I love how Larry David makes a new season of Curb whenever he feels like it. Because of the large gaps between seasons, though, the aging of the cast is really noticeable. Poor Richard Lewis looks like he’s being held together with glue and Popsicle sticks. Other actors like Jeff Garlin feel really off their game. I saw a comment somewhere noting that Jeff Garlin frequently just repeats what someone else has said in a scene but louder, and now I can’t unsee it. Only Larry David and JB Smoove seem to be having the same amount of fun as they did years ago. While the character of Larry David gets crankier as time goes on—he’s a pretty big asshole in Season 10—at least the real Larry appears to be enjoying himself.
All that said, Season 10 is still fun, and I’m genuinely sad that the show has “ended” again. I mean, I’ll take a bad season of Curb over any other show on TV nowadays. Larry and Leon have some really funny interactions in Season 10, and the spite store is a treasure trove of amusement. The initial focus on Larry’s fumblings in a “Me Too world” are a bit too cringey for my liking, though. There’s a scene where Larry films himself asking a woman for consent to kiss her, and it’s just… awful. I’m glad that storyline went away early on. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of other memorable plots in the season. It’s ultimately kind of scattered and forgettable, with episodes that run a tad too long and are overstuffed with guest stars. But when it comes to Curb, I’m just happy to get anything.