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Larry David has had an illustrious career as a writer and he had the opportunity to walk away from the business after Seinfeld. Fortunately, he returned with his own show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to most viewers delight. Larry David's sense of humor and style of delivery does not endear him to all connoisseurs of comedy but to his loyal followers, Larry David is a genius.
Narrowing "Curb Your Enthusiasm" down to it's five best episodes is a controversial undertaking. Which episodes get eliminated first? There are always the episodes that are most uncomfortable in which Larry is at his best.
Whether Larry is dating a women in a wheel chair to get priority seating at a restaurant or placing an obituary about his dead aunt and not proofreading, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is best when Larry is operating in the gray area of morality. The following are the five best "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episodes of all time.
"Krazee-Eyez Killa" Season 3
Wanda Sykes and her new fiancee / rap star Krazee-Eyez Killa (played by Chris Williams) have some interesting interactions with Larry which of course lead to typical squirm worthy hilarity. Chris Williams steals the episode as Krazee-Eyez Killa with his discussion with Larry about his special proclivities with women in the bedroom.
A sub plot for the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" classic episode is Larry's attempts to replace a jacket that his wife Cheryl has thrown out. Larry had used the jacket while shooting a movie scene for Martin Scorsese. Larry finds out while on a tour of Wanda and Crazy Eyez Killa's place that he has the very same jacket Larry needs. Larry once again gets in a situation only he can find himself in. By far the most hilarious "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode ever shot.
"The Car Pool Lane" Season 4
This "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode has it all. Larry wears his Seinfeld jacket to jury duty thinking since he is in the entertainment business he will will not have to serve. When this does not work he tells the lawyers that he does not think he can be impartial because the defendant is "a Negro." Larry then pays a hooker to get him through the car pool lane so he can be on time to the Dodgers game.
Larry buys pot (drug dealer is played by Hurley from "Lost") for his father who is suffering from glaucoma. Larry then smokes out with his father and the hooker. Once they have smoked, Larry's dad is delighted he can now see. The episode has so many twists and turns it is a story in itself. This is one "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode that makes a purchase of the entire season four well worth the price.
"Beloved Aunt" Season 1
Anyone who has not viewed this episode must go out immediately after reading this and pick up the first season of Curb Your Enthusiasm." One of the most hilarious episodes every created by Larry David. Not sure how much of the episode was improvisation but it is one episode recommended for every "Curb Your Enthusiasm" fan.
"The Black Swan" Season 7
Larry always gets deeper into trouble trying to avoid it. Larry is blamed for two deaths in this episode. The death of a fellow country club member and the black swan and favorite mascot of Mr Takahashi the club owner of another course Larry is playing the Black Swan.
Larry was not responsible for the death of fellow country club member Norm. He suffered a massive stroke but many in the club had disdain for Larry's treatment of the lethargic golfer. The black swan killing and subsequent cover up are classic "Curb Your Enthusiasm" schtick. The sub plot involving Larry's mothers tombstone is also a classic ending that provides one last belly aching laugh.
"The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial" Season 6Larry is short on time as he passes by a roadside memorial of his friend's mother, Ida Funkhouser. Larry needs to deliver flowers and he grabs the flowers for the memorial. This leads to a succession of cover ups that in turn leads to yet another theft by Larry. He steals Funkhouser's mothers perfume at a gathering to remember her. The perfume is hard to find and Cheryl loves the perfume. This again leads to more cover ups and one more hilarious ending.
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