The WORST Episodes of The Larry Sanders Show
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#5 - Pilots and Pens Lost
Season 6 - Episode 4
Phil leaves the show to write a pilot. Larry gives Artie a special gift.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#12 - As My Career Lay Dying
Season 6 - Episode 3
Larry's staff prepares for the end by secretly looking for new jobs.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#25 - Hank's Divorce
Season 3 - Episode 13
It looks like Hank's marriage is over, despite everyone's efforts to patch it up.