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Genre: Television - Curb Your Enthusiasm / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Richard Lewis, Cheryl Hines, Ted Danson, Wanda Sykes, Jeff Garlin ... / DVD released 2008-06-09 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      03.06.2010 23:24
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      Larry David continues to weave his magic with the very funny Curb Your Enthusiasm

      After the end of the fifth series, I was delighted when I heard Larry David as returning for a sixth series. In this series, Larry reluctantly agrees to take on a family who have been displaced by a hurricane. This is when we meet the family called the Blacks, who it turns out are also black, something which Larry points out. It was a very good idea to introduce this family, particularly older brother Leon who was a very useful addition. Larry goes from one disaster to another, upsetting his friend Richard Lewis, Ted Danson and guest star John McEnroe. Larry does take things to far as his wife Cheryl leaves him. To Larry, speaking to Cheryl who is distressed and concerned her plane will crash, is second to having the tv repair man visit. This is the final straw for Cheryl and watch for the excellent "The Therapists" episode when Larry takes some poor advice from his therapist, played by Steve Coogan and the lengths he will go, to get his wife back. Larry does what he does best and messes everything up.

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        a great season which even mixes things up quite a bit

        This Review is about season six of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. For an over view of the series in general please read my review under 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

        The third season of the fantastic Curb Your Enthusiasm is a great entry to the surreal and sweary world of the fictional life of Larry David. This season features ten episodes and was released in 2007 with each episode lasting 30 minutes. This season has an overall arc which connects nearly all the episodes, in which Larry invites a family, the Blacks, affected by a hurricane to live in this house.

        1 - Meet the Blacks - In this episode Cheryl talks Larry into inviting a family, the Blacks, into their marital home, after being displaced by a hurricane (although he can afford to buy them a house, probably rebuild the whole town which has been destroyed) it's a very funny start to the season (just ignore what I just pointed out though!) this episodes features Larry inventing an amazing excuse for missing a party, which soon back fires on him as everyone steals it.

        2 - The Anonymous Donor - A very funny episode which finds Larry being a nice guy and donating money to a hospital, which names a wing after him, but at the opening ceremony he is upstaged by Ted Danson, who also donated but asked to be remain 'anonymous' this infuriates Larry who feels he shouldn't be allowed to tell anyone. I love the scenes featuring Leon and an ejaculate-stained bed cover (naughty Jeff, who soon gets an earful from Susie)

        3 - The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial - Another great episode which as Larry receiving a 50 dollar bill (perhaps a hundred dollar one) which has been kept in Marty Funkhouser's sweaty sock, and Larry cant get rid of it anywhere. I love the scene in the ice cream parlour (I think I'm turning American!) whre larry comes a cross a woman taking advantage of the free sample policy, and tells her so. Obviously this will later backfire on poor old Larry.

        4 - The Lefty Call - Larry, Cheryl, Jeff and Susie go for a meal and ask for a doggy back (for Jeff's dog), this upsets the owner who at first refuses to give it to them, Larry steps in and lying, says he will eat the meal. But soon after eating the food the dog gets sick. It's a strong episode with some nice moments with Larry and Richard Lewis concerning Richard's girlfriend Cha-Cha (I believe she was in Waynes World) the 'lefty call' element is a bit silly though (which is often an element I can embrace in Curb).

        5 - The Freak Book - a fantastic episode which finds Larry standing in for a drunk chauffer, even taking his name, picking up John McEnroe and getting them both in a lot of trouble. I love the scene featuring Larry and Jeff laughing uncontrollably at the freak book Larry bought Ted Danson for his birthday.

        6 - The Rat Dog - Larry upsets a deaf woman after calling her dog a rat (it does look quite similar to be fair to the man), he later accidentally 'signs' to her husband that he is a c**ksucker. It's a very funny episode which has some sweet elements with Larry's dad falling in love after getting a 'happy' ending at a massage. I like how the rat gets its comeuppance too lol.
        7 - The TiVo Guy - a very different episode to the usual Curb ones; Cheryl is on a plane that may crash and therefore rings Larry, Larry though is with the TiVo guy and doesn't pay attention and tells her he'll call her later. She survives but is unsurprisingly furious and the pair split. Will this be the end for the couple? I like how the end is not obvious and actually is quite surprising. And it's good to see Lucy Lawless (Xena!) who I hadn't seen since a young lad (well kind of). I also love how all of Larry and Cheryl's mutual friends decide to choose Cheryl.

