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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

8.47

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 #1 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 19 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S6E12

#2 - Flip (2)

8.47

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 #2 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 15 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S5E4

#3 - Ellen, or Isn't She?

8.22

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 #3 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 23 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S3E6

#4 - Hank's Night in the Sun

8.13

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 #4 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 30 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S6E10

#5 - Putting the Gay Back in Litigation

8.05

Season 6 - Episode 10

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

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 20 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S2E15

#6 - Hank's Wedding

8.00

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 #6 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 30 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S6E11

#7 - Flip (1)

8.00

Season 6 - Episode 11

Larry tapes his last show.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 20 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S1E8

#8 - Out of the Loop

7.96

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 #8 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 47 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S4E4

#9 - The Bump

7.96

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 #9 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 23 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S4E14

#10 - Beverly and the Prop Job

7.95

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 #10 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 22 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S6E6
#11 - Adolf Hankler
7.95
Season 6 - Episode 6

Larry spends his vacation with his brother who has a business proposition. Guest host Jon Stewart tests the network's censors by booking the Wu-Tang Clan.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 20 votes.

#12 - Off Camera
7.94
Season 2 - Episode 16

Artie has a terrible day backstage with an Entertainment Weekly writer prowling around, John Ritter and Gene Siskel nearly coming to blows, and a stray dog nipping at everyone.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 31 votes.

#13 - Montana
7.93
Season 3 - Episode 1

Larry's going out of his mind with boredom up in Montana when Artie appears with a scheme to resurrect the show.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 30 votes.

#14 - Guest Host
7.93
Season 1 - Episode 4

The success of Dana Carvey as a guest host on his show makes Larry very, very nervous.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 59 votes.

#15 - Broadcast Nudes
7.91
Season 2 - Episode 11

Hank manipulates Darlene into agreeing to do a Playboy spread and Larry worries about appearing in Architectural Digest.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 33 votes.

#16 - Arthur and Angie and Hank and Hercules
7.89
Season 5 - Episode 8

Artie falls off the wagon with his second addiction, Angie Dickinson, and flies to Venice with her. Larry's affair with Laura Leighton stumbles over their obsessions with watching their own TV shows. Hank auditions for a voice part in the new Disney movie, Hercules.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 19 votes.

#17 - Where is the Love?
7.89
Season 5 - Episode 3

Larry gets upset over a review from TV critic Tom Shales, prompting him to fire off a fax in retaliation and to seek sympathy from show guest Sally Field.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 18 votes.

#18 - A Brush with (the Elbow of) Greatness
7.88
Season 1 - Episode 12

Larry makes the tabloids when a woman claims he knocked her into a magazine rack and neglected to apologize.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 42 votes.

#19 - People's Choice
7.87
Season 3 - Episode 5

Artie is chosen to produce the People's Choice Awards, prompting both Larry and Hank to try for a role in the show.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 30 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S6E2
#20 - The Beginning of the End
7.86
Season 6 - Episode 2

Kenny Mitchell joins the show as creative consultant and makes major changes to the format. Larry battles with the network and his agent over his contract.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 22 votes.

Last updated: feb 22, 2021

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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.

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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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