List of The Larry Sanders Show episodes

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The HBO television series The Larry Sanders Show, starring Garry Shandling (11/29/49 - 03/24/16) began on August 15, 1992, and aired its series finale on May 31, 1998. Six seasons were filmed, 89 episodes in total. The complete series is available on Region 1 DVD, released by Shout Factory, and seasons 1 and 2 are available on Region 2, released by Sony/Mediumrare. Various compilations are also available worldwide.

Shortly after Garry Shandling's death (March 24, 2016), HBO announced it had earlier completed a deal with Shandling to make the series available on their streaming services.[1]

This list is ordered by the episodes' original air dates.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 August 15, 1992 (1992-08-15) November 7, 1992 (1992-11-07)
2 18 June 2, 1993 (1993-06-02) September 29, 1993 (1993-09-29)
3 17 June 22, 1994 (1994-06-22) October 12, 1994 (1994-10-12)
4 17 July 19, 1995 (1995-07-19) November 22, 1995 (1995-11-22)
5 13 November 13, 1996 (1996-11-13) February 26, 1997 (1997-02-26)
6 12 March 15, 1998 (1998-03-15) May 31, 1998 (1998-05-31)

Season 1 (1992)[edit]

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1 1 "What Have You Done for Me Lately?"
"The Garden Weasel"
Ken Kwapis Peter Tolan August 15, 1992 (1992-08-15) 104
The network presses Larry to do commercials for a garden tool during his show.
2 2 "The Promise" Ken Kwapis Joe Toplyn August 22, 1992 (1992-08-22) 105
Larry is unhappy that David Spade is appearing on a rival late-night program.
3 3 "The Spiders Episode" Ken Kwapis Garry Shandling & Rosie Shuster and Paul Simms & Peter Tolan August 29, 1992 (1992-08-29) 106
Larry's fear of spiders proves to be a problem for the show.
4 4 "Guest Host" Todd Holland Garry Shandling and Paul Simms September 5, 1992 (1992-09-05) 109
Dana Carvey guest hosts Larry's show, which leads to several problems.
5 5 "The New Producer" Todd Holland Teleplay by: Dick Blasucci & Paul Simms and Howard Gewirtz & Chris Thompson
Story by: Garry Shandling
September 12, 1992 (1992-09-12) 111
A substitute producer for Arthur causes the staff of the show to panic.
6 6 "The Flirt Episode" Ken Kwapis Garry Shandling and Fred Barron September 19, 1992 (1992-09-19) 102
Larry worries over flirting with a female guest on his show.
7 7 "Hank's Contract" Roy London Paul Simms September 26, 1992 (1992-09-26) 112
Hank threatens to leave the show until he receives a better contract.
8 8 "Out of the Loop" Ken Kwapis Marjorie Gross October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03) 107
Larry tries to help the staff with their personal problems.
9 9 "The Talk Show Episode" Todd Holland Maya Forbes October 10, 1992 (1992-10-10) 113
Larry's job as a talk-show host puts his marriage in jeopardy.
10 10 "Party" Todd Holland Maya Forbes October 17, 1992 (1992-10-17) 108
A simple invitation to Arthur and his wife for dinner leads to a full-blown staff party.
11 11 "The Warmth Episode" Ken Kwapis Paul Simms October 24, 1992 (1992-10-24) 103
Larry wonders if his audience actually likes him.
12 12 "A Brush With (the Elbow of) Greatness" Ken Kwapis Teleplay by: Peter Tolan
Story by: Maya Forbes and Peter Tolan
October 31, 1992 (1992-10-31) 110
Larry is accused of inconsiderate behavior at a local supermarket.
13 13 "The Hey Now Episode" Ken Kwapis Garry Shandling and Dennis Klein November 7, 1992 (1992-11-07) 101
Larry doesn't approve of Hank using the phrase "Hey now!" in public.