        8 - The N Word - Larry offends Auntie Rae after an overly long hug which exceeds his hug threshold and he gets an erection. Elsewhere Larry tries to repeat a racial slur he heard but African Americans (if that's still the politically correct term these days - sorry of its not) keep overhearing and getting angry. Poor Larry! It's a strong episode which is very enjoyable. Also features Ben Stiller, and Phil LaMarr (Futurama!).

        9 - The Therapists - this has Steve Coogan playing Larry's therapist, who messes things up for Larry, he tries to repay Larry by 'mugging' a woman so Larry can save her and in a roundabout way get Cheryl back. A very funny episode.

        10 - The Bat Mitzvah - this episode is a strong episode but possibly the worst finale of a Curb season. In it Larry offends the wrong person (Michael McKean - Spinal Tap) who spreads a rumour (or is it) that Larry has a gerbil stuck up its arse. It has some hilarious moments and ends a great season of Curb. We also say goodbye to the Blacks and Larry starts a new life. This episode runs to an extended time of around 35 minutes.

        A great season of Curb. Now I just gotta wait for them to release the 7th season featuring all the Seinfeld cast! Grrrrrr

        Tony

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          13.10.2009 12:43
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          Fantastic comedy - one of the best to come out of the USA

          I stumbled upon the first series of CYE last year and after the very first episode I was hooked. I watched the entire series in one sitting and decided there and then that I had to have the whole lot, so promptly bought the box set of the first six series.

          CYE is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of show. I love it and have a few friends who do, but also know lots of people who hate it. The reason? It's too cringeworthy! Yes, it is very cringeworthy, but that's where the genius of it lies. CYE is set as a faux documentary in the style of the Osbornes or similar, and follows the life of Larry David and his long-suffering wife Cheryl. Larry is a stubborn 'celebrity' who somehow always manages to get himself into the most ridiculous of situations which always result in the need for lots of apologies to pretty much everyone he has ever met. Poor Cheryl also seems to end up being dragged into it all and having to apologise on behalf of Larry.

          The situations are mostly ridiculous but at the same time you can see how they could actually happen. It's usually accidental how Larry gets himself into these scrapes but then it's usually his own stubbornness which makes matters worse rather than better.

          Each of the episodes has its own story so you can pick up any of these series at any point. There are a few ongoing plotlines which you might need to know about throughout (mainly Larry's fraught relationship with Cheryl and the eventual breakdown of their marriage) but on the whole you could probably start anywhere and be able to pick up what's going on. This series shows Cheryl finally walking out on Larry, and you'll be wondering why she didn't do it sooner. We also get to see the introduction of the Black family who the Davids decide to shelter after Hurricane Katrina. The fact that the Blacks are also black sets up some situation comedy all by itself, but it's good to see how Larry eventually ends up caring for the family that he was reluctant to take in - you get to see a kinder side of Larry that you don't see often. It makes him seem much more appealing.

          All in all this is really well written and in the same unique style that the first five CYE series maintained.

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            03.08.2009 11:45
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            A very very funny show.

            Larry David (co-creator of seinfeld) plays a version of himdelf, in American ditcom curb your enthusiasm. Married(...) to Cheryl, he is an uncompromising, stubborn andoutspoken indivdual, who will readily speak his mind, even in the most innapropriate of situaions.

            The show is not packed full of jokes in a more conventional way, like Seinfeld, but it is the situations that he gets into that are funny, and how he tries to get out of them. For example, in one episode a couple of seasons ago, Larry is in a funeral, and when he finds his golf club (that he had lost) in the casket with the body, he swapped it for an inferior club. It'sd fair (and incredibly corny) to say that hilarity ensued.

            Season 6 focused around a family that have been taken in by the Davids as they were the victims of a natural disaster.

            Whilst the show is as good as ever, the formula for the plots has remained identical each season, with Larry doing a few things in the first ten minutes, and then they all come back to haunt him later, linking together. This does not mean that the show is not funny any more, but it may mean that the rewatchability value of the show may not be as high as others.

