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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 15, 2000
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
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  1. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 2, 2017
    91
    Despite a six-year gap between Season 8 and Season 9, Larry David’s attack on uncomfortable social customs felt right at home in 2017. Some things never change, and David is certainly one of those things. Thank God.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Oct 2, 2017
    80
    There are comforting pleasures in the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Cheryl Hines is back and her character is on pleasant terms with ex-husband Larry. ... But the derangement of the comedy might be the most satisfying returning element.
  3. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Oct 2, 2017
    80
    All told, there is plenty to be enthusiastic about. The season’s storylines are only just getting into place, and standalone “Thank You For Your Service,” the fifth episode, is an elegantly structured comic episode that suggests the season will just get better. ... Curb Your Enthusiasm’s long-awaited comeback is not exactly great, but pretty, pretty, pretty good.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Oct 2, 2017
    80
    There are comforting pleasures in the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Cheryl Hines is back and her character is on pleasant terms with ex-husband Larry. ... But the derangement of the comedy might be the most satisfying returning element.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 2, 2017
    80
    Not a pantheon installment--which, given how many amazing episodes the show has done over close to 20 years, is no sin--but wickedly funny at times, and effective at both bringing us back into the fold and setting up this season’s storylines.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 2, 2017
    63
    It’s great have an old friend back, even better to see he’s still the best part of his own joke. It’s also reasonable to wonder whether that joke has grown just a little bit stale.
  7. 50
    On paper, I love the idea of Larry becoming an American Salman Rushdie by trying to tell his story in the form of a stage musical. It’s got a shamelessly metafictional kick. ... But the fatwa that’s declared against Larry is too predictable and half-assed. ... [Episode five is] not great, either, but it’s much better and funnier than this debut.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 29, 2017
    10
    Seriously! Curb is the funniest show of all time! I have tears in my eyes watching Larry offend his way through life as he recognizes andSeriously! Curb is the funniest show of all time! I have tears in my eyes watching Larry offend his way through life as he recognizes and vocalizes so many of those tiny annoyances that irk our daily mundane lives. Live on Larry, and please consider a season 10. Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2017
    8
    Not Curb as its best, but still a great season. It's not just the jokes that make it hilarious, but the cast including Susie Essman, J. B.Not Curb as its best, but still a great season. It's not just the jokes that make it hilarious, but the cast including Susie Essman, J. B. Smoove, Bob Einstein and also the terrific guest stars. Expand
  3. Jul 15, 2018
    8
    This show just never loses its touch, it is the best and funniest show on television.
  4. Oct 26, 2017
    7
    Curb your enthusiasm continues to have its spurts of hilarity although it doesn't feel as relevant as it did 15 years ago. Larry David stillCurb your enthusiasm continues to have its spurts of hilarity although it doesn't feel as relevant as it did 15 years ago. Larry David still has the same charm. Expand
  5. May 24, 2018
    6
    There are some good moments, particularly early on in the season.

    The accidental text on purpose is classic Larry David, but it doesn't
    There are some good moments, particularly early on in the season.

    The accidental text on purpose is classic Larry David, but it doesn't have the same punch twenty years after Seinfeld ended...

    "Namaste" is the best episode.

    The season's narrative arc didn't work for me. It was amusing seeing F. Murray Abraham on Curb, and the Salman Rushdie cameo was great, but I don't know who Lin Miranda is... and, the fatwa narrative was stupid. Larry wearing a wig and a moustache isn't funny and neither is him being chased by an Islamic fundamentalist at the end of the season. I'm not sure what the joke is, honestly.

    Larry David (the character) isn't consistent with the rest of the season. Why does he care about thanks and apologies not being "commensurate"? Isn't this a guy who doesn't apologise for anything? When he said if he was 20 minutes late to dinner he'd apologise like he killed a family member, he was seriously breaking character. Maybe Larry David (the person) would apologise like that, but Larry David (the character) wouldn't.

    The writing has - somehow - gotten lazier, which is extraordinary considering the fact that it's basically unscripted... and some of the episodes (like the finale, at 48 minutes) are way too long.

    I no longer find his perspective sympathetic, a lot of the time. Larry (a multi multi millionaire) spends his life whinging to working people about petty rich-man problems... insisting to know what the nature of the disturbance is in a kitchen; complaining about a chair in his therapists office; complaining that he can't be seated at a restaurant until the whole party has arrived... He is one of those difficult customers that people in the service industry have to deal with. I get the impression he's not like this in real life and he uses the show to vent minor frustrations... But, after nearly a decade between seasons, you would think he'd at least have some better material.

    Larry David's (the person) life seems kind of sad and boring. All he has to talk about is whether or not people thank him adequately or apologise to him sufficiently... and other petty rich-man like his curtain remote not working.

    Maybe if I was rich and alone, I'd be able to relate to him and his petty little problems... I'm tired of listening to fictionalised American celebrities complain about nothing.

    It seems that my enthusiasm for "LD" has (finally) been curbed.
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