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Best 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' episodes

  • Best 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' episodes

    Even after 20 years, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is still churning out new episodes and most of them are pretty, pretty, pretty good. With help from a talented cast, Larry David continues to prove himself an equal-opportunity offender and a relevant one at that. More than a social assassin and social pariah rolled into one, his on-screen alter-ego is the summation of human impatience made flesh. A superhero of the mundane, he provides a cathartic release for anyone who’s ever been stuck in a long line, become bored with a conversation, or is simply annoyed by society and its petty protocols.

    Those even vaguely familiar with the show already know the drill. David and his co-writers work out a general storyline for any given episode, touching down on the main plot points. What ensues is an improvisational comedy fest, which frequently mines gold out of the best takes and the best lines. It’s an absolute blast for the series regulars and the rotating door of big-name guest stars. For the editors, not so much.

    At the heart of every story is Larry David himself, meaning his semi-fictionalized alter-ego of the same name. Once a struggling writer and comic, Larry co-created “Seinfeld” and raked in hundreds of millions of dollars as a result. Refusing to pretend otherwise, he chronicles the exploits and headaches of his semi-luxurious California lifestyle. Going from restaurants to golf courses to doctor’s offices to lavish homes, Larry dispenses with his own particular brand of narcissism, impertinence, and unabashed privilege. His unfiltered personality would be a nightmare in real life, but it makes for a delightful viewing experience with the consistent acclaim to show for it.

    Now in the midst of its 10th season, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” continues to cover plenty of controversial ground. As if being grandfathered in by culture itself, Larry skewers various sensitive subjects without facing the wrath of digital mobs or overly progressive outlets. That’s not to say all viewers and critics are on board with every take, rather that Larry seems impervious to a certain type of negative exposure or mass hysteria. Again, it only goes to reinforce his status as a low-rent superhero, through whom society can still seek sociological and psychological release.

    While some episodes of “Curb” are definitely better than others, nearly all of them make for a solid 30–40 minutes of comic relief. Not only does the show have a high user rating of 8.7 on IMDb, but the lowest-rated episode still brought in a respectable 7.6. Which episode was that? For the answer, Stacker compiled IMDb data on all "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episodes (up to season 10, episode 7) and ranked them according to IMDb user rating, with #1 being the highest rated. Here are the results.

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  • #97. Season 1, Episode 7 - AAMCO

    - IMDb user rating: 7.6
    - Votes: 997
    - Air date: Nov. 26, 2000

    While taking Jeff’s flashy antique car for a spin, Larry confuses the horn effect in an AAMCO commercial for the real thing. A road rage incident ensues and leaves the car with damage. Long story short: an obnoxious AAMCO serviceman ends up attending Cheryl’s dinner party.

  • #96. Season 2, Episode 6 - The Acupuncturist

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 891
    - Air date: Oct. 28, 2001

    Larry David plus acupuncture already sounds like a disaster in the making, but he’s willing to give it a shot. If the treatment doesn’t cure his chronic neck pain, it’s on the house. At a surprise birthday party, a leering grandpa (Ed Asner) makes moves on Cheryl.

  • #95. Season 1, Episode 2 - Ted and Mary

    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Votes: 1,272
    - Air date: Oct. 22, 2000

    Series regulars Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen make their first appearance in this early episode, joining Larry and Cheryl for bowling. Things get weird when a random man walks out with Larry’s shoes. And were Larry and Cheryl invited to a Paul Simon concert or weren’t they?

  • #94. Season 8, Episode 7 - The Bi-Sexual

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 693
    - Air date: August 21, 2011

    It’s Larry versus Rosie O’Donnell in this baseball-themed episode, which finds them vying for the same woman’s affection. To gain an edge over Rosie’s “lesbian advantage,” Larry “juices” with help from a certain performance-enhancing drug. A proper 90-degree Japanese bow proves to be his final undoing.

  • #93. Season 5, Episode 6 - The Smoking Jacket

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 774
    - Air date: Nov. 6, 2005

    According to Jeff’s “double transgression theory,” Cheryl can’t get any madder than she already is. That gives Larry the freedom to visit the Playboy mansion, where he swaps jackets with Hugh Hefner. By the way, what’s the deal with people bringing Larry’s personal stuff into the bathroom?

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  • #92. Season 3, Episode 5 - The Terrorist Attack

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 832
    - Air date: Oct. 13, 2002

    The trouble starts when Larry unwittingly snubs the wife of a friend during dinner. He makes up for it by warning her of a potential terrorist attack and her loose lips sink Alanis Morissette’s private concert. Paul Reiser and Martin Short also guest star.

  • #91. Season 3, Episode 2 - The Benadryl Brownie

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 842
    - Air date: Sept. 23, 2002

    After Richard Lewis’ new girlfriend suffers an allergy attack, she refuses to take Benadryl on religious grounds. Richard and Larry decide to lace brownies with medicine; it’s going to be an awkward night at the Emmy Awards, to say the least. Comedian Joan Rivers makes a guest appearance.

  • #90. Season 1, Episode 4 - The Bracelet

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 1,113
    - Air date: Nov. 5, 2000

    Cheryl’s had all she can take of Larry and only one thing will make up for his behavior: a coveted bracelet. Money’s not an issue, but there are plenty of other obstacles getting in the way. One of them is Richard Lewis, who has his eye on the very same bracelet.

  • #89. Season 8, Episode 4 - The Smiley Face

    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 683
    - Air date: July 31, 2011

    A word of caution for anyone who might date Larry: he’s not a fan of the smiley face emoji. That’s just one among numerous things getting between him and his new girlfriend. Back at the office, he squares off against his new neighbor (Harry Hamlin) over cabinet space.

  • #88. Season 4, Episode 1 - Mel's Offer

    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 796
    - Air date: Jan. 4, 2004

    Kicking off the season four story arc, Mel Brooks invites Larry to star in a Broadway production of “The Producers.” There’s also a subplot involving doctor’s visits and unsolicited drool. Ben Stiller, Paul Mazursky, Christine Taylor, and Philip Baker Hall also guest star.

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