'The Larry Sanders Show': The 'Breaking Bad' of Sitcoms
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The week that Breaking Bad finishes, it seems fitting (or the lowest form of hack opportunism to publish an article I've had marinating for months) to reappraise a show as revolutionary, allegorical and morally nebulous in a different genre. The Larry Sanders Show, which ran on HBO for six series from 1992 to 1998, is a fictional chatshow-within-a-show that interlaces behind-the-scenes chaos with snippets of the chatshow itself. It is, in my opinion, the Great American Sitcom, a sharp, dark, complicated exploration of quintessentially American ambition, an infinite hall of cracked mirrors, a recursion between the chatshow and the sitcom as half-evolving, half-monolithic forms.
Its roll call of celebrity cameos is almost preposterously impressive (Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, David Duchovny, Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Aniston, Helen Hunt, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Danny DeVito, Sharon Stone, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vince Vaughn, Jeff Goldblum, Ben Stiller, Winona
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