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The Larry Sanders Show
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Larry Sanders Show title card
Format Comedy
Created by Dennis Klein
Garry Shandling
Starring Garry Shandling
Jeffrey Tambor
Rip Torn
Penny Johnson
Janeane Garofalo
Jeremy Piven
Wallace Langham
Composer(s) Frank Fitzpatrick
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 89 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Brad Grey
Garry Shandling
Location(s) Los Angeles
Cinematography Peter Smokler
Camera setup Single camera
Running time approx. 22-28 min.
Production company(s) Brillstein-Grey Entertainment
Columbia Pictures Television
HBO
Partners with Boundaries
Distributor Columbia TriStar Television
HBO
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original run August 15, 1992 – May 31, 1998
External links
Official website

The Larry Sanders Show is a satirical television sitcom that originally aired from August 1992 to May 1998 on the HBO cable television network in the United States. It starred stand-up comedian Garry Shandling as vain, neurotic talk show host Larry Sanders, and centered on the running of his TV show, and the many people behind the scenes. It is notable for featuring celebrities playing exaggerated, self-parodying versions of themselves, and for its character-based humor. Other series which subsequently aired on HBO, such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, and Extras, shared these traits.

The series, in which Shandling used his experience as a guest host on The Tonight Show, is ranked by various critics and fans as one of the best TV comedies of the 1990s. The series ranked #38 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, the only HBO comedy to make the list. It was also included in Time magazine's list of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time."[1]

The show has won 24 Awards, including three Primetime Emmy Awards, five CableACE Awards four American Comedy Awards, two British Comedy Awards, a BAFTA Award and a Satellite Award. It also received 86 nominations, including 56 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, five Directors' Guild of America nominations, six Writers' Guild of America nominations, six American Comedy Awards nominations, three Golden Globe nominations, three Satellite Awards nominations and a GLAAD Award nomination.

Contents

Premise

Plot

The show revolves around Larry Sanders, (Gary Shandling) host of the fictional late night talk show The Larry Sanders Show. It chronicles the daily life of Larry; the show's producer, Arthur "Artie" (Rip Torn); Larry's sidekick, Hank (Jeffrey Tambor); and the production staff, as they attempt to produce a successful talk show each night while dealing with celebrities, the network and everything in between. Episodes focus on both the professional and personal lives of the characters, with most shows focusing on Larry Sanders. However, ancillary characters are also prominently featured, among them Jerry, the show's head writer for the first and second seasons; Phil, the head writer beginning in season two; Beverly, Larry's assistant; Darlene, Hank's assistant until the fourth season; Brian, Hank's assistant beginning in the fourth season; Paula, the show's booker until the fifth season; and Mary Lou, the assistant booker and then booker starting in the fifth season.

Different kind of sitcom

The Larry Sanders Show mixed video-taped footage of the fictional broadcast show (which was recorded in front of an actual live studio audience) with "behind the scenes" footage shot on film (for example, Larry talking to his guests during the commercial break or the everyday workings of the office between shows). As such it featured real-life celebrity guests as they appear on the talk show, but also they appeared behind the scenes. This gave writers and the celebrity guest the opportunity to send up their media image while making the show more realistic.

Guests

Most episodes featured celebrity guests who usually played themselves appearing on the fictional Larry Sanders Show, and who were often the primary source of conflict between Sanders and his co-workers. Guests included Howard Stern, Robin Williams, David Duchovny, Roseanne Barr, Elvis Costello, Mimi Rogers, Chris Farley, Pat Sajak, Alex Trebek, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Jon Stewart, Danny DeVito, Rob Reiner, Alec Baldwin, Jon Lovitz, David Spade, Dana Carvey, Jim Carrey, John Ritter, Bob Saget, Bruno Kirby, Ellen DeGeneres, and Bobcat Goldthwait, among others. Jeff Cesario was the butt of a long running joke, being frequently "bumped" when booked to appear.

In a commentary on the season 1 DVD, Shandling says the guests were invariably happy to parody their media images and generally shared the same sense of humor as himself and the other writers.

