The Ten Best Episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Recently, I became addicted to the hilarious HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm, and have since bought all seven seasons on DVD and watched them religiously, and I can’t help but notice a little bit of Larry rub off on me. So… I’m going to present the ten BEST ever episodes, a task which is extraordinarily difficult, and also provide reasons, quotes and classic moments to back me up.

So, without further ado, the ten best episodes of Curb, in chronological order:

S2E3: Trick or Treat

Never before have I heard someone respond to the question “Are you Jewish?” with “You wanna check my penis?” Larry David opened that door into a world of easy offence, especially to two teenage girls who commit a “hate crime” and the disputed inventor of the Cobb salad. Terrific.

S2E7: The Doll

“Sweet Judy Brown Eyes?” Larry manages to commit more atrocious yet seemingly acceptably accidental incidents in this rollercoaster of an episode. From a misinterpreted genital examination to a horribly misplaced drink bottle, Larry David serves up countless offensive comments and acts yet again in this season highlight.

S3E4: The Nanny from Hell

“You don’t comment on a four-year old’s penis!” I have complete sympathy for the nanny here, that tune is atrocious and just might have the possibility to drive me to insanity. As to whether Lewis coined that oft-abused term is still to be disputed though I doubt anyone will dispute Larry’s outrageous gift of a dozen spongecakes which end up having an unlikely usage.

S3E8: Krazee-Eyez Killa

“You my Caucasian?” Larry gives lyrical advice to a black rapper, suffers the horrible consequences of adventurous fellatio and learns true jacket throwing etiquette in this well-known episode which is regarded as one of the best. As to whether Larry is a motherfuckin pimp is to be decided.

S4E6: The Car Pool Lane

Speaking of Larry the motherfuckin pimp, his adoption of a Big Momma prostitute for access to the car pool lane has unexpected results and the appearance of Jorge Garcia “Hurley” as a doubtful drug dealer is a shockingly perfect example of his shockingly imperfect behaviour.

S4E10: Opening Night

The longest episode yet, this hour-long season finale is one of my favourite episodes simply for Larry’s brilliant rendition of Max Bialystock in The Producers. His sudden burst into a comedic routine (“People, this is my cousin Andy, or as he is affectionately known by his nickname, The Primary Reason for Anti-Semitism”) is priceless and perfectly Larry, as is his determination to get his anniversary gift and a dislike for Republicans (“You have a picture of Bush?”)

S5E8: The Ski Lift

I was surprised all this could be crammed into one episode, with the big vagina thing and the ski trip and Larry’s yarmulke-toppling performance as an orthodox Jew. Also, seeing him swap places with Jeff in marriage, even if temporarily, is hilarious enough. And as well, I don’t know if edible underwear have ever showed up at a more perfect time.

S6E3: The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial

“I like being called Daddy,” says Larry to the dean of admissions to a sacred school which he is determined to get Sammie Greene and the Black kids into. Stealing flowers from a memorial site is perhaps the most atrocious thing he’s ever done (next to pissing on Jesus), but it seems strangely normal coming from Larry.

S7E2: Vehicular Fellatio

From Larry’s vicious assault of a sealed GPS to his distaste for oral sex in a car (which I seem to remember him receiving in Season One), this episode was a riot of mistakes and coincidences. Who was blowing who? No one can be sure, but vacuum-sealed packaging and a badly timed romantic moment between Jeff and Susie could be the end of all three of them.

S7E6: The Bare Midriff

Without a doubt my favourite episode ever, The Bare Midriff had everything. I’d never laughed so hard so many times in one Curb episode. A doubtful decision of office attire to a classic case of racism toward bald people to a gift Richard Lewis wishes he never got Larry to a stunningly outrageous desecration of Christ to a suicide attempt that nearly leads to Larry’s death… whew! There’s so much hilarity in this one episode that it’s beyond a shadow of a doubt, a reason to watch Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The Episodes That Didn’t Quite Make It:

S1E3: Porno Gil, S1E8: Beloved Aunt, S2E2: Thor, S2E9: The Baptism, S3E9: Mary, Joseph and Larry, S3E10: The Grand Opening, S5E7: The Seder, S6E1: Meet the Blacks, S6E9: The Therapist, S7E5: Denise Handicap

There you go, my ten favourite Curb eps. Now leave a comment telling me if you agree or disagree, and what your favourites are.

Thanks for reading.

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About Tyler

Patient observer of all things film and music, from Béla Tarr to Boards of Canada. Foul mouthed and clinging to the edge of sanity.

Posted on April 27, 2011, in Humor, Lists, TV Shows and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Choosing ten is almost impossible but I’d say you’ve done a great job here. I know if I made my own ten, The Bare Midriff, Vehicular Fellatio, and The Ski Lift would all be on there. In fact, The Ski Lift is my favorite. That’s about the only one I’d know for sure. When he looked at the girl (who’s in The Last Exorcism) and said “What, are you fuckin’ nuts?” after she told him someone would have to jump, I lost it. And he’s eating the edible undies… hilarious.

    • Apparently they did about four takes of Larry saying “What are you nuts?” but in the fifth take he unexpectedly changed it without warning to “What are you, fuckin’ nuts?” Classic.

  2. What?! No S7E10 The Grand Opening?! The grandly satisfying finale of the overall best season is truly, monumentally hilarious and heartwarming. To see Larry smiling contently surrounded by patrons of his new restaurant spewing vulgarities to each other is priceless. It’s alway nice when Larry ends on a high. It doesn’t happen often but he deserves it once and a while. I always know when my mum is calling on my cel because Larry starts yelling “Scum sucking, mother fucking whore!” I will concede to you if you can find a film or TV show where Michael York says even half of these words. “Bum. Fuck. Turd. Fart. Cunt. Piss. Shit. Bugger, and balls.” Mmmm… Michael York should work with John Waters. Gold.

    • I can only begin to imagine what York and Waters could do together… The Grand Opening was good, but altogether the only thing truly gratifying about it was that one scene. I was searching for episodes that were brilliant the whole way through. But I do like The Grand Opening. A lot.

  3. My favourites are the Doll, the Grand Opening and the Bare Midriff.

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