Curb Your Enthusiasm premiered on HBO in 2000. As of today (2023), the series has 11 seasons, all of which have received praise. We know the newer seasons are pretty good, but have the older ones aged well, too?
Is Curb Your Enthusiasm Worth Watching?
If you’ve never watched the series, the prospect of committing to more than ten seasons (or 111 episodes at the time of writing this) can seem daunting. So, it’s not a surprise this question has been asked many times online.
If you’re looking for a quick answer, it’s this: Yes. Curb Your Enthusiasm is still worth watching. But let’s start at the beginning.
Who is Larry David, and Why Did He Create This Series?
Curb Your Enthusiasm follows a fictionalized version of Larry David himself, who co-created the popular sitcom Seinfeld, which aired from 1989 to 1998.
The episodes frequently center on Larry’s everyday life, where he often finds himself in awkward and humorous situations due to his lack of social graces and his tendency to speak his mind without filters (as well as his misinterpretations, misunderstandings, and insistence on adhering to his own personal code of ethics).
The series premiered in 2000. The cast includes Cheryl Hines as Cheryl David, Jeff Garlin as Jeff Greene, and Susie Essman as Susie Greene. There’s also plenty of guests, like outstanding guest actors Richard Lewis, David Schwimmer, Ben Stiller, and Jason Alexander.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is known for its dry, observational humor and its mockumentary-style presentation, which gives it a natural and unscripted feel. The show has also garnered a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim, earning numerous awards and nominations throughout its run.
Which Enthusiasm Season Should You Start With?
Luckily, each Curb Your Enthusiasm season has little to do with the previous one, so you can watch them separately or start at any given point (ideally, on an episode 1). Many people have, in fact, begun watching the final season and got hooked. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the seasons tend to be topical.
Still, if you want to see how the style progresses, you should go right to the beginning. Each season is just ten episodes, so you can binge them in a relatively reasonable amount of time. Season one feels a little slow at first but quickly picks up pace.
The Verdict on this Outstanding Comedy Series
If you loved Seinfeld, but you wished there was more cursing, then you’ll love Curb Your Enthusiasm. George Costanza was, after all, based on Larry David’s life. So, Curb continues this trend but embraces some bits of his current life – and adds a fantastic cast of celebrity guests.
Our advice would be to try a few episodes and see how you feel. If you enjoy them, we got good news: All of them are consistently good!