Cast and characters

The following is a list of cast and characters who have appeared in all or some seasons of the show.

Crew

Directors

The show had a lot of directors for its run. The most frequent director was Todd Holland, who directed 52 episodes. Holland is also the only director to have directed episodes in all six seasons. Holland was the head director for season two, three, four and five. Garry Shandling was the primary director for the sixth season, having directed three episodes of the season, while Holland directed only two. Another major director was Ken Kwapis; although he only directed episodes of the first and second season, overall he directed 13 episodes. Kwapis was the head director in the first season. Some directors who directed only one episode in show's run are: Dennis Erdman, Paul Flaherty, John Riggi, Michael Lange, David Mirkin, Melonie Mayron and Judd Apatow. Directors who directed two or more episodes are: Michael Lehmann and Alan Myerson. The show received one Emmy Award for directing. It went to Todd Holland for directing the series finale Flip.

Writers

More than 40 writers wrote episodes of the show. Garry Shandling and Peter Tolan were the head writers for the entire six season run. Garry Shandling and Dennis Klein wrote the pilot episode of the show. Shandling wrote 38, while Tolan wrote 23 episodes. Shandling and Tolan received an Emmy Award for writing the series finale Flip. Other writers on the show were Maya Forbes, Paul Simms, Judd Apatow, John Riggi, Jon Vitti, Chris Thompson, Dennis Klein, Drake Sathers, Molly Newman, Lester Lewis, Becky Hartman Edwards and Jeff Cesario.

Episodes

Season Episodes Premiere Date End Date
1 13 August 15, 1992 November 7, 1992
2 18 June 2, 1993 September 29, 1993
3 17 June 22, 1994 October 12, 1994
4 17 July 19, 1995 November 22, 1995
5 13 November 13, 1996 February 26, 1997
6 11 March 15, 1998 May 31, 1998

Catchphrases

The show had two catchphrases used throughout its entire run, the most notable being "hey now," a phrase Hank repeats in the opening credits of the fictional talk show, and whenever he greets someone. In one episode, Hank says he invented the phrase when he accidentally said it to someone and liked it. In 2007, TV Land ranked "Hey Now" as the 87th Best Television catch phrase. "No flipping" is a phrase Larry uses to go to commercial breaks, encouraging the at-home audience not to use their remotes to flip to another channel. In the series finale, the last thing Larry says on the show is, "You may now flip."

Awards won by The Larry Sanders Show

Award Category Recipient
American Comedy Awards 1994 Funniest Supporting Male in a TV Series Rip Torn
American Comedy Awards 1998 Funniest Male Performance in a TV Series Gary Shandling
American Comedy Awards 1999 Funniest Male Guest Appearance on a TV Series David Duchovny
American Comedy Awards 1999 Funniest Female Guest Appearance on a TV Series Ellen DeGeneres
British Comedy Awards 1997 Best International Comedy Show
British Comedy Awards 1999 Best International Comedy Show
BAFTA Awards 1999 Outstanding International Program Gary Shandling
CableACE Awards 1993 Outstanding Comedy Series
CableACE Awards 1994 Outstanding Comedy Series
CableACE Awards 1995 Outstanding Comedy Series
CableACE Awards 1996 Outstanding Comedy Series
Emmy Awards 1998 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series Peter Tolan & Garry Shandling (for "Flip")
Emmy Awards 1998 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series Todd Holland (for "Flip")
Emmy Awards 1996 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Rip Torn
Peabody Awards 1998 "Flip"
Peabody Awards 1993
Rose d'Or 1997 Sitcom
Satellite Awards 1997 Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Television Critics Association Awards 1997 Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Television Critics Association Awards 1998 Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

Changes

Season 2

Jeremy Piven grew tired of playing the character Jerry, head writer of the fictional Larry Sanders Show talk show; because his character was not given much of a background. He left during season two on the episode Larry's Birthday, where Artie fired him because of his behavior on the show. Jerry later came back on the series finale to say good luck to Larry on his final show. Eventually, Phil replaced Jerry as the show's head writer.

