The Larry Sanders Show
6 Seasons | 88 Episodes | TV-MA
You'll never look at late-night TV the same way again! This classic HBO comedy series starring, co-written and co-executive produced by Garry Shandling focuses on the on- and off-camera activities of a successful late-night TV talk-show host.
Season Two Premiere. Larry has a nervous breakdown--on the air! After recovering from this incident, he plunges back into the single life with a succession of disastrous dates, until he runs into his ex-wife Francine and rekindles their relationship. Guest stars: Susan Anton, Dana Delany, Teri Garr, Helen Hunt, Kathy Ireland, Los Lobos.
Larry is engulfed with jealousy when he learns that Francine dated a guest on the show. To clear the air and avoid future arguments, they agree to exchange lists of their former lovers. Guest stars: Alec Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, Ed Begley Jr.
Larry becomes convinced he is being followed by a crazed fan and beefs up security at the studio and at home.
In the middle of renegotiating his contract, Larry fires his longtime agent and hires a more aggressive hotshot to represent him. Will the new agent's tactics work? Or will Larry be forced to leave Los Angeles for New York, and possibly go into syndication? Guest stars: Barry Levinson, Tommy Newsom, Doc Severinsen.
The Hankerciser 200
The Hankerciser 200, Hank's latest endorsement, poses a threat to Francine's health. She threatens to publicize its defectiveness after suffering an injury while exercising with it.
Life Behind Larry
As executive producer, Larry insists on choosing the host who will follow his own show's time slot--but soon finds himself inundated with pitches from hordes of hungry comedians. Guest stars: Bobcat Goldthwait, David Letterman, Kevin Nealon, Tom Snyder, Steven Wright.
When a mudslide leaves Artie stranded in Malibu, he asks Paula to cover for him until he arrives. Trying to produce the show without Larry discovering Arthur's absence, she gets little cooperation from the jealous staff. Guest stars: Bruno Kirby, Steven Wright, Porno for Pyros.
Larry Loses Interest
It's time for the anniversary show, and Larry is overwhelmed with ennui. It seems nothing new ever happens on the show. Guest stars: Suzanne Somers, Joan Embrey.
Larry feels sorry for his former comedy partner, so he invites him to write for the show. When that doesn't work, he gives him a guest shot performing stand-up. When that doesn't work... Guest star: Eric Bogosian.
During the show, Hank talks Hugh Hefner into doing a pictorial layout of Darlene and himself. Meanwhile, Larry is going to be featured in 'Architectural Digest.' Guest star: Hugh Hefner.
A shake-up in the writing staff threatens to ruin Larry's birthday. Guest star: Sugar Ray Leonard.
Larry is frustrated by Francine's lack of commitment to their relationship. Meanwhile, Hank feels threatened when Larry hires a new band leader for the show. Guest star: Gary Kemp.
The Performance Artist
Larry grapples with censorship and controversy when he puts a provocative performance artist on the show. Guest stars: Roseanne, Tom Arnold, Jay Leno, Tim Miller, George Segal.
When Hank gets engaged to a much younger woman he's known for only two weeks, Larry suspects she's after more than just his heart. Guest stars: Ed McMahon, Adam Sandler, Alex Trebek.
While Larry is on the air, a magazine reporter and temperamental guests make Arthur's backstage job even more difficult than usual. Guest stars: Elizabeth Ashley, John Ritter, Gene Siskel, Warren Zevon.
While he's on vacation, Larry asks his neighbor, Burt Reynolds, to guest-host the show. Meanwhile, Hank concentrates on orchestrating the perfect grand opening for his restaurant. Guest stars: Martin Mull, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Seinfeld.
NY or LA
Season Two Finale. When the network's new owner starts tinkering with the show, will Larry switch networks and move to New York? Guest stars: Chris Farley, Howard Stern.
Season Three Premiere. After Larry quits show business and moves to Montana, a network lawsuit forces him to return to Hollywood. Guest star: Bernadette Peters.
You're Having My Baby
Larry's attempts to romance actress Mimi Rogers are thwarted by a Montana woman who claims Larry is the father of her child. Guest star: Mimi Rogers.
Would You Do Me a Favor?
