Television: The Larry We Loved

Seinfeld, Ellen, Murphy Brown--who cares? It's the end of Garry Shandling's show that hurts

Ask Garry Shandling to reflect on The Larry Sanders Show, his inspired comedy about an insecure, manipulative, talk-show host that is ending its six-year run on HBO this week, and he won't tell you about making people laugh or satirizing show business; he will talk about "the core of human existence." Recalling the show's origins, he will say, "I wanted to do a project that dealt in a deeper way with human behavior...I wanted to be more deeply challenged as an artist." He will mention his "steadfast vision" for the show--that it would be a "constant exploration of the characters." Who...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!