There is Larry David, the writer-actor who, 17 years ago, jumped from behind the camera on Seinfeld to the spotlight of the groundbreaking Curb Your Enthusiasm, and then there's "LD," the self-described social assassin, the otherwise proclaimed bald, four-eyed fuck, the madman engine that keeps the improvised sitcom running. David's misanthropic alter ego has spent years questioning society’s unwritten and unspoken etiquette laws, never failing to get himself into trouble among his closest, insult-hurling friends and family. Both Larry Davids return this Sunday, when Curb ends a six-year hiatus with an unexpected ninth season. We are pretty, pretty... pretty good with that.
To prep for more neurotic Larry David-isms, Susie Greene’s cathartic, profanity-filled zingers, and Leon’s dependably ludicrous role as perpetual houseguest turned Larry’s trusty sidekick, here are the best episodes from the original eight seasons. Rewatch immediately, and prepare your mind (and gut) for the awkward-as-hell season-nine premiere.