Larry's father comes to visit, and the burden of entertaining him falls on Larry's assistant, Beverly. Guest stars: Jason Alexander, Warren Frost.
The Gift Episode
Paula is convinced Larry is going to fire her after Danny DeVito cancels at the last minute. Guest stars: Danny DeVito, Jimmy Walker, Carol Siskind.
Arthur is producing the People's Choice Awards, an easy, enjoyable job for him--until Larry wants to know who's hosting. Guest stars: Elvis Costello, Bob Odenkirk.
Hank's Night in the Sun
When Larry falls ill an hour before the show, Hank has to fill in as guest host, with surprisingly good, then bad, then awful results. Guest star: George Wendt.
Ignoring Arthur's advice, Larry gets entangled in an office romance with Darlene. Guest star: Bob Saget.
The Mr. Sharon Stone Show
Larry's ego suffers when he realizes his new girlfriend--Sharon Stone--is a bigger star than he is. Guest star: Sharon Stone.
When Phil is promoted to head writer, he discovers the job is much more than he bargained for. Guest stars: Dave Thomas, John Riggi.
Like No Business I Know
Regis Philbin encourages Hank to consider a career shift; Larry worries that talk show guest Bobcat Goldthwait will get out of control. Guest stars: Regis Philbin, Bobcat Goldthwait.
Larry Loses a Friend
Guesting on the talk show, Larry's friend Jon Lovitz pursues his unrequited crush on Darlene. Guest star: Jon Lovitz.
Doubt of the Benefit
Rob Reiner cancels his appearance on the show after Larry turns down a charity appearance. Guest stars: Richard Belzer, Pauly Shore, Rob Reiner.
During the seventh anniversary show, Hank's marital problems come to a head.
The Fourteenth Floor
Larry gets into an on-air feud with the network. Guest stars: John Ritter, Deborah May.
Recovering from his divorce, Hank holes up in a hotel with a succession of prostitutes. Guest stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary Gross.
Larry thinks Arthur's love life is interfering with his work. Guest stars: Clint Black, Kris Kristofferson.
End of the Season
Season Three Finale. Arthur and Larry's old friend, Roseanne, suspects Larry has a prescription drug problem. Guest stars: Roseanne, Pat Sajak.
Ten months after she broke up with him, Larry is surprised to learn that Roseanne is scheduled to appear on the show. Guest stars: Roseanne, Chevy Chase.
Hank's New Assistant
After much prodding, Hank hires a temp while Darlene is on vacation. After Darlene quits, Hank decides to hire his temp, Brian (Scott Thompson). But what will happen when Hank finds out Brian is gay? Guest star: Dana Carvey.
Arthur After Hours
After Arthur has an unusually frustrating day at the show, he spends the evening with new friend Nicolae, the janitor. Guest stars: Sandra Bernhard, Ryan O'Neal.
Arthur and Larry juggle an overbooked show that includes Hank's tribute to his dead father. Guest stars: Jeff Cesario, David Duchovny, Rob Lowe, Vendela.
Larry's ex-wife makes an unexpected visit to the office, making an unusual triangle of Larry, Hank and herself. Guest stars: Megan Gallagher, Tatjana Patitz.
Artie hires his delinquent son as a production assistant on the show. But how far does family loyalty extend? Guest stars: Colin Quinn, Chris Isaak, Larry King.
Hank's Sex Tape
Hank's career is threatened when a sex tape he appeared in is discovered by Larry's writers and distributed to the entertainment community. Guest Stars: Norm MacDonald, Henry Winkler.
It's sweeps week for The Larry Sanders Show, but the bookers are having a hard time landing big celebrity guests...almost as hard a time as Larry is having landing a date with a hot new PR person. With bleak ratings looming, Larry asks his friend Jeff Goldblum to appear--and Jeff, in turn, helps Larry get his date. Guest stars: Jeff Goldblum, Marg Helgenberger.
Brother Can You Spare One Point Two Million?
Larry learns that his accountant has been embezzling his money. To survive financially, Larry agrees to do some commercials...and get his revenge. Guest star: Paul Willson.
Conflict of Interest
Larry realizes there's a conflict of interest when Paula books the client of her boyfriend Stevie (who's also Larry's agent) on the show. Guest stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jennifer Aniston, Andy Kindler, Beck.
