How 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Became TV's Most Unlikely Hit Comedy

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How 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Became TV's Most Unlikely Hit Comedy

Imagine a show not about nothing, but about the minutiae within that nothing. Now make it improv. Oh, and to take it one step further, make it star a beleaguered middle-aged man most well known for the back of his head on Seinfeld. It's a concept that would horrify most network executives, but, for HBO in 1999, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm was such a winning idea that they provided no red tape and no notes (no notes!) to its creator-star, Larry David.

Twenty-two years later, that certainly seemed like the right decision. Because while Seinfeld had nine seasons of staying power, Curb is going on its 11th season, with no signs of slowing down, or being less funny. So, of course, my co-host Allison Piwowarski and I had to cover Curb in our latest episode of our TV origins podcast, TV. Watch. Repeat.

In researching Curb (shout-out to James Andrew Miller's Origins podcast for much of the source material), we learned about the evolution of the series, how a then-unknown Cheryl Hines scored the part of Larry's poor wife, why pity made Ted Danson agree to star, and how Curb found itself in smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation.

So on this prettay prettay prettay good morning, enjoy the story of Curb Your Enthusiasm on our latest episode of TV. Watch. Repeat. on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. And be sure to check out our daily pop culture podcast, Pop Chaser, for all your entertainment headline needs!

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