The Larry Sanders Show

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The Larry Sanders Show takes you backstage at a fictional late night talk show with real-life guests from movies, music, and television.
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  1. 1. What Have You Done For Me Lately?
    December 31, 1991
    28min
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    During a meeting with network executives, Larry is asked to do live commercials to appease his show's sponsors. Reluctant to tamper with the format of his program, Larry worries that they will not work with the style of the show, while Arthur suggests that Hank should be the one to do the spots. However, when that idea is turned down because Hank is already overexposed in the commercial market...
  2. 2. Promise
    December 31, 1991
    25min
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    While preparing comedian David Spade for his fifth appearance on the show, Paula gives him a routine interview about his monologue. Being polite, Larry asks him to drop by his office, but is caught off guard when David actually comes in to chat before heading on his way. Then, while at home watching television with his wife, Larry is disturbed to see David on the Tonight Show doing the same jo...
  3. 3. The Spider
    December 31, 1991
    27min
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    While preparing for a show with guest Carol Burnett, Larry is told that spider expert Steve Kutcher will also be appearing with some of his spiders. Asked to participate in a Tarantula Arm Race, Larry's fear of spiders causes him to worry but, when Arthur insists it will get huge laughs from his audience, he tentatively agrees to join in. Meanwhile, after having comedian Jon Lovitz and his dat...
  4. 4. Guest Host
    December 31, 1991
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    When Larry asks a comedian and good friend Dana Carvey to host the show during his vacation, Hank is upset about having been passed over for the guest spot once again. Turning to Arthur, Hank insists on being given a chance to audition for the guest host job right then and there, as Larry gives Dana a run down on the show while discussing their fishing trip together later that week. Told to us...
  5. 5. The New Producer
    December 31, 1991
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    While recuperating from surgery, Arthur is upset with changes in the show made by substitute producer Jonathan Littman, even though the new head of Late Night Programming, Sam Fitsgerald, tells Larry that the network is happy with the new look. As Sam congratulates Jonathan for his pointed critique of the show, Larry asks that Jon's memo be kept from his staff and urges his network boss to go ...
  6. 6. Flirt
    December 31, 1991
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    During an appearance on his show, actress Mimi Rogers claims that she would like to see Larry do a nude scene in a film. While pursuing the idea further, Larry flirts with Mimi and asks her to come back again the next night. Although hesitant about making such an unusual offer, Larry is calmed by Arthur and assured that having her back is a fine idea. Meanwhile, having run out of time for "Sei...
  7. 7. Hank's Contract
    December 31, 1991
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    While in the middle of his contract negotiations, Hank threatens to leave the show unless he gets both a raise and his own golf cart to drive around the studio. Learning of his demands from network lawyer Sheldon Davidoff, both Larry and Arthur mercilessly poke fun at Hank behind his back. Meanwhile, although thanking Larry for some words of encouragement during the show, Hank clears out his o...
  8. 8. Out Of The Loop
    December 31, 1991
    23min
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    After noticing that his head writer Jerry has been slacking off lately, Larry realizes that he knows little about his show's staff. Pressing Beverly for detail, he is told that Jerry has been having sex on the set with Sally, a new employee on the show. Learning that he was the only one who didn't know about the affair, Larry demands that Arthur help him become more connected with his staff an...
  9. 9. Talk Show
    December 31, 1991
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    As Larry is about to take the stage for his show, Jeannie tells him that his job has ruined their relationship. Claiming that the only way she can get a chance to talk to him is to be booked as a guest; her veiled threats force Larry to cut the monologue short. Confronted by Arthur about why he only did one joke, Larry says his wife is ready to leave him and that he had no other choice if he i...
  10. 10. Party
    December 31, 1991
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    During a visit to the set, Larry's wife Jeannie invites Arthur and his wife over to their home for dinner the following night. Taken aback by the offer, Arthur asks for some time to consult with Elaine, mindful of the fact that Larry and Jeannie have never once invited them over to their home. Larry insists it will be in reality, he is really uncomfortable with the thought of entertaining Arth...
  11. 11. Warmth
    December 31, 1991
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    After an emotional moment on the air with Richard Simmons to discuss the progress of Hank's new diet, Larry comes across a report on his show's ratings in Arthur's office. Although concerned by the low numbers compared to his competitors, Arthur insists that they mean nothing and insists that Larry forget all about them. However, asked about his image, Jeannie claims it is the hostility bubbli...
  12. 12. A Brush With The Elbow Of Greatness
    December 31, 1991
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    While watching the local news, Larry is surprised to learn he has been accused by a woman of rudely pushing her in a supermarket checkout line. Though admitting that he was at the market when Carol Biederman was shoved into a magazine rack, Larry denies having anything to do with the episode she described. Meanwhile, as reporters besiege the show office searching for stories of more rude and v...
  13. 13. Hey Now
    December 31, 1991
    22min
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    When his announcer Hank Kingsley falls asleep during an interview, late night talk show host Larry Sanders wonders just how committed his sidekick is to the job. After asking his producer, Arthur, to speak with him about the problem, Larry also discovers that Hank owns an expensive home in a neighborhood where he and his wife Jeannie are also looking for a house. Curious as to how he could aff...

