Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO, which premiered on October 15, 2000. The series was created by Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, who stars as a fictionalized version of himself. The series follows David in his life as a semi-retired television writer and producer in Los Angeles and later New York City. Also starring is Cheryl Hines as David's wife Cheryl, Jeff Garlin as David's manager Jeff, and Susie Essman as Jeff's wife Susie. Curb often features guest stars, and some of these appearances are by celebrities playing themselves.
The plots and subplots of the episodes are established in an outline written by David and the dialogue is largely improvised by the actors themselves. Much like Seinfeld, the subject matter in Curb Your Enthusiasm often involves the minutiae of daily life, and plots often revolve around Larry David's many faux pas, and his problems with certain social conventions and expectations, as well as his annoyance with other people's behavior. The character has a hard time letting such annoyances go unexpressed, which leads him often into awkward situations.
The series was developed from a 1999 one-hour special titled Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, which David and HBO originally envisioned as a one-time project. This special was shot as a mockumentary, where the characters were aware of the presence of cameras and a crew. The series itself is not a mock documentary, but it is shot in a somewhat similar cinéma vérité–like style.
Created by Larry David
Written by Larry David
Starring Larry David
Theme music composer Luciano Michelini
Opening theme "Frolic"
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 80 (plus 60-minute special) (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Larry David
Robert B. Weide
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel HBO
Picture format 4:3 480i (Seasons 1–6)
16:9 1080i (Season 7–)
Original run October 15, 2000 – present
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