8.3/10
6,775
32 user 18 critic

The Larry Sanders Show 

Trailer
2:02 | Trailer
A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.
Reviews
Popularity
2,468 ( 183)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



6   5   4   3   2   1  
1998   1997   1996   1995   1994   1993   … See all »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 46 wins & 135 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Garry Shandling pokes fun at sitcom conventions in his own unique fourth-wall breaking meta sitcom.

Stars: Garry Shandling, Molly Cheek, Michael Tucci
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Judd Apatow presents an emotional two-part in-depth look at the life, career and complex internal struggles of his loving mentor, the influential stand-up comedian and actor Garry Shandling, based on Shandling's personal diaries.

Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow, Kevin Nealon
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

This is a sketch-comedy show. The twist here is that all of the sketches (even the monologue) are connected in some strange way.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A parody of Johnny Carson anniversary shows made for the Showtime cable network.

Director: Tom Trbovich
Stars: Garry Shandling, Paul Willson, Ritch Brinkley
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Garry Shandling ...  Larry Sanders 89 episodes, 1992-1998
Jeffrey Tambor ...  Hank Kingsley 89 episodes, 1992-1998
Wallace Langham ...  Phil 89 episodes, 1992-1998
Rip Torn ...  Arthur 89 episodes, 1992-1998
Penny Johnson Jerald ...  Beverly Barnes 82 episodes, 1992-1998
Janeane Garofalo ...  Paula 52 episodes, 1992-1997
Linda Doucett ...  Darlene Chapinni 45 episodes, 1992-1998
Edit

Storyline

HBO television sitcom about Larry Sanders, a talk-show host. This show goes 'behind-the-scenes' to reveal Larry's humorous interactions with the producers and guests. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El show de Larry Sanders See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(89 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Throughout the series, Larry Sanders and other characters in the main cast make comments about other television show hosts like David Letterman, Larry King, Arsenio Hall, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Jay Leno, Pat Sajak, Conan O'Brien, Johnny Carson, and Tom Snyder. With the exception of Hall, O'Brien, and Carson, all of the others made appearances on the show. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Arthur: Francine, what a delight!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Ben Stiller Show: With Garry Shandling (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Guarantee
Written by Diana Williamson and Frank Fitzpatrick
Performed by Diana Williamson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Television's Great Masterpiece
20 July 2007 | by funrocketSee all my reviews

The Larry Sanders show may be the finest American television show. The comedy always has the perfect precision and they take such great care to small details. In one episode, Larry visits Hank's office, which he rarely does, and Hank puts his jacket on to try to look his best, that's the level of detail you don't see in most crap sitcoms. No American show since has held no punches and has been so bitterly cynical yet hilarious.

The three main actors really make the show. Garry Shandling as the good natured but selfish and cowardly Larry Sanders really plays the perfect vain talk show host. Jeffrey Tambor as Hank Kingsley really fleshes out the talentless asshole sidekick who you still root for, similar to George Costanza. Rip Torn masterfully portrays the over the top obsequious producer with a dark streak. The simple pleasure of seeing these three men interact is entertaining enough on its own.

The show is actually based on talk shows, you see all the politics and show biz phoniness unvarnished. The ugliness and hypocrisy in Hollywood will really surprise the uninitiated viewer. One wonders how much of Larry was in Johnny Carson and how much of Hank was in Ed McMahon.

This show is a true gem that is not nearly as popular as it should be since it doesn't pander. Any fan of intelligent programming owes it to himself to watch this.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 32 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed