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Undeniably the hippest show to air on cable in the 1990s, The Larry Sanders Show takes you backstage at a fictional late night talk show with real-life guests from movies, music and television. The Larry Sanders Show was ahead of its time, becoming an immediate critical and audience hit for its satirical, tongue-in-cheek look at Hollywood. The series that combined documentary-like camerawork with a clever blend of fact and fiction set the standard of quality for HBO and influenced the development of shows like Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Office.
Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show features more than 8 hours of newly-produced material including Garry Shandling in personal and intimate visits with friends like Alec Baldwin, Tom Petty, Sharon Stone, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jon Stewart and including the compellingly entertaining, feature-length documentary, "The Making of The Larry Sanders Show."
Garry Shandling wraps up the run of his groundbreaking HBO comedy series in definitive yet nostalgic fashion in this boxed set, wryly titled Not Just the Best of The Larry Sanders Show. Now there's truth in advertising. Along with 23 of what Shandling felt were the best episodes of the show's run (89 episodes from 1992-98) comes eight hours of newly produced material, including a feature-length "making of" documentary, cast and star interviews, deleted scenes, commentaries, and footage of Shandling on personal visits with stars like Alec Baldwin, Jon Stewart, and Jerry Seinfeld. The personal visits are some of the most interesting moments (a breakfast with Sharon Stone is so strained and forced it's hard not to laugh) and the new features bring so much of Garry's personal thoughts and feelings into play that maybe this set would have been better named Being Garry Shandling. But it seems only fair to get such a subjective and in-depth personal view on the series from the man who made awkward self-consciousness a comedic art form.
The Larry Sanders Show was at the forefront of changing the genre of TV comedy, and influenced the development of many shows to follow, like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, and both versions of The Office. The source of that inspiration is on full display here, as talk-show host Larry Sanders (Shandling) along with his producer Artie (Rip Torn) and his "poor deluded bastard" sidekick Hank (Jeffrey Tambor), struggles to keep his late-night talk show on the air despite dropping ratings, absurd notes from the network, and a hilarious tendency to self-sabotage his personal life. His guest stars, including some of the biggest names in show business, seem to enjoy lampooning their images and provide some of the sharpest comic moments. It's great stuff, and it's too bad all six seasons are not scheduled to be released on DVD. Shandling reportedly went this route with the release, rather than continuing with complete seasons, because of a desire to wrap it all up at once after a long legal battle with producer Brad Grey. While many fans might bemoan the fact that there will be no complete-season sets of The Larry Sanders Show released after this, there are episodes from all six seasons here to enjoy, including the first and the double-part finale. With a gem like this, it's better to savor what's available than to lament what might have been. --Daniel Vancini
The Larry Sanders show was one of the first groundbreaking comedy shows on HBO. This set includes 23 episodes from the series and 8 hours of newly produced material including... Read morePublished 8 months ago by chris
Best show on TV nothing even comes close. Behind the scenes doc is excellent.Published 14 months ago by William J. Underhill
Hey, Now, is the introduction into the fictitious tv show of Larry Sanders, played to the utmost by Garry Shandling. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mae Tinee
"Live on tape, from Hollywood."
The Larry Sanders Show was the best comedy ever.
His friends said that he had intimacy issues - to which he replied... Read more
This DVD set is features most of the Larry Sanders Show episodes and it is funny as it was in the 90s! Special features also highlight this collection.Published 21 months ago by MagiL
One of best best of DVDs ever!!! Great for Larry Sanders fans. Full of personal interviews with Gary and gest starsand cast including Jerry Seinfeld, Carol Burrnet, David Ducuvney,... Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is how a DVD set should be put together. Most all of my favorite episodes from the run of the series, plus extras for the die-hard fan.Published on January 4, 2013 by Dave Orloff
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The thing is SNL stinks, so who cares?
Larry Sanders is one of the best comedy series ever made and deserves to be presented as it was originally intended: as a series of episodes in a long story. Unlike "Leave it to Beaver," "Larry Sanders" is far more than the sum of... Read More
Feb 10, 2007 by quatorze | See all 10 posts
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Yes, I would recommend this set to the newcomer. It gives a good selection of some of the funniest episodes, and ones that focus on many different characters and lots of Hank Kinsley. Of course some very funny episodes are missing. This is well worth it though, because who knows when all the... Read More
Nov 28, 2007 by Sherringford Clark | See all 3 posts
Jul 16, 2009 by M. Grant | See all 2 posts
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