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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#9 - As My Career Lay Dying
Season 6 - Episode 3
Larry's staff prepares for the end by secretly looking for new jobs.
#10 - Pilots and Pens Lost
Season 6 - Episode 4
Phil leaves the show to write a pilot. Larry gives Artie a special gift.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.