Like comfort food or a pair of worn-in shoes, there’s something deliciously familiar about slipping back into Curb Your Enthusiasm for its 12th season. As always, series creator Larry David proves he’s still got the goods, delivering his signature brand of squirm-inducing humor for one last hurrah.
We catch up with everyone’s favorite misanthrope in peak Larry form, finding petty grievances around every corner and escalating molehills into mountains. Whether battling modern tech like Siri or clashing over social niceties, David’s talent for mining laughs from life’s aggravations remains razor-sharp. Long-time friends like Jeff, Susie, and Leon are back to witness the hijinks, dishing out plenty of hilarious heckling.
This final season promises the same eccentric characters, blistering banter and R-rated shenanigans fans have treasured for over 20 years. Yet David also hints at an even more epic and self-referential finale, clearly relishing his last chance to toy with expectations. If you’ve ever cringed and cackled at Larry’s exquisite social ineptitude, rest assured that old magic still crackles. Tune in and get ready for some inappropriate belly laughs as David brings his misadventures full circle. It’s pretty, pretty good!
Buckle Up for Another Wild Ride
Larry wastes no time stirring up chaos in the final season, immediately offending both humans and technology alike. A squabble with Siri escalates into a full-on meltdown, setting the tone for more of that signature David frustration.
We catch up with Larry still stuck dating the grating Irma, who trails off-key jingles in her wake. A trip to Atlanta with Leon and Larry’s on-again-off-again flame Maria Elena delivers more laughs, like a spat over some ill-fitting glasses. An event appearance goes south after Larry clashes with the host over payment for simply being cordial. Spoiler: it doesn’t end well.
As always, Larry’s grievances spiral into a succession of snafus. Laugh-out-loud set-pieces involve ruining Wordle, arguing with pretentious party guests, and Larry’s usual lack of filter. A chance encounter with an ex stirs up trouble, in keeping with the show’s no-holds-barred humor.
While the pissing matches and petty disputes will feel familiar to fans, sly references to the maligned Seinfeld finale hint this season crescendos towards an even more epic conclusion. Larry seems set on getting the last laugh, suggesting he has an ingenious (and likely divisive) ending in store.
Buckle up for more squirms and chuckles as David pulls no punches for his final bow, bringing back old friends and foibles. The maestro of misanthropy clearly savors mining one last round of laughs from life’s awkward moments, so expect the usual R-rated antics. If you enjoy watching Larry lose battles over nothing, the new season delivers on that cringe-worthy comedy in spades.
Same Old crew, Same Old Shenanigans
Larry assemblies his usual suspects for more misadventures, playing his querulous curmudgeon to the hilt one last time. Jeff Garlin is back as loyal friend and manager Jeff Greene, ever ready to act as Larry’s patsy. Their easy bromance grants Larry permission to be at his worst, knowing Jeff has his back.
Jeff’s wife Susie (Susie Essman) serves her classic ball-busting role, never missing a chance to take Larry down a peg with her blistering barbs. Audiences can surely expect some epic onscreen showdowns between Susie and LD, trading barbs like verbal ping-pong.
JB Smoove brings his motormouth swagger as fan favorite Leon Black, typically egging on whatever hijinks Larry has cooking. Larry also spars with on-and-off love interest Maria Elena (Keyla Monterroso Mejia), though current girlfriend Irma (Tracey Ullman) makes her presence annoyingly felt.
Even Larry’s ex Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) pops in, bringing new beau Ted Danson in tow. And long-time pal Richard Lewis features heavily in this last run, showing the genuine affection between the two comics despite all the friendly needling.
The same gang breeds the same chaos, but throughout it all their authentic camaraderie glimmers through. As aggravating as Larry can be, we know his friends accept him, warts and all. So watch them rib each other ruthlessly yet lovingly one last time as Larry says goodbye in his signature style — gleefully burning every bridge in sight.
Laughing All the Way to the End
After over 20 years, LD still delivers those signature petty annoyances and biting social commentary fans adore. Within minutes, he’s berating Siri and arguing with waitstaff, quick to pounce on the slightest inconvenience.
Recurring gags provide goofy fun, like Irma warbling ad jingles in her nails-on-chalkboard voice. Leon and Larry fat-shaming a pup offers some improper yet hilarious moments. Fans can expect plenty of improper topical laughs too, like Larry clashing over Wordle spoilers.
Situational humor remains absurdly on-point, maximizing laughs from everyday indignities. Larry battles pretentious party guests, patron-only bathrooms, and his own reputation, mining laughs from our collective frustration with silly social customs. A masseuse mix-up allows David to reuse a classic Curb trope with a new twist.
Speaking of outbursts…LD’s epic meltdowns remain a highlight. We get vintage shouting matches, whether provoked by smug Podcast bros or #firstworldproblems. Larry just can’t help but escalate encounters from silly to thermonuclear, getting himself so worked up over nothing.
