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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Ranking the seasons

Tony Black ranks the first eight seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm...

SEASON 7 (2009)

Larry finally gave the people what they wanted with the seventh season – the closest thing to an actual revival episode of Seinfeld through Curb than we’re ever likely to get, indeed there would be no need as Larry manages to both tell a terrific story within the world of Curb while genuinely having his season finale, ‘Seinfeld’, function as a perfectly funny, adequate episode of that show, with Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer all back with genuine scenes of dialogue and story points. The way Curb manages to weave this into a bigger story in which Larry uses a Seinfeld reunion as a way to win back Cheryl is done with expert storytelling precision.

Spending a couple of episodes resolving the storyline of the Blacks (after Larry actually got together with Vivica A. Fox’s bolshy Loretta), though wisely keeping Leon around, Larry sets up the main thrust of the season and if perhaps Season Seven doesn’t quite have the brace of all-round perfect episodes earlier seasons do, the ongoing plot line manages to make terrific use of Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards (he bravely lampooning his own brushes with racism), in episodes such as ‘The Bare Midriff’ and ‘The Table Read’. Season Seven does, however, contain what could be Curb’s finest episode ever – ‘The Black Swan’, in which Larry attempts to cover up a conspiracy at his golf club after he murders a prize swan. It’s dark Curb farce at its absolute finest.

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