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              22.01.2009 16:17
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              If you loved The Office then what are you waiting for guys!

              Prince Harry got away with using the 'P' word because he's royal and a bit thick, but if he had used the 'J' word for 'Jew' in that Brize Norton departure lounge it would have been a very different story and not going away so easily, the Jewish lobby jumping into action and the protest underway, Jonathan Ross style. Because the Jewish race/faith have gone through the worst crime of all in the holocaust they know their humor can be that little bit more caustic and risky at others expense as payback, pushing the boundaries that little bit harder thorough that hubris and arrogance, and that, really, is the essence of why Jewish humor is so funny. Not because it's particularly racist or homophobic or anything but because it's fearless, making for fabulous comedy situations in brilliant TV series like Curb Your Enthusiasm, the makers waving a finger and tapping the Holocaust badge when anyone questions the content. That's why the best America comedy ever made is usually around that rather superior Jewish family life and structures. But if non Jewish comedies have a pop at their faith then woe betide guys.

              I just love the extremely non-politically correct nature of 'Curb' and the way its creator Larry David can go pretty much anywhere he likes with his baby, regardless of the comedy landmines of race, religion and gender, etc, clearly marked out with those skull & crossbones right in front of his loafers, and so why the older more cynical comedy fans like me absolutely gets shows like this, 'The Office' and Larry Saunders, all three brilliant at being right on the edge in a way they can get away with it because its so subtle and intelligently delivered. No other religion/faith based show can really go there and that is why I have purchased every box-set of 'Curb' so far. They are utter genius because they are not afraid to risk upsetting people and so can deliver what they have to do to get the big risky laughs, the simple plan being that the people they subtly offend aint ever going to watch the shows anyway. For instance the first episode here is 'Meet The Blacks', which really does refer to meeting a displaced family of black Americans, but the family actually called the 'Blacks', if you see what I mean. The Two Ronnie's would never have got away with that!

              Like I said the creator and star of 'Curb' is the one and only Larry David, the guy who wrote the sitcom 'Seinfeld', on similar well trodden neurotic Jewish-American comic lines. In his virgin days Larry was originally a Woody Allen style stand-up comic, but about ten years ago realized writing the jokes was his real strength, but coming full circle as a brilliant comic talent in front of the cameras once again with 'Curb', writing himself into the lead role, just as Ricky Gervais and Gary Shandling (Larry Sanders) have also achieved.

              The original idea for the show was that Larry wanted to do a documentary on his life after Seinfeld. It had been a big chunk of his time and he wanted to distance himself from it. But after watching the rushes in the edit room he had the kernel of an idea washing around his head to play himself as this retired and successful middle-aged writer with not much to do and a lot of time, space and money to do it in, who he was at the time, the type of bloke in England who would write letters to the BBC to get Jonathan Ross fired, the genius here in that particular variety of septuagenarian nimbism is nudged up another notch here with Larry actually rebelling against everyone with his questioning ideas on how the world should be run. Another masterstroke is having the celebrities play themselves, like they did in the Larry Sanders Show, giving the whole thing an abstract credence. I mean what do celebrities do when they are not on telly? Well they go to the laundry and supermarket just like us, and so you the viewer can briefly drag the celebrity into your lives and so the comedy of manners in all levels of society potential is huge and fully exploited here. I'm telling you guys, its utter brilliance!

              -What's on it?

              Obviously we are on series six and if you're not a fan then you don't care about the previous box-sets narratives. If you haven't seen any I really do think you should go out and buy series one if you have got this far in the review. I have a feeling you will absolutely love this show. And with the credit crunch and internet downloads hammering shops like Zavvi and HMW you can pick up any series for around a tenner.

              -The Main Cast-

              Larry David-Himself
              Cheryl-Cheryl Hines
              Jeff-Jeff Carlin
              Susie-Susie Eisman
              Richard Lewis-himself
              Ted Danson-himself

              -The Episodes-

              Episode One: 'Meet the Blacks'

              Larry and Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) have been invited to the Funkhousers party, but it clashes with a big bash at Ted Dansons (himself) and so 'socially difficult'. But Larry has a cunning plan to evade the bash, which quickly backfires when other guests use the same excuse, embarrassing Cheryl, for which she is now owed a big favor by Larry, which she quickly calls in, persuading Larry to take in a family of refuges from Hurricane Edna. The 'Black' family is indeed black, noisy and jive talking in that Afro American way that's sure to annoy Larry - and they like their junk food! Its going to be a big test for Larry.