And impressively, the writers continue threading this all into coherent stories despite the madness. Disjointed vignettes congeal into uproarious conclusions, the ending tying together seemingly random events into a neat bow. It remains masterful and absurd that bickering over jingles, botched Wordles and fat-shaming all snowball into Larry facing serious legal consequences. But that’s Curb for you!
So rest assured David goes out swinging, peppering these final episodes with everything loyal viewers enjoy: petty annoyances, gleeful inappropriate humor, and plenty of ragetastic outbursts. LD rages against the minutiae right up until the silly, shocking end!
Friends New and Old Shine Bright
Alongside LD, the rest of Curb’s talented ensemble bring their A-game as always. Series vets Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin and JB Smoove inhabit their roles seamlessly, bantering with familiar bite. Garlin’s bald-faced enabling and Smoove’s wild riffing play beautifully off of David’s self-sabotaging and volcanical outbursts.
Seeing Larry reunite with Richard Lewis leads to some seriously funny moments, the two comedy legends clearly relishing another chance to bust each other’s chops on-screen. David also enjoys some particularly hilarious chemistry opposite Tracey Ullman as tedious paramour Irma, with both actors barely stifling giggles during their scenes together.
Some major celebrity cameos also bolster things, though the identities remain under wraps. We can say these mystery guests clearly have an absolute blast poking fun and stretching their comedy muscles within the show’s irreverent universe. Their enthusiasm radiates through, making for some uproarious appearances fans will surely enjoy.
Both fresh and familiar talent help make the last hurrah incredibly entertaining. All involved seem determined to end this groundbreaking show on a high note, bringing the funny at full-throttle right up until the inventive, sure-to-be polarizing conclusion.
Last Laughs and Last Chances
It’s clear DavidYearrelishes tweaking expectations for this last outing, actively inviting comparisons to previous finales. Recurring references to the contentious Seinfeld conclusion feel both self-deprecating and slyly defiant, suggesting Larry has an ingenious (and sure to be divisive) finale in store to redeem himself.
Complementing the meta-commentary, the season builds intrigue by seemingly constructing David’s most elaborate narrative arc yet. Hints abound that the show crescendos towards an epic, self-aware punchline designed to surprise and provoke. David clearly aims to cement his legacy with an iconic swan song.
Much like archenemy Mocha Joe, Larry himself becomes victim of his truculent reputation after inadvertently becoming a social media darling. But rather than reflect, he continues indulging his worst impulses to torpedo his own public image. Larry remains deterministically Larry till the silly end.
Impressively, the dependable LD formula still delivers even in this late stage, proving some wrinkles iron themselves out. While recent seasons felt occasionally stale, Season 12 provides plenty of fresh fly-off-handle moments and absurd collisions that reinvigorate the formula anew.
David clearly wants to wring every last self-sabotaging laugh from Larry as he says goodbye. And judging from the first nine episodes, he’s doing so brilliantly. Buckle up for a final round where David pulls zero punches, weaponizing all his talents and tendencies for our inappropriate pleasure one last legendary time.
Still Pretty, Pretty Good
While some jokes may feel familiar, Curb’s final run proves David and company still boast an expert knack for discomfort comedy. The writing team clearly poured their all into these last episodes, maximizing the cringe and cackles right to the sure-to-be contentious end.
After over two decades, it’s astounding David can still craft such hilarious chaos from life’s inanities. But Curb caps off its run as strong as ever, with LD unleashing epic meltdowns over naught and escalating mundanity into the madcap.
Balancing physical humor and scathing wit, the show continues appealing to multiple comedic tastes. Slapstick sight gags punctuate the banter, while cringe-y conversations let David flex his signature irritable improvisation. The perfect blend for fans.
So if you’ve ever enjoyed watching Larry lose his mind over trivialities, curb your sadness. Despite intimations of stagnation, the final season shows that old Curb magic still captivates. With an unpredictable finale waiting in the wings, here’s hoping David sticks his last landing, sure to leave fans laughing and arguing for years to come. What’s not to like?
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm closes the curtains on a comedy masterpiece, going out with all cylinders firing. Despite its advanced age, the show retains that cringe-inducing magic we've loved for 20-odd years. With his misanthropic muse as cantankerous as ever, David and his band of idiots supply inappropriate laughs while hinting at an era-defining finale. While a degree of staleness occasionally creeps in, the show mostly ends on an agitated high. Thank you LD for the petty laughs over petty nonsense - you exquisite weirdo.
- As funny and cringe-inducing as ever
- Brilliantly awkward situational humor
- Fantastic improve from Larry David and ensemble
- Keen observations about social annoyances
- Memorable celebrity cameos
- Appears to build towards a standout finale
- Some formula/plot repetition
- Occasional stale humor
- Potentially divisive ending
- Relies heavily on R-rated/offensive jokes
- Pacing drags at times