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Brad GreyGarry Shandling
Season year
1992
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Scott TurnerReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the greatest television shows ever made...
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Over the decades I've watched a lot of great television comedy series (I Love Lucy, Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bob Newhart Show, All In The Family, Carol Burnett, M*A*S*H, Soap, Cheers, Seinfeld, South Park to name just a few), and The Larry Sanders Show ranks at or near the top of my personal list.

The show starts strong and fully formed from the first episode, and remains so through the last episode, without a bad episode to be found. The style of the show was groundbreaking, and those who watch The Office or Curb Your Enthusiasm will see that they are direct descendants of this show's style, which used handheld cameras, real locations (no sets), no audience (er, kinda sorta, more on that below), and a combination of scripted and improvised dialog.

The show is about the goings-on behind and in front of the camera of a late night talk show, where Larry Sanders is a competitor of David Letterman, Jay Leno, and the late night bunch. Garry Shandling plays Larry as a funnily neurotic genius narcissist who lives in the bubble of fame and money created by network television stardom.

Rip Torn plays Artie (no last name ever given) who has been a television producer since forever, knows everyone in the biz, and keeps the show successful by being charming, vulgar, diplomatic, omniscient, and scary in just the right combination.

Jeffrey Tambor plays Hank "Hey Now" Kingsley, Larry's feckless sidekick. One of the great conceits of the show that I only perceived after having re-viewed the entire series recently is that although Hank is a buffoon and deserves every bad thing that happens to him, when he is on camera on the show within a show he is nearly perfect - he has a fantastically smooth announcer's voice, and he's engaging and funny on the show-within-a-show, although off-stage he's just a jerky dope.

There are more, but naming all the great actors and roles on this show would take more time than I have to invest. Suffice it to say that if you watch this series you'll be astounded at the seemingly endless parade of well-known entertainment folks that pass through the show, either as actors playing roles or as 'guests' playing themselves on the show.

The show is shot in an interesting manner as well, with the show-within-a-show shot on videotape, and the backstage shenanigans filmed on film (seemingly), which highlights the contrast between onstage and offstage. When the show-within-a-show is being taped, there is an actual live studio audience, and an actual (condensed) talk show is put on for that audience.

However, when the show is backstage or offstage there is no audience or laugh track. At the time, this was all unique and groundbreaking stuff, and it set the stage for many of today's shows, as noted above.

On top of everything else, the show is painfully and consistently funny. It may be the most well-written show that's ever been put on American network television.

