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The Larry Sanders Show

The Larry Sanders Show

HBO 1992

Comic Garry Shandling draws upon his own talk show experiences to create the character of Larry Sanders, a paranoid, insecure host of a late night talk show. Larry, along with his obsequious TV sidekick Hank Kingsley and his fiercely protective producer Artie, allows Garry Shandling and his talented writers to look behind the scenes and to show us a convincing slice of behind the camera life.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Larry Sanders Show

The Larry Sanders Show - S4E16

#1 - Eight


Season 4 - Episode 16

Chaos reigns as the eighth anniversary show tapes and Larry tries repeatedly to sneak in a bathroom visit during a commercial break.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S6E12

#2 - Flip (2)


Season 6 - Episode 12

Part 2 of the final ever show. Larry is in hot water with Carol Burnet when he tells her she was the first person he chose to be on his final show. This doesn't appear to be the case as Ellen confirms. Bruno Kirby is bumped again. Clint Black sings goodbye to Larry.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S5E4

#3 - Ellen, or Isn't She?


Season 5 - Episode 4

Artie pushes Larry to get Ellen Degeneres to come out of the closet on their show, but Larry pursues some personal research first. Beverly spoils Artie's birthday by circulating the show's budget, with everyone's salary, amongst the staff.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S3E6

#4 - Hank's Night in the Sun


Season 3 - Episode 6

Hank gets his shot at the big chair when Larry gets food poisoning just before a taping.

The episode was rated from 30 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S6E10

#5 - Putting the Gay Back in Litigation


Season 6 - Episode 10

Tired of Phil's gay jokes, Brian sues the show for sexual harrassment.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.

#6 - Hank's Wedding
Season 2 - Episode 15

Larry tries to decide about warning an elated Hank about his new bride when the ""Hey now!"" guy announces he's going to marry a younger woman he has just recently met.

The episode was rated from 30 votes.
The Larry Sanders Show - S6E11
#7 - Flip (1)
Season 6 - Episode 11

Larry tapes his last show.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
#8 - Out of the Loop
Season 1 - Episode 8

Larry feels out of touch when he's the last to know that his headwriter is having a torrid office affair.

The episode was rated from 47 votes.
#9 - The Bump
Season 4 - Episode 4

Larry promises not to bump comic Jeff Cesario again, then finds the show overbooked and Hank needing four minutes for a tribute to his late father.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.
#10 - Beverly and the Prop Job
Season 4 - Episode 14

Beverly quits when Larry and Artie refuse to seriously consider her request that a job in the props department be given to a black person. Hank considers replacing Scott with a woman.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.

Last updated: aug 20, 2021



Possibly the best show that has ever been broadcast. In Hank Kingsley and Artie we are in the company of two of the finest comedy characters in television history. Coupled with the galaxy of real stars (Bruno Kirby and Elvis Costello the first amongst equals) playing deranged versions of themselves and the excellent, sometimes breathtaking scripts, this transcends the 30 minutes sitcom format to become totally unforgettable entertainment.


This was a really great show that in no way overstayed its welcome. Great characters and great acting, tons of funny moments.

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