Season 4

Darlene, Hank's loyal assistant left the show at the end of season three. Supposedly she was on vacation, but on the second episode of the fourth season, a note arrived from Darlene telling Hank she decided to quit as his assistant and go to work for his mentor. Later that same episode, Hank hires Brian, learns he is gay, but decides to keep him on in order to avoid looking homophobic. Darlene returned along with Jerry on the show's finale to congratulate Larry on his final show.

Season 5

Janeane Garofalo decided to leave due to decreasing screen time for her character Paula, the show's booker. Mary Lou, her assistant, replaced her as booker. In this season the show got a writer named Wendy. Also in this season, Jon Stewart became a frequent guest who threatened to replace Larry on the show.

Season 6

Most of the changes of the show occurred offscreen this season. Many of the shows writers left the show (all except Garry Shandling, Peter Tolan, and Judd Apatow), and a new writing staff was hired. Todd Holland, who directed more than 48 episodes of the show, only directed two episodes the sixth season. This season was also markedly less comedic than earlier ones. Sid, the cue card guy at the show, commits suicide on the 8th episode of the season, but this was not considered a huge change, because there were only three episodes left in the series at that point.

Honors

After the show ended, it came to be considered one of the finest TV shows of all time. The biggest honor it received was a spot on Time magazine's 100 Greatest Shows of All Time. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked The Larry Sanders Show the 28th Greatest Show of the past 25 years. Also, TV Guide named it the 38th Greatest Show of All Time, the only HBO comedy to make it to the list. Hank's famous phrase, "Hey now" became part of normal conversations of daily lives. Another phrase "No Flipping" became known in the talk show host community and was sometimes used in different talk shows. During its six year run, The Larry Sanders Show won 24 awards including three Emmy awards.

After the show ended, many other shows used the same concept of The Larry Sanders Show: have a celebrity guest appear on every single episode of the show. Other would be Entourage, Extras and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Progression

Season 1

The first season premiered on August 15, 1992 and ended on November 7, 1992, and was an immediate success. For the first season, the show always began with Hank's introduction, and some early episodes of the show began with the opening credits of the fictional talk show, The Larry Sanders Show. In later seasons, the episodes often began without the fictional opening credits.

Some popular episodes of the season are: "The Garden Weasel", in which the network wants Larry to do live commercials during the show; "The Spider Episode", in which Larry is afraid to do a sketch which involves spiders; "The New Producer", in which the network wants to replace Artie; "Out of the Loop", in which Artie doesn't want Larry to know that Jerry and Sally have been having sex on his desk; "The Flirt Episode" in which Larry tries not to flirt with Mimi Rogers; and the season finale "The Hey Now Episode", in which Larry and Artie try to make Hank appreciate the show more.

The season was nominated for 8 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, but lost to Seinfeld. However, The Larry Sanders Show became the first cable TV series to be nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Garry Shandling was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Rip Torn and Jeffrey Tambor were nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Dana Carvey and Carrol Burnett were nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor and Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Dannis Klien and Garry Shandling was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the Pilot episode. Garry Shandling, Paul Simms, Peter Tolan and Rosie Shuster were nominated in for the same category for The Spider Episode.

Season 2

The second season premiered on June 2, 1993 and ended on September 29, 1993. The story arc in this season involved Larry beginning a new relationship with his first wife, after he had divorced his second wife.

Some popular episodes of the season were: "Larry's Agent", in which Larry tries to fire his agent; "Life Behind Larry" in which Larry wants to get into more of the groups activities; "Broadcast Nudes", in which Hank wants Darlene to pose naked in Playboy magazine (Linda Doucett, the actress who played Darlene and also Garry Shandling's girlfriend, would later actually appear in the magazine); "Larry's Birthday" in which Larry doesn't want anyone throwing a party for his birthday; this is also the episode where Jerry (the head writer of the show) is fired; "Being There", in which Hank tries to promote his new restaurant; "Off Camera", in which Artie has to deal with all the stress that Larry suffers every show; and the season finale "L.A or N.Y?", in which Larry leaves the show and moves to Montana, to protest the network's desire to shift the show's base from L.A. to New York.

