It’s crazy to think that next year, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will have been going for 20 years. When it arrived in 2000, two years after the finale of “Seinfeld,” the show—created by Larry David, the co-creator of “Seinfeld“— was met with open arms, a kind of hallelujah to the return of situational comedy. “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” however, went beyond the peculiar comedy of Jerry Seinfeld, morphing into something darker, and what became known as cringe comedy. ‘Curb’ was also different because it was improvised, single-camera, and not shot in front of a studio audience delivering a canned laugh track.
And while it has been technically ongoing for 20 years, ‘Curb’ took a long break after Season 8—David unsure of going on and whether the show should go on—and there was eventually a six-year hiatus between 2011 and 2017. Season 10 arrives on January 19, 2020, and while it’s comeback began in 2017, one has to wonder if the candid, neurotic Larry David thing has more of shelf life. Personally, I was devout for about five seasons, but the show began to feel stale, and I bailed on it. That said, the series still seems to have decent ratings and Rotten Tomatoes scores, so perhaps HBO, David, and the cast are all content to keep going.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Larry David is back – as Larry David – stumbling through one faux-pas after another in an all-new season of the award-winning, hit comedy series.
As candid, unsparing, and outrageous as ever, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM revolves around a fictionalized, gleefully misanthropic version of David as a ubiquitous camera chronicles the private, often banal world of this (relatively) public man. The series continues to prove how seemingly trivial details of one’s day-to-day life – a cold cup of coffee, a stained shirt, a missing toothbrush – can precipitate a chain of misfortune to hilarious effect. To keep the narrative spontaneous, the series is shot without a script, and cast members are given scene outlines and often improvise lines as they go.
Returning series regulars beyond David include Susie Essman (“Broad City”), Jeff Garlin (“The Goldbergs”), Cheryl Hines (“Suburgatory”), Richard Lewis (“Anything But Love”), and JB Smoove (“The Millers”).
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” Season 10 returns on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 10:30 pm ET on HBO. Watch the new trailer below.