Curb Your Enthusiasm: An Extremely Relatable Show When someone asks me what my favorite TV show is, I always have the same answer, Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show was created by Larry David, who also was a co-creator or Seinfeld, a historically successful sitcom. It follows a fictionalized version of Larry, who encounters and addresses many of the faux pas and awkward situations of life. Larry can never go through these situations without expressing his opinion, and often gets in trouble because of this. What makes Curb Your Enthusiasm such a popular and funny show is just how relatable it is to the common person.
As Sherry Lipp, a DVD and music critic for blogcritics. org says, “Larry often says the things many of us are thinking but are too polite to actually say” (Lipp 1). We all encounter these same awkward situations in life, but often fail to express ourselves in these situations. When Larry does address these situations, we get a good laugh, because we can relate. Just by examining a few episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, one can see how applicable the show is to the everyday person. A particularly interesting and relatable episode of Curb aired in season seven, entitled “The Black Swan”.
Throughout the episode, Larry encounters many of the same situations and faux pas that many others do in real life. His first faux pas comes at the beginning of the episode, when he’s eating breakfast with his friends at a country club. A friend of Larry’s comes to table, and he and Larry have a quick conversation. After he leaves, Larry’s friend, Marty asks him “Why didn’t you introduce us? ” (“Black”). Larry remarks “It’s a pointless and unnecessary social convention to introduce every single person you know” (“Black”).
In real life, many have been put in the situation where it’s expected to introduce their friend or family member. In some cases, it probably really isn’t necessary, but it’s just expected as proper etiquette. As with many matters regarding etiquette, Larry disagrees with the situation. This is an extremely relatable circumstance, and it’s enjoyable to hear Larry talk about the subject, as many of us have the same thoughts. Later at the country club, Larry also gets in trouble for having his cell phone on. The owner of the club has a strict rule against cell phones, and subsequently gives Larry a warning.
Once again, this is relevant as many of us have gotten in trouble for having our cell phones on in certain settings. Although we know the rules, we still keep our phones on as it’s just second nature. Larry’s next confrontation once again comes at the country club, the main setting of the episode. When he sees the check for his meal, he is enraged. In addition to the 18%, included tip, there is another space for an additional tip. Larry comments, “I’m going to have to start doing math in my head now. And then what does it come out to, two dollars?
I’m leaving an extra two dollars that makes me look cheap” (“Black”). He decides to protest the issue, and not leave an additional tip. This is relatable for a couple of reasons. For one, many stress over how much of a tip to leave. If one leaves too little or doesn’t leave an additional tip, he could look cheap. Most don’t want to have this negative connotation associated with them. Furthermore, I concur with Larry that no one wants to do math at the table. When the check comes, I always find myself utilizing the calculator on my cell phone, as I’m sure many also do.
Like Larry, many, me included, would rather just enjoy their meal instead of having to worry about doing math when they’re out to eat. In another episode entitled “The Bowtie”, Larry encounters a problem in which numerous others can also relate to. With all of the other stalls occupied in the bathroom, Larry decides to use the handicapped toilet. On his way out, Larry predictably encounters a handicapped man, who is infuriated by Larry’s action. The man shouts “There’s one stall for me, and you’re in it! ” (“Bowtie”). Larry replies, “If you were here I would have given you first dibs.
But honestly, I haven’t seen a handicapped person in the bathroom… maybe ever” (“Bowtie”). In our society, it is considered a faux pas for anyone else but a handicapped person to use the handicapped stall. Whenever we confront this situation, we have to decide whether or not to do the proper thing. Most choose not to do the socially correct thing, even if it’s not an emergency. This is obviously relatable as most have come across this situation, and have to decide whether or not to commit the faux pas, just as Larry did.
Finally, Larry comes across another awkward situation in the episode “Krazee Eyez Killa” that I can particularly connect to. Larry and his friend Jeff are conversing in Jeff’s new house, when Jeff’s wife Susie comes along. Susie asks Larry to take a tour of the house, to which Larry respectfully declines. Larry comments, “You know, it’s bedrooms, bathrooms. I get it. ” (“Krazee”). Of course, Susie is extremely irritated at this notion. She fires a few expletives at Larry and angrily asks him to leave. In society, it is considered rude not to take a tour of someone’s ouse when asked to, or really to see any new item when it asked by the owner to see it. Even if we’re not interested, we have to look at it, or we take the risk of looking like a bad person. Coincidentally, I once witnessed my uncle being put in a nearly identical situation. My grandmother, his mother in law, asked my uncle to take a tour of her apartment complex. She was considering moving into the building, and was renting the apartment for a few weeks. Subsequently, my uncle declined the tour of the building. Much like Susie, she was enraged, and had a similar reaction.
Evidently, this situation speaks to how relatable Curb Your Enthusiasm is, as my uncle was put in a very similar situation to Larry. As expected with a Larry David show, Curb Your Enthusiasm has been marked with praise. Among other awards, Curb has been nominated for 39 Primetime Emmy Awards. The show has been running for eight seasons, and is expected to run for a ninth. Jonathan Jones, a writer for The Guardian, a well-known British newspaper, asserts “it [Curb Your Enthusiasm] is by far the most truthful human drama you’re ever likely to see on the small screen” (Jones).
And that’s exactly what makes this show so popular. Curb depicts and addresses real situations that everybody encounters in their everyday lives. Simply put, people want to watch a show that they can relate too. They want to watch a show, and be like “Hey, that same thing happened to me! ” Because in the end, it’s a lot more fun to see other people, even if they are fictional, struggle in the same situations as we do. Works Cited David, Larry. “The Black Swan. ” Curb Your Enthusiasm. HBO. 1 Nov. 2009. Television. David, Larry. “The Bowtie. ” Curb Your Enthusiasm. HBO. Oct. 2005. Television. David, Larry. “Krazee Eyez Killa. ” Curb Your Enthusiasm. HBO. 3 Nov. 2012. Television. Jones, Jonathan. “The Art of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. ” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 19 Oct. 2009. Web. 11 Oct. 2012. <http://www. guardian. co. uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2009/oct/19/larry-david-curb-your-enthusiasm>. Lipp, Sherry. “DVD Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm – The Complete Eighth Season. ” Blogcritics. org. N. p. , 5 June 2012. Web. 11 Oct. 2012. <http://blogcritics. org/video/article/dvd-review-curb-your-enthusiasm-