I have recently rekindled my love for HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. First airing in 2000, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” follows the life of Larry David, the creator of “Seinfeld.” Much like Seinfeld, most of the humor in this show is derived from Larry’s social faux pas and general disregard for others. The style of the show is very similar to cinéma vérité in that it utilizes the camera to expose the crude reality of certain character. Additionally, although the plots are scripted, most of the dialogue is improvised.
What I particularly enjoy about this show is, that although it is fictional, it is rooted in reality. In interviews, Larry David has stated that most of the situations in the show are based off of his own experiences. Additionally, the show often features guest stars that often play fictionalized versions of themselves. Also, because most of the dialogue is improvised, it comes across as natural and realistic. Unlike some comedies, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” doesn’t try to be outlandish or over the top. Instead it creates situations that, although most people have not experienced, come across as plausible and thus funny.
An additional feature I enjoy about “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is its use of recurrent gags. Some of these gags include Larry’s mention of his Groat’s Disease, which is entirely fictional, and his anxiety over tripping. Similarly, this show often gives nods to earlier episodes as its season’s progress. An example of this can be seen in the video above, in which Larry chastises a handicapped man. By including these things, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” rewards its viewers for watching all of the episodes.