Larry David's post-SEINFELD career continues apace with the fourth season of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. The concept for the show--which sees David playing himself as he attempts to undertake various creative projects, while frequently landing in hugely entertaining trouble wherever he turns--was highly original when CURB first aired. But by the time the Fourth Season aired, imitators were waiting in the wings, as celebrities such as Kirsty Alley (FAT ACTRESS) and Lisa Kudrow (THE COMEBACK) honed their own, similar shows.
Undeterred, David manages to breath new life into the formula, even producing one of the best episodes yet in "The Car Pool Lane." Incredibly, this episode, which saw the beleaguered star attending a Dodgers game with a prostitute so he could travel in the car-pool lane, ended up overlapping with a real-life court case. The CURB team caught a murder suspect, Juan Catalan, on camera during the game, with their footage eventually proving his innocence in the case. One of the main themes of the show involves David's attempts to avoid tension at all costs while unwittingly landing himself in it, making the incident enjoyably ironic. Further adventures see our hapless hero attempting to buy medicinal marijuana and attending Ben Stiller's birthday, while his long-suffering wife Cheryl Hines and manager Jeff Garlin reach new levels of exasperation at David's behavior. This Season is tied together by a long-running plot which sees David preparing for a role in a Broadway production of THE PRODUCERS, with the final episode shot on opening-night in New York City. Providing a deliciously funny climax to David's fourth series of adventures, fans of the show will no doubt be delighted to know that nothing goes according to plan.
"Effortlessly matching, and frequently topping, the hilarity of the previous series, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM's fourth season sees Larry David as bemused as ever." - 11/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.90
Ranked #3 in Uncut's Best TV DVDs Of 2005 -- "Larry David's acerbic hymns to midlife misanthropy and social embarrassment ring truer and louder than ever..." - 01/01/2006 Uncut, p.84-85