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Remember that episode of ''{{Seinfeld}}'' where George pitched his idea for a show in which ''nothing happens''? ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'' is that show.

Creator/LarryDavid, the super-wealthy co-creator of ''Seinfeld'', plays Larry David, the super-wealthy co-creator of ''Seinfeld'', in this improvisational comedy, broadcast on Creator/{{HBO}} since 2000. Edgy, cynical and anarchic to a degree not even achieved by its predecessor -- basically, think if ''Seinfeld'' had been just about George.

In a typical episode, Larry casually offends someone in the first act, discovers that he desperately needs their help in the second, and then makes matters worse trying to secure it. Usually, he acts like such an unrepentant {{jerkass}} to everybody he meets that when there's a [[NotWhatItLooksLike genuine misunderstanding]], he can't convince anybody of his innocence. Of course, this varies from one episode to the next. Sometimes, Larry is the more-or-less [[TheChewToy hapless victim]] of circumstance; sometimes, he makes all the [[WhatAnIdiot worst possible choices]] on the way to his comeuppance. Either way, the comeuppance is the punchline to the show, and will be saved for [[InterruptedByTheEnd the very end]].
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!!!This show provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion: Maggie Wheeler's best known role is Janice on ''{{Friends}}'' who has a trademark AnnoyingLaugh. In the ''Curb'' episode "Palestinian Chicken", she plays a woman who is annoying because she says "lol" instead of laughing.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Richard Lewis to Larry in the first episode.
* AdamWesting: Apparently the real Larry David is more or less just his character on the show, but the other celebrities he encounters are all taking the piss out of themselves in one way or another.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: In "Palestinian Chicken", Larry gets an anti-Semitic Palestinian woman into bed by overplaying his Jewishness.
* AllJewsAreCheapskates: Larry is rather often characterized as a "cheap Jew" in his endless quibbling and penny pinching over tips, bills, and other minor sums that he shouldn't really care about in his financial position. Other times, he objects to the cheapness of his friends, who are mostly Jews themselves.
* AnalogyBackfire: Jerry and Larry discussing the ''Seinfeld'' reunion show:
-->'''Jerry:''' It's like, you're going back to an old girlfriend and say: "Hey, maybe I can make it work now?" Ten years later? Does that ever work in any relationship you can think of?
-->'''Larry:''' Robert Wagner and NatalieWood! How about that? They got divorced, and they got back together.
-->'''Jerry:''' And then she slipped off the boat and died.
* AnnoyingPatient:
** In the episode episode "Interior Decorator", Larry throws a tantrum at his doctor's office over their waiting list policy, culminating in him tackling another patient.
** In a later episode "The Hot Towel", he manages to get his doctor's home number on the condition that he will only use it when it's absolutely neccessary. He ends up calling it accidentally and tries to start a conversation with the annoyed doctor.
* AsHimself: The entire premise of the show is that this is actually Larry David, but the events are indeed fictional. Almost runs into AdamWesting territory, but then you realize the Larry David we see isn't all that far off from the RealLife Larry David. And many others, just a sample here...
** Ted Danson and Richard Lewis as Larry's friends, along with Mary Steenburgen and Rosie O'Donnell.
** Creator/BenStiller, David Schwimmer, Cady Huffman and Creator/MelBrooks, during the SpringtimeForHitler arc.
** The entire cast of ''{{Seinfeld}}'' shows up regularly, as themselves, in the later seasons.
* BaldOfAwesome: Larry although many would view him as BaldOfEvil.
* BigShutUp: Larry David to his secretary.
* BillyNeedsAnOrgan: The StoryArc in season 5 is Richard Lewis needing a kidney transplant. One episode is even called "Lewis Needs a Kidney".
* BlackIsBiggerInBed: A plot point in the episode "The Surrogate", where Richard Lewis dates a black woman, and worries that he won't be able to satisfy her because of this trope.
* BrutalHonesty: Larry often acts completely tactless, and tells the truth in situations where he really shouldn't. However, he's also an accomplished liar.
