The BEST Episodes of The Larry Sanders Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2019

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.

Artie's Gone

#1 - 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 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Paul Simms
Flip

#2 - Flip

Season 6 - Episode 11

Larry tapes his last show.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan, Garry Shandling
Off Camera

#3 - 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 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Peter Tolan
New York or L.A.

#4 - New York or L.A.

Season 2 - Episode 18

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 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Peter Tolan, Paul Simms
Would You Do Me a Favor?

#5 - 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 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Maya Forbes
Office Romance

#6 - 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 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Maya Forbes
Next Stop... Bottom

#7 - Next Stop... Bottom

Season 3 - Episode 15

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 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Judd Apatow
The Bump

#8 - 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 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Judd Apatow, Garry Shandling
Jeannie's Visit

#9 - Jeannie's Visit

Season 4 - Episode 5

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 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Jon Vitti
I Was a Teenage Lesbian

#10 - I Was a Teenage Lesbian

Season 4 - Episode 11

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 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Peter Tolan
Adolf Hankler

#11 - 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 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Garry Shandling
Writers: Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck
Larry's Agent

#12 - Larry's Agent

Season 2 - Episode 5

Larry decides he needs a new high-power agent to negotiate his new deal with the network.

star 8.67
3 votes
Writers: Garry Shandling, Paul Simms, Maya Forbes, Drake Sather
Eight

#13 - 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 8.65
17 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan
What Have You Done For Me Lately? (AKA The Garden Weasel)

#14 - What Have You Done For Me Lately? (AKA The Garden Weasel)

Season 1 - Episode 1

Larry finds himself in opposition to a network executive who wants him to do live commercials during the show for ""The Garden Weasel.""

star 8.64
5 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Peter Tolan
Flip (2)

#15 - 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
A Brush with (the Elbow of) Greatness

#16 - 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 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Peter Tolan
Party

#17 - Party

Season 1 - Episode 10

Larry's little dinner at home with Arthur, initiated by Jeannie, escalates into a full-blown party and causes Larry to become extremely paranoid.

star 8.30
3 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Maya Forbes
Hank's Night in the Sun

#18 - 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 8.21
29 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan
Ellen, or Isn't She?

#19 - 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 8.19
21 votes
Writers: Judd Apatow, John Markus
Putting the Gay Back in Litigation

#20 - 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
Montana

#21 - 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 8.07
27 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Peter Tolan, Peter Simms
Arthur and Angie and Hank and Hercules

#22 - 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
The Spiders Episode

#23 - The Spiders Episode

Season 1 - Episode 3

Larry battles his reluctance when real live spiders are scheduled for the show, and tries to find a sketch to do with guest Carol Burnett.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Garry Shandling, Rosie Schuster, Paul Simms, Peter Tolan
Out of the Loop

#24 - 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 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Marjorie Gross
The Stalker

#25 - The Stalker

Season 2 - Episode 4

Larry gets a little paranoid when he learns he's being stalked by an obsessed fan.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Paul Simms