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  • Andrew Carden
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    Another great one, though I still wish Graham had a bit more to do.

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    Atypical
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    Episode Title: “The Shucker”

    Synopsis: Larry is blackmailed by an employee and tormented by someone from his past; Jeff and Larry pitch a new creative venture; Susie gets turned on by a surprising source.

    Discuss.

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    The best subplot of the episode is the previous owner stealing his plant. The episode had all the elements that makes Curb so fantastic but as a whole it didn’t come together for me.

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    Phillippo
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    This was one of my favorite episodes. I can see both Graham and LMM being guest nominated for this.

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    kancov
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    Hilarious episode and after this year’s nomination for Miranda, I wouldn’t be surprised if they nominate him again. Not so sure about Graham.

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    Atypical
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    Some great guest-star turns here from Lin-Manuel Miranda (wickedly game work here and totally Emmy nomination-worthy) and Steven Weber (get it, Susie lol!). Not sure why Lauren Graham was cast in this role that pretty much any actress could have done. The “Judge Judy” segment was everythinggg, bitches! Ready for the season finale!

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    Andrew Carden
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    Loved the stuff with Mrs. Shapiro but I actually found all of the Hamilton material kind of flat and labored. I wouldn’t nominate Miranda.

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    Caught up with the first six episodes last night. This season is an interesting mixed bag in terms of reception. Before having seen the episodes, I had seen the relatively weak score on Metacritic, critics not that happy on Twitter and disappointing ratings—not only down considerably from last season, but it even fell behind lead-out Vice Principals in the demographic at the end, which HBO surely never expected. But reading through this thread, this board is mostly enthusiastic about the season and it has the IMDb episode ratings to match for select installments.

    Where will the Emmys land on this divide? I initially thought that with Veep presumably out of the way, this would finally be Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s time, but I expected the buzz and ratings to be much better. Still, the disparity between the Veep/Silicon Valley block and all other comedies (outside of acting) has been immense lately, regardless of quality. So Curb Your Enthusiasm can easily go along for the ride, with multiple nominations in directing and editing, plus nominations in the new comedy cinematography and production design categories. But a win might be out of the question, kind of like Silicon Valley.

    Comedy supporting actress is usually a weak field and the show is making use of its extended ensemble more, so maybe there is another nomination. Richard Lewis, Ted Danson and Marty Funkhouser seem to be more consistent presences this season and Cheryl is back to regular status, all unfortunately at the expense of Leon though.

    Although quite funny, the show did feel a bit different in its first couple episodes back. It seemed zanier and the episodes felt long. Looking back, the show was very consistent about its run times. All but one episode last season was twenty-nine minutes. The episodes are longer now and there is much more fluctuation. I suppose that Netflix is rubbing off on HBO, trying to give maximum freedom to its creators at the expense of quality, surprising because I thought that Larry David already had that. The middle episodes seemed closer to classic Curb Your Enthusiasm. Nothing had me laughing harder than Larry loudly making sure that Bryan Cranston know that he was not breaking confidentiality.

    The season is consistently funny, but the plotting is different. Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm were always about a whole bunch of storylines improbably intersecting at the end for an impressive punchline. These episodes have much more going on—some of it not really going anywhere—and smaller punchlines here and there. The show is less formulaic for it, but also less a source of wonderment.

    With them shoehorning the “pretty good” catchphrase into the premiere, I am surprised that they waited until the sixth episode to bring back Larry staring into his enemies’ souls.

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    But reading through this thread, this board is mostly enthusiastic about the season and it has the IMDb episode ratings to match for select installments.

    This reminds me too much of GOT. I was so excited about the new season, but I’m not staying caught up on this season, it’s just not that good

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    kancov
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    Remember when Cheryl got herself cast in the Seinfeld reunion? I think the actress did the same with this season of Curb, LOL.

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    Episode Title: “Fatwa!”

    Synopsis: Larry has a scheduling conflict, takes issue with some work associates, and hosts a pair of ungrateful house guests; Season Finale.

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    Marco B.
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    Can’t wait to see how they will end what has undoubtely been a brilliant season.

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    Turd Ferguson
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    I don’t care what everyone says. This was a great season and it’s sad that this is probably the end. Give Emmys to this! What has been a hilarious season of television

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    Andrew Carden
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    A lame and labored finale (sans the amazing Casey Wilson) to an only intermittently funny season. This won’t be winning Emmys next year.

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    The season finale was good but too long. I would love to see Lin-Manuel Miranda get nominated for Comedy Guest Actor though.

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