Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season Seven

If you know anything about Larry David you know what to expect from each season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. After a misfire with Season 5, David has really gone full force with Season 6 and 7. On Season 6, we were witness to what many sitcoms do after things slow down… new characters were introduced. Most sitcoms add a new baby into the mix. But, not Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David takes on an entire family of Hurricane Katrina victims into his home. The season works so well because David is best when he is dealing with racial issues (as the family he takes in is an African-American family).

On Season 7, David brings back the entire cast of Seinfeld. The over arching storyline of Season 7 is a Seinfeld reunion episode. This is what the entire series has been moving towards, in my opinion. After seasons filled with Julia Louise-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander… it was nice to finally see a lot of Jerry Seinfeld and a little of Michael Richards. Also, the final episode shows about three 5 minute glimpses of what would be the Seinfeld reunion (were the reunion to be an actual event).

Nothing is off limits for Larry David. He makes fun of Richards’ racist rant caught on video. He continues to make jokes about the dating world. Jokes about road head, the handicapped, and a bit of transvestitism are all at play in Season 7. Every episode is a strong episode with the one exception of Episode 6, “The Bare Midriff.” The episode is slow, over the top, and too out of place to really have any purpose in the season.

Episode 4, “Denise Handicapped,” is the season’s best episode. In fact, I will go so far to say it is the 2nd best episode of the entire series (only falling behind Season 4, Episode 6 “The Carpool Lane” and before Season 6, Episode 10 “The Bat Mitzvah”).

I was surprised to discover Curb Your Enthusiasm was being picked up for an 8th season. After all these seasons, it seemed the best way for Curb to end would be with a Seinfeld reunion. After all, Larry David is synonymous with Seinfeld. So, I will be excited to see what is left up David’s sleeve. But, I’m pretty sure it won’t be disappointing. And, it will be pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.



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