Curb Your Enthusiasm: Pretty, pretty boring?
After six years off, Curb Your Enthusiasm has returned with episodes that feel “stale and annoying,” says Michael Starr. “Yes,” he says, “Curb’s theme music is still obsessively catchy — so there’s that — but I’ve found the new season’s first three episodes grating and forced in a been there, done that kind of way — with some genuinely funny lines (i.e. 'warm pocket candy' from the most recent episode) blunted by the show’s predictability and overemphasis on trying to create a Seinfeld-ian 'close talker'/'man hands'-type watercooler moment (i.e. 'no one’s above the beep' from last Sunday’s episode). Add lots of high-decibel shouting and gesticulating and it gets old really fast.