If you've never seen it, do yourself a favor and give it a shot for a few episodes. And if you're like me and already knew and loved it, watching it again is still enjoyable. We introduced my mother-in-law to the show a few months ago, and we watched it again from first episode to last over the course of a couple of months, and it was a joy to re-watch, and also to see a new convert to the show being born.
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Pop BopReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Series
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You have Larry and Hank. Check! Rip Torn hits his later career peak here. And the guest stars seem to be having a hoot, which gives the whole project great energy above and beyond the top notch writing.
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Daniel HurleyReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hugely Funny Behind the Camera Show : Outstanding Cast
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I missed the Larry Sanders run since I did not have his specific cable channel but I had caught snippets so this is a great package to see all his first year's shows that features a marvelous cast with the great and under appreciated stand up comic Garry Shandling who in real life filled in for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show, Rip Torn as the "balls to the wall", "get it done" director/producer and Jeffrey Tambor who plays the neurotic, suck up side kick who turns into a self centered demon if and when he has any power. Full of actual real life guest stars that have friendly to combative jousts with the insecure Sanders in front of and behind the camera. A colorful look at Hollywood, the pressures on televison shows that are slaves to ratings and the tenuous egos behind the lens. Since this was on cable, the language and some scenes are adult but that's part of the fun, the gloves are off and you see the characters as they really are, or are portrayed.
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Fletch F. FletchReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funniest Shows I've ever seen
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The Larry Sanders Show is without question one of the funniest TV Shows I've ever seen. I don't watch many TV Shows today, but I use to watch the larry sanders show all the time when it was on HBO, Bravo, and now UPN. My favorite character is without question, Artie (Rip Torn), the character is so perfect for Mr Torn it's impossible to imagine any other actor playing the part, he constantly assists himself side by side with Larry, protecting him from the day 2 day...and ofcourse constantly telling Larry his bottom is not fat. Even thought the 3 Main Characters (Larry, Artie, and Hank) are what the show is all about, the supporting characters keep give the show it's flavor. Characters like Phil, Paula, Beverly, and Darlenne work backstage of "The Larry Sanders Show" to make Mr. Sanders as happy as can be, although it's usually them making the show go haywire. I hope Season 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will all be releashed on DVD in the near future as I've just purchased season 1 a couple days earlier. This is a hard DVD to find,... Anyway, this is probably my favorite TV show of all time, ranking right up there with the TV Shows of the 80's (Perfect Strangers, Family Ties, Head of The Class, Who's The Boss) and you like this show as much as I do, you almost have to have Season 1 on DVD. I use to challenge myself trying to remember the characters & their jobs on the show, let me see how many I can post.
Larry Sanders (Host)
Arthur (Producer of Show)
Hank Kingsley (Larry's Sidekick)
Beverly (Larry's Secretary)
Darlenne (Hank's Secretary 92-95)
Phil (Head Writer)
Stevie Grant (Larry's Agent)
Paula (Talent Booker)
Jerry (Head Writer 92-93)
Brain (Hank's Secretary 95-98)
Norman (Larry's Publicist)
Francine (Larry's 1st wife)
Jeanie (Larry's 2nd wife)
Mary Lou (Booker after Paula)
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Fred ShigelbortReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great show
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I had to rate this show at the maximum points. I noticed that a lot of other people were simply disappointed with the video quality. But, part of the show was filmed with "video-tape" and part of it with "film." The nature of this kind of filming is that the "film" is not going to look as good as the "video-tape." But, this effect is what lets you distinguish what part of the show is supposedly broadcast on TV as "The Larry Sanders Show" and what part you are supposed to accept as a person looking at the whole show from another view. Naturally, the "video-tape" is going to look better in comparison when you put the whole thing on DVD. The part that is on "film" comes out looking all that much worse in comparison to the "video-tape" because it is just not the same quality. My advice is to not worry "video quality" when making this purchase. The video is not as bad as a lot of the reviewers make it out to be. This artistic technique is very important to the show, in fact. It makes the whole show very unique, too. I say buy it and keep it for posterity on DVD and be sure and bring it out and watch it several times. I can't wait for the following seasons to come out. . ..
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Joel F. CellaReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Long live Garry Shandling!
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"The Larry Sanders Show" was one of the best, most innovative and original comedy series to ever make it on TV! Much like, "It's Garry Shandling's Show", it was way ahead of its time. Although Garry is gone, I'll always get a laugh whenever I want having these comedy classics
on DVD. They're a must for the cutting edge comedy fan!
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Iskandar SyeedReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great show, warming up premier season
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This show is one of my favorites.
The first season's great, but doesn't achieve
the heights that it does in the following seasons.
WHERE IS SEASON TWO!!!!!????

I'd definitely recommend getting the Not Just the Best Of dvd set,
as that has about 5 from season 1, as well as some excellent
episodes picked from other seasons, and don't worry
about repeat purchases when other seasons come out.
This dvd is one of the most packed with special features sets
I've seen, and the features are incredible, hilarious, awkward,
and interesting as hell.
And if you already have this, then I'd recommend getting Season 1.
Nancy C. FerroReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars
how could anyone not like this???
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frankly, i'm amazed that anyone could find anything to complain about with this set. if you like larry sanders (which you obviously do if you sprang for this set), then why complain about the sound? (see first review). there were about 3 episodes that i hadn't seen before, the best of which was "spiders". i laughed so hard, i was actually crying. the interview with garry shandling is great, too. i've never seen him so serious! also, i didn't realize so mcuh had gone into the mere production of this brilliant show. i can't wait until all 8 seasons are out!
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