10. Curb Your Enthusiasm
Stars: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Susue Essman, J.B. Smoove, Richard Lewis, Bob Einstein
As much as we love Larry David, we can’t overlook the fact that Curb Your Enthusiasm’s seventh season, which aired back in 2009, was sadly underwhelming. Revolving around a Seinfeld reunion, the show’s weakest year often felt too obvious and forced; for the first time in Curb’s nine-year existence, Larry’s uncomfortable run-ins with friends and strangers lacked naturalism. So fans would’ve been forgiven for wondering if Curb had started to run its thematic course.
Thankfully, this year’s new batch of episodes assuaged any doubts and put Larry, pushover Jeff (Jeff Garlin), foul-mouthed Susie (Susie Essman), and the rest of Curb’s eccentric regulars back into top form. The show’s wild eighth season, set in both L.A. and New York City, lampooned everything from professional athletes and steroids, relations between Israel and Palestine, and Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease with David’s signature brand of subversive intelligence.