The Larry Sanders Show: Season 1 Reviews

June 7, 2018
Its most extraordinary invention is in having US celebrities basically playing themselves.
June 7, 2018
The show is very close indeed to comic perfection.
June 7, 2018
For adult viewers who can appreciate the joke, it's a well-conceived classic that deserves a second look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 6, 2018
That was The Larry Sanders Show. A series that, though overlooked by audiences of its era, took root in the souls of Hollywood's creatives and changed the very face of television as we know it.
June 5, 2018
One of the first great successes in original programming for HBO, it remains the standard by which many comedy series on premium TV networks are judged.
June 5, 2018
Despite its inside showbiz setup and caustic humor, its characters were fully-formed, believable people. It was a very smart and human show.
June 5, 2018
This is a powerhouse cast, though most episodes offer guest stars.
Top Critic
June 5, 2018
"What Have You Done For Me Lately?" is definitely the right episode to start the series, because it establishes the show's core relationship and conflicts within five minutes.
May 30, 2018
As he did on the award-winning It`s Garry Shandling`s Show, Shandling adeptly bends the line between reality and TV`s make-believe.
May 30, 2018
Shandling's laid-back comic style dovetails with the dry writing, creating a series that's the clear victor in the talk show wars.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 30, 2018
In its unpleasantness, it served to verify the bittersweet credibility of Shandling's sitcom and its ingeniously observed milieu.
May 30, 2018
Is it possible to use the words "genius" and "sitcom" in the same sentence and still keep a straight face? It is if you're Jerry Seinfeld's accountant. The best excuse for the rest of us is The Larry Sanders Show.
May 29, 2018
Like most good satire, the show's humor comes from its ability to mimic the real thing (the network talk show) while showing its utter falsity.
March 6, 2018
The show's supporting cast assists tremendously in convincing viewers that they are watching behind-the-scenes wranglings at a well-known talkshow, and the creative decision to delve more into Sanders' off-screen life could be a wise one.
January 26, 2018
But if "Larry Sanders" was ahead of its time, it was also brilliantly of its time, the apogee of late-night TV's heat and influence.
January 26, 2018
Larry Sanders worked so well thanks to the wonderful interaction between the three leads, and the other people they come into contact with.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 26, 2018
Because his persona is so laid back, so laconic, so shruggish, it's easy to miss the fact that Garry Shandling is a surprisingly deft actor-far more at ease in a dramatic setting than, say, his fellow Everyman, Jerry Seinfeld.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 26, 2018
That is its strength -- that and a very strong cast and an ability to slip behind the talk show's curtain of forced amiability to spoof the hypocrisies, fragile egos and bottom-line pragmatism that exist off camera.
January 26, 2018
Taken on absolute terms, however, The Larry Sanders Show is an artistic success of stunning brilliance which no one in the business should miss.
January 16, 2018
It's a clever melding of real-life and on-camera stuff that's down and dirty and diabolic in its intent.