Season 2 (1993)[edit]

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14/15 1/2 "The Breakdown" Todd Holland Garry Shandling & Chris Thompson and Paul Simms June 2, 1993 (1993-06-02) 201/202
Larry struggles with the thought of another divorce, then Hank and Arthur try to help him when the divorce comes to pass.
16 3 "The List" Roy London Maya Forbes June 9, 1993 (1993-06-09) 203
Larry discovers some surprising secrets about his ex-wife Francine.
17 4 "The Stalker" Todd Holland Garry Shandling & Paul Simms June 16, 1993 (1993-06-16) 204
Larry worries over an obsessed fan stalking him.
18 5 "Larry's Agent" Todd Holland Story by: Victor Levin
Teleplay by: Garry Shandling & Paul Simms and Maya Forbes & Drake Sather
June 23, 1993 (1993-06-23) 209
Larry decides to replace his agent with a new up-and-comer.
19 6 "The Hankerciser 200" Dennis Erdman John Riggi June 30, 1993 (1993-06-30) 207
Hank causes trouble with his endorsement of an exercise machine, while Arthur conducts a behind-the-scenes tour of the show for his television class.
20 7 "Life Behind Larry" Todd Holland Peter Tolan July 7, 1993 (1993-07-07) 210
Larry has to choose the host of a new late-night talk show, while Hank goes nuts trying to find the prankster who left a lewd remark on his fan newsletter.
21 8 "Artie's Gone" Todd Holland Paul Simms July 14, 1993 (1993-07-14) 206
Arthur gets himself stuck on the road and asks Paula to produce the show in his absence, but Larry isn't informed.
22 9 "Larry Loses Interest" Todd Holland Judd Apatow July 21, 1993 (1993-07-21) 205
Larry begins to lose interest in his show and consider interest in a potential movie.
23 10 "Larry's Partner" Todd Holland Drake Sather July 28, 1993 (1993-07-28) 211
Larry receives an unexpected visit from his old stand-up partner.
24 11 "Broadcast Nudes" Todd Holland Molly Newman August 4, 1993 (1993-08-04) 208
Playboy wants Darlene to pose for them.
25 12 "Larry's Birthday" Todd Holland Maya Forbes August 11, 1993 (1993-08-11) 212
A shake-up within the staff interrupts preparations for Larry's surprise birthday party.
26 13 "Being There" Ken Kwapis Emily Marshall August 18, 1993 (1993-08-18) 213
Larry tries to comprehend Francine's independence, while Hank feels threatened by the new bandleader.
27 14 "The Performance Artist" Ken Kwapis Chris Thompson and John Riggi & Drake Sather August 25, 1993 (1993-08-25) 215
The performance of an avant-garde artist causes trouble for Larry.
28 15 "Hank's Wedding" Ken Kwapis Molly Newman & Judd Apatow & Maya Forbes September 8, 1993 (1993-09-08) 214
Hank decides to get married on the show.
29 16 "Off Camera" Ken Kwapis Peter Tolan September 15, 1993 (1993-09-15) 216
A magazine writer gets a look behind the scenes of The Larry Sanders Show.
30 17 "The Grand Opening" Paul Flaherty Paul Simms September 22, 1993 (1993-09-22) 217
Hank struggles to open the Look-a-Round Café.
31 18 "New York or L.A." Todd Holland Garry Shandling & Peter Tolan & Paul Simms September 29, 1993 (1993-09-29) 218
Larry ponders his future when the network is sold.

Season 3 (1994)[edit]

