Produced by HBO, Curb Your Enthusiasm is a television sitcom aired on HBO in October 2000. The show has had 11 seasons with over 110 episodes.
Created by Larry David, he also stars in Curb Your Enthusiasm as a semi-fictionalized version of himself.
Larry David created the series from a one-hour special episode titled Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm that aired in 1999. HBO and Larry David considered Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm to be a one-time project, but fate had other plans.
The makers shot the special episode in a mockumentary format, and while shooting, the characters were aware of the crew and camera’s presence.
The lead cast of Curb Your Enthusiasm has Larry David playing himself.
Apart from David, the lead cast also stars Cheryl Hines as Cheryl David, Jeff Garlin as Jeff Greene, Susie Essman as Susie Greene, and J.B. Smoove as Leon Black.
Apart from the lead cast, Curb Your Enthusiasm also features notable celebrities making appearances as fictionalized versions of themselves. Some renowned celebrities to play cameos in the series are Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Rosie O’Donnell, Wanda Sykes, and Jon Hamm, among others.
The premise of Curb Your Enthusiasm revolves around the everyday social life of its lead characters, mainly Larry David.
The plotline of every episode is established by David’s outline, while the actors improvise the dialogues by retro-scripting technique.
The shooting occurs in Los Angeles, Culver City, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica. New York City also features during several episodes in the series’ eighth season.
Like his real life, the series showcases David as the co-creator of the successful sitcom Seinfeld. David is ignorant of social conventions and how this inability leads to awkward situations with his family, friends, and even strangers, who regularly misunderstand Larry for doing something disgusting and immoral.
Known for its praiseworthy writing, Curb Your Enthusiasm also received notable critical acclaim for the improvisational comedy by its actors.
Because of the positive critical reception it received, the series managed to attain a cult status.
Curb Your Enthusiasm received good ratings on the film and television website Metacritic.
The online magazine Slate regarded Cheryl David and Susie Greene as iconic characters on television. Another magazine, Galus Australis, praised the series for being unabashedly Jewish.
Academic Vincent Brook also praised Curb Your Enthusiasm for its portrayal of Jewish characters. Larry’s character on the show has reminded people of the schlemiel in Yiddish folklore.
Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone magazine ranked the series in the nineteenth position of the most outstanding television series ever made.
Over its eleven seasons, Curb Your Enthusiasm has received several nominations at numerous award shows.
Curb Your Enthusiasm received 51 nominations at the Primetime Emmys and two wins in the Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing categories.
Over the years, the series received ten nominations in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. Larry David received six nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series.
For their respective portrayals on the show, Cheryl Hines, Shelley Berman, and Michael J. Fox received two, one, and one nomination, respectively.
At the Golden Globe Awards, Curb Your Enthusiasm received five nominations and won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2003.
The series also received nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Producers Guild of America Awards.
Curb Your Enthusiasm received nominations at the Directors Guild of America Awards eleven times and won twice in 2003 and 2012.
The series received nominations at the Writers Guild of America Award five times and won once in 2006.