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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 Worst Episodes of The Larry Sanders Show

The Larry Sanders Show - S2E14

#1 - The Performance Artist

7.29

Season 2 - Episode 14

In an effort to freshen up the guest list, Larry agrees to have a controversial performance on, then chickens out when he sees the guy's routine.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 31 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S4E11

#2 - I Was a Teenage Lesbian

7.35

Season 4 - Episode 11

While awaiting the results of a breast biopsy, a tense Paula angers Brett Butler who offers Larry some tips on his weekly massage. Hank interviews possible new agents while his beloved Sid lies gravely ill in the hospital.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 23 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S6E7

#3 - Beverly's Secret

7.35

Season 6 - Episode 7

Hank does a remote from Wisconsin. The staff tries to guess the father of Beverly's baby.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 17 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S2E12

#4 - Larry's Birthday

7.36

Season 2 - Episode 12

Larry celebrates his birthday and the gang all struggle to top each other with their birthday gifts to him. Meanwhile the celebration is darkened by the firing of one of the writers.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 33 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S6E4

#5 - Pilots and Pens Lost

7.38

Season 6 - Episode 4

Phil leaves the show to write a pilot. Larry gives Artie a special gift.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 21 votes.

#6 - Like No Business I Know
7.43
Season 3 - Episode 10

Regis Philbin causes some major unrest when he intimates to Hank that there might be place for him on Regis' new show. Larry and Artie worry about what guest Bobcat Goldthwait might do to top his chair-burning incident on The Tonight Show.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 28 votes.

The Larry Sanders Show - S6E8
#7 - I Buried Sid
7.43
Season 6 - Episode 8

Everyone takes Sid's death hard, especially Hank who thinks he may have pushed Sid over the edge.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 21 votes.

#8 - The Prank
7.44
Season 5 - Episode 9

Larry becomes convinced that his new paramour Lori Loughlin has taken money from his wallet. Hank tries to impress a woman by putting her precocious son on the show as an expert in geography. Phil arranges for phony auditions so he can meet some beautiful actresses.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 18 votes.

#9 - The Breakdown (2)
7.45
Season 2 - Episode 2

Larry is a wreck as he faces sinking ratings, no Emmy nominations, and a divorce suit from Jeannie. So Hank and Artie try to fix him up with attractive women. But the only one he really connects with is Francine, his first wife.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Larry Sanders Show from 31 votes.

#10 - Conflict of Interest
7.45
Season 4 - Episode 10

Paula's dating Larry's agent, but Larry fears he's just using her to book his clients on the show. The network objects to Larry's ethnic guest spots. Hank tries to stiff Phil on a $20 loan.

The episode was rated #5 Worst 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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