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32 1 "Montana" Todd Holland Garry Shandling & Peter Tolan & Paul Simms June 22, 1994 (1994-06-22) 302
Arthur helps Larry plot his return to the show.
33 2 "You're Having My Baby" Todd Holland Mike Martineau June 29, 1994 (1994-06-29) 303
A woman from Montana claims that Larry got her pregnant.
34 3 "Would You Do Me a Favor?" Todd Holland Maya Forbes July 6, 1994 (1994-07-06) 304
Larry's father comes to visit, while Beverly doesn't feel appreciated.
35 4 "The Gift Episode" Todd Holland Garry Shandling & Paul Simms July 13, 1994 (1994-07-13) 301
Paula tries to keep Danny DeVito as a guest on the show.
36 5 "People's Choice" Michael Lehmann Molly Newman and Garry Shandling & Paul Simms July 20, 1994 (1994-07-20) 307
Larry is not happy that Arthur's been hired to produce the People's Choice Awards.
37 6 "Hank's Night in the Sun" Todd Holland Peter Tolan July 27, 1994 (1994-07-27) 309
Larry gets sick, so Hank is called on to host the show.
38 7 "Office Romance" Alan Myerson Maya Forbes August 3, 1994 (1994-08-03) 310
The staff of the show is at odds over the romance between Larry and Darlene.
39 8 "The Mr. Sharon Stone Show" Todd Holland Garry Shandling & Peter Tolan August 10, 1994 (1994-08-10) 308
Larry faces problems when he arranges a date with guest Sharon Stone.
40 9 "Headwriter"
"Headwriter Phil"
Todd Holland Drake Sather August 17, 1994 (1994-08-17) 306
Phil is determined to be the show's head writer.
41 10 "Like No Business I Know" Todd Holland Mike Martineau and Peter Tolan August 24, 1994 (1994-08-24) 311
Tension mounts when Bobcat Goldthwait makes an appearance on the show, while Hank considers a job offer from Regis Philbin.
42 11 "Larry Loses a Friend" Todd Holland John Riggi August 31, 1994 (1994-08-31) 312
Guest Jon Lovitz attempts to take Darlene on a date.
43 12 "Doubt of the Benefit" Todd Holland Drake Sather and Garry Shandling & Peter Tolan September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07) 313
Larry thinks his refusal to host a charity benefit has cost him the chance of getting Rob Reiner on his show.
44 13 "Hank's Divorce" Todd Holland Paul Simms September 14, 1994 (1994-09-14) 314
Hank faces marital trouble on the first anniversary of his marriage.
45 14 "The Fourteenth Floor" Todd Holland Maya Forbes September 21, 1994 (1994-09-21) 305
Larry pays the price for making fun of the network on his show.
46 15 "Next Stop...Bottom" Todd Holland Teleplay by: Judd Apatow
Story by: Garry Shandling & Paul Simms and Judd Apatow
September 28, 1994 (1994-09-28) 317
Hank hits the skids as a result of his divorce.
47 16 "Arthur's Crises" Alan Myerson John Riggi October 5, 1994 (1994-10-05) 315
Even though Arthur is having an affair, Larry suspects he's being lured into another job.
48 17 "End of the Season" Todd Holland Teleplay by: Maya Forbes & Paul Simms
Story by: Garry Shandling & Peter Tolan
October 12, 1994 (1994-10-12) 316
Roseanne helps Larry with his addiction to painkillers.

Season 4 (1995)[edit]

