My New Best Friend, Larry David

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I knew that a lot of people liked Curb Your Enthusiasm. I loved Seinfeld. I knew Larry David created the show. I don’t know why it took me this long to get into it. But now I am, and wow. Curb Your Enthusiasm is so much funnier than Seinfeld was. I’m sure there are plenty of Seinfeld nerds out there who would disagree with me, but for me, Larry David is a much more identifiable character than Jerry Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld had the occasional problem, but on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David has nothing but problems. And a lot of them are problems I’ve had myself. You can see Larry’s problems coming a mile away. You know how Larry’s going to get screwed. Larry always gets screwed in the worst possible way. Whatever your worst fear is in that situation, it’s about to happen to Larry. And the best part is that Larry almost welcomes it. He knows some dumb shit’s about to happen. He knows that if he just keeps his mouth shut, he can avoid trouble. But he can’t help himself. I identify with Larry, because 9 times out of 10, the reason I get into trouble is because of my mouth. I say the wrong thing, or I take something one step too far. I bet most of the Curb Your Enthusiasm fans identify with Larry for exactly the same reason too.

Another huge part of why I love Curb Your Enthusiasm is the music. The opening and closing theme is bouncy and fits Larry’s bumbling antics perfectly. The interludes during the episodes are at times whimsical and the tenser moments are accompanied by raucous romps filled with brass instruments that you want to start bouncing along with. My favorite musical piece of all on the show is the bit when Larry is suspicious of someone’s apparent lie. Larry takes a moment to peer deep into their eyes in an attempt to determine if they are being honest with him. It doesn’t happen every episode, but it happens often enough that you’ll quickly become familiar with it, and like me, you’ll get a kick out of it every time.

Curb Your Enthusiasm is currently in its 8th season on HBO, but you’ll want to start from the beginning so that you get to know all the characters and their quirks. You can buy Curb Your Enthusiasm on both Amazon and iTunes.

Journey to Oz

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It’s spring break and since I have an abundance of free time, I decided to dip into a new tv show. Well, it’s an old show to a lot of other people, but I’m working on Oz. I was just in middle school when this show came out on HBO so I’m doing a bit of catching up. I’m currently episode 5 of the first season, but I’m pretty sure the rest of the six total seasons will be just as good. Buy the DVDs or rent them on Amazon.

Mom and Battlestar

So one of my presents this Christmas was the complete Battlestar Galactica series on Bluray. I had been telling my mom (who loves sci-fi) that she should watch BSG for years. She was still scarred by the original BSG with Lorne Greene and wouldn’t give the new series a chance. Through the allure of spending time with her one and only child, I got her to watch the BSG mini-series and after that she was hooked. She has been begging me to watch more of the series with her, and in just two days, we’re almost through the first season.