The WORST 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.

The Beginning of the End

#1 - 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 6.00
1 votes
Directors: David Mirkin
Writers: Garry Shandling, Dennis Klein
The Breakdown (2)

#2 - The Breakdown (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2

Larry is a wreck as he faces sinking ratings, no Emmy nominations, and a divorce suit from Jeannie. So Hank and Artie try to fix him up with attractive women. But the only one he really connects with is Francine, his first wife.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Garry Shandling, Chris Thompson, Paul Simms
Hank's New Assistant

#3 - Hank's New Assistant

Season 4 - Episode 2

When Darlene quits while on vacation, Hank hires the temp who was filling in for her. Larry's reluctant to tell Dana Carvey he doesn't like Carvey's Larry Sanders impersonation.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: John Riggi
Conflict of Interest

#4 - Conflict of Interest

Season 4 - Episode 10

Paula's dating Larry's agent, but Larry fears he's just using her to book his clients on the show. The network objects to Larry's ethnic guest spots. Hank tries to stiff Phil on a $20 loan.

star 7.00
1 votes
Writers: Judd Apatow, Maya Forbes
0.409

#5 - 0.409

Season 4 - Episode 15

Larry begins an affair with a much younger show intern which causes resentment among the staff and places him in the awkward position of meeting her parents. Hank insists on a buying a race horse for himself, Larry and Artie in honor of the show's eighth anniversary.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Peter Tolan
The New Writer

#6 - The New Writer

Season 5 - Episode 5

Hank suffers paranoid agonies when he fears that Kevin Nealon is hanging around trying to get his job. Phil has trouble adjusting to the woman Larry has hired as a new writer.

star 7.00
1 votes
Writers: Becky Hartman Edwards, John Riggi
The Matchmaker

#7 - The Matchmaker

Season 5 - Episode 6

Paula's new assistant, Marylou, manages to upset everyone, even the affable Tim Conway, with her ineffective pre-interview techniques and celebrity research. Hank's effort to cheer up a despondent Brian with a night on the town at several gay bars earns him a prominent mention in Army Archerd's column.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: John Riggi
The Prank

#8 - The Prank

Season 5 - Episode 9

Larry becomes convinced that his new paramour Lori Loughlin has taken money from his wallet. Hank tries to impress a woman by putting her precocious son on the show as an expert in geography. Phil arranges for phony auditions so he can meet some beautiful actresses.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
Writers: Carol Leifer, Lester Lewis
As My Career Lay Dying

#9 - As My Career Lay Dying

Season 6 - Episode 3

Larry's staff prepares for the end by secretly looking for new jobs.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Garry Shandling
Writers: Peter Tolan
Pilots and Pens Lost

#10 - Pilots and Pens Lost

Season 6 - Episode 4

Phil leaves the show to write a pilot. Larry gives Artie a special gift.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Peter Tolan
Beverly's Secret

#11 - Beverly's Secret

Season 6 - Episode 7

Hank does a remote from Wisconsin. The staff tries to guess the father of Beverly's baby.

star 7.31
16 votes
Writers: Adam Resnick
The Performance Artist

#12 - The Performance Artist

Season 2 - Episode 14

In an effort to freshen up the guest list, Larry agrees to have a controversial performance on, then chickens out when he sees the guy's routine.

star 7.36
28 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Chris Thompson, John Riggi, Drake Sather
The Hey Now Episode

#13 - The Hey Now Episode

Season 1 - Episode 13

Hank falls asleep during the show, which is just the last straw for a fed-up Larry.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Garry Shandling, Dennis Klein
Larry's Birthday

#14 - Larry's Birthday

Season 2 - Episode 12

Larry celebrates his birthday and the gang all struggle to top each other with their birthday gifts to him. Meanwhile the celebration is darkened by the firing of one of the writers.

star 7.52
29 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Maya Forbes
Everybody Loves Larry

#15 - Everybody Loves Larry

Season 5 - Episode 1

Larry, worried about the implications of a permanent guest host, sabotages temporary host Jon Stewart at every turn. Hank buys a less-than-perfect used car from Elvis Costello. David Duchovny's friendliness makes Larry wonder about his sexual orientation.

star 7.52
25 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan
The Roast

#16 - The Roast

Season 5 - Episode 12

Artie works hard to make sure all of Larry's ""friends"" attend a celebrity roast in his honor while Hank tries to learn how to handle hecklers so he can be the roastmaster.

star 7.53
17 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Peter Tolan, Garry Shandling
Larry's New Love

#17 - Larry's New Love

Season 5 - Episode 13

Larry's relationship with his new girlfriend is threatened when she takes on the ""mermaid"" role in a show skit, and wants to use it as a springboard for her career.

star 7.61
18 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: John Riggi
Like No Business I Know

#18 - Like No Business I Know

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 7.62
26 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Mike Martineau, Peter Tolan
The P.A.

#19 - The P.A.

Season 4 - Episode 6

Family ties are stretched to the limit when Artie hires his delinquent son as a production assistant. Larry worries about his diet.

star 7.64
22 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Maya Forbes
Another List

#20 - Another List

Season 6 - Episode 1

Larry's ratings are slipping and the suits are looking to replace him with regular guest host Jon Stewart. Hank tries to trade for a fan's ""Hey Now"" license plates.

star 7.65
20 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Garry Shandling, Adam Resnick
Nothing Personal

#21 - Nothing Personal

Season 4 - Episode 8

Paula has trouble booking guests for sweeps week, so she leans on Larry to ask his friend Jeff Goldblum, who in turn offers to help Larry get a date with a network publicist.

star 7.65
20 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Steven Levitan, Garry Shandling
Just the Perfect Blendship

#22 - Just the Perfect Blendship

Season 6 - Episode 9

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

star 7.65
20 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Peter Tolan, Kell Cahoon, Tom Saunders
The Flirt Episode

#23 - The Flirt Episode

Season 1 - Episode 6

Jeannie becomes very jealous and accuses Larry of flirting with a playful Mimi Rogers on the show.

star 7.67
52 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Garry Shandling, Fred Barron
The Book

#24 - The Book

Season 5 - Episode 10

Larry insists on writng a book about his life, just like Jay, Brett, Ellen and Paul, leaving Hank worrying about ""the incident"" and Artie to finish off his own memoirs. Beverly receives flowers from a secret admirer and jumps to conclusions.

star 7.69
16 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Maya Forbes
Life Behind Larry

#25 - Life Behind Larry

Season 2 - Episode 7

Everybody has their own ideas about who should host the show being readied to follow Larry, while Larry worries over not winning a major award again.

star 7.69
29 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan