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Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Laugh until it hurts with Seinfeld creator.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Subtle commentary about social conventions and propriety, but generally this is a show that's all about laughs.

Positive role models

The main character is essentially good natured but very flawed. He's regularly petty, selfish, rude, pushy, dishonest, and inadvertantly bigoted. Other main characters are also flawed, with sex addiction, alcoholism, incredibly foul mouths, etc.

Violence

Rare physical violence, always in the name of humor.

Sex

Regular, frank discussion of sex, including masturbation, prostitution, sexual positions, etc. Occasional sexually suggestive scenes.

Language

Tons o' cursing -- every word in the book -- always for comic effect.

Consumerism

The main character proudly drives a very recognizable Prius. All characters are very wealthy and spend money easily.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Plenty of social drinking. One character is a recovering alcoholic.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cable sitcom is for mature teens and adults only. It includes jokes and themes based on race, disability, religion, etc. that mature folks will understand as ironic, but which the younger set may misinterpret. One character has a porn addiction and talks about it regularly, including discussing masturbation. One season's story arc is based on the idea that the main character can have sex with someone other than his wife as an anniversary present. Though discussed plenty, sex is never shown, other than the occasional comedic grope. Since this is a pay cable series, profanity isn't censored and occurs with enthusiastic regularity. Characters occasionally use drugs, though this isn't a common element. Note: In the version of the show that runs in syndication, profanity and nudity have been edited to meet broadcast standards.

What's the story?

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM is a largely improvised cable sitcom based on the life of Larry David, the co-creator and executive producer of Seinfeld. David plays a version of himself -- a rich semi-retired comedy writer who likes to golf with his loyal friend and agent, Jeff Greene (Jeff Garlin), and go out to dinner with his patient wife, Cheryl (Cheryl Hines). Extending the Seinfeld concept of a "show about nothing," Curb follows Larry during his normal outings -- visits with friends, evenings out with Cheryl, errands around town.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

What makes the show so entertaining and hilarious is Larry's tendency to be socially inappropriate (much like Seinfeld's George Costanza) and get obsessed with tiny details, like Jerry Seinfeld's TV character. Larry's social stumbles aren't your usual gaffes, but rather painful, cringe-inducing idiocy -- like when he jokes with an African-American dermatologist about getting into medical school thanks to affirmative action. When Larry is later forced to ask the dermatologist for a favor, he finds himself in a room full of African Americans who compel him to repeat his tasteless joke and be branded a racist.

While Seinfeld occasionally ventured into adults-only territory, Curb Your Enthusiasm never visits anyplace else. Jeff's wife Susie (Susie Essman) regularly curses up a storm -- not just an expletive here and there, but a steady stream of crude (but funny) vitriol. And in addition to Jeff's penchant for golf, he's a porn addict with a history of infidelity. Nothing is off limits in David's comedic world: He takes on religion, disability, even the death of his own mother.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Larry David's inappropriate comments. Do you think the character is prejudiced against certain types of people? What about the real-life Larry? How accurate a reflection of his life do you think the show is?

  • What makes Larry's comments funny? What is the purpose of this kind of humor? Why does his wife put up with him?

  • For Seinfeld fans: Can you spot similarities between Larry and his Seinfeld characters? Do you remember Seinfeld episodes that dealt with similar issues to those you see here?

TV details

Cast:Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Larry David
Networks:HBO, Syndicated
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycontagiouus August 15, 2012

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What does "consumerism" and brands have to do with anything? This website is weird.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byREDSOX101 February 28, 2010

Larry David Wins Again

There's absolutley no doubt in my mind that this is the funniest TV show I've ever seen. Larry David does it again. He is the true comic genius. Some say Seth Rogen or Eddie Murphey or some may even say Jay Leno, but I think it's Larry. His sense of humour hit my funny bone JUST in the right spot. One word for this show: Genius.
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent of a 11, 13, 16, and 18+ year old Written byWesnocs January 27, 2011
I hate this show. It';s funny in a degrading kind of way and perhaps that is what the appeal is to some but this is not anything that even me or my husband would watch let alone any child. Sorry, I don't think you have to delve into this type of filth in order to call it comedy. None of these things happen to me in real life. Seinfield is the milder version of this and much more truly funny.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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