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49 1 "Roseanne's Return" Todd Holland Teleplay by: Maya Forbes & Steve Levitan
Story by: Garry Shandling
July 19, 1995 (1995-07-19) 401
Larry is anxious over an upcoming appearance by Roseanne.
50 2 "Hank's New Assistant" Todd Holland John Riggi July 26, 1995 (1995-07-26) 402
Hank's discovers that his new assistant is homosexual, while Larry feels offended by a Dana Carvey impression of him.
51 3 "Arthur After Hours" Todd Holland Peter Tolan August 2, 1995 (1995-08-02) 405
Arthur thinks about quitting the show when he becomes fed up with Larry's power trips.
52 4 "The Bump" Todd Holland Teleplay by: Judd Apatow & Garry Shandling
Story by: Jeff Cesario
August 9, 1995 (1995-08-09) 404
Larry tries desperately to schedule Jeff Cesario for an appearance on the show.
53 5 "Jeannie's Visit" Todd Holland Jon Vitti August 16, 1995 (1995-08-16) 406
Larry gets a surprise from his ex-wife Jeannie, which reignites old sparks.
54 6 "The P.A." Alan Myerson Maya Forbes August 23, 1995 (1995-08-23) 407
Artie hires his no-good son for a job on the show.
55 7 "Hank's Sex Tape" Todd Holland Jon Vitti August 30, 1995 (1995-08-30) 403
An embarrassing sex tape creates problems for Hank.
56 8 "Nothing Personal" Todd Holland Steve Levitan & Garry Shandling September 13, 1995 (1995-09-13) 409
While Larry is asked to get his friend Jeff Goldblum on the show, he asks his staff to help him get a date with a network publicist.
57 9 "Brother, Can You Spare 1.2 Million?" Todd Holland Peter Tolan September 20, 1995 (1995-09-20) 410
Larry discovers that his accountant (Paul Willson) has left him broke.
58 10 "Conflict of Interest" Todd Holland Teleplay by: Judd Apatow & Maya Forbes
Story by: Judd Apatow & Garry Shandling
September 27, 1995 (1995-09-27) 411
Paula's romance with Larry's agent creates problems for the show.
59 11 "I Was a Teenage Lesbian" Michael Lehmann Peter Tolan October 11, 1995 (1995-10-11) 412
Paula deals with both a health problem and Brett Butler, with whom she once had an affair.
60 12 "Larry's Sitcom" Todd Holland Teleplay by: John Riggi & Jon Vitti
Story by: Mark LaVine & Eddie Ring
October 18, 1995 (1995-10-18) 413
Larry battles the network over a new sitcom starring Chris Elliott
61 13 "Larry's Big Idea" Todd Holland Lester Lewis October 25, 1995 (1995-10-25) 408
Larry decides to feature the staff on the show.
62 14 "Beverly and the Prop Job" Todd Holland Maya Forbes & Garry Shandling November 1, 1995 (1995-11-01) 414
Beverly's brother's statements about racism on The Larry Sanders Show convince her to look for another job.
63 15 "0.409" Alan Myerson Peter Tolan November 8, 1995 (1995-11-08) 415
Larry's romance with a teenage intern leads to trouble at work.
64 16 "Eight" Todd Holland Peter Tolan November 15, 1995 (1995-11-15) 417
Larry struggles to go through the show's eighth anniversary special, despite several crises.
65 17 "Larry's on Vacation" Todd Holland Maya Forbes & John Riggi November 22, 1995 (1995-11-22) 416
With Larry off from work, Sandra Bernhard fills in as guest host - and her manager intends to take over the show.

Season 5 (1996-97)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
66 1 "Everybody Loves Larry" Todd Holland Jon Vitti November 13, 1996 (1996-11-13) 503

While Larry tries to stop guest host Jon Stewart from gaining a grip on the show, he wonders if David Duchovny is gay.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #39 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[2]
67 2 "My Name is Asher Kingsley" Todd Holland Peter Tolan November 20, 1996 (1996-11-20) 505
Hank's religious conversion does not sit well with Larry and the network.
68 3 "Where is the Love?" Todd Holland Teleplay by: John Markus
Story by: Garry Shandling and John Markus
November 27, 1996 (1996-11-27) 501
Larry comes into conflict with Washington Post critic Tom Shales.
69 4 "Ellen, Or Isn't She?" Alan Myerson Teleplay by: Judd Apatow & John Markus
Story by: Garry Shandling and Judd Apatow & John Markus
December 11, 1996 (1996-12-11) 508
Larry is pressured to get Ellen DeGeneres to come out on the show, while the confidential budget divides the staff.
70 5 "The New Writer" Michael Lehmann Teleplay by: Becky Hartman Edwards and John Riggi
Story by: Becky Hartman Edwards and Garry Shandling
December 18, 1996 (1996-12-18) 507
Phil tries to stay on top of a new female writer, while Hank think Kevin Nealon is after his job.
71 6 "Matchmaker" Todd Holland John Riggi January 8, 1997 (1997-01-08) 506
Hank tries to stop a rumor that he's gay, while Larry is reluctant to fire an incompetent staff member.
72 7 "Make a Wish" Michael Lehmann Jon Vitti January 15, 1997 (1997-01-15) 509
Larry is determined to make a popular magazine's sexiest men list, while customs exposes Hank's cigar smuggling operation.
73 8 "Artie, Angie, Hank and Hercules" John Riggi Peter Tolan January 22, 1997 (1997-01-22) 511
Arthur can't resist acting on his obsession with Angie Dickinson.
74 9 "The Prank" Michael Lange Carol Leifer & Lester Lewis January 29, 1997 (1997-01-29) 510
While Larry suspects Lori Loughlin of robbery, Hank woos a single mom and Phil concocts a plan to meet models.
75 10 "The Book" Alan Myerson Maya Forbes February 5, 1997 (1997-02-05) 512
Larry decides to write a memoir about his career.
76 11 "Pain Equals Funny" Todd Holland Jeff Cesario February 12, 1997 (1997-02-12) 504
Larry makes Paula a producer without asking Arthur, while Phil's girlfriend affects his work.
77 12 "The Roast" Alan Myerson Teleplay by: Adam Resnick
Story by: Garry Shandling & Adam Resnick
February 19, 1997 (1997-02-19) 513
Arthur talks Larry into being the focus of a celebrity roast.
78 13 "Larry's New Love" Todd Holland John Riggi February 26, 1997 (1997-02-26) 502
Larry's co-workers suspect his new girlfriend may have an ulterior motive.