* ButtMonkey:
** Sammy. Though she isn't featured in many episodes and has relatively few speaking roles, you can be sure that any episode she's in will feature something awful happening to her.
** Richard Lewis. Every time he gets a girlfriend, Larry always ends up ruining the relationship.
** Marty Funkhouser, who Larry always seems to upset.
* CatchPhrase:
** Pretty good. Prettaaay, prettaaay, prettaaay, pretty good.
** Susie has "You bald fucking prick" or variations thereof, which are usually directed at Larry and "fat fuck" when referring to Jeff. She also had "She was hysterical" whenever Larry has upset Sammy (this is mostly in the early seasons).
* CampGay:
** In the episode "Larry vs Michael J. Fox", Larry meets the son of his girlfriend, who exhibits stereotypical CampGay mannerisms - but he's only seven. Larry terms him "pre-gay".
** In another episode, Larry takes on the mannerisms of a choreographer he's working with.
* TheChewToy
* WomenAreWiser:
** Cheryl.
** Averted with Susie Greene who is far more neurotic and bad tempered than Jeff.
* ChekhovsGun: Features in pretty much every episode.
* CloudCuckooLander: Funkhouser's sister, Bam-Bam. Unlike most examples, she's like that because she has a serious mental disorder.
* ClusterFBomb: Susie would be mute without this trope. Leon too, though he tends to go with "motherfucker".
** The cook in "The Grand Opening" qualifies, due to his apparent Tourette's Syndrome.
** Larry himself doesn't swear often, but he lets loose in a Creator/MartinScorsese film that he has a part in.
* CringeComedy (and how!)
* ComedicSociopathy: ''All'' the time.
* CommutingOnABus: Cheryl when the divorce begins part way through Season 6; she is still credited in the opening credits even if she does not appear in episodes or is present only briefly (once in a flashback). Season 8's premiere seems to officially [[PutOnABus put her on the bus]].
** For good.
* ContinuityNod:
** The ''Seinfeld'' reunion show features many plots that occurred to Larry in previous seasons.
** A poster for ''The Producers'' can be seen in Larry's office.
* CountryMatters: Larry David's use of the word during a poker game causes an effeminate acquaintance to have a slow motion nervous breakdown. And of course, the obituary misprint: [[spoiler:"Devoted sister, beloved cunt".]] And Marty Funkhauser's joke [[spoiler:"P.S. Your cunt is in the sink".]] And Susie to Cheryl in the episode "The Grand Opening": [[spoiler: "Fuck you, you carwash cunt! I had a dental appointment!"]]
* CrossingTheBurntBridge: The basic concept of the show. Plots are as follows: Larry David horribly offends a minor character, then realizes he needs their help. Larry tries to make amends, typically fails on an epic scale.
* TheDanza: Beyond the AsHimself examples above, there are several good old-fashioned Danzas: Cheryl Hines as Cheryl David, Jeff Garlin as Jeff Greene, Susie Essman as Susie Greene, and Wanda Sykes as Wanda.
* DeadpanSnarker: Larry [[SarcasmMode explaining]] that the purpose of a mezuzah is for anti-Semitic pyromaniacs to recognize a house owned by Jewish people.
* DiabolusExMachina: A major driving force behind many of the show's plots, and much of its humor.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Larry does this constantly.
* DisabledLoveInterest: In the episode "Denise Handicapped", Larry dates Denise, a pretty woman in a wheelchair, mainly to use the fact that people are more considerate with the disabled to his advantage.
* DuelingShows: The very short lived The Paul Reiser Show was basically NBC's version of Curb. In the second of the two episodes aired, Larry even figures in the plot (Paul has no desire to host a game show... until he hears Larry was offered it after he turned it down) and appears in a scene in the episode.
* DyeingForYourArt: In-story example; in season 3, Larry is cast in a Creator/MartinScorsese movie, and wears a wig and a fake mustache for his role.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The pilot is a FauxDocumentary, unlike the rest of the series.
* EverythingIsRacist: Wanda thinks everyting Larry does is racist.