              Episode Two: The Anonymous Doner

              The Blacks are settling into their new home and so Larry is also feeling charitable, donating a new wing to the NRDC Centre, a Jewish-American eco project in Santa Monica, and a party being held in Larry's honor to reveal the plaque with his name on. But Larry's gesture seems brash because the opposite wing reads 'Donated by Anonymous', Ted Danson the unnamed donor, but going around telling everyone on the quiet it was his donation, meaning he gets bigger kudos and applause than Larry at the opening. Larry also has an embarrassing 'stain' problem at home, resulting in the law of the dry cleaners being applied against him, which has unfortunate ramifications for the latest member of the Black family, Leon, to pitch up on his doorstep.

              Episode Three: The Ida Funkhouser Memorial

              Marty Funkhouser (Bob Einstein) has lost his mom in a road crash, resulting in one of those rather vulgar roadside flower tributes, which Larry cant resist stealing flowers from to give to someone else he as upset on the same day, and will soon upset more, Marty being one of them by his callous action. Ands after having a run-in at the ice cream store over 'excessive sampling' etiquette, Larry still has time left in the day to sabotage Jeff (Jeff Carlin) and foul mouthed Susie's (Susie Eisman) school application for their son as he approaches his Bar Mitzvah. Larry's day is further ruined by more people sampling perfume for far too long.

              Episode Four: The Lefty Call'

              Richard Lewis (himself) has a new girlfriend, 'Cha Cha' (Tia Carrere from Wayne's World), who Larry employs in his office as a favor, but soon annoying him with her 'questions' about Larry's toilet habits. Cheryl also has concerns over bathroom issues, insisting Larry and the 'Blacks' use environmentally friendly toilet paper around the house, harsh on the backside. But Larry strikes a secret deal with the Blacks to have supplies of the soft non-environmentally friendly variety stashed around the house for when Cheryl's not around, but soon backfires (excuse the pun) when Cheryl discovers Larry's toilet habit subterfuge.

              Episode Five' The Freak Book'

              It's another big party at Ted Dansons, reaffirming his vows to actress Mary Steenburgen (herself) and finally agreeing 'cemetery arrangements' with Larry and Cheryl for when the friends of the couples pass on to the next world and how their graves will be arranged, Jeff insisting on an end grave as he's claustrophobic? But there's still time left at the party for Larry and Cheryl to be kicked out for buying an impropriate present, the Freak Book (a book full of pictures of freaks), and letting their limo driver get drunk and humiliate Danson.
              Because of Larry's latest indiscretions he has to drop the inebriated limo driver back at the guys home without his car, meaning a return journey the next day, which results in Larry having to do a 'pick up' at the airport so the limo driver can keep his job. His fare is none other than John McEnroe, coincidentally both due at the LA convention centre to see a big rock concert that night, a meeting of New York motor-mouths.

              Episode Six: 'The Rat Dog'

              Larry starts the day by accidentally insulting a deaf lady and her ugly dog with a hand signal, then the same again with her black husband. Larry tries his hardest to correct himself with an apology and explanation but only makes it worse. The 'Blacks', on the other hand, are looking for employment, which Larry also messes up when he picks up the wrong cell phone, that of Leon's, the jive talking cousin 'LD' is bonding with. Leon (CC Carter) has Larry's back, a great source of manly advice always on hand, but Larry's constant faux pars with the Blacks putting strain on his street cred potential with Leon. There are also issues with Larry's dad, who has fallen in love with his massage therapists, her act of hand relief that's all inclusive mistaken for attraction.