Season 6 (1998)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
79 1 "Another List" Thomas Schlamme Garry Shandling & Adam Resnick March 15, 1998 (1998-03-15) 603
The network presses Larry after a good show guest hosted by Jon Stewart, while Hank meets a fan who looks just like him.
80 2 "The Beginning of the End" David Mirkin Peter Tolan & Garry Shandling March 22, 1998 (1998-03-22) 604
Stalled contract negotiations could lead to the end of The Larry Sanders Show.
81 3 "As My Career Lay Dying" Garry Shandling Peter Tolan March 29, 1998 (1998-03-29) 606
With The Larry Sanders Show coming to an end, the whole staff looks to the future.
82 4 "Pilots and Pens Lost" Alan Myerson Peter Tolan April 5, 1998 (1998-04-05) 602
Arthur loses a special gift from Larry, while Phil quits to create his own show.
83 5 "The Interview" Todd Holland Teleplay by: Kell Cahoon & Tom Saunders
Story by: Kell Cahoon & Tom Saunders and Garry Shandling
April 12, 1998 (1998-04-12) 607
Larry tries to edit out the revealing parts of an interview, while Mary Lou tries to tell Hank that she hit his car.
84 6 "Adolf Hankler" Garry Shandling Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck April 19, 1998 (1998-04-19) 605
Guest host Jon Stewart stumbles when he tries to refashion The Larry Sanders Show.
85 7 "Beverly's Secret" Michael Lehmann Peter Tolan & Garry Shandling April 26, 1998 (1998-04-26) 601
Larry and the staff try to figure out the guest who got Beverly pregnant, while Hank spends a week with a Wisconsin family.
86 8 "I Buried Sid" Garry Shandling Teleplay by: Judd Apatow & Adam Resnick
Story by: Garry Shandling and Judd Apatow & Adam Resnick
May 3, 1998 (1998-05-03) 608
Hank feels his jealous criticism led Larry's longtime cue card man to commit suicide.
87 9 "Just the Perfect Blendship" Melanie Mayron Peter Tolan and Kell Cahoon & Tom Saunders May 10, 1998 (1998-05-10) 610
Larry worries that dating Gina Gershon will ruin his friendship with Jeff Goldblum, while Mary Lou agrees to book Wendy as a comic on the show.
88 10 "Putting the "Gay" Back in Litigation" Judd Apatow Richard Day and Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck May 17, 1998 (1998-05-17) 609
Larry's last week on the show is affected by a sexual harassment suit issued by Brian against Phil for his gay jokes.
89/90 11/12 "Flip" Todd Holland Peter Tolan & Garry Shandling May 31, 1998 (1998-05-31) 611/612

Larry Sanders tapes his last show over his '10-year run', headlined by guests Jon Stewart, Warren Beatty, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Ellen Degeneres, Carol Burnett, David Duchovny, Sean Penn, Clint Black, Judd Aptow, and Greg Kinnear. This show was 1 hr long instead of the usual 30 minutes.

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #50 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Molloy; Sharon Waxman (2016-03-24). "Garry Shandling’s ‘Larry Sanders Show’ to Return to HBO". The Wrap. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997. 
  3. ^ "TV Guide's Top 100 Episodes". Rev/Views. Retrieved July 4, 2016.