Curb Your Enthusiasm

Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share

17 October 2017

Curb Your Enthusiasm is better than season nine

Few television shows claim the mantle of genius. Oddly enough, those that I deem worthy of that distinction have all come from HBO. My elite list being: The Wire, The Sopranos, Carnivale, Deadwood and the angst comedy, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

curb your enthusiasmCurb makes me laugh until my belly hurts. Larry David, the ornery anti-hero, so often finds himself in a litany of predicaments of his own making. It’s steeped with a cast of unforgettable characters, who, in one way or another, Larry screws over. He thinks too much, says too much and over steps his bounds even more. The filterless Larry David says what we all think, even when it makes us cringe. Which is why we relate to the show as much as we do.

Needless to say, elation pours over me upon hearing the news that Curb Your Enthusiasm came coming back. That is, until I sat through the first episode.

Consider the tone of Wanda Sykes when I write, “Damn Larry, you should have left a good thing alone.”

“Rather, it appears as though the actors are far too aware of themselves as they act. The show feels coerced and preplanned.”

This season of Curb Your Enthusiasm is unnecessary

Remember when Michael Jordan came out of retirement to play for the Washington Wizards? I was excited for that too. But in the back of my mind, I also wished he would leave a good thing alone. (Even Michael says now he regrets doing it.) Doing so provided the chance to tarnish a sublime legacy. Same too with season nine of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The Guardian has called the latest season, “Appalling slapstick,” although I don’t know what’s slapstick about it. (I haven’t seen any pies thrown.) It belongs to the comedy genre of uncomfortableness of The Office and, yes, Seinfeld. It’s farce.

This time around, it forces the farcial uncomfortableness without the natural feel of comedy. Characters, like my favorite, Leon, don’t feel nearly as verbally fluid. Rather, it appears as though the actors are far too aware of themselves as they act. The show feels coerced and preplanned. Catchphrases (think Larry’s, “Prettay, prettay good.”) seem too methodically analyzed, not interjected with spontaneity. All of this is in direct contrast of the previous seasons of Curb.

I worry how this season will alter the legacy of the show and how its branding has been affected. Maybe it gets better. As is, season nine should simply reinforce our belief in the brilliance of what Curb Your Enthusiasm is and not the catalyst for completely changing our mind about it.

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