I Was a Teenage Lesbian
Paula finds a lump in her breast and fears the worst. Brett announces to Artie that she had an affair with Paula years ago. Guest star: Brett Butler.
As part of Larry's production deal the network gives him a pilot commitment. Larry asks Chris Elliott to help him write a sitcom thinking it would be a piece of cake. It turns out to be more of a nightmare. Guest stars: Chris Elliott, Kevin Nealon, Jennie Garth, Bob Odenkirk.
Larry's Big Idea
Larry decides to change his show's format to include his production team, even after Artie's warnings of failure. Guest stars: Courteney Cox, Henry Winkler, Rosie Perez.
Beverly and the Prop Job
Beverly attempts to get her cousin a job while she goes through an identity crisis. Guest stars: Victoria Principal, Paul Mooney.
Larry sleeps with the very young show intern against Artie's continuous warnings and has a PR nightmare when the relationship becomes public. Guest stars: Shawn Colvin, John Stamos.
Larry's eighth anniversary--a star-studded gala--doesn't go quite as planned. Guest stars: k.d. lang, Rosie O'Donnell, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Wyle, Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, George Segal, Fred DeCordova.
Larry's On Vacation
Season Four Finale. When Larry takes time off for minor cosmetic surgery, guest host Sandra Bernhard and her bitch manager attempt to take over the show. Guest stars: Sandra Bernhard, Gloria Steinem.
Everybody Loves Larry
Season Five Premiere. Larry is uncomfortable with David Duchovny's overtures of friendship. Guest stars: David Duchovny, Jon Stewart, Elvis Costello, Charles Nelson Reilly.
My Name is Asher Kingsley
Hank gets in touch with his Jewish roots. Guest stars: Tom Poston, They Might Be Giants.
Where is the Love?
Larry's feelings are hurt when he and the show get a terrible review. Guest stars: Sting, Sally Field, Jake Johannsen, Tom Shales.
Ellen, or Isn't She?
Larry tries to get Ellen DeGeneres to 'come out' on the air. Meanwhile, there is dissension in the ranks when copies of the show budget are leaked to the entire staff. Guest stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Bob Odenkirk.
The New Writer
Phil has trouble adapting when Larry hires a new female writer; Hank thinks Kevin Nealon is after his job. Guest stars: Kevin Nealon, Shawn Colvin.
When Brian ends his relationship with his boyfriend, Hank tries to fix him up, but winds up starting rumors about himself. Guest stars: Tim Conway, Harvey Fierstein, Nicolette Sheridan.
Make a Wish
Larry is more concerned with getting on People's Sexiest Man List than with meeting a child from the One Wish Foundation. Hank tries to make celeb friends by dealing in Cuban cigars. Guest stars: Ben Stiller, James Belushi, David Paymer.
Arthur and Angie and Hank and Hercules
Arthur reunites with his old flame, Angie Dickinson, and the two run off to Italy together. Hank auditions for Hercules in Disney's next animated movie, but gets the part of Iggus, the village idiot. Larry dates Laura Leighton. Guest stars: Angie Dickinson, Don Rickles, Laura Leighton.
Larry thinks Lori Loughlin is stealing from him. Hank falls for a woman with a child, but alienates both of them when her son is a guest on the show. Guest stars: Lori Loughlin, John Stamos, Butthole Surfers.
Larry is excited about publishing his own memoirs...until he reads his own writing. Beverly has a secret admirer. Guest Stars: Dr. Joyce Brothers, Dana Delany, Bruno Kirby, Marlee Matlin, Brooke Shields, Bob Odenkirk.
Pain Equals Funny
The more depressed Phil gets, the funnier his writing becomes.
Larry is roasted, but instead of feeling honored, his feelings are hurt by all the insults. Hank resents not being asked to be the roastmaster, especially after practicing heckler retorts. Guest stars: Kip Addotta, Carrot Top, Dana Carvey, Norm Crosby, Al Franken, Bruno Kirby, Bill Maher, Bob Odenkirk, David Paymer, Carl Reiner, Jon Stewart.