              Episode Seven: The Tivo Man

              Larry has finally got the Tivo guy (Sky Plus) to come out to fix his widescreen plasma. While the engineer is in the house Cheryl calls in distress from her American Airlines flight, heavy turbulence freaking her out, thinking the planes going down. But Larry has a bad line and the Tivo to fix and so hangs up on his wife's hour of need. Larry, flustered, has to cancel a long awaited booking at 'Primos' because she's late, a hard to get in Melrose eatery. This unfortunate cross line is one to many for Cheryl though and she walks out on him on her return from the airport, already agreeing to see a guy on the plane who was there for her when she needed a hand to hold on to, devastating Larry. But Larry being Larry decides to take another woman to the restaurant instead, none other than Zena the Warrior Princess. This split means their friends have to decide between the couple, even the restaurant guy going with 'Cheryl'.

              Episode Eight: The 'N' Word

              Larry is appalled when he overhears the 'N' word in the hospital lavatory, soon in big trouble when he is overheard relaying the same conversation to Jeff, causing maximum offence to a passing black doctor. When he relays the conversation in his house it happens again with the Black family. Larry is also a victim of his own prejudice, 'baldism', which results in Jeff, a talent agent by trade, also having a bald episode in the hospital before his operation to stop his snoring, losing Ben Stiller's business because of that 'baldism. Larry also has an erection moment with Auntie Ela Black in the back garden, breaking the close contact five second rule, further embellishing his cred with his new housemates.

              Episode Nine: The Therapist

              Larry and Cheryl try to make up, both taking advice from their therapist. Larry decides to take Cheryl to the cinema, but this time taking bad advice from his therapist, Dr Morgan (Steve Coogan), on what to do on the date, resulting in the evening quickly deteriorating and so back to square one with his wife. Things get worse for Larry when he decides to formulate a plan to correct the situation so to get Cheryl back on side, the idea being that Dr Morgan takes the blame for his stupid advice. But, alas, also falls victim to Larry's well meaning incompetence, a concurrent theme throughout all six series.

              Episode ten: The Bar Mitzvah

              Its Jeff and Susie's boys Bar Mitzah, everyone invited. But Larry doesn't have a date and doesn't want to be upstaged by Cheryl and her new boyfriend from the plane. He is also upset because the Blacks are going home to their repaired house in South Carolina, leaving him all alone. To top that his reputation is also under scrutiny after he makes a choice comment at his gastroenterologists, concerning a Gerbil being stuck up his ass. News travels fast in Santa Monica and everyone is starring at him at the Bar Mitzvah. The only way to put things right is to grab the microphone.

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              The Conclusions = = =
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              I suppose the genius of 'Curb' is the shear audacity of it and how it speaks our thoughts, thoughts Larry just can't help blurting out to cause maximum offense, and you have to love him for that. This is the sixth series now (of course) of his tirades and it just gets better and better with no signs of drying up. If we are honest we all want to be Larry David deep down and so able to say it as it is and so once we know it is as it is then it won't offend anyone anymore.

              Bringing a black American family into Larry's world is stroke of genius, real comedy warmth between the two cultures, excellent performances by all, especially Leon (JJ Carter), who stole the series for me.

              Why Curb has the edge on other comedies is because the cast have no scripts and only handed outlines when they turn up for work for the half hour show recording, only big guest stars occasionally given stuff to work with by email the day before. Larry wants it all to be ad-libbed and he's the boss, and, of course, why the show is so unique and funny. As you watch each episode you can see the actors eyes light up as they play with words and in-jokes and how the interaction evolves as the conversations develop. Its great to see and clearly where Ricky Gervais and Larry David are on the same page.

              The big debate over these shows is are the likes of Ricky and Larry rather too close to their onscreen personas, and so when they make near the knuckle gags and observations about race and gender etc, in the shows, does that somehow become offensive? Although that feels the case in 'The Office', when Ricky mocks disabled people, ethnic minorities and fat people, etc, in Curb its so warm and subtle it never enters your mind there's any malice to the writing. And even if there is you know there is a Jewish expression for it edge and Larry isn't going to back down - its funny it stays attitude.

