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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 1, 1992
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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99

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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. Collapse
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Talk & Interview
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jul 17, 2013
    100
    As you watch "Larry Sanders," the lines fly by and hit you with a sweet sting. Laden with crass cultural references and blistering put-downs, the show's scripts are usually dense with delights. [12 Mar 1998]
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
    100
    Larry Sanders has always contained an undercurrent of tragedy in its portrait of a pathetically insecure man whose work is his life, and whose life is one long, uncomfortable commercial break. Fearlessly, Shandling and his cowriters are pushing Larry to the edge.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 17, 2013
    100
    This brilliant and aching and achingly brilliant series is the best original sitcom in the history of cable TV. [15 Mar 1998]
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 17, 2013
    100
    "The Larry Sanders Show" begins its sixth season in top form, with no letup in its steady flow of spot-on sendups and ironic rubs. [13 Mar 1998]
  5. Reviewed by: Ray Richmond
    Jul 17, 2013
    100
    "Larry Sanders" remains a piece of small-screen art, a series whose wildly colorful characters and flawless execution make it the wittiest half-hour on TV. [12 Mar 1998]
  6. Reviewed by: Lee Winfrey
    Jul 17, 2013
    100
    Sanders' return is a reminder that Seinfeld is not alone as a significant achievement and advancement in contemporary television humor. [13 Mar 1998]
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jul 17, 2013
    90
    "The Larry Sanders Show" is the most painful comedy on TV, and I mean that as a compliment. At its best, this half-hour sitcom, set in and around a Los Angeles-based talk show, achieves a sublime level of cruelty. [13 Mar 1998]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  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