It was a show that inspired a generation. A show that changed the landscape of television and how comedies are shot. It was a show that allowed the talent to breath and improvise while connecting point A to point Q each episode. A show that was executive produced by and starred Larry David. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning comedy series focused on David as an over-the-top version of himself in an unsparing but tongue-in-cheek depiction of his life. That show, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The series was developed from a 1999 one-hour special, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, which David and HBO originally envisioned as a one-time project. The special was shot as a mockumentary, where the characters were aware of the presence of cameras and a crew. The series itself is not a mock documentary but is shot in a somewhat similar cinéma vérité-like style. Curb Your Enthusiasm has received high critical acclaim, and has grown in popularity since its debut. It has been nominated for 38 Primetime Emmy Awards, and Robert B. Weide received an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the episode “Krazee Eyez Killa”.
The show starred, alongside Larry David, Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs, WALL·E, Toy Story 4), Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory, TripTank) and Susie Essman (Those Who Can’t, Broad City, Adventure Time). As for notable guest stars and recurring appearances, the list is quite long. Mary Steenburgen, Mel Brooks, Martin Scorsese, Ben Stiller, Martin Short, Lucy Lawless, Shaquille O’Neal, Ricky Gervais, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, Hugh Hefner, Alanis Morissette, Mookie Wilson and the main cast of Seinfeld. Mr. Show‘s Bob Odenkirk, Golden Girls‘ Bea Arthur, Tootsie herself Dustin Hoffman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Stephen Colbert and Steve Coogan were also in the mix. As that doesn’t even include the repeat customers of Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Kaitlin Olson, J. B. Smoove, and Wanda Sykes.
The show infiltrated pop culture by other means than just television. A Curb Your Enthusiasm book was released in October 2006 that contained stories from Larry David’s past, original interviews and commentary, episode outlines, episode guide, and over 100 full-color photographs. The contents of the book spanned the first five seasons of the show. On the music front, who can ever forget that theme song. If you were to play a game of Name That Tune, you would be able to name it in one note. The opening and closing theme song which was never mentioned in the credits is called “Frolic” by Italian composer Luciano Michelini. Larry David heard the music used in a bank commercial years before the show was created and thought it had a lighthearted, joyful quality and the rest is history.
Now on to the future of the show, David said in December 2014, “I guess, right now, the odds would be against it, probably 6 to 1.” He added he also did not anticipate a finale special, saying, “I got so much grief from the Seinfeld finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked, that I no longer feel a need to wrap things up. I wouldn’t say I’m mad about it, but it taught me a lesson that if I ever did another show, I wasn’t going to wrap it up.”
In July 2015 at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo expressed optimism for the future of Curb, saying that he had seen David before the start of his Broadway show, Fish in the Dark, and that he pointed to a notebook and told Lombardo that it was the next season of Curb. Lombardo said, “I don’t think it’s out of Larry’s system, I think he wants to have something to say.”
Well, nothing says there may be something coming in the future like releasing all 8 seasons of a show. Will there be another announcement following what should be a celebrated situation by the fans? For now, we’ll just have to curb our collective enthusiasm. In the meantime all eight seasons of “Curb” are currently available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.