              The best episode has to be the John McEnroe one; the loud mouth New Yorker absolutely reveling in playing the temperamental celebrity, howling out loud with Larry reading the freak book at the back stage party an extremely funny moment. But every episode has its moments and I can safely reassure fans that series six won't disappoint and doesn't let up. But I'm not here to tell fans to go buy this as they already have or plan to. I'm here for those who have yet to take the plunge, it not being on terrestrial so something you won't have seen. I think it briefly surfaced on BBC2 at an ungodly hour but nothing since.
              If you have loved the well known menu of intelligent observational comedies like The Office and Larry Sanders then you really have no excuse not to buy or rent some more with 'Curb'. It's so up your street it's banging on your front window for you to indulge, and if you do, you will never look back, trust me. Although I would say it's not really a young persons show, they not yet burdened with cynicism from life's not so rich experience.

              Curb Your Enthusiasm is the best American sitcom since Cheers (even though Larry doesn't class it as a sitcom because of its ad-lib content) and should not be neglected. So if you're just about to lose your job then spend your last tenner on Curb series one and then you will have five more to come with series seven on the way, certain to bring a smile to even Gordon Browns face. It is brilliant stuff and up there with the West Wing for me and I don't say things like that lightly.

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              Special Features = = =
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              'On the set of Curb Your Enthusiasm'

              A gentle behind the scenes 'big up' of the show by the cast and crew.

              'Gag Reel'

              General spoken blunders from the cast

              'A conversation with Larry David and Susie Essman'

              Larry and Susie discuss Larry masterpiece in front of live theatre audience. Is Larry really Larry and so that's where he gets his ideas from or is it just brilliant writing and comic acting from an incredibly talented cast.

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              'Curb' Retail prices.

              HMV £13-£26
              ZAVVI £10
              AMAZON £11.99-£14-99

              Not for rental
              10 X 25 minute episodes

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                10.01.2009 13:31
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                Overall another classic series of curb

                Curb your enthusiam is a program that i stumbled onto many years ago and thank god I did, this comedy from the man who co- wrote seinfield stars the man himself larry david. And what a comedy it is with larry going from one cringewothy and embarrasing situation to the next.

                The first five seasons of curb where fantastic and seasoon six certainly does not disappoint in any way, the surreal humour is still there that maybe some people just wont get but really this is a comedy that you just have to love.

                In this season larrys wife cheryl persuades him to take in a family that have been victims of a hurricane and no doubt moments of comedic genius follow because of a result of it. There are also many great cameos as well ranging from the likes of ben stiller to also ted danson.

                The characters throughout are brilliant and they all play themselves as well which is a unque thing.

                overall curb your entusiasm is one of the best comedys out there and season 6 is a definite must see.

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                  Comedy dealing with everyday situations

                  Curb Your Enthusiasm is the concept of Seinfeld creator Larry David. In the show, David plays himself, struggling with life's many mundane dilemma's. Whilst meaning well, he manages to upset the majority of people around him.

                  I first started watching Curb your Enthusiasm a couple of years back - they were showing episodes on More4, and I always caught the end, or came in half way through an episode. The bits I saw however, were enough to get me interested, and I went ahead and bought the box set of Season 1. I'm glad I did, as I would now rate Curb Your Enthusiam as the funniest show on TV.

                  I would imagine there'd be quite a few people who don't like this show - and that's fair enough, as the humour isn't for everyone. What I personally like about it, is the way Larry David deals with everyday situations and exaggerates them ten-fold. There are certainly issues in each show which every viewer could relate to, involving normal everyday situations.

                  We don't really have a British show that Curb is that similar to - although we could say it's a much funnier, x-rated version of One Foot in the Grave' - but it's much better than that.

                  Now onto Season Six, Curb Your Enthusiasm is as good as ever - just as i'd thought Larry David couldn't possibly get himself into any more trouble - he does. Managing to insult anyone and everyone, including Heather Mills - who mistakenly thinks Larry has called her a 'freak' - this series goes from good to great. There have been cameo's throughout the entire series, and it's no different in season six. It seems celebrities are just bursting to get in on the act. This year we have Ben Stiller (again), John Mcenroe, Lucy Lawless and John Legend to name just a few.

                  I really recommend this particular season, and the series as a whole - although if your a newcomer, I do recommend going back to the start and working you're way up from there.

                  LOVE IT.

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                    Larry finds himself on the dating scene, you know its going to be painful.

                    You would think that after seven years and six seasons that Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm would be starting to die a death, but though is a dangerous thing and David has hired three names from his previous hit Seinfeld to breath new life into the show before it showed any signs of strain. The result rather amazingly is that Curb is funnier in its seventh year than it has ever been before.

