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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 1, 1992
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Starring: Wallace Langham, Garry Shandling, Penny Johnson Jerald
  • Summary: Comic Garry Shandling draws upon his own talk show experiences to create the character of Larry Sanders, a paranoid, insecure host of a late night talk show. Larry, along with his obsequious TV sidekick Hank Kingsley and his fiercely protective producer Artie, allows Garry Shandling and his talented writers to look behind the scenes and to show us a convincing slice of behind the camera life. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Talk & Interview
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jul 17, 2013
    100
    It takes a literate, cynical look at showbiz and, in doing so, creates fine art. [12 Nov 1996]
  2. Reviewed by: Elaine Showalter
    Jun 26, 2013
    100
    As Larry, Shandling raises banality into an art form; he is consistently hilarious whether blissfully watching his own videos or reacting to a bad review.
  3. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jul 17, 2013
    100
    It's as brilliant, hard-edged and hilarious as ever. [13 Nov 1996]
  4. Reviewed by: John Freeman
    Jul 17, 2013
    100
    Based on this season's first two episodes, "The Larry Sanders Show" maintains its killer aim: It's never been more deliciously caustic or more viciously on-target about Hollywood insiders' egos and insecurities -- or more outright hilarious. [12 Nov 1996]
  5. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jul 17, 2013
    100
    When a series starts off great and just keeps getting better, it's television-classic time. And as "The Larry Sanders Show" racks up its fifth 13-week season, that's precisely what is happening on HBO.
  6. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 17, 2013
    100
    "The Larry Sanders Show" opens its fifth season tonight by reminding viewers just how extraordinary it is, not only as one of the funniest, smartest comedies ever, but also in sometimes having celebrity guests depict themselves in ways almost as curious as stories on "The X-Files," the otherworldly Fox series that made [guest David] Duchovny famous.
  7. Reviewed by: Frederic M. Biddle
    Jul 17, 2013
    80
    Television's blackest comedy. [13 Nov 1996]

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 9, 2014
    10
    The Larry Sanders Show contains some of the most witty moments in television history. Studded with exceptional cameos and performances, one can find true humor in almost every turn during every episode. Expand