Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show
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Hey now! It's the award-winning, breakthrough comedy that broke television comedy ground with its novel concept: a sharp-eyed parody of life at a late-night talk show, in front of and behind the cameras. Garry Shandling — who is also creator, executive producer and writer — stars as Larry Sanders, a neurotic late-night television host who is part of a motley crew of strong personalities. On-air sidekick Hank Kingsley (Jeffrey Tambor) is endlessly envious of Larry's fame, while Artie (Rip Torn), Larry's protective executive producer, plays his star's paranoia to his advantage. Joining them is Paula (Janeane Garofalo), the show's witty talent booker.
|1||VideoHey Now||When his announcer Hank Kingsley falls asleep during an interview, late night talk show host Larry Sanders wonders just how committed his sidekick is to the job. After asking his producer, Arthur, to speak with him about the problem, Larry also discovers that Hank owns an expensive home in a neighborhood where he and his wife Jeannie are also looking for a house. Curious as to how he could afford to live in such a high-priced area, he is reminded by Jeannie of all of the commercials that Hank appears in.||21:42||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoWhat Have You Done for Me Lately?||During a meeting with network executives, Larry is asked to do live commercials to appease his show's sponsors. Reluctant to tamper with the format of his program, Larry worries that they will not work with the style of the show, while Arthur suggests that Hank should be the one to do the spots. However, when that idea is turned down because Hank is already overexposed in the commercial market, Larry is told that the owners are adamant that he be the one doing commercials for the Garden Weasel.||27:36||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoThe Spiders||While preparing for a show with guest Carol Burnett, Larry is told that spider expert Steve Kutcher will also be appearing with some of his spiders. Asked to participate in a Tarantula Arm Race, Larry's fear of spiders causes him to worry but, when Arthur insists it will get huge laughs from his audience, he tentatively agrees to join in. Meanwhile, after having comedian Jon Lovitz and his date over for dinner, Larry tells Jeannie of his concerns about doing a show with spiders, while she points out that he would do anything for a laugh.||27:26||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoThe List||Reprimanded by Arthur for having spent the weekend with Francine, Larry discovers that his ex-wife not only knows guest Alec Baldwin, but that she slept with him after the break up of their marriage. But, while debating whether or not he can still have Alec on the show, Larry learns that Arthur has known for years about the affair. Meanwhile, as he prepares to open a new restaurant, Hank is forced to seek investors when the rotating floor he wants so badly costs a lot of extra time and money.||24:53||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Hankerciser 200||After seeing Hank on television promoting his new home exercise device, the Hankerciser 200, Larry arrives at work to find Arthur giving his college television class a tour of a typical day at the "Larry Sanders Show." Managing to get time to demonstrate his new device for the class, Hank then turns to Francine, and hoping for some free publicity, asks her to write an article on the Hankerciser. But, upon arriving home that night to find her using the exerciser, Larry is shocked when it suddenly dislodges a doorknob and injures Francine.||20:58||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoLife Behind Larry||As the executive producer for a new late night show set to follow his own, Larry meets with network's executives to discuss their suggestions for the new host. However, despite asking Larry to show some restraint during the meeting, Arthur loses control and expresses his extreme disapproval of their choices. But, when Larry offers comedian Bobcat Goldthwait as his pick for the new show, Melanie and Dennis express reservations about obtaining approval from the affiliates. So, as word leaks out that comic Bob Saget has been chosen, Larry is deluged with phone calls from others interested in the job as he reassures the angry Bobcat, and prepares to make his pitch to the affiliates.||26:14||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Mr. Sharon Stone Show||Having been invited to a fundraising dinner with the President and Mrs. Clinton, Larry suddenly must find a date for the high profile event. After Larry puts off Arthur's offer to be his date, Hank announces that guest Sharon Stone's wedding engagement has been called off. Intrigued by her sudden availability, Larry calls on Sharon as she is preparing for the show and gets himself invited to her dinner with director Oliver Stone. Meanwhile, Beverly is offended by the crude language freely employed by her male co-workers.