* {{Expy}}: Leon is, in many ways, a black Kramer.
* EyeScream: The skewer incident with Ben Stiller.
* FanDisservice: In "Mister Softee", Susie has an orgasm in Larry's car, due to its rattling seat. The sounds she gives are the most unsexy imaginable.
* FauxDocumentary: The {{pilot}} only, which was an {{HBO}} special about Larry trying to make an HBO special, and originally planned as a one-time project.
* FeeFiFauxPas: A driving force of narration. Some fans use the term "Larry David moment".
* FlashbackToCatchphrase: In "Mister Softee", the origin of Larry's catchphrase ("Pretty good. Prettaaay, prettaaay, prettaaay, pretty good") is revealed: when he was a kid, he once played strip poker with a girl and lost. This was her reaction to seeing him naked.
* FullyAbsorbedFinale: The seventh season's story arc is about creating a ''Seinfeld'' reunion show with a new finale, to "make up" for the old one (even thought in Larry David's words, "[[RunningGag There was nothing wrong with it.]]'')
* TheFunInFuneral: In the episode "The 5 Wood", Larry tries to get his golf cub back from the casket of his friend's father.
* GoshDarnItToHeck: Thor the wrestler spoke in this manner to Larry. "''FREAK YOU!"
* GroinAttack: In the episode "The 5 Wood", the Greene's dog, Oscar bites Larry's penis.
* HairTriggerTemper: Susie, usually combined with ClusterFBomb.
* {{Hellistics}}
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Larry and Leon have gradually turned into this.
* IDidntTellYouBecauseYoudBeUnhappy: In the episode "The Special Section", Larry's mother dies while he is shooting a film in New York. No one in his family tells him this because it was actually her dying wish that they not bother him about it. Larry is understandably upset that his mother died, had a funeral, and everyone has moved on - all while he was filming in New York and only just found out about it. [[spoiler: He calls her out on this when he meets her in the afterlife.]]
* IAmNotSpock: In season 2, Larry contemplates making a TV series about an actor who can't find work, because he's always typecast as his character from a hit television show, first with Creator/JasonAlexander, then with Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus.
* IdiotBall: Every episode revolves around someone being completely inconsiderate toward an aspect of common etiquette or being unreasonably committed to enforcing a minor rule. Larry is usually the worst offender.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: In "Mister Softee", Susie has one in Larry's car, due to its rattling seat. Larry is horrified.
* ImprobableWeapon: In "The Hero", Larry beats up a mugger with a very hard baguette.
* IncessantMusicMadness:
** In season 7 Sammy sings in the shower as Larry's trying to sleep, prompting an extremely agitated outburst. 'SHUT THE FUCK UP!'
** Cheri Oteri's appearance is as a mentally unstable nanny who was driven mad by constantly hearing the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' theme while working at an amusement park. She sings it constantly and it drives her into a murderous rage.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: "Frolic" by Luciano Michelini. Larry supposedly heard the theme in an ad and liked it.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Larry.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jeff and Larry.
* JewsLoveToArgue: Larry and most of his friends are Jews, and they bicker almost nonstop.
* KafkaKomedy: While Larry is indeed an awful person, it's often his good-intentioned acts that backfire or are misunderstood, and make him hated.
* KavorkaMan: Larry after Cheryl leaves him. Though there is one good reason why attractive, younger women would date him - he is very rich.
* LivingLieDetector: When Larry suspects someone of lying, he will stare at them suspiciously for several seconds, trying to detect if they're lying or not. The same leitmotif always plays on the soundtrack. The audience is left to draw their own conclusion about how effective his method is. It's subverted by Jerry Seinfeld in the Season 7 finale.
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Larry responds to his wife's concern that he never initiates sex by pointing out that he's always ready, and instructs her to tap him on the shoulder when she's ready. Of course, this backfires when she gives him the tap just after he's finished masturbating ("tapped out").
* MistakenForCheating: Loretta leaves Larry because of this. Larry doesn't try to clarify the situation, because by this time, he had enough of her, but feels that he can't break up with her, because she has cancer.
