The Best Episodes of The Larry Sanders Show

Last Updated: Nov 7, 2018

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.

Eight

#1 - Eight

Season 4 - Episode 16

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

star 8.56
16 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan
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Flip (2)

#2 - Flip (2)

Season 6 - Episode 12

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 8.53
15 votes
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Putting the Gay Back in Litigation

#3 - Putting the Gay Back in Litigation

Season 6 - Episode 10

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

star 8.15
20 votes
Directors: Judd Apatow
Writers: Richard Day, Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck
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Ellen, or Isn't She?

#4 - Ellen, or Isn't She?

Season 5 - Episode 4

Artie pushes Larry to get Ellen Degeneres to come out of the closet on their show, but Larry pursues some personal research first. Beverly spoils Artie's birthday by circulating the show's budget, with everyone's salary, amongst the staff.

star 8.10
20 votes
Writers: Judd Apatow, John Markus
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Hank's Night in the Sun

#5 - Hank's Night in the Sun

Season 3 - Episode 6

Hank gets his shot at the big chair when Larry gets food poisoning just before a taping.

star 8.07
27 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan
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Arthur and Angie and Hank and Hercules

#6 - Arthur and Angie and Hank and Hercules

Season 5 - Episode 8

Artie falls off the wagon with his second addiction, Angie Dickinson, and flies to Venice with her. Larry's affair with Laura Leighton stumbles over their obsessions with watching their own TV shows. Hank auditions for a voice part in the new Disney movie, Hercules.

star 8.06
17 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Peter Tolan
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Flip

#7 - Flip

Season 6 - Episode 11

Larry tapes his last show.

star 8.05
20 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan, Garry Shandling
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Montana

#8 - Montana

Season 3 - Episode 1

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

star 8.00
26 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Peter Tolan, Peter Simms
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Artie's Gone

#9 - Artie's Gone

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 7.96
28 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Paul Simms
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Out of the Loop

#10 - Out of the Loop

Season 1 - Episode 8

Larry feels out of touch when he's the last to know that his headwriter is having a torrid office affair.

star 7.95
43 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Marjorie Gross
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The Bump

#11 - The Bump

Season 4 - Episode 4

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 7.95
20 votes
Writers: Judd Apatow, Garry Shandling
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Off Camera

#12 - Off Camera

Season 2 - Episode 16

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 7.93
27 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Peter Tolan
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End of the Season

#13 - End of the Season

Season 3 - Episode 17

Roseanne spots Larry's drug dependence and offers herself as his friend and keeper as he kicks the habit.

star 7.92
24 votes
Writers: Maya Forbes, Paul Simms
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Guest Host

#14 - Guest Host

Season 1 - Episode 4

The success of Dana Carvey as a guest host on his show makes Larry very, very nervous.

star 7.91
56 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Paul Simms
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Beverly and the Prop Job

#15 - Beverly and the Prop Job

Season 4 - Episode 14

Beverly quits when Larry and Artie refuse to seriously consider her request that a job in the props department be given to a black person. Hank considers replacing Scott with a woman.

star 7.89
19 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Maya Forbes, Garry Shandling
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Broadcast Nudes

#16 - Broadcast Nudes

Season 2 - Episode 11

Hank manipulates Darlene into agreeing to do a Playboy spread and Larry worries about appearing in Architectural Digest.

star 7.89
27 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Molly Newman
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Adolf Hankler

#17 - Adolf Hankler

Season 6 - Episode 6

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 7.89
18 votes
Writers: Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck
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Hank's Wedding

#18 - Hank's Wedding

Season 2 - Episode 15

Larry tries to decide about warning an elated Hank about his new bride when the ""Hey now!"" guy announces he's going to marry a younger woman he has just recently met.

star 7.88
26 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Molly Newman, Judd Apatow, Maya Forbes
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A Brush with (the Elbow of) Greatness

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

Season 1 - Episode 12

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

star 7.87
38 votes
Writers: Peter Tolan
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Where is the Love?

#20 - Where is the Love?

Season 5 - Episode 3

Larry gets upset over a review from TV critic Tom Shales, prompting him to fire off a fax in retaliation and to seek sympathy from show guest Sally Field.

star 7.87
15 votes
Writers: John Markus
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People's Choice

#21 - People's Choice

Season 3 - Episode 5

Artie is chosen to produce the People's Choice Awards, prompting both Larry and Hank to try for a role in the show.

star 7.85
27 votes
Writers: Molly Newman, Garry Shandling, Paul Simms
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Would You Do Me a Favor?

#22 - Would You Do Me a Favor?

Season 3 - Episode 3

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 7.83
29 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Maya Forbes
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Office Romance

#23 - Office Romance

Season 3 - Episode 7

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

star 7.83
23 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Maya Forbes
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The Beginning of the End

#24 - The Beginning of the End

Season 6 - Episode 2

Kenny Mitchell joins the show as creative consultant and makes major changes to the format. Larry battles with the network and his agent over his contract.

star 7.80
20 votes
Directors: David Mirkin
Writers: Garry Shandling, Dennis Klein
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The Gift

#25 - The Gift

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 7.80
25 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Paul Simms
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