The show was nominated for four Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, but lost to Frasier and would continue losing to the same series for the rest of its run. Rip Torn was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Todd Holland was nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for the episode Life Behind Larry. Garry Shandling, Paul Simms, Drake Sathers, Victor Levin and Maya Forbes where nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the episode Larry's Agent.

Season 3

The season premiered on July 22, 1994 and ended in October 12, 1994. The original title credits of the show appear less frequently this season.

Some of the most popular episodes of the season were: "Montana", in which the show gets back on the air after Larry discovers that life in Montana is not to his liking; "You're Having My Baby", in which a woman claims that she is having Larry's baby; "Hank's Night in the Sun", in which Hank fulfills his dreams of becoming guest host for the show; "The Mr. Sharon Stone Show", which Larry dates Sharon Stone and finds out what it means to be the less famous member of a show biz couple; and the season finale "End of the Season" in which Larry gets engaged to Roseanne Barr.

The season was nominated for six Emmy awards, including, for the third year in a row, for Outstanding Comedy Series, but lost to Frasier again. Garry Shandling was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Rip Torn was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Todd Holland was nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for Hank's Night in the Sun. Peter Tolan was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Hank's Night in the Sun. It received another nomination in that same category, Garry Shandling and Peter Tolan for "The Mr. Sharon Stone Show". This season also received a Golden Globe nomination for Gary Shandling for Best Lead Actor in Musical or Comedy. It received one nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award for Todd Holland for The Mr. Sharon Stone Show.

Season 4

The season premiered on July 19, 1995 and ended in November 22, 1995.

Some of the most popular episodes of the show included: "Rosanne's Return", in which Larry has to face Roseanne Barr after their engagement broke off; "Arthur After Hours", in which it is revealed what Artie does after the show had an unsuccessful broadcast; "Jeanne's Visit", in which Larry's ex-wife, Jeannie, visits the show, "Hank's Sex Tape", in which Hank becomes incensed when Phil circulates a tape of him having sex; and the season finale "Larry's On Vacation", in which Sandra Bernhard tries to take over the show .

The season was nominated for 12 Emmy awards, including for Outstanding Comedy Series, but lost for the third time in a row to Frasier. But this year The Larry Sanders Show received its first Emmy award: Rip Torn won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Jeffrey Tambor was also nominated in the same category. Garry Shandling was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and the show received two nominations for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: One for Todd Holland for Arthur After Hours, another for Michael Leachmann for I was a Teenage Lesbian. The show: one for Garry Shandling, Steve Levitan and Maya Forbes for the episode Roseanne's Return, another for Peter Tolan for the episode Arthur After Hours, and another for Jon Vitti for Hank's Sex Tape. Janeane Garofalo was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in Comedy Series. Rosie O'Donnell and Mandy Patinkin were nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress and Guest Actor in Comedy Series. Gary Shandling was nominated for the second time in a row for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series at the Golden Globe Award. This season received four Writers' Guild of America Awards, one for Garry Shandling, Steve Levitan and Maya Forbes for Roseanne's Return, another for John Riggi for Hank's New Assistant, another for Peter Tolan for Arthur After Hours and finally one for Peter Tolan for Eight. It received one Director's Guild of America Award nomination for Todd Holland for the episode Arthur After Hours.

Season 5

The season premiered November 13, 1996 and ended on February 26, 1997. There is only one episode that began with the original credit sequence of the series.

Some of the most famous episodes of the series were made in this season: "Everybody Loves Larry", in which Larry starts suspecting that David Duchovny has sexual feelings for him; "My Name is Asher Kingsley", in which Hank explores his Jewish roots, much to the crew's dismay; "Ellen, or Isn't She?", in which Larry and Artie try to find if Ellen DeGeneres is really a lesbian; "The New Writer", in which Wendy begins working as a writer for the show, much to Phil's dismay; "The Book", in which Larry is convinced to write an autobiography; "Pain Equals Funny", in which Paula leaves the show; and the season finale, "Larry's New Love", in which Hank is afraid the network is trying to replace him.