* MistakenForPedophile: Larry is mistaken for a child molester in the episodes "[[http://youtu.be/-B3oC6yWY0A The Doll]]" and "The Table Read"
* MistakenForRacist: Larry, quite often, particularly by Wanda Sykes. He does have an unusual obsession with Hitler despite being Jewish.
* MotorMouth: Leon.
* NearDeathExperience: Larry has one in the finale of season 5.
* NeverMyFault: Played both ways for laughs. Larry often acts like a huge jerk to people and refuses to apologize on principle, refusing to admit his culpability. In turn, people are often needlessly abusive, rude or just jerks to him and go out of their way to blame him.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Jeff and Susie. There are two reasons why they are still together - their daughter Sammy, and that Susie has promised to get the most corrupt lawyer she can in the event of a divorce so she can take Jeff for all he has.
* ObliviousMockery: Several gags rely on this. Typically, someone tells Larry David how rotten they think George Costanza is or how a plot of Seinfeld was unbelievable because nobody would act that stupidly. They don't realize that George was based on Larry and that many "unbelievable" Seinfeld plots were based on things Larry actually did.
* TheOtherDarrin: In-story example; when Jason Alexander quits the ''Seinfeld'' reunion, Larry suggests that he could play George and even brings up the other Darrin.[[invoked]]
* PersonAsVerb: In "Mister Softee", Larry makes a fielding error that costs his softball team the game, causing the coach to scream that he "Bucknered" it.
* PlatonicProstitution: Larry hires a hooker so he could use the car pool lane. Being Larry, he then haggles over the amount she charges him based on the number of blowjobs he believes she could fit into the same amount of time.
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Averted; the scripts are only outlines, and most of the dialogue is improvised.
* RedHerringTwist:
** The story arc of Season 3 is Larry investing in a restaurant, which opens in the finale, then never mentioned again.
** Similarly Susie's pregnancy that motivates her and Jeff to get back together is never mentioned again once that plot point has been resolved.
* ReunionShow: In season 7, Larry organizes a ''{{Seinfeld}}'' reunion show.
* RightPlaceRightTimeWrongReason: The episode Carpool Lane follows Larry on his trip to a LosAngelesDodgers game with a prostitute. This included shooting footage at a real game, including mundane footage of Larry going up and down stadium stairs and sitting down and getting up from his seat, most of which never made the final cut. However, in the exact same row sat Juan Catalan, who would later be accused of a murder that took place at the ''exact same time'' as the shoot. So even though the footage didn't make the episode, it ended up clearing an innocent man of murder.
* RunningGag: Many times in the series, Larry will think someone is lying to him and, after questioning them about what he suspects and they deny it, will eye them suspiciously while the other person eyes them back. This gag is accompanied by the music piece "The Puzzle".
* SassyBlackWoman: Wanda
* SeinfeldianConversation: Larry engages in these constantly.
* SeriousBusiness: Larry, and some of his social rivals, can make a big deal of absolutely anything.
* {{Showrunner}}: Larry is a fictionalized version of himself, a version that still acknowledges that he was the showrunner on Seinfeld.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Film/TheProducers'' in season 4, and the ''Seinfeld'' reunion in season 7.
* SignificantReferenceDate: Played with in "The Survivor": A brother-in-law of the rabbi's was killed on September 11th... not from the terrorist attacks, but being run over by a bike messenger in uptown Manhattan.
* SirSwearsalot: Susie is famous for her filthy language. Leon also qualifies.
* SitComic: Larry David used to be a stand-up comedian.
* SpannerInTheWorks: That audience member that caused the disturbance in "Opening Night" with Andy allows Larry go improvise humor off-script about Andy, and win back the crowd after flubbing his lines as Max Bialystock. The crowd laughs as they think it's part of the play...and causes Mel Brooks to panic when he's made to believe that instead of '''killing the show''' that Larry will make ''Film/TheProducers'' run for ''another five years''...and have Mel and wife Anne Bancroft lament, "No way out..."
