The BEST Episodes of The Larry Sanders Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2021

Network: HBO

Comic Garry Shandling draws upon his own talk show experiences to create the character of Larry Sanders, a paranoid, insecure host of a late night talk show. Larry, along with his obsequious TV sidekick Hank Kingsley and his fiercely protective producer Artie, allows Garry Shandling and his talented writers to look behind the scenes and to show us a convincing slice of behind the camera life.

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Flip (2)

#1 - Flip (2)

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired May 31, 1998

Part 2 of the final ever show. Larry is in hot water with Carol Burnet when he tells her she was the first person he chose to be on his final show. This doesn't appear to be the case as Ellen confirms. Bruno Kirby is bumped again. Clint Black sings goodbye to Larry.

star 9.62
74 votes
Flip (1)

#2 - Flip (1)

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired May 31, 1998

Larry tapes his last show.

star 9.44
80 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Peter Tolan

#3 - Eight

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Nov 15, 1995

Chaos reigns as the eighth anniversary show tapes and Larry tries repeatedly to sneak in a bathroom visit during a commercial break.

star 9.32
50 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan
Like No Business I Know

#4 - Like No Business I Know

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 24, 1994

Regis Philbin causes some major unrest when he intimates to Hank that there might be place for him on Regis' new show. Larry and Artie worry about what guest Bobcat Goldthwait might do to top his chair-burning incident on The Tonight Show.

star 9.10
87 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Mike Martineau, Peter Tolan
You're Having My Baby

#5 - You're Having My Baby

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 29, 1994

Larry's chances with Mimi Rogers drop dramatically when a woman from Montana turns up with the claim that she's carrying Larry's baby.

star 8.88
84 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Mike Martineau
Hank's Divorce

#6 - Hank's Divorce

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 14, 1994

It looks like Hank's marriage is over, despite everyone's efforts to patch it up.

star 8.73
60 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Paul Simms
The Fourteenth Floor

#7 - The Fourteenth Floor

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 21, 1994

Larry gets into a feud with the network when he makes fun of their new fall schedule on the air.

star 8.73
60 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Maya Forbes
Artie's Gone

#8 - Artie's Gone

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 14, 1993

Artie gets stuck on the highway during torrential rains and mud-slides leaving Paula the booker to function as the producer for the show.

star 8.72
67 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Paul Simms
Putting the Gay Back in Litigation

#9 - Putting the Gay Back in Litigation

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired May 17, 1998

Tired of Phil's gay jokes, Brian sues the show for sexual harrassment.

star 8.71
79 votes
Directors: Judd Apatow
Writers: Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, Richard Day
Just the Perfect Blendship

#10 - Just the Perfect Blendship

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired May 10, 1998

Larry hits on a guest. Hank hits on his doctor. Mary Lou considers letting her best friend be on the show.

star 8.53
81 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Kell Cahoon, Peter Tolan, Tom Saunders
Adolf Hankler

#11 - Adolf Hankler

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 19, 1998

Larry spends his vacation with his brother who has a business proposition. Guest host Jon Stewart tests the network's censors by booking the Wu-Tang Clan.

star 8.52
52 votes
Directors: Garry Shandling
Writers: Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck
The Bump

#12 - The Bump

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 9, 1995

Larry promises not to bump comic Jeff Cesario again, then finds the show overbooked and Hank needing four minutes for a tribute to his late father.

star 8.52
54 votes
Writers: Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow
Jeannie's Visit

#13 - Jeannie's Visit

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 16, 1995

A surprise visit by Larry's ex-wife causes an unusual triangle between her, Larry and Hank. Larry offers a cappuccino machine as a substitute for the daily office run to Starbucks.

star 8.44
55 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Jon Vitti

#14 - Montana

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 22, 1994

Larry's going out of his mind with boredom up in Montana when Artie appears with a scheme to resurrect the show.

star 8.43
61 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Peter Simms, Peter Tolan
Office Romance

#15 - Office Romance

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 3, 1994

The office suffers when Larry and Darlene tentatively begin a romance, prompting a domino effect of hurt feelings and jealousy.

star 8.39
57 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Maya Forbes
Off Camera

#16 - Off Camera

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 15, 1993

Artie has a terrible day backstage with an Entertainment Weekly writer prowling around, John Ritter and Gene Siskel nearly coming to blows, and a stray dog nipping at everyone.

star 8.37
65 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Peter Tolan
The Grand Opening

#17 - The Grand Opening

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Sep 22, 1993

Larry goes on vacation, but the problems follow him as Hank alienates a series of co-hosts as he anxiously awaits the opening night of Hank's Lookaround Restaurant.

star 8.33
60 votes
Directors: Paul Flaherty
Writers: Paul Simms
The Gift

#18 - The Gift

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 13, 1994

Paula worries about her job when Larry gets angry with her over guests canceling, and really goes all out to convince a reluctant Danny DeVito not to cancel too. Larry and Artie try to decide what to choose as the guest gift.

star 8.33
60 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Paul Simms
New York or L.A.

#19 - New York or L.A.

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Sep 29, 1993

Larry seriously considers either quitting the biz or moving his show to New York after the network's new owner begins to meddle with the format.

star 8.33
58 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Paul Simms, Peter Tolan
Would You Do Me a Favor?

#20 - Would You Do Me a Favor?

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 6, 1994

Larry's dad pays a visit to California, but Larry doesn't want to see him, so he adds that little chore to the things an already fed-up Beverly has to cope with.

star 8.30
64 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Maya Forbes
Next Stop... Bottom

#21 - Next Stop... Bottom

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 28, 1994

A depressed and unhappy Hank hits on all the female guests before retreating to a hotel room for a boozy marathon with a series of prostitutes.

star 8.29
58 votes
Writers: Judd Apatow
Doubt of the Benefit

#22 - Doubt of the Benefit

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 7, 1994

Larry becomes convinced that Rob Reiner is snubbing him and the show, and retaliates by canceling out of a benefit.

star 8.28
61 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Drake Sather, Garry Shandling, Peter Tolan
Larry Loses a Friend

#23 - Larry Loses a Friend

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 31, 1994

Jon Lovitz makes a strong play for a reluctant Darlene.

star 8.27
59 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: John Riggi
I Was a Teenage Lesbian

#24 - I Was a Teenage Lesbian

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 11, 1995

While awaiting the results of a breast biopsy, a tense Paula angers Brett Butler who offers Larry some tips on his weekly massage. Hank interviews possible new agents while his beloved Sid lies gravely ill in the hospital.

star 8.26
53 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Peter Tolan
A Brush with (the Elbow of) Greatness

#25 - A Brush with (the Elbow of) Greatness

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 31, 1992

Larry makes the tabloids when a woman claims he knocked her into a magazine rack and neglected to apologize.

star 8.21
103 votes
Writers: Peter Tolan