                    In a case of art imitating life, and you need really to ask why it has not happened sooner, season six follows the demise of David's marriage to the long suffering Cheryl who has finally said enough is enough and left the David house once and for all, leaving Larry to contend with a set of lodgers that he never wanted in the first place. At the time of filming, his real life wife said enough and made a sharp escape too.

                    If you have missed the wonder of Curb (I'll call it this, the title is too long to keep repeating) then firstly shame on you! Sadly Curb is one of those shows that people tune into during the mid section and really don't understand, but like any good show you need to watch from the start, and I don't mean season by season, simply from the start of a particular episode. Granted there are stories that carry forward each week, but David's personal philosophy is such that each show must be self contained rather like a movie, if the story is bigger than the 30 minutes running time, rather than spread it over several weeks he'll simply make the show longer, an issue that has created big issues over the years for channel executives when it comes to planning their schedules.

                    How each episode works is straight forward enough, a single solitary action rather like a snowball rolls down a hill gaining considerable weight. If you tune in ten minutes in, you won't get it the snowball has already been growing and the joke that to others is hysterical, makes you feel like you have missed on some very exclusive and very private joke.

                    Larry David in the show plays himself, it tells his story of trying to get some meaning out of life after creating a show that was a smash hit, in this case he created the world famous Seinfeld; and regardless of what he does he cannot shake this off, or move forward. Each week Larry tries something new, or simply gets involved in a shopping trip or private function and his blunt nature, and forthrightness creates this snowball effect I mentioned earlier.

                    The real issue with Curb is that unlike similar US comedy shows this one is for the adults, to this point it might well sound like something with its roots buried heavily in the Laurel & Hardy style comedy of the 1930's and 40's; but this really is not the case with David's show. Those of a weakened disposition when it comes to harsh language or sexual references will not enjoy this 50 something man's antics as he bounders through day to day life. In previous years for example Larry has been given a simple task, like placing an obituary for example; but due to spelling errors or his bad hand writing these flaws do not come to light until it's too late, the result with this previous series episode is that Larry makes his A look like a C on a obituary headed Beloved Aunt, this is only spotted when the newspaper hits the doormat.

                    In this season Larry reluctantly agrees to take in victims of the hurricane when his wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) puts pressure on him to do some good. After several years of what could be seen as mental torture, when Cheryl is in a life or death situation and Larry is only concerned with the TIVO guy's visit Cheryl decides its time to look at her life again and re-evaluate things; this leads to her departure from the David household, leaving Larry to deal with the Black family alone, a situation already infuriated when Larry unexpectedly orders a cake from what he considered to be an normal bakery (it actually transpires to be an adult bakery)of a black penis for a welcome to our home party, the Blacks as in name are black in skin also. As the series progresses he steals flowers from the grave of his friends mother as an apology to Cheryl and the Blacks, prods his unexplained erection into the grandmother of the Black family, is deafened by a loud flushing toilet, and on an attempt to date again after Cheryl has left accidentally sprains his penis before a date with Zena Warrior Princess actress Lucy Lawless.

                    It is a few and far event that if watched from the beginning Curb is nothing less than hysterical from start to finish, and season six is by no means an exception. In what in my opinion has been the best series ever I laughed so many times that I cried with each episode, watching these events unfurl that we all know in real life really do happen. If you have never seen Curb Your Enthusiasm before, or are a long suffering fan this really is the entry level season, and this creates a standard other shows wish they could follow.

                    The show has some great cameo performances from the likes of Ben Stiller, Ted Danson, John McEnroe, Vivica E Fox, Gina Gershon, Mary Steenbergen, Tia Carrere, Richard Lewis, and Steve Coogan.

                    The DVD contains all 10 episodes from season six over two DVD's, also included are a gag reel, a 10 minute behind the scenes piece, and a hilarious interview in which Larry David and Susie Essman (who plays Larry's friend Jeff's wife Susie, the foul mouthed Trojan of the show) bounce of each other.

                    The DVD varies in price depends where you shop from £19.99 -£24.99, a solid, hysterical, watch again bargain.

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