In 2003, a man named Juan Catalan was arrested for murder in Los Angeles. He repeatedly professed his innocence, and asked to take a lie detector test, a request that the police denied. He also had an alibi. He swore that at the time of the murder, he was at Dodger Stadium with his little girl, watching the Dodgers vs. the Braves, but his lawyer was unable to find him in any of the Dodger Vision or FOX footage he subpoenaed. However, he discovered that there was another source of crowd footage: Curb Your Enthusiasm season four, episode six, "The Car Pool Lane" had filmed at Dodger Stadium that night. Although Catalan did not make the final cut of the show, his lawyer was finally able to find him and his daughter in the outtakes, and determined from the timestamps on the tapes that Catalan could not have been the killer. When told that his show had released a wrongfully accused man from prison and a trial that could have led to the death penalty, Larry David commented, "I tell people that I've now done one decent thing in my life, albeit inadvertently."
Whenever Larry inevitably finds himself lying to his wife, Cheryl, about his latest convoluted mishap, Cheryl Hines is as genuinely in the dark, as her character. That's because she is not privy to the full script outline, only being exposed to her own scenes.
There is no script to each episode, just a heavily detailed plot outline, which the actors and actresses all improvise. On average, each scene will require between seven or eight takes, which is very high for a television series on a tight schedule.
At the start of the first season, Jeff Garlin (Jeff Greene) was still recovering from the effects of a stroke. The actor contends that the demands of filming a weekly television series was instrumental in his full recovery.
The theme music, "Frolic" by Luciano Michelini, was originally used on a bank commercial which stuck in Larry David's head.
Numerous actresses auditioned for the part of Larry's wife. Larry David said that he picked Cheryl Hines, because she knew how to handle him.
Larry David and Richard Lewis, who has a recurring role as himself, went to summer camp together at the age of thirteen, lost contact, and reconnected on the New York City comedy club circuit nearly fifteen years later.
In the first season, they filmed in an empty house for the Davids' house. When someone actually moved into the house, the production (and the fictional Davids) were forced into finding a different house.
On June 14, 2016, HBO announced that this show would be returning for a ninth season.
Due to the show's improvisational nature, there are no writing credits except for "Story by Larry David". One notable exception is in the seventh season, where the script for the Seinfeld (1989) reunion, is attributed to Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, albeit in the fake show's credits.
In the pilot episode, it was stated that Larry and Cheryl had children, though they were never shown. In the series, they do not have children.
Despite his on-screen reputation as a misanthrope, the real Larry David will not joke about an actor's appearance, unless he gets permission from them. For example, Jeff Garlin has given him permission to call the character Jeff Green "fat", and in season one, episode one, "The Pants Tent", Larry was concerned that when his character accused a woman of having breast implants, that people would assume that the actress had breast implants.
In season two, episode eight, "Shaq", featuring Shaquille O'Neal, Larry brings him the entire Seinfeld (1989) series on tape. O'Neal says that Seinfeld (1989) season four, episode eleven, "The Contest" is his favorite episode. Larry David wrote this episode, and the show won three Emmy Awards for it.
Most of the main characters have the same first names as the cast members who play them: Jeff Garlin as Jeff Greene, Cheryl Hines as Cheryl David, and Susie Essman as Susie Greene.
The original idea for the show was to document the return of Larry David to the stand-up world, mixing it up with scenes from David's own life (a fictional version). When he started shooting that as a pilot, he obviously changed his mind.