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Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American television sitcom starring Seinfeld co-creator and writer Larry David. Since its 2000 series debut, the half-hour HBO show has enjoyed wide critical acclaim and a steadily growing audience that has helped it emerge from early cult status. Through 2004, it has been nominated for 20 Emmy Awards, winning one, and has won a Golden Globe for best television comedy (2003). The series was inspired by a one-hour 1999 special of the same name, which David and HBO had envisioned as a one-time project.

Concept

Set in Los Angeles and loosely based on David's life as a semi-retired multimillionaire in the world after Seinfeld, the series is often described as a more subversive take on that hit program's "show about nothing" motif.

The latitude afforded by cable television allows David to employ a darker comic palette while exploring many of his stock themes: the banal idiosyncrasies of daily life, the quirky entanglements of personal relations, and the over-the-top social snafus. Curb Your Enthusiasm weaves ironic stories around the minutiae of David's sensitivities, his propensity for outrage, and misanthropic flouting of conventions -- which turn out to reveal an unwitting knack for self-destructive behavior.

Shot on location with hand-held cameras, Curb Your Enthusiasm is produced unconventionally, eschewing traditional scripts in favor of detailed scene outlines from which actors improvise dialogue. This technique is also used in Home Movies, where it is called "retroscripting", as well as in Reno 911. Curb Your Enthusiasm develops ongoing story lines and in-jokes set around David's interaction with his patient but put-upon wife, his loyal manager and others in the upper echelons of Hollywood.

Though many scenarios are drawn from his own experiences, the real-life David has downplayed the notion that he is like the character portrayed onscreen. In a Bob Costas interview, he did, however, say the Larry David of the show was the one he often wants to be in real life -- but can't, due to his sensitivity to others and to social conventions. For example, he forbids characters in CYE to use insults that may personally offend the actors (for example calling Jeff Greene fat) unless the actor (in this case, Jeff Garlin) okays it.

Production on the show's fifth season began in January 2005, with the season premiere set to air September 25. According to HBO Chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht, David was asked to make the episodes run less than 30 minutes. Upon receiving the first two new shows, Albrecht discovered that David had turned in episodes clocking in at 29 minutes, 59 seconds with credits.

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> Airing History & Information 
Premiere October 15, 2000
Episodes
Network HBO
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Cheryl Hines....   Cheryl David
Richard Lewis....   Himself (13 episodes)
Ted Danson....   Himself (6 episodes)
Jeff Garlin....   Jeff Greene
Larry David....   Larry David
Antoinette Spolar....   Larry's Receptionist / Antoinette (11 episodes)
Susie Essman....   Susie Greene (17 episodes)
Wanda Sykes....   Wanda (6 episodes)

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No Need to 'Curb Enthusiasm' for Larry
(Posted September 24, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

Tell Larry David how much you enjoyed the first couple episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," back for its fifth season Sunday, and his response is immediate.

"Wait, you didn't get the third? You sh ... [More Information]

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