It's 1999 and HBO's just released a mockumentary titled Curb Your Enthusiasm. What no one knew at that point was this mockumentary would plant the seeds for the one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.
Chock full of cringe comedy, observational humour, sharp improvisation and insufferable schmohawks, Curb has been delivering painful laughs for 10 seasons stretched with an eleventh now on the way.
After sending the Seinfeld cast to prison and infuriating viewers everywhere, head scribe Larry David moved on to a less censorship-dense network for his next project. While Curb boasts a similar brand of comedy to Seinfeld, it's become notorious for its meaner, wilder approach to storytelling. The metafictional nature of the series has provided plenty of room for guest stars and Larry himself to lampoon themselves and Hollywood in general. The blurring of the lines between reality and fiction have served the series perfectly and set it apart from this millennium's more conventional comedic fare.
Strengthened by an excellent supporting cast of veteran comic talent, the series' brutal wringers and topical gags remain as insightful and funny as ever.
10. Trick Or Treat (Season 2, Episode 3)
"With all due respect, you have chosen to shave your hair. That's a look you are cultivating to be fashionable and we don't really consider you part of the bald community."
Larry's rather sensitive about his male pattern baldness so when 'Bald A***ole' is spray-painted on his home, he's crushed. It's Halloween and Mr David takes a stand against 2 teenagers not in costume trying to trick or treat. Due to the lack of treat, the David household suffers a bad trick via endless toilet paper and a feud with one of the guilty teen's fathers over Larry's (lack of) Jewishness.
As if all that wasn't enough for one episode, Larry does battle with a wheelchair-bound screenwriter over the origins of the Cobb Salad and makes a fool of himself in front of the police. Larry's unwritten rules of society came back to bite him here in one of the show's seminal earlier instalments. Sharply written and acted, the storylines come together for a very satisfying conclusion. It's all highly amusing stuff and a perfect showcase of Curb's penchant for comical embarrassment.