Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 5 (2005)

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Season 5
Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Determined to address the annoyances that punctuate daily life at any and all cost, Larry returns in Curb's fifth season just as difficult and entertaining as he's always been.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 76
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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 25, 2005
2
Air date: Oct 2, 2005
3
Air date: Oct 9, 2005
4
Air date: Oct 16, 2005
5
Air date: Oct 30, 2005
6
Air date: Nov 6, 2005
7
Air date: Nov 13, 2005
8
Air date: Nov 20, 2005
9
Air date: Nov 27, 2005
10
Air date: Dec 4, 2005
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"Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David (playing a fictionalized version of himself) is as socially inept as ever in the fifth season of the heavily improvised comedy, landing himself in more awkward situations in 10 episodes than most people do in a lifetime. Early on, Larry learns longtime pal Richard Lewis (as himself) needs a kidney, prompting Larry and Jeff Greene (Jeff Garlin) to ponder how far they'll go to help a friend in need. It's something Larry struggles with all season after getting the dreaded news that he is indeed a kidney match, and he goes to ridiculous lengths, like befriending the head of an organ-transplant organization, to ensure he won't end up on the operating table. In another story arc, a mumbled comment from his father (Shelley Berman) makes Larry wonder whether he was adopted, and he enlists private detective Omar Jones (Mekhi Phifer) to uncover the truth. Some of Larry's most memorable Season 5 gaffes include bringing a registered sex offender (Rob Corddry) to Seder; adopting a dog that Wanda Sykes (as herself) pegs as racist; buying a bra for his housekeeper (and upsetting her husband in the process); getting into a heated feud with an elderly bingo player at his father's nursing home; and accusing his Korean bookie of kidnapping Jeff's dog. Ted Danson, Rosie O'Donnell, Hugh Hefner, Kevin Nealon, Gary Player, Dustin Hoffman, Bea Arthur and Sacha Baron Cohen all make cameos.

Cast

Larry David
as Larry David
Cheryl Hines
as Cheryl David
Jeff Garlin
as Jeff Greene
Shelley Berman
as Nat David
Richard Lewis
as Richard Lewis
Matt DeCaro
as Dr. Skadden
Mekhi Phifer
as Omar Jones
Susie Essman
as Susie Greene
Bob Einstein
as Marty Funkhouser
Wallace Langham
as Man in Bathroom
Paul Dooley
as Cheryl's Father
Mindy Kaling
as Richard Lewis's Receptionist
Fido
as Sheriff the Dog
Ashly Holloway
as Sammie Greene
Mayim Bialik
as Jodi Funkhouser
Kenji Nakamura
as Sushi Chef #1
Charlie Hartsock
as Sitcom Actor
Kenji Nakamura
as Sushi Chef #1
Kenneth Kimmins
as Dr. Sewell
Claudia Cohen
as Woman in Line
Paul Ben-Victor
as Ticket Scalper
Lydia Cornell
as Bra saleswoman
Michael D'Amore
as Man in wheelchair
Julie Payne
as Cheryl's Mother
Mary Gillis
as Mrs. Seiderman
Crista Flanagan
as Mrs. Seiderman's Nurse
Markus Redmond
as Loud man at party
Ann Ryerson
as Nan Funkhouser
Jamie Elle Mann
as Sitcom Actor
Troy McKay
as Man #3 in Bathroom
Susan Mackin
as Graham's mother
Melissa Paul
as Waitress
Tracy Howe
as Security Guard
Kimberly Page
as Doctor's Girlfriend
Tom Virtue
as Man with Stutter
Melissa Paull
as Waitress
Curtis Brengle
as Band Member
David Wells
as Pharmacist
Phil Rosenthal
as Poker Player #2
Lew Schneider
as Poker Player #3
Nicole Randall Johnson
as Omar's Receptionist
Robert Pine
as Ben Hogan
Pat Finn
as Car Owner
David Lee Fayram
as Townsperson #2
Lynne Marie Stewart
as Nurse in Nat's Room
Veronica Welch
as Woman at Party
Robb Skyler
as Man at Temple
Toshi Toda
as Sushi Chef #2
Alan Kirschenbaum
as Poker Player #1
Louisa Springs
as Nursing Home Resident
Kelvin Han Yee
as Newscaster
Timothy Brennen
as Police Detective
Julius Wilson
as Townsperson #3
Jim Gleason
as Man #2 in Bathroom
Gerry Pineda
as Band Member
Larry Thigpen
as Handyman #2
Victor Kobayashi
as Sushi Waiter
Susan Griffiths
as Marilyn Monroe
Bea Arthur
as Larry's Mother
Tami Sagher
as Waitress
Craig Cackowski
as Man #1 in Bathroom
Steve Seagren
as Handyman
Wendall J. Yuponce
as Band Member
Terry Halvorson
as Band Member
Craig Robinson
as Attendant #1
Susan Yeagley
as Stewardess
Tennie E. Barnes
as Townsperson #1
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Critic Reviews for Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 5

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

This season finale was not the end of Curb, but its flirtation with Larry's mortality and callback to ghosts of guest-stars past was a tidy complement to the definitive and divisive Seinfeld send-off.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

["Curb"] returns as sharp as ever for its fifth season...David's bottomless neuroses turn ''Curb" into a more abrasive and outrageous half-hour.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The stakes have been lowered but the message is the same: he will stay and fight, and he will be heard.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This partly scripted, partly improvised comedy boasts some deeply talented players who make all the annoyance and effrontery bounce.

Jul 16, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Expect more outrageous behavior this season on "Curb," as Larry thinks he's adopted, gets himself a "racist dog," battles a disabled man over a bathroom stall, alienates the lesbian community...etc., etc., etc.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Curb Your Enthusiasm begins its fifth season with a return to classic form after last season's ill-begotten closer.

Sep 25, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In "Curb's" fifth-season premiere, the always-grumpy David is ticked off that his favorite deli named a whitefish sandwich after him...Famous people-they go through so much.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Nobody chronicles everyday life better than Larry David. Long may he rage!

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This series still remains bracingly rude and funny.

Sep 25, 2005 | Full Review…

At this point, the cast has hit such a stride together that watching them do almost anything will yield at least a few moments of comic brilliance.

Jun 8, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

[Larry David is] a paint-by-numbers perfectionist, a social killjoy, and an all-around major pain in the ass, but he's also one of the most entertaining characters ever created.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 5

  • Sep 01, 2019
    If this isn't your cup of tea, fine, but you're missing out of some spot on cerebral comedy!
  • Mar 22, 2019
    After narrowly surviving a near-death experience, you would think one would change their ways. Instead, Larry David doubles down and is difficult as ever in the hilarious fifth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • Dec 07, 2013
    Larry David: Please x 100000 start making more Curb episodes!!...pppllleeaassseeee....... Just like Seinfeld.....I'm watching re-runs here.....and still loving every minute of it!

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