||22:41||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoHanks Night In the Sun||When Larry is poisoned by some bad frozen yogurt, Arthur presses Paula to find a guest host for the show. But when the list of regulars fails to produce a candidate, Arthur is forced to call on Hank to step in for Larry. After enlisting Shadoe Stevens to be his announcer and sidekick, Hank gets cold feet and tries backing out. But without anyone else to fill in, Arthur insists that he overcome his fears and do the show.||27:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoOffice Romance||After finding her waiting for a cab, Larry offers Darlene a ride home from the studio. But when he agrees to stop at Hank's restaurant to drop off a pair of glasses, Larry discovers his innocent good deed being viewed with suspicion by his sidekick. Then, despite Arthur's bet that he is in for trouble and Beverly's warning against a romance with someone on the staff, Larry is caught kissing Darlene in the elevator.||22:36||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoHank's Divorce||While preparing for the show's seventh anniversary special, Larry agrees to join Hank and Margaret for dinner to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. However, having already sensed that all is not right between them, Larry is privately told by Margaret that she has had it with Hank. Yet, when Hank returns before she can explain Larry is let to wonder just what the problem might be as Arthur insists that he stay out of it.||20:27||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||VideoHank's Sex Tape||When Hank is chosen to represent their trade association, bad experiences with previous spokesmen lead to Southern Orange Grower's Irene Goodman into an inquiry about his past. Hank is adamant that there's nothing which could embarrass his corporate sponsor. However, while looking for some candy to satisfy their ravenous appetites, Phil and Jon come across a videotape of Hank's last birthday celebration featuring his sexual escapades with a pair of prostitutes.||22:44||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoI Was a Teenage Lesbian||With Brett Butler set to appear on Larry's show, there's just one small problem Arthur needs to take care of beforehand. Ten years ago, while touring her act on the college circuit, she had a brief affair with Paula, and wants to make sure things are okay now. Meanwhile, as Hank learns that his agent has been hospitalized after a heart attack, Paula is upset by a lump found in her breast.||21:56||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoLarry's New Love||After six weeks with new girlfriend Alex Markum, not only have Larry's moods and performance improved, but he's considering marriage again, too. While everyone at the show is impressed with Alex's positive influence on their boss, Hank is the only who suspects something isn't quite right. And his suspicions begin to take shape when Alex gently persuades Larry to feature her as a mermaid in a sketch he's always done with Hank.||21:31||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoEverybody Loves Larry||In preparation for a stint by guest host Jon Stewart, Larry and Arthur go over a list of potential guests. Suspecting that the network may be grooming Stewart as his replacement, Larry is reluctant to give him anyone that would allow him to shine, especially X Files star David Duchovny. However, an invitation to join him at his beach house for a weekend seems to suggest that Duchovny is romantically interested in Larry. Meanwhile Hank discovers that the used sports car he just bought from singer Elvis Costello is a lemon.||23:17||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoMy Name Is Asher Kingsley||Just as Larry is feeling comfortable with himself and the show, Hank's trip to a synagogue convinces him to embrace his ties to Judaism. Although Arthur asks that he keep his religious convictions a private matter, it isn't long before Hank is asking that some potentially offensive jokes be cut when his rabbi, Marcy Klein, pays a visit to the show. Meanwhile, Larry's own sense of well-being is lifted even higher by his new office chair.||27:49||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|16||Closed CaptioningVideoEllen, or Isn't She?||After reviewing the budget with Larry before taking the show out of town, Arthur asks Beverly to put the confidential financial document securely back in his desk. Spotted making a copy of it for herself, Beverly is forced to share a list of staff salaries with Mary Lou. And before long, everyone has one. Meanwhile, over dinner to celebrate Arthur's birthday, Larry is asked to see if comic Ellen Degeneres will make a much anticipated and controversial announcement on his show.||20:51||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|17||Closed CaptioningVideoPilots & Pens Lost||When Phil gets a chance to write his own series for the network, he doesn't hesitate to quit the Larry Sanders Show. And though Phil claims his doctor insisted he take some time off for health reasons, both Arthur and Larry know he's lying. Meanwhile, when Larry buys Arthur an expensive pen, Hank wonders what Larry is going to get him.