shot more than anything. Curb puts the viewer in the situation as a present voyeur, whereas with AD's bleeping of swear words, and a narrator, it's very much a fly on the wall documentary like The Office and Spinal Tap.



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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 4/8/2006 6:58:31 PM   
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I got Season 4 today. GET ME THE FUCKING DVD PLAYER, LARRY!"

quote:

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Am I the only one who thinks Larry is right pretty much 100% of the time? What he thinks about certain situations and the way that all these little things actually matter is exactly how I think. Like the tent pants for example. It's a common problem that isn't really talked about, but the thing is with Larry, is that it is always brought out into the open most of the time.

I find it's usually the other people who are in the wrong and it's the fact that these things annoy Larry so much for him to mention it - that it becomes a problem.



I think he said in the Gervais interview that it was Larry's stubborness that makes it work. He's right, why should a wife expect a thank you from friends when her husband pays for dinner? Why do people have to say you said hello to someone you both know? And why do you have to meet up to tell someone something, when it's something that can be said over the phone?

And I do think he is right most of the time, but there have been times when he's been wrong: The Affirmative Action comment to the black dermatologist and the "What a cunt." comment to the sensitive guy at dinner.

But it adds to the charm of the show, and I also love the "hmmm, that's good coffee" line, it's Jeff's bewildered look as well.


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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 5/8/2006 11:34:48 PM   
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KEEP THE THREAD ALIVE!

Watched the Krazy Eyez episode today. I love it at the end when Larry is on the balcony and first of all he steps on the bubble plastic, and then he's trying to plead his innocence: "I am your nigger".

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 6/8/2006 10:26:47 AM   
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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 6/8/2006 3:43:49 PM   
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Watched "5 wood" last night, it has, for me, the funniest moment of any show. "The dog bit my penis!". I laughed continuously from when he decided to stand up and pee, to where he has to explain to the doctor what happened.

I love Jeff as well. He comes up with some fantastic lines, and I get the impression that when him and Larry are talking and they are laughing, they aren't acting, they are actually laughing at what they are saying.

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 9/8/2006 11:03:38 AM   
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Good news all! Series six of Curb has been commissioned!
http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/aug06/curb098801.php

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 9/8/2006 11:09:53 AM   
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Nothing much to add apart the fact that I absolutely adore Curb Your Enthusiasm.  It's genius, and there should be a campaign to have Larry David host the Oscars - the man would be more than perfect.

I should be getting hold of Season 5 this week, of which I've haven't seen any as yet...  Quality.


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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 9/8/2006 12:06:59 PM   
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Good news all! Series six of Curb has been commissioned!
http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/aug06/curb098801.php





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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 26/8/2006 7:07:39 PM   
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I only have the first season but I love Curb Your Enthusiasm. I cant wait to watch the other seasons the show is genius! Much love to Larry David!

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RE: curb your enthusiasm... - 13/9/2006 12:06:51 AM   
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Just finished season 5 And i have to say it was ace, so many classics loved the dog eating one were he's at the beach wearing that hat. And the last episode was great, realy thought he was going to die there for a sec, got a bit teary at one point.

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