Larry's New Love
Season Five Finale. Larry's new girlfriend wants to be a success more than she wants to be with Larry. Guest stars: Jeff Foxworthy, Daisy Fuentes, Bruce Greenwood, Warren Littlefield, Paul Westerberg.
Season Six Premiere. The network presents a list of changes it wants to make on the show, but Artie can't get Larry to focus on anything other than Winona Ryder. When Hank learns that a fan of his has 'Hey Now' vanity plates, he will do anything to get ownership of them. Guest Stars: Winona Ryder, Jon Stewart, Smash Mouth, Bruce Greenwood.
The Beginning of the End
Larry makes endless changes to the show to meet the network notes. Artie almost has a heart attack while arguing with the network. Larry's agent Stevie picks up Jon Stewart as a client in a clear conflict of interest. Larry announces on the air that when his contract is up, he will quit the show. Guest stars: Jon Stewart, Colin Hay, Bruce Greenwood, Josh Malina, Bob Odenkirk.
As My Career Lay Dying
Hank is distraught about what he'll do when the show goes down. He gets fired from an acting gig on 'Caroline in the City' and fails at a game show host audition. Meanwhile, Artie debates offers to produce other talk shows, including Roseanne's. Guest stars: Lea Thompson, Bob Costas, Jim Gray, Fred DeCordova, Pat Sajak, Andy Williams, Donny Osmond.
Pilots and Pens Lost
Phil quits working for the show when the network gives him a pilot, which turns into a train wreck involving Dave Chappelle. Larry gives Artie an expensive pen, which the producer loses and must replace--as well as buy Larry an equally expensive gift. Guest stars: Dave Chappelle, Bridget Fonda, Jonathan Katz.
Larry is psyched for his first post-announcement inverview with Maureen O'Boyle. But he ends up crying on the air and wants Artie, who had a sexual relationship with Maureen, to get it cut. When Mary Lou hits Hank's car, Hank thinks it was Vince Vaughn. Guest stars: David Spade, Jim Belushi, Vince Vaughn, David Paymer, Maureen O'Boyle, Ben Folds Five.
The network welcomes Jon Stewart as a guest host for the first time since Larry's announcement. Meanwhile, Larry tries to get a normal relationship with his brother Stan, but can't pry himself away from talking to Artie on the phone about how Jon Stewart is doing. Guest stars: Kristen Johnson, Jason Alexander, Jon Stewart, Wu-Tang Clan, Josh Malina.
The office learns that Beverly is pregnant, and starts a pool to guess the father--knowing he was a guest on the show. As part of a stunt, Hank stays with an American family and ends up ruining their lives. Guest stars: Michael Bolton, Drew Carey, Eriq La Salle, Steven Wright.
I Buried Sid
Hank is jealous when Sid gets to do a sketch, and tells him that people are laughing 'at' him instead of 'with' him. When Sid kills himself, Hank feels compelled to financially take care of Sid's family. Larry tries to keep his relationship with Laura Dern a secret. Guest stars: Laura Dern, Jerry Stiller, Sid Newman, Larry Miller, Paul Willson, Rosey Grier.
The Perfect Blendship
Larry wants to date Gina Gershon, but feels the need to get the permission of one of his best friends, Jeff Goldblum, who used to date her. Meanwhile, Hank dates the woman who performed his colonoscopy. Guest stars: Gina Gershon, Jeff Goldblum, Terry Bradshaw, Illeana Douglas, Sarah Silverman, Polly Draper.
Putting the 'Gay' Back in Litigation
Larry begins to date Illeana Douglas, but feels compelled to rehearse her through her segment. Meanwhile, Brian brings a sexual harrassment suit against Phil for all his gay jokes. Guest stars: Drew Barrymore, Ed Begley, Jr., Michael Richards, Illeana Douglas, Bruno Kirby, Larry Miller, Sarah Silverman.
Series Finale. Larry scrambles to get his last show together, and must confront David Duchovny's affections in order to secure him as a guest. Arthur tries to keep the staff's emotions together as things are packed up and the last show is done. Guest stars: Warren Beatty, David Duchovny, Greg Kinnear, Jim Carrey, Bruno Kirby, Clint Black, Tom Petty, Sean Penn, more.