The show was nominated for 16 Emmy awards, breaking the record for most nominations for a Comedy Series for an individual Emmy year. The record was maintained for ten years, until 30 Rock received 17 nominations. The show was nominated for the fifth time for Outstanding Comedy Series, and was considered a front-runner for Primetime Emmy Award, but was defeated again by Frasier. Garry Shandling was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Rip Torn and Jeffrey Tambor were nominated for Outstanding Suppoting Actor in Comedy Series. Janeane Garofalo was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. It received two nominations for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series; one for Todd Holland for Everybody Loves Larry, another for Alan Myerson for Ellen, Or Isn't She?. It received three nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series; one for Garry Shandling, John Markus and Judd Apatow for the episode Ellen, Or Isn't She?, another for Peter Tolan for My Name is Asher Kingsley, another for Jon Vitti for Everybody Loves Larry. David Duchovny and Ellen DeGeneres received nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor and Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. The show was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Series-Musical or Comedy. It received two Directors' Guild of America Award nominations; one for Todd Holland for Everybody Loves Larry, another for Alan Myerson for Ellen, Or Isn't She?. It was also nominated for two Writers' Guild of America Awards; one for Maya Forbes for The Book and another for Garry Shandling, John Markus and Judd Apatow for Ellen, Or Isn't She?.

Season 6

This was the final season of The Larry Sanders Show. It premiered on March 15, 1998 and ended on May 31, 1998. There is only one episode which began with the original show's opening.

Some of the most popular episodes of the season were: "Another List", in which the network threatens to replace Larry with Jon Stewart unless he makes some changes; "The Beginning of the End", in which the show gets a new creative consultant who wants to make big changes in the show; "Adolf Hankler", in which Hank has to play Adolf Hitler, while Larry is on vacation and Jon Stewart guest hosts; "Beverly's Secret", in which Beverly tries to tell the father of her baby she's pregnant; "Putting the "Gay" Back in Litigation," in which Brian (Hank's assistant) sues Phil and the show for sexual harassment due to Phil's gay jokes; and the series finale: "Flip," in which the cast gets ready for their final broadcast and Larry and Artie deal with Hank and the emotions of the crew.

For its final Emmy year, it received 10 nominations, and received its final Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, but it lost once again to Frasier, for the fifth year in a row. Nevertheless, it won two Emmys: one for Todd Holland for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for his direction of the final episode of the show, another for Garry Shandling and Peter Tolan for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series also for the final episode of the show. Garry Shandling was nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series. Rip Torn and Jeffrey Tambor were nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in Comedy Series. It received one nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Richard Day, Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck for "Putting the 'Gay' Back in Litigation." It received only one nomination for Directors' Guild of America Award: Todd Holland for the episode "Flip."

Series finale

After six years on the air, HBO and Garry Shandling announced that the show would not continue for a seventh season. The series finale aired in May 1998.

Garry Shandling says he was very proud of the show's popularity and was sad it couldn't continue. Many of the cast and crew expressed disappointment and even depression with the end of the show. The finale was written by Garry Shandling and Peter Tolan, and was directed with Todd Holland. They both won Emmy Awards for directing and writing the final episode. The episode was filmed in March 1998, the same month the season premiered, with a running time of 53 minutes (90 with commercials), unlike all the other episode with a running time of 22 to 28 minutes.

With only a few hours before the last broadcast of the fictional talk show, Larry is busy preparing for his final speech—similar to the one Jack Parr did on his show. He is trying to focus on the speech but keeps getting distracted by his staff's increasing sadness. After the taping, Larry sits in a chair of the audience section; Artie joins him to tell him that his experience on the show was the best experience of his life, and Larry says that he is his best friend. Hank confronts them over the way they have treated him over the years and calls them "fucking assholes," but then returns to tearfully apologize. The three of them embrace and leave the show's set. The final scene features Larry looking at the set for one last time before leaving.

The episode aired 16 days after the finale of Seinfeld aired on May 31 and was watched by 2.5 million viewers, which was a significant number for HBO. The finale got very positive reviews from critics, especially in comparison to Seinfeld's season finale. One critic said, "Although The Larry Sanders Show was not as popular as Seinfeld, I consider The Larry Sanders Show's finale to be better than Seinfeld's"; another calling it "one of the greatest series finales in history". Coincidentally, Seinfeld appears as himself in the series finale.

