The Larry Sanders Show - Season 5

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Episode Guide

  • When Arthur (Rip Torn) finds out that Angie Dickinson will be appearing as a guest on the show it becomes apparent that he has an unhealthy obsession with the actress, which goes back many years. Hank Kingsley (Jeffrey Tambor) tries to get a role in the Disney production of Hercules.
  • The New Writer
    Episode 5
    12/18/96
    8.9
    Hank suffers paranoid agonies when he fears that Kevin Nealon is hanging around trying to get his job. Phil has trouble adjusting to the woman Larry has hired as a new writer.
  • 11/13/96
    8.7
    Larry, worried about the implications of a permanent guest host, sabotages temporary host Jon Stewart at every turn. Hank buys a less-than-perfect used car from Elvis Costello. David Duchovny's friendliness makes Larry wonder about his sexual orientation.
  • Artie and Angie and Hank and Hercules
    Artie falls off the wagon with his second addiction, Angie Dickinson, and flies to Venice with her. Larry's affair with Laura Leighton stumbles over their obsessions with watching their own TV shows. Hank auditions for a voice part in the new Disney movie, Hercules.
  • 12/11/96
    8.6
    Artie pushes Larry to get Ellen Degeneres to come out of the closet on their show, but Larry pursues some personal research first. Beverly spoils Artie's birthday by circulating the show's budget, with everyone's salary, amongst the staff.
  • The Prank
    Episode 9
    1/29/97
    8.6
    Larry becomes convinced that his new paramour Lori Loughlin has taken money from his wallet. Hank tries to impress a woman by putting her precocious son on the show as an expert in geography. Phil arranges for phony auditions so he can meet some beautiful actresses.
  • The Book
    Episode 10
    2/5/97
    8.5
    Larry insists on writing a book about his life, just like Jay, Brett, Ellen and Paul, leaving Hank worrying about "the incident" and Artie to finish off his own memoirs. Beverly receives flowers from a secret admirer and jumps to conclusions.
  • Pain Equals Funny
    Episode 11
    2/12/97
    8.5
    Paula tells Larry that she's leaving to produce the Caryl and Marilyn show, so he impulsively promotes her to producer without consulting Artie. The quality of Phil's work goes up and down as his new girlfriend plays with his affections.
  • Matchmaker
    Episode 6
    8.5
    Larry (Garry Shandling) has to fire a member of staff who has proven themselves to be incapable of doing their job properly, however he finds himself unable to do so. When Hank (Jeffrey Tambor) does something nice for his personal assistant a rumor quickly spreads around the studio that he is gay.moreless
  • Make a Wish
    Episode 7
    1/15/97
    8.5
    Larry wants to be on People's Ten Sexiest Men list, even if it means bumping off guest Ben Stiller. Beverly gets stuck taking care of their "One Wish" Foundation child when he comes to meet Larry. Hank distributes his illegally obtained Cuban cigars.
  • 11/20/96
    8.4
    Hank's decision to re-embrace Judaism throws the office and the network into a tizzy. Larry worries that someone has been sitting in his new massaging recliner.
  • The Roast
    Episode 12
    2/19/97
    8.2
    Artie works hard to make sure all of Larry's "friends" attend a celebrity roast in his honor while Hank tries to learn how to handle hecklers so he can be the roastmaster.
  • The Matchmaker
    The Matchmaker
    Episode 6
    1/8/97
    8.1
    Paula's new assistant, Marylou, manages to upset everyone, even the affable Tim Conway, with her ineffective pre-interview techniques and celebrity research. Hank's effort to cheer up a despondent Brian with a night on the town at several gay bars earns him a prominent mention in Army Archerd's column.
  • Larry's New Love
    Episode 13
    2/26/97
    8.1
    Larry's relationship with his new girlfriend is threatened when she takes on the "mermaid" role in a show skit, and wants to use it as a springboard for her career.
  • Where Is the Love?
    Episode 3
    11/27/96
    7.9
    Larry gets upset over a review from television critic Tom Shales prompting him to fire off a fax in retaliation and to seek sympathy from show guest Sally Field.
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