• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 15, 2000
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jul 9, 2013
    100
    With this delightful and boldly distinctive new series, the co-creator of "Seinfeld" has managed to accomplish two seemingly impossible things at once: He has given HBO its best sitcom since "The Larry Sanders Show," and given all of television the best sitcom since "Seinfeld." [13 Oct 2000]
  2. Reviewed by: Allan Johnson
    Jul 9, 2013
    100
    An insanely funny romp thanks to its unique storytelling technique and an inspired performance by the star. [15 Oct 2000]
  3. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    91
    Curb Your Enthusiasm has an unhurried, improvisational style that may cause restlessness. And David, playing himself as a cranky pessimist, is a determinedly unlovable star. But stay with the 10-week series and you'll be ensnared by his sly humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Jul 9, 2013
    90
    No one has created a funnier TV character this fall. ... While the first four shows have their fair amounts of laugh-out-loud moments, each ends on an enormous knee-splitter; it's a show viewers will remember the following day and likely laugh at even harder than they did the first time. [12 Oct 2000]
  5. Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    Jul 9, 2013
    90
    On "Seinfeld," this cranky sensibility was filtered through likable actors. Here, nothing stands between the audience and Mr. David's acerbic vision and morose face. There is every reason to despise the man, or at least to feel irritated by his narrowness and self-pity. Instead, for those who aren't immediately put off, Mr. David's comic brilliance becomes even more apparent in this unvarnished form. [13 Oct 2000]
  6. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 9, 2013
    90
    I haven't enjoyed a new cable comedy so much since the first episode of "Larry Sanders." [15 Oct 2000]
  7. Reviewed by: Joyce Millman
    Jul 9, 2013
    90
    David is thoroughly disagreeable. And that’s what makes 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' so deliciously perverse, and so true to the impeccable nastiness of 'Seinfeld.' For those of us who’ve been making do with syndicated 'Seinfeld' reruns, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' is the treat of the new season.
  8. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 9, 2013
    88
    This one is not for everyone. I'm just glad it's one for me. [15 Oct 2000]
  9. There will be those who will find true comic insight in the sharp comments and ugly little moments of truth. And there will be those who will flee "Curb Your Enthusiasm," seeking something just a bit less off-putting. [14 Oct 2000]
  10. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jul 9, 2013
    88
    Imagine "Seinfeld" distilled to its cynical essence. [12 Oct 2000]
  11. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    As with most HBO series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" isn't for everyone. Prerequisites include not only a desire for more of the best of "Seinfeld" but a willingness to go along with David's Brooklyn-bred grumpiness. [13 Oct 2000]
  12. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    The most stylistically innovative comedy to hit American television since HBO's great, barely seen "The Larry Sanders Show" ... It's also the most squirm-inducing look at everyday deceit that I've seen outside of an Albert Brooks or Woody Allen movie. [14 Oct 2000]
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    The first four episodes contain more solid laughs than most sitcoms manage in a year. [13 Oct 2000]
  14. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    Funny and wickedly weird.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 9, 2013
    75
    Curb is an experiment in free-form TV, one that is just as happy to make you cringe in embarrassment as make you laugh, and even happier just to dawdle along provoking no response at all. [13 Oct 2000]
  16. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jul 9, 2013
    70
    It has genuinely funny moments... [but] the biggest problem with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is the unevenness of the improvisation. [13 Oct 2000]
  17. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jul 9, 2013
    63
    Perpetually miffed, always digging himself out of one disaster while inadvertently miring himself in yet another, David is either making you wince or making you laugh. Unfortunately, it's probably more of the former than the latter. [13 Oct 2000]
  18. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 28, 2013
    60
    The humor is minutely observed, but the improv reminds you how much nonactor Jerry Seinfeld benefited from comic backup and tight scripts.
  19. 50
    The project as a whole reeks of self-indulgence and vanity. [13 Oct 2000]
  20. Reviewed by: Barbara Vancheri
    Jul 9, 2013
    50
    Reminiscent of "Seinfeld" but not as funny.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 23, 2012
    10
    Such a great comedy series. Witty, absorbing, astonishing...
    I just can't understand why the hell Larry David didn't win emmy for his great
    work in this series.

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  2. Sep 5, 2011
    10
    Larry David certainly is a talented man. It's Too intriguing how much he will call ANYONE out on their b.s. Constantly finding myself in scenarios where i wish L.D was around to socially assassinate someone. Full Review »
  3. Jan 19, 2013
    10
    Watching Curb is like watching Seinfeld all over again. It's incredibly smart, entertaining and original. To be able to write three or four possible issues Larry must face and overcome and bring them all together at the end of each episode makes the show one of the best I've ever seen. Full Review »