HBO has renewed Curb Your Enthusiasm for a record eleventh season, making it the cable network’s longest-running comedy series in terms of both seasons and episodes.
Three months after the finale of Season 10, HBO has confirmed that the show will enter its third decade. Launching in 2000, the series is a cartoonish look at the life of creator Larry David, who plays an exaggerated version of himself.
“Believe me,” David said with signature disapproval, “I’m as upset about this as you are. One Day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve.”
Meanwhile, HBO Programming VP Amy Gravitt lauded the most recent season, which she says “tapped into the zeitgeist in such an uncomfortably delightful way.” She added that “Larry is already busy writing, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store.”
Keeping Up With the Times
Indeed, the series does “tap into the zeitgeist.” Curb frequently satirizes modern social norms and comments on present-day news. In 2011, the episode “Palestinian Chicken” famously lampooned the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” a proposed Islamic cultural center to be built near the former Twin Towers in New York. In the episode, the battle was not over the placement of a mosque, but rather the construction of a Palestinian chicken restaurant near a Jewish deli.
The show’s ninth season, which aired in 2017, included a story arc where Larry became the victim of a fatwa after writing a musical about author Salman Rushdie. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda guest stars as himself, and the season ends with Larry shooting Miranda in the throat with a paintball gun, in a duel sequence reminiscent of Alexander Hamilton’s demise.
And the most recent season, which aired just this year, featured a plotline where Larry publicly wears a red “Make American Great Again” cap so that people will avoid him. The season also shows Larry opening a “spite store,” a coffee shop next door to another coffee shop whose owner Larry despises. The store burns to the ground in the season finale, a fire accelerated by tiny bottles of Purell that Larry had previously hoarded. The hand sanitizer plot point occurred in the very early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I guess Larry was prophetic, right?” executive producer Jeff Schaffer posed after the finale. “He was putting Purell on the tables at Latte Larry’s, and he has been practicing social distancing for years. He just didn’t know what to call it, but he’s definitely been trying to do it.”
The start of production is still unclear, as much of Hollywood remains shut-down amid the ongoing pandemic. But the interim will give Larry David more than enough time to consider our present crisis, and find a way to make fun of it. While the show has now been on television for twenty years, it has only enjoyed ten seasons. That’s because David frequently takes long breaks between seasons to map-out entire story arcs, and figure out the best way to tell long, multi-episode narratives. And even if the wait until Season 11 is a long one, fans will certainly be in for a treat when the wait ends.