Parents' Guide to

The Larry Sanders Show

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dry late-show satire aims jokes, language at adults.

TV IFC Comedy 1992
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When The Larry Sanders Show was still airing on HBO in the 1990s, critics loved it for its whip-smart send-up of Hollywood's celebrity culture -- and the rotating celebrity guest stars' willingness to skewer themselves week after week. At the time, the series' mockumentary show-within-a-show format was also somewhat of a novelty that helped earn it a slew of coveted television awards and went on to inspire the look and feel of other TV comedies.

Today, of course, Larry Sanders feels more than a little dated -- not only because, well, it literally is -- but also because our collective culture of celebrity-worship is so much more intense than it used to be. (Not to mention the fact that some people might not even remember who Mimi Rogers is, let alone Susan Anton.) Still, for adult viewers who can appreciate the joke, it's a well-conceived classic that deserves a second look.

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