Television: The Best of 1998 Television

1 LARRY SANDERS FINALE (HBO) When people say a TV show is "brilliant," what they usually mean is "brilliant--for a TV show." Yet some series are brilliant by any standard, and The Larry Sanders Show, which ended its six-year run last spring, was one such rarity. Starring Garry Shandling as a talk-show host, Sanders sharply satirized show business and provided a unique celebrity frisson as it toyed with the images of its famous guests. But its humor arose equally from its deeply flawed, densely realized characters. The finale was a peak and included a sequence with Jim Carrey that should become...

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