Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 8 (2011)


Season 8
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Curb returns as vulgar and hilarious as ever for its eighth season, full of new energy as Larry returns to his old NYC stomping grounds.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 143

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Air date: Jul 10, 2011

In the eighth-season premiere, Larry has second thoughts about his lawyer and also rethinks a Girl Scout-cookie order from the daughter of a sports-team owner.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2011

Leon endures a case of mistaken identity; Larry helps women in abusive relationships; Richard Lewis gets involved with a burlesque performer.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2011

Larry relishes his role as a "social assassin" until it becomes a liability with his friends, on the golf course and at a Palestinian restaurant.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2011

Larry challenges the rules of dating and rethinks a decision regarding a new workplace neighbor. Meanwhile, Jeff invents an ill-advised excuse to get out of a dining engagement.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2011

Larry's evolving alibi to get out of a charity function results in unexpected travel plans. Meanwhile, Susie makes demands for the terminally ill family dog's last meal; and Larry points out personal flaws in the buffet line and in parking lots.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2011

Larry's heroic side comes out in the air and underground; Jeff pursues a professional relationship with Ricky Gervais.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2011

Larry and Rosie O'Donnell vie for the same woman's affection. Meanwhile, Larry gets to the bottom of a Japanese cultural tradition and turns down lunch with a Los Angeleno.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2011

Larry and Jeff mull an investment opportunity; Larry's training schedule is preempted by Wanda Sykes.

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Air date: Sep 4, 2011

Larry is haunted by a traumatic childhood experience involving an ice-cream truck, which affects his relationship with his girlfriend (Ana Gasteyer), an important softball game and his therapy bills. Meanwhile, Larry pals around with former baseball player Bill Buckner, who is still dogged by a 1986 World Series gaffe.

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Air date: Sep 11, 2011

In the eighth-season finale, Larry clashes with his New York neighbor Michael J. Fox; Jeff makes a sacrifice for Susie; and Larry is flagged for giving an improper birthday gift.

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Season eight of the hit series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" finds Larry enjoying the single life after finalizing his divorce to Cheryl, and embarking on an extended trip to New York City in order to avoid a charity event. A reunion with Leon finds Larry getting into mischief, and a visit to a restaurant that serves Palestinian Chicken finds the miserable millionaire stirring up controversy with his Jewish friends. Notable guest stars in this season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" include Michael J. Fox, Ricky Gervais and Rosie O'Donnell.

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Critic Reviews for Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 8

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

"Curb" can still go toe to toe with the funniest shows on television.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Curb remains an acquired taste. Still, even if you never watched a minute of the previous seven seasons, you can tune in and get some laughs. Guilty and otherwise.

Jul 16, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

On "Curb'' in 2011, the cringe has become more of a fond flinch.

Jul 10, 2011 | Full Review…

As twisted, and twistedly funny, as ever.

Jul 10, 2011 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Every season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has been a testament to Mr. David's ingenious blend of high wit and low comedy. This one will be no exception.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Watching [Larry] David confront someone for doing something annoying is no longer interesting, yet it happens again and again.

Jan 24, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

This was a very funny, solid premiere for the show.

Jan 24, 2020 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

It must be stressed, after three paragraphs of reservations and complaints, that Curb Your Enthusiasm remains smart and wild and very, very funny.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

One of its most sharply observant and gut-bustingly hilarious seasons to date, and at least one episode in this block vaults instantly to "classic" status.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Curb is back, it's as strong as ever, with one scene in particular guaranteed to go down as an absolute classic.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review… being deadly serious, too -- but only about being as funny, and as button-pushing, as ever.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Of course, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the Curb premiere who didn't want Larry dead.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 8

  • Oct 17, 2019
    The final episode was a great one to end on. 'Curb' continues to push the envelope even to the end!
  • Sep 25, 2017
    Larry David is a genius
  • Jan 25, 2016
    One of the best modern comedy series goes out with a bang....side splitting funny.
  • Nov 30, 2015
    I would start off by saying that it is hard to make me laugh really hard. I am a very laid back person who loves to laugh and have a good time, but overall I only find certain things really funny. Flipping though TV channels night after night looking for something funny is a brutal task usually, since there is so much flat played out material out there. The same old concepts for every show. A group of friends hanging out who end up in relationships etc... So to say the least, its rare to find a unique show that is not only original but hilarious at the same time. This is where Larry David comes in. We all know Larry David as being the creator and brain behind Seinfeld for many years. Only seeing him once in a while and hearing his voice, never really fully seeing him in action. That's until Curb Your Enthusiasm. Lets start off by saying if your a fan of Seinfeld, its true, your going to like this show. If you could just put it pretty simple, I would say it is Seinfeld with a Rated R twist on it for HBO. Really pushing the boundaries of comedy. And it is absolutely hilarious. There is really no actual storyline that the show follows. There are things here and there thoughout the seasons that maintain throughout each season, but for the most part like Seinfeld, each episode kind of stands on its own. David is certainly not worried about who he offends. Not that he intentionally goes out of his way to offend people. But some of the things you may find offensive almost calls for you to step back and think that if you cant laugh at some of this stuff you need to lighten up. Even Michael J Fox gets in on the action in the season 8 finale as he becomes rival with Larry and goes head to head with him over using his Parkinson's disease as an excuse to get what he wants. Even Fox can laugh at this stuff. In the end it is brilliant. Most of the show just having an outline and the actors just going off no script and creating comedy genius on screen in front of us. I would even go as far as saying that Curb is better than Seinfeld, if not better, it is at least equal to it.
  • Nov 24, 2015
    Season 8, just like every other season of Curb, it really does not get any funnier than this show. Larry David is absolutely fearless with his comedy. Not caring one bit about who is offended. He takes things to the absolute extreme and it comes out funnier than anything that has been on TV or in movies since Seinfeld went off the air. Taking these little unwritten rules of society and exploding them out of proportion to create probably the most hilarious piece of comedic genius of all time. Season 8 is once again a can't miss. The highlight of the season is the finale where Larry battles with Michael J. Fox
  • Oct 03, 2015
    (Review of entire series). Funny in a reasonably unique way. Written by and starring Larry David, who, with Jerry Seinfeld, created Seinfeld. David ostensibly stars as himself, though many of the details are not true to his own life for comedic reasons. Takes the Seinfeld idea of a show about nothing and ramps up the edginess and inanity. Being HBO, rather than mainstream TV, this show has a lot more freedom than Seinfeld in what it does and says. Very funny and quotable. The episodes often skirt a line between the possible - many incidents could happen in real life - and the downright ridiculous. Not as good as Seinfeld though. Due to concentrating on four characters, rather than one, Seinfeld had more sub-plots in each episode, thus more dimensions to it. Seinfeld always had a warmth about - everything was okay in the end - while Curb Your Enthusiasm revels in unhappy endings, crankiness and mean-spiritedness. Does deliver some amazingly creative scenarios and skits though.
  • Aug 15, 2015
  • May 20, 2015
    Hilarious and pokes fun at social mores and taboos
  • Feb 25, 2015
    One of the best TV comedies of all time.
  • Aug 17, 2014
    It's Curb...I feel sorry for you if you don't find it funny.

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