21 April 2010 | bob the moo
Season 6: A bit too much to the "Larry as asshole" side, but still very enjoyable and funny
As usual Larry's inability to suck it up and overlook the social faux pas of others while also avoiding his own has left Cheryl in the role of the patient wife. On this occasion in return Larry agrees to take in a homeless Afro-American family from New Orleans, namely the Black family. With them taking over half his home and the modern world continuing to frustrate him with the selfishness of others, Larry starts to push the tolerance of some of those around him to the point of breaking.
Season six of this show sat around for only a short time before I jumped into it – mainly timed because my girlfriend was away a few times this month and she hates the show with a vengeance and is unbearable to be with when it is on. So I watched it over the course of a week or so and of course found it as funny as normal. My girlfriend's main gripe is that she finds it so painfully unrealistic and obvious and as a result it is painful for her to listen to or see. On one hand I agree with her but on the other I do not. I disagree that it is obvious. The first season was the only one where I half agreed with her but since then even when you can see the disaster coming, it is normally while laughing and wishing it would not come so whether or not it is "obvious" is of no interest. Where I do agree though is that it is unrealistic – but where we differ is that I do not expect it to be.
Anyway, enough dirty laundry for now. Season 6 sees me nearly catching up on this great show that I missed from the very start. It also sees the show lean a little too much to one side of its usual dynamic. Normally the show relies on Larry being right enough times to give the viewer balance for the times when he is a total ass and this is a balance that has worked very well for many seasons. In this season though he is nearly always in the wrong – and very often quite spectacularly so, and this is a bit of a problem. What it means is that the season is sometimes not quite as clever as I would like because it jumps in with both feet, rather than building these situations from the ground up in a way which is often funnier and more rewarding to watch. This approach did mean I did not quite enjoy the season as I have previous ones.
However, that said, I still really enjoyed it and laughed regularly and hard because the show is still funny in a wonderfully exaggerated and awkward way. The addition of the Black family is a great season thread, even if it does not provide the cohesion that some of the other threads have. What they brought was a fresh dynamic into the season and it really worked to change things up and add a bit of freshness (not that it was getting stale though). David is as funny as before and I was only slightly put off by him being so much of an ass this season. Hines, Essman and Garlin are all as good as before and I did like Lewis more this season as I felt he fitted in better in terms of the plots. Smoove is a great addition to the cast and I really enjoyed what he brought out in Larry, Fox and English perhaps not as much. The various guests do not detract by their presence because the celebrities are part of it – Coogan was perhaps the riskiest one but his episode was very funny.
Overall, this season of Curb continues the same style of humour to the same reliable impact. It is very funny and it was only a slight problem to have a lot less balance in the situations Larry gets into this time around. The cast all work very well and there are endless "NO! Don't do it" moments to be had here.