||22:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|18||Closed CaptioningVideoAnother List||Following the high ratings garnered by guest host Jon Stewart, a pair of network executives approach Larry with ideas aimed at boosting his own flagging popularity. And as Larry prepares for guest Winona Rider, Arthur does his best to convince him that the network is serious about making some changes. Meanwhile, Hank sends Brian to find the person who has the vanity license plate reading "Hey Now."||23:05||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|19||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Begining of the End||Even though the changes Larry's been forced to make have improved his sagging ratings, the network still assigns Kenny Mitchell as their creative liaison to the show. And upon arriving for his first day in the new job, Kenny makes it clear he has a lot of other changes in store, not least of which are taking away Larry's desk and getting more popular guests. Meanwhile, as his contract nears its expiration date with no renewal agreement in sight, Larry questions the commitment of his agent, Stevie Grant.||23:47||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|20||Closed CaptioningVideoAdolph Hankler||With Larry going on vacation, his regular guest host Jon Stewart is set to do the show. As part of their plan to groom him to take Larry's job, Melanie and Kenny do their best to make Jon feel welcome. But after learning he's booked the rap group Wu Tang Clan, they worry about alienating the audience and ask Arthur to intervene. Meanwhile, as Hank looks for a way to persuade Jon to keep him on the show, Larry gets a visit from his brother, Stan.||23:54||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|21||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Interview||When Mary Lou dents Hank's prized Bentley, she cannot bring herself to admit to the accident. So when Hank sees the damage, he's sure that it's the work of Vince Vaughn, a guest on the show with whom he engaged in some less than congenial banter. Consequently, he asks Beverly to track down Vaughn for revenge. Meanwhile, Larry's publicist arranges for him to be interviewed by Maureen O'Boyle, a reporter with a history of romantic entanglements with Arthur.||23:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|22||Closed CaptioningVideoPutting the "Gay" Back In Litigation||Unable to stand Phil's relentless gay jokes any longer, Brian threatens to sue the show for sexual harassment. Not wanting anything to mar Larry's final week, Arthur presses Phil to stop. However, when Brian goes out of his way to bait him and Phil cannot resist making another joke, the lawsuit is filed. Meanwhile, as Hank secretly prepares a final tribute featuring some of the show's guests, Larry tries to get a date with actress Illeana Douglas by having Arthur book her as a guest on the show.||24:59||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|23||Closed CaptioningVideoFlip, Pt. 1||While meeting with Arthur and publicist Norman Litkey on the eve of his final show, Larry learns that some high profile guests have either canceled or refused to appear. Meanwhile, as Hank prepares his farewell to Larry, the staff tries to keep their volatile emotions in check. Clint Black's heartfelt farewell song helps bring Larry's talk show career to a close. Finding Larry and Arthur sharing a moment together after the show, Hank angrily complains about having his tribute interrupted and for being the butt of Larry's jokes all these years. However, after nearly coming to blows before storming off, Hank returns for a tearful apology as he, Larry and Arthur make up before leaving the set for the final time.||54:12||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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Great Show, Inexcusably Poor Video Quality
The Larry Sanders Show is a very funny comedy but the iTunes video quality for these files is about the worst I've ever seen. The video frequently looks blurry when viewed with my Apple TV and doesn't look much better than the amateur videos available on YouTube. Considering that this series was just added at a price that is more expensive than buying the DVD, such poor video quality is inexcusable.
DVD has 8 hours of bonus material!
I mistakenly ordered this before reading the fine print. The DVD for this series ($10 less at amazon) has tons of bonus material not included on this iTunes purchase!
Absolutely horrible quality on my laptop screen and even worse on the Apple TV. Absolutely terrible. Get the DVD -- which is cheaper and has a lot of bonus footage.
- SD Version
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: May 19, 2008
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- CCin English for some episodes