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“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which starts its eighth season on HBO this Sunday, specializes in the comedy of mortification — scenes that nail hypocrisy, selfishness and delusions so mercilessly that they prompt both laughs and revulsion. Even the most devoted viewers often find themselves watching the self-righteous, blundering high jinks of creator-co-writer-star Larry David through the spaces between their fingers.
But David and his collaborators don’t just pile outrage upon outrage to see what they can get away with. There’s a structure, a rhythm and a point to every episode, just as there was on David’s previous series, NBC’s “Seinfeld.” And just like any other ambitious, long-running series, this one inspires obsessive scrutiny and list-making. This slide show ranks my 10 favorite “Curb” episodes; the list is weighted toward the earlier season, but there are a few later entries, too. I hope that it is, to quote one of Larry’s catchphrases, “Pretty, pretty, pretty… pretty good.” And I hope you’ll share your picks in the Letters section.
A word of warning, though: Considering the raunchy, profane, sexually frank, politically incorrect nature of “Curb,” most of these entries — and the clips linked within them — are not safe for work.
Every Friday, Salon writer Matt Zoller Seitz sifts through beloved classics and obscure indies for a slide show that sheds light on the hidden connections and most fascinating moments in film and TV history.