* SpringtimeForHitler: A literal one. Mel Brooks (along with his wife Anne Bancroft) has Larry and David Schwimmer play the leads in ''Film/TheProducers'' in order to close the show. As the trope implies, it doesn't work.
* StoryArc: Every season has one except the first.
** In season 2, Larry tries to create a new TV show.
** In season 3, Larry becomes an investor for a restaurant.
** In season 4, Larry stars in ''The Producers''.
** In season 5, Larry tries to find a kidney donor with Richard Lewis.
** In season 6, the Black family moves in and Larry and Cheryl separate.
** In season 7, Larry organizes a ''Seinfeld'' reunion show.
** In season 8, Larry goes to New York.
* StuckOnASkiLift: Used in "The Ski Lift" to force Larry and an Orthodox Jewish woman to be "alone" together after sundown; since this isn't allowed under Jewish law if they're not married, she tells Larry he has to jump off if he's truly Orthodox (which he's pretending to be). When he refuses, she does it instead.
* TakeOurWordForIt:
** In the episode "The Weatherman", a close-up photo of Larry's teeth horrifies everyone who sees it. It's not shown to the audience.
** In "The Benadryl Brownie", Richard Lewis's girlfriend eats peanuts to which she's allergic to. As a result, her face becomes hideous, and, of course, it's never shown.
** "The Nanny from Hell" features a little kid with an [[GagPenis impressively large penis]]. For obvious reasons it's not shown.
* TakingTheBullet: In "Larry vs. Michael J. Fox", Jeff claims that he'd do it for Susie, but she doesn't believe him. Later, he jumps in front of a bicycle messenger who was about to hit Susie. He suffers internal injuries and has to take a suppository... shaped like a bullet.
* TeenyWeenie: In "The Ski Lift", Larry meets a woman, Lisa, who says that she used to date his friend, Jeff, but broke up with him because he has a very small penis. When Larry tells Jeff about this, he denies having a small penis, and says that actually it's Lisa who has a huge vagina.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Leon.
* TheyDo: This trope is discussed on several levels and ultimately parodied in the Seinfeld arc. George's relationship with his ex-wife is used as a way to discuss how believable/satisfying it would be for Larry and Cheryl to get back together. Then the Season 7 finale seems to build up a standard TheyDo ending... [[spoiler:Only for it to be subverted at the last moment with Larry's standard behavior ruining their moment.]]
** Arguably this doesn't get subverted until the first episode of season 8. [[spoiler:The end of season 7 is quite sweet and gives the impression that their relationship is back to normal. It's only in the next episode that we see it going wrong.]]
* TourettesShitcockSyndrome: It afflicts the French chef that Larry and his associates hire for their restaurant in Season 3.
* UglyGuyHotWife:
** Larry and Cheryl. Also, when Cheryl leaves him in season 6, Larry dates a number of attractive women, and lives with Loretta Black (Vivica A. Fox) for a while. Richard Lewis also had an array of very attractive girlfriends.
** In the episode "Car Periscope", Larry decides to invest in a man's invention (the titular periscope) after seeing his unattractive wife, because he thinks that means that he's a man with integrity. He also refuses a potential business manager, after he sees that his wife is much more attractive than him, thinking (rather hypocritically) that he must be superficial.
* {{Understatement}}: In "Larry vs. Michael J. Fox", Larry talks to his girlfriend's seven-year-old son about {{Hitler}} and says that he "didn't really care for Jews. He thought they were a bit much."
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Larry is incredibly self-involved, he's very dishonest at some times and rudely honest at others, and he's so abrasive and annoying that few people can stand being around him.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Larry and Richard Lewis are constantly fighting.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Larry actually can't stand most people in his social circle, and constantly gets into fights with them, that sometimes even lead to physcal altercations.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: In-universe example: Larry writes things that happened to him into the ''Seinfeld'' reunion show (he did that with ''Seinfeld'' in real life too).
* YouMustBeCold: Inverted in the episode "The Korean Bookie." Larry takes a jacket from a woman (though it's his jacket, and she took it without asking).
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