Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO which premiered 15 October 2000. It ran 80 episodes over eight seasons, the last in 2011. The series was created by Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, who stars as a fictionalized version of himself. The series follows Larry in his life as a semi-retired television writer and producer in Los Angeles and later New York City. Also starring are Cheryl Hines as his wife Cheryl, Jeff Garlin as his manager Jeff, and Susie Essman as Jeff's wife Susie.
The show often features guest stars, and many of these appearances are by celebrities playing versions of themselves fictionalized to varying degrees. The plots and subplots of the episodes are established in an outline written by David and the dialogue is largely improvised by the actors (a technique known as retroscripting). As with Seinfeld, the subject matter on the show often involves the minutiae of daily life, and plots often revolve around Larry David's many faux pas and his problems with certain social conventions and expectations, as well as his annoyance with other people's behavior. The character has a hard time letting such annoyances go unexpressed, which often leads him into awkward situations.
- Denny Siegel, Ian Gomez, Phil LaMarr, Karen Maruyama, Hugh Hefner, Stephen Colbert, Aisha Tyler, Patrick Bristow, and The Drew Carey Show star Diedrich Bader have all guest starred on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
- Ricky Gervais appeared as a comical version of himself as did Mad About You leading star Paul Reiser.