Life must be pretty decent for Larry David. He creates an iconic comedy series “about nothing,” uses his own less-than-likable qualities to shape characters that audiences love and, five years after the last season of his HBO series, decides to do it again.
HBO announced recently that Curb Your Enthusiasm is far from over and will return for a ninth season. The premiere date hasn’t been announced, but in the meantime here are nine episodes to watch in anticipation for Season 9.
“Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm”: Where it all began. Curb started as a 1999 HBO special about — what else? — Larry David getting his own one-hour HBO special.
“The Massage”: Larry pays for restaurant crimes, avoids a “stop and chat” and learns about happy endings. (Season 2)
“Krazee-Eyez Killa”: An unlikely bromace develops between Larry and Wanda Sykes’ rapper fiancé. Plus: The hunt for an important jacket and the politics of home tours. (Season 3)
“The Survivor”: The show explores the different meanings of the word in the title, from the Holocaust to 9/11 to a reality show. Also: “Somebody get a sponge!” (Season 4)
“Meet the Blacks”: The Davids adopt a New Orleans family, the Blacks, displaced by a hurricane. Larry is tickled by the fact that they’re actually black. A crucial plot point since it introduces one of the best Curb characters, Leon (J.B. Smoove). (Season 6)
“The Bare Midriff”: A hilarious introduction to actress Jillian Bell (Workaholics, Idiotsitter, Eastbound & Down), who plays Larry and Jerry Seinfeld’s assistant who makes overly confident wardrobe choices. Also: a urine-soaked miracle. (Season 7)
“The Table Read” and “Seinfeld”: What Seinfeld fan hasn’t dreamed of a show reunion? Watching that scenario play out on Curb is a “prettay, prettay, prettay” good consolation. (Season 7)
“Larry vs. Michael J. Fox”: Where it all left off. The Season 8 finale first aired in September 2011 and features Larry giving his girlfriend’s effeminate son a sewing machine and questioning whether Michael J. Fox’s head shaking is a sign of anger or just Parkinson’s.
Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons (Series Premiere, 10 p.m., HBO) – The sports commentator’s weekly talk show will touch on current events, pop culture and technology, in addition to athletics.
Thirteen (Series Premiere, 10 p.m., BBC America) – This British miniseries sounds like equal parts Room and The Family. After being held captive in a cellar for 13 years, a young woman named Ivy finally escapes and returns to her family. But as the investigation to find her kidnapper ensues, it becomes clear that she may be protecting her captor.
Adventures in Babysitting (Premiere, 8 p.m. Disney) – The remake of this 1987 classic marks Disney’s 100th original made-or-TV movie. It will be interesting to see if the famous line “Don’t fuck with the babysitter” makes it into this version.
Game of Thrones (Season Finale, 9 p.m., HBO) – How can Thrones top last week’s over-the-top nail-biter? With the longest episode to date. Clocking in at 69 minutes, the Season 6 finale will cover Cersei’s trial, Davos’ confrontation of Melisandre, the Lannisters’ alliance with the Freys, more Bran visions and Littlefinger lovin’.
Preacher (9 p.m., AMC) – Jesse is seen as the star of Annville; Cassidy connects with Tulip; the Cowboy makes a choice.
Silicon Valley (Season Finale, 10:15 p.m., HBO) – Richard is at a moral crossroads; Laurie prepares to part ways; Dinesh’s video chat app gains traction.
Veep (Season Finale, 10:45 p.m., HBO) – Selina and friends prepare for the inauguration.
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