The episode was nominated for five Emmy Awards and won two: Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for Todd Holland and Outstanding Writing in Comedy Series for Garry Shandling and Peter Tolan.

Reception

Critical reaction

After the show ended, The New York Post called it "One of the Greatest Achievements in Television". The L.A. Weekly called it "Very Funny". Time Magazine said it was "The Closest Sitcom to Ever Came to Perfect Pitch". The Washington Post called the show "Brutally and Blatantly Hilarious" and USA Today gave it four stars. Many critics alike called it one of the greatest television shows of all time. Metacritic gives the show a metascore of 96%, based on 8 reviews. Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly said "Revisiting former colleagues and friends to find out how they felt about both Larry Sanders and Garry Shandling amounts to a monumental display of ...fearless revelation and humor." Doug Elfman from the Chicago Sun-Times said "It is simply the one of the best sitcoms ever". Ivan Morales calls it "the greatest HBO sitcom of all time".

Viewers

Since HBO is a pay cable channel that many people didn't receive at the time of The Larry Sanders Show's premiere, it had from one to two million viewers per episode. As the show progresed, the ratings improved more and more with each season reaching more viewers than the last one: the second 2 million, the third 3 million and the others 4 and 5 million viewers. The series finale, "Flip," was watched by 2 million viewers.

After the show

After the show ended, many members of the cast and crew enjoyed other success in television or movies. Garry Shandling returned to his roots of stand-up comedy. He also worked as a voice actor in the children's film Over the Hedge. Rip Torn guest-starred on 30 Rock, and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance.

Jeremy Piven portrayed Ari Gold in the HBO series Entourage. He has won three Emmy awards, a Golden Globe Award and several other awards for his performance in the show. Jeffrey Tambor played George Bluth Sr. in the critically acclaimed FOX sitcom, Arrested Development. He was nominated for two Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He also appeared in the first two Hellboy films. Janeane Garafalo, Penny Johnson and Mary Lynn Rajskub all appeared on the television show 24. Wallace Langham appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Judd Apatow, one of the producers of the show and writers, had a successful career after the show, making many adult comedy films such as Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, Year One, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and currently, Funny People. Brad Grey, the show's executive producer, produced the Martin Scorsese film The Departed and was the executive producer on The Sopranos.

DVD releases

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the complete first season on DVD in Region 1 on February 26, 2002. No subsequent seasons were released.

On April 17, 2007, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released a best-of compilation featuring episodes from all six seasons entitled Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show.[2] The 4-disc DVD set features 23 episodes and features 8 hours of bonus material.

On February 26, 2010, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series from Sony and would be releasing The Larry Sanders Show - The Complete Series on DVD in September 2010.[3]

In Region 2, The Larry Sanders Show: The Best Episodes was released by Sony Pictures UK in 2000. It is a compilation containing the following episodes: #302, "Montana" (Robin Williams); #403, "Hank's Sex Tape" (Henry Winkler, Norm MacDonald); #408, "Larry's Big Idea" (Courteney Cox, David Letterman); #412, "I Was a Teenage Lesbian" (Brett Butler). Also included are two first season episodes ("The Guest Host," "The Talk Show"), as well as the second season episode, "The List" (#203) which was left out of the US cable syndication package offered to Bravo. However, it is available to local affiliates.

Select episodes from each season are available for free viewing on Crackle. It now can be view on Hulu. Currently, 32 episodes had been released on Hulu.

Books

  • Confessions of a Late-night Talk-show Host: The Autobiography of Larry Sanders (ISBN 067102910X) was written by Garry Shandling in-character as Larry Sanders. It was released October 4, 1999. The book was the topic of season five's episode ten, which was also under the same title.

External links

References

  1. ^ http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/completelist/0,,1651341,00.html
  2. ^ Sony Pictures - The Best of Larry Sanders Collection
  3. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Larry-Sanders-DVD-Plans/13400







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