The WORST Episodes of The Larry Sanders Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2019

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.

The Performance Artist

#1 - 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, Drake Sather, John Riggi
Beverly's Secret

#2 - 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 7.38
16 votes
Writers: Adam Resnick
I Was a Teenage Lesbian

#3 - 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 7.38
21 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Peter Tolan
The Breakdown (2)

#4 - 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 7.41
27 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Chris Thompson, Garry Shandling, Paul Simms
Pilots and Pens Lost

#5 - Pilots and Pens Lost

Season 6 - Episode 4

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

star 7.42
19 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Peter Tolan
Conflict of Interest

#6 - 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 7.43
21 votes
Writers: Judd Apatow, Maya Forbes
Larry's on Vacation

#7 - Larry's on Vacation

Season 4 - Episode 17

Larry takes a vacation to recover from plastic surgery leaving Sandra Bernhard to fill in as the show host. But her manager sends shock waves through the office with her pushy ways.

star 7.43
21 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: John Riggi, Maya Forbes
Larry's Birthday

#8 - 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 7.47
30 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Maya Forbes
I Buried Sid

#9 - I Buried Sid

Season 6 - Episode 8

Everyone takes Sid's death hard, especially Hank who thinks he may have pushed Sid over the edge.

star 7.47
19 votes
Writers: Adam Resnick, Judd Apatow
Like No Business I Know

#10 - 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 7.48
25 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Mike Martineau, Peter Tolan
The Prank

#11 - 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 7.50
16 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
Writers: Carol Leifer, Lester Lewis
As My Career Lay Dying

#12 - As My Career Lay Dying

Season 6 - Episode 3

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

star 7.56
16 votes
Directors: Garry Shandling
Writers: Peter Tolan
Just the Perfect Blendship

#13 - 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 7.58
19 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Kell Cahoon, Peter Tolan, Tom Saunders
Everybody Loves Larry

#14 - 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 7.60
25 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan
The Roast

#15 - 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 7.61
18 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Garry Shandling, Peter Tolan

#16 - 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 7.63
38 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Maya Forbes
Larry Loses Interest

#17 - Larry Loses Interest

Season 2 - Episode 9

As the show's traditional anniversary show approaches, Larry finds it all boring and tedious, so he plays with the idea of writing a book while rumors spread about a film role.

star 7.64
33 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Judd Apatow
The P.A.

#18 - 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
Headwriter (a.k.a. Headwriter Phil)

#19 - Headwriter (a.k.a. Headwriter Phil)

Season 3 - Episode 9

Phil whines and pleads to be made headwriter for the show, then finds it isn't what he thought it would be.

star 7.64
25 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Drake Sather
Larry's New Love

#20 - 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 7.65
17 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: John Riggi
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: Garry Shandling, Steven Levitan
The Talk Show Episode

#22 - The Talk Show Episode

Season 1 - Episode 9

An argument at home with Jeannie causes Larry to lose his concentration during the show that night.

star 7.65
43 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Maya Forbes
Life Behind Larry

#23 - 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 7.68
31 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Peter Tolan
The Hey Now Episode

#24 - 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 7.68
38 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Dennis Klein, Garry Shandling
Hank's Divorce

#25 - Hank's Divorce

Season 3 - Episode 13

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

star 7.69
26 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Paul Simms