Why I Don't Need Another Season of Curb Your Enthusiasm

Earlier this week, Larry David signed on to do another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm for HBO—his eighth. Anyone who saw last season's finale knows this news to be a shock. Curb went out with the finest episode of its entire run, which included a Seinfeld cast reunion and the inevitable reunion of Larry and Cheryl. There were tiny gags, like Larry's inexplicable feud with Mocha Joe, and there were grander-scale comments about the series as a whole—most notably, its refusal to tie everything together neatly by the end. It was the perfect encapsulation of the meta-commentary that made Curb Your Enthusiasm so funny. (And who can forget Danny Duberstein, from earlier in the season; not in the finale, but… amazing.)



That said, I'm less than thrilled to hear there's another season in the works. I mean, I love Curb Your Enthusiasm and have total faith in Larry David's ability to recover from the semi-closure. But he really wrote himself into a corner, and while I've enjoyed the show for what it is, I have to admit I'll be disappointed if next season falls short of the brilliance he demonstrated in Season 7. Worse yet, what if David finds a way to get the new season going, but the whole thing isn't as good or as consistent? Nowadays, because of DVDs and online viewing, shows exist as a whole; the reputation of each season affects the reputation of the entire series. David has worked so hard to build up Curb's reputation, and it'd be a shame so see some of that squandered because he tried to eke out one more season. Of course, Season 8 could be brilliant, but I can't help but worry about the alternative—a very Larry David thing to do.

It's rare that a show benefits from tacking on even a few more episodes—especially at HBO, the home of shows that end of their own volition. Take, for example, Flight Of The Conchords and Extras, which each ran for two seasons; both shows are perfect slices of certain senses of humor, and if they'd gone on longer the jokes would've started to feel stale. And notably, Extras star Ricky Gervais moved on to other projects: first The Ricky Gervais Show, and now the recently announced Life's Too Short, which is set to air next year in the UK. I wonder what an inventive guy like Larry David could do if he took the budget for another season of Curb and used it to do something totally different.

I'll take whatever I can get, of course. It's that after the Curb announcement I couldn't help but recall the old comedy maxim "Leave 'em laughing"; Larry David certainly did that already, and I would've thought it'd be enough.

Are you excited to watch another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, or worried that it won't live up?

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I am thrilled to know that Larry and the gang will be back next year. Although the the last few episodes looked like closure. Once before Larry decided to call it quits, I think it was at the end of season 5. This is a quality show and cannot be compared with other mediocre presentations that are doing their round on the networks.
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actually i was shocked too,another season full of LD and jeff?it's amazing,i'm so looking forward to it.
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How did he "[write] himself into a corner". Patching up a marriage isn't some series-ending move; it's the end of a story arc. Stop writing contrarian nonsense just to make a name for yourself.
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I'm looking forward to the next season of Curb it's only ten more episodes I'm sure LD has the brains to pull off 10 more episodes.
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i m so happy it one of the best
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Of course I'm excited, it's LD you maniacs! :))
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you are officially not allowed to laugh at the next series then you stupid idiot.
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after 7 seasons of seinfeld and 7 of curb, i put my similar doubts into a little box and remind myself he's created 14 years of better television than me and if he thinks he has material for another season, im 100% behind him
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The fact that there are only 10 episodes per season and a new season every 2 years, keeps it from becoming stale. Each season's topics are so broad and so different, LD wouldn't do another season if it wasn't going to be funny.
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It's Larry David, you know it's gonna be good. I hope to see even more Leon, that guy is hilarious!
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I'm happy about an eight season of Curb, even if it sucks it's way better than other comedys shows right now.
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Michael Richards: So tell me about the groats disease?

Danny 'Leon' Duberstein: Everything I ate tasted like peaches. And I forgot how to multiply; I could subtract, but I couldn't multiply. If I am f**king 6 women, 3 times a day, 7 days a week, how many times per week am I f**king? Was it 10? was it 130? was it 16? I was tripping out!

Michael Richards: That is weird stuff man...

Danny 'Leon' Duberstein: You telling me, Danny Duberstein is good at two things - that is Math and f**king!
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Curb your enthusiasm is a show which sits at a completely different level. LD writes shows if he really believes it to be funny material. As long as it is brilliant material (which it will be), I honestly don't think season 8 will get stale.
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In Larry we trust
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Not worried at all. LD said he wouldn't be making any more shows if they weren't funny. What this man knows is funny. He will work his magic! Also, Gervais said there is a hell of a good chance you will see him in the 8th season of CYE!!!! That is a win right there.
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Larry wouldn't, or want to do another year, unless he had something brilliant! Last year was terrific...my favorite part was when Larry did George's character. Larry being George being Larry...genius!!!! A joy to watch. I get Larry, and when you get to be our age, we need, and want Larry to say and do all those things that we want to, but can't. It's delicious to watch, and I am a forever Larry David fan. Thanks Larry for another year!! I love the anticipation, and I'm never dissappointed!!!!
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You might be right, I'm not sure how they'll top the Seinfeld episodes. But then I never thought season 7 would be as funny as it was so maybe Larry has a few tricks left up his sleeve.
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I'm only half-way through season 3. More Curb sounds great, like "spoontown" said... only 10 episodes per season will keep it running fresh longer!
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I'm very excited about another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm as long as Larry decided to do it because he had a fantastic idea. If he did it for any other reason, it won't have the magic that Curb Your Enthusiasm has demonstrated for 7 years.
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I'd still like another season if they can mimic the quality of other stellar seasons but if they can't then I don't think they should bother
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All that and no mention of the ultimate 2 series show, Fawlty Towers, or the next best our version of The Office. Conchords could have easily gone another series and Extras is really just like The Office, 2 series Christmas special and out.



I think a bigger problem is shows that have 20-24 episodes every year, I'd rather something like Curb which sticks to 10 and is able to go on for longer while retaining some freshness. Yeah Series 7 was very good, better than 6 for sure but it depends how highly you regard Seinfeld. For me that was a decent show but not an all time great and Curb has always been far better it can take at least another 10 episodes IMO.
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