Larry David in a scene from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” IMDb photo

Well, it’s over. After 12 seasons, we who were once ardent fans, sadly fell out of love with Larry David and his “curbs.”

She, a Maine lady and good Catholic while still with us, cared little for Larry or his show and refused to watch him, so I would leave our living room when I turned it on.

For the first six seasons or more, I, younger and happier, was amused by his bitter irreverence, but some where along the line, all of that kind of thing fell apart for me as the profanities grew more profane, tinted with comedic anger and more crude, vivid backstreet references to male and female body parts. Am I aging?

In the final episode of “Curb” Larry brings his regular cast (Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, and the talented J.B. Smoove) together for Larry’s “trial” down in Atlanta, after he broke a Georgia voting law. I missed that one.

Here, he adds Jerry Seinfeld, Allison Janney and Greg Kinnear as a Georgia state prosecutor. This made me feel a bit sad remembering Kinnear’s touching work as a beleaguered gay artist in the 1997 film “As Good as it Gets.” He will get better as he ages.

In this sunset segment that Larry wrote and called “No Lessons Learned,” he loyally added the return of some of his past “victims” much as he did with the finale of “Seinfeld,” including his ex-girlfriend (Tracey Ullman), Mocha Joe, Covid-victim Bruce Springsteen, and Trump whistleblower Alexander Vindman of all people.

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I liked the first season because it was such a surprise, and even though this final had all the features of a tired-out-of-gas-traveling clown show, it had its moments.

A sad note was included in a wave goodbye and tribute to a superb and gifted comedian, one of the old school stand ups, the late Richard Lewis. Thank you for that Larry, and thanks for the many bright moments you managed to give us.

In closing, I will add Bob Hope’s tag line “Thanks for the memories.”

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” Season 12, Episode 10, streams on MAX.

 

J.P. Devine of Waterville is a former stage and screen actor.

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