Larry David will soon return to ruin other people’s days for our enjoyment. The creator and star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm shot the tenth season of the hit comedy earlier this year, following an inconsistent and forced ninth season. As far as TV shows go, hitting the mark eight out of nine times is a remarkable feat, so one weak season aside, another season of the mean-spirited comedy is something to get excited about.
The Wait is Almost Over
It’s been three years since the last season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but that’s nothing compared to the six-year wait for season eight. Larry David makes the show whenever he wants, which is a wonderful luxury. Thankfully, he didn’t want to wait too long this time around to continue on with the show. In true Larry David fashion, he’s very annoyed in his first trailer for season 10.
Remember when Larry David beat the hell out of his fire alarm? Inadament objects are often his greatest foe on the series, since the simplest of things can create massive obstacles for him. He’s an impatient and easily irritated man, as this teaser reminds us:
The teaser trailer doesn’t even mark the first time a toaster has managed to get on his nerves. There was a whole subplot in one old episode about a defunct toaster creating a wide variety of problems for Larry. Anything that can go wrong on Curb Your Enthusiasm typically does go wrong. It’s like the 24 of TV comedies.
The Joke Remains the Same
The previous season of Curb Your Enthusiasm doubled down on everything wrong with Larry David. In a time when inappropriate jokes can cause outrage across social media and raise questions about political correctness, David continued to say and do everything wrong. Of course, that’s a part of the joke of the series. It’s never been a show about growth; it’s about regressing or unchanging.
Based on the trailer for season 10, Larry is still the same ‘ol Larry. Would we ever want to see an enlightened, compassionate version of the character? There’s probably some comedy gold to mine there, but that’s not Curb Your Enthusiasm’s style. It’s funny watching someone confident in how wrong they are, especially if they’re named Larry David. Look no further than Ron Burgundy or the cast of Seinfeld for further proof of that. Larry David is not a character who gets with the times, and he probably never will.
What’s New This Season?
The return of the series isn’t a completely joyous occasion. Actor Bob Einstein, who played Marty Funkhouser (aka The Funkman), passed away at the beginning of the year. Einstein was an unparalleled supporting player on the show, with a completely unique sense of delivery and timing. The actor’s dry, less-is-more comedic style was always a highlight of the series.
Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, and the MVP of the show, J.B. Smoove, are all returning as supporting cast members. The series tends to pack seasons with big-name guest stars, but they’ll most likely remain a surprise until next year when the series returns in January. Already, we got something to look forward to in 2020.
Curb Your Enthusiasm will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, and there’s no better way to celebrate than to keep the laughs coming. Over those 20 years, David has managed to get so much wrong, but in this day and age, there’s only more for him to get all so wrong. If there is a villain on the show, it’s Larry David, the man who creates most of the drama in the series. We’ll see what he gets wrong next come January.