The Larry Sanders Show 7 Seasons 1998

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(117) IMDb 8.6/10

23. Flip Pt. 1 & 2 TV-MA

Larry prepares to close out his talk show career with one final show.

Starring:
Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor
Runtime:
55 minutes
Original air date:
May 31, 1998

Flip Pt. 1 & 2

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Finally, my desperate pleadings had been answered.
J. Dillon
This is a comedy series through and through and is one of the very best shows I have ever seen...and I've seen a lot.
Scott Carmichael
The addition of original material for the DVD set really adds value to the set.
Dale Rhines

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2007
Format: DVD
Larry Sanders is classic comedy that is no longer shown on HBO due to the years since the series ended (1998 was its final year), and when it was on Bravo the episodes were never shown uncut due to censorship and time constraint issues. With the likelihood that so much time passes that it is finally decided that, due to its format, this show is so "nineties-centric" with all of its guest stars that it is too dated to be a success on DVD, I shall break down and buy this set and hope that, with my luck, seasons two through six promptly follow.

The selection of episodes is pretty good, although they tend to be more Larry-centric and more focused on telling the story of the show than just the best possible selection of individual episodes. There are three episodes from season one in this set, so along with Season One which is being reissued, these two sets give us 33 of the 89 total episodes on DVD. There are a couple of episodes I consider essential that I was disappointed to see were omitted from the set. The first of these is "The Grand Opening" from season two, where Hank decides to open his "Hank's Look Around Cafe". The tables in the restaurant moved around so you had a different view every few minutes. Everyone knew it was a bad idea, but Hank wanted this so much that there was no dissuading him. When Larry is eating there, the tables creak and wobble, glasses fall over, and rolls fall off the table. It's absolutely hilarious classic Hank. To quote Artie, "That's great television, my friend." The other episode I wished had been included was "Artie and Angie and Hank and Hercules" from Season 5. Besides the other subplots going on in this episode, Hank auditions to be the voice of Hercules in an animated feature.
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Wild Bill Jones on April 24, 2007
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Please -- listen -- This is an amazing set. Most of these reviews were written before any of the reviewers had had a chance to see the actual product. I have just gotten the set and have looked at about half of it. If you are a fan you have to have this. I may add to this review later but I feel that it is important to post this now.

If you love the Larry Sanders Show, this set will be a revelation to you. There are something like eight hours of outtakes, interviews, commentary, and a totally interesting documentary about the making of the series. There is fascinating stuff here about how the episodes were conceived, filmed, cast -- original audition footage, interviews with the cast members -- not throwaway stuff but really, really interesting stuff about how the show was assembled. Anyone who really knows why this show was, and is, so special will be bowled over by this.

I, too, am disappointed at not being able to get a complete run of the show. EVEN IF THEY MAKE A COMPLETE RUN AVAILABLE LATER, YOU WILL WANT TO OWN THIS. I am not a flak-in-disguise or a covert operative for Sony. I think Garry Shandling put a lot of creative effort into what he saw as a creative revisioning of the arc of the whole series we all love so much. This is definitely not a cynical best-of set with a few extras thrown in to bilk the unwary. It is a creative efort in its own right. Seriously. Plus you get all these great episodes in quality that, previous post notwithstanding, is as good as you will ever see.

Truly, truly -- I think Garry Shandling was involved on every level here, down to the packaging, and it is NOT A CYNICAL ATTEMPT TO MILK $$ OUT OF FANS. You need to know this. This is totally different from anything else I have seen.
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3 of 0 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Priestly on March 13, 2007
Format: DVD
I'm looking forward to this DVD set...even tho it contains two episodes from the 1st season release I never thought Sony would release any more episodes of TLSS on DVD. And this will probably be it...regarding song rights...it is the pits that huge conglomerates like Sony don't want to release certain episodes with music within they don't want to have to pay for again...with the 90210 1st season release the conglomerate behind it re-mixed sanitized music they own into those episodes and ruined them. With the release of the only season of the WB's Grosse Pointe only two of the episodes contain the original catchy 'Sex Bomb' themed opening, all the others have a brief generic musical interlude the releasing conglomerate owns the rights to. Evidently we're going to see more of this in future TV season releases of shows that contain songs in those shows that were popular back when they first aired but the conglomerates don't own the rights to...if you have all the original airings on VHS of TLSS you indeed have a classic and should be able to transfer them to DVD with no problems. You are truly the lucky ones. So 21 episodes of TLSS I don't have will add to the 13 I do have...it's not 89 but it's better than nothing for this classic show...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerry P. Danzig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 15, 2007
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Will this serve as the definitive Larry Sanders DVD set? It will probably depend on the sales. Much of what is here is wonderful. The show itself is as fascinating and enjoyable as ever. Hank Kingsley is one of the greatest creations ever, and one has to wonder how much someone like Ed McMahon, say, resembled him behind the scenes. But even greater to me is the amazing Rip Torn as Artie, Larry's producer, mentor, protector, and father figure. What a remarkable character! I can count on Artie alone to make me bust out laughing five or six times an episode, and that beats even Homer Simpson! I wish there was more commentary on the episodes in this set -- I find these discussions the most worthwhile. Unfortunately there are also a number of conversations taped recently between Garry Shandling and a number of the shows' guest stars, and these are far less interesting. Shandling himself calls them self-indulgent and not intended for public consumption, and he is right. Still, there are some memorable moments. Like Alex Baldwin demonstrating his anger and bulk in a boxing ring -- one prays for unfortunates who may have been intimately acquainted with either. There is a tremendously tedious sequence with Tom Petty -- apparently both men enjoyed some herbal refreshment before the interlude, and they make our eyes droop as well. Then there is the spectacle of Jerry Seinfeld having a cow because he can't find his favorite leather jacket. Yes, citizens, even gazillionaires can get upset over such mundane matters, except that THEY have assistants they can interrogate to resolve these difficulties over their cell phones. On the up side, Carol Burnett proves herself as sly and adept in her interview as she always was in physical comedy. What a talent!Read more ›
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