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THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES
August 14, 2015  | By David Bianculli
 

You aren’t going to find better deals than this newly repackaged release of Garry Shandling’s hilarious, impressively influential HBO comedy show. All 89 episodes, spread over nine discs, on sale for only $24.29 on Amazon. That’s crazy cheap. And this series, which ran on HBO from 1992-98, is crazy good. On camera, you get the lead troika of Shandling as neurotic TV talk host Larry Sanders, Rip Torn as his always-simmering producer, and Jeffrey Tambor as Larry’s neurotic TV sidekick. You also get an endless parade of great guest stars, from Carol Burnett and David Letterman to Sharon Stone and Jon Stewart. Series regulars, at various points in the series, include Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garofalo, Jeremy Piven and many others – and behind the scenes, Shandling’s writing and producing collaborators include Judd Apatow, Peter Tolan and Dennis Klein. All that, and there’s also a skewering of TV in general, and the talk-show world in particular, that is as observant and honest as it is biting and hysterical. “Hey, now!” What are you waiting for? – David Bianculli

 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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