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The Larry Sanders Show Flip (1992–1998)
TV Episode
  • Director:
    Todd Holland
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  • Writer:
    Garry Shandling,Dennis Klein
  • Cast:
    Garry Shandling,Jeffrey Tambor,Wallace Langham
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Larry, Hank, Arthur and the staff prepare for, and put on, Larry's last show.
Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Shandling Garry Shandling - Larry Sanders
Jeffrey Tambor Jeffrey Tambor - Hank Kingsley
Wallace Langham Wallace Langham - Phil
Penny Johnson Jerald Penny Johnson Jerald - Beverly Barnes (as Penny Johnson)
Scott Thompson Scott Thompson - Brian
Mary Lynn Rajskub Mary Lynn Rajskub - Marylou Collins
Rip Torn Rip Torn - Arthur
Tim Allen Tim Allen - Tim Allen
Warren Beatty Warren Beatty - Warren Beatty
Clint Black Clint Black - Clint Black
Carol Burnett Carol Burnett - Carol Burnett
Jim Carrey Jim Carrey - Jim Carrey
Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres - Ellen DeGeneres
David Duchovny David Duchovny - David Duchovny
Greg Kinnear Greg Kinnear - Greg Kinnear

The Larry Sanders Show Flip (1992–1998)

In this episode Bruno Kirby is booked on the show, but bumped for Greg Kinnear. For the "Not Only The Best Of The Larry Sanders Show" DVD, Bruno Kirby is seen coming onto the set to do the narration for The Making of Larry Sanders, only to find that once again he was "bumped" for Greg Kinnear.

Sean Penn lists the cast of "Hurlyburly" including "Garry Shandling", and then proceeds to criticize Shandling. Of course Garry Shandling plays Larry Sanders.

Thirteen celebrities appear as themselves in this episode, making this the episode with the most celebrity cameos.

Bob Odenkirk's character Stevie Grant "lies" to Jon Stewart, telling him his show will run for 20 years. Ironically, Stewart's The Daily Show (1996) ran for 20 seasons with Jon as host.

The longest episode in the show, running close to an hour.

Of all the famous faces from the past of the show, Paula is the only one absent from the main cast.

Jim Carrey and Jeffrey Tambor later co-starred in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).

Last show of the series.

This marks as the only episode where PR agent Norman Litkey doesn't utter his usual trademark line "I'm wetting myself".

The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

The hour-long series finale. Even though a few of the segments are just a hair off razor sharp, it doesn't stop the whole from being perfect. The perfect ending to this show that gave us the flip side of TV...the dysfunctional mess that stars are offstage, and the ugly, embarrassing creative process that goes into probably every real show we've ever loved. It's a sign of how close to the bone this show went, in the unspooling of stars who showed up at the end. Warren Beatty is chased by Larry in a parking lot. Jim Carrey's on-air tribute is an eye-popping wonderment. David Duchovny's invoking of Sharon Stone's most iconic scene is comic perfection. Plus Jerry Seinfeld, Sean Penn, Carol Burnett, Tim Allen, Tom Petty, Ellen Degeneres, Greg Kinnear, and...someone i'm forgetting...oh yes, Bruno Kirby! And again how bizarre, in that it would all mirror reality so closely, the willingness of stars to appear on a highly-rated, beloved series finale. You can't help wondering where the fantasy stops, and where the reality begins. The show within the show was never more than semi-beloved, so it almost strains credibility to have this many celebrities. But it doesn't quite cross that implausible line. Jeremy Piven and Linda Doucett return after long absences. And at the core, the big three knock out some of their most poignant scenes ever. Artie cries, alone in the costume room. Hank's kiss-off scene is towering (as is his tail-between-legs apology). Do NOT miss the deleted scenes. The last moment, as Larry looks back...you might just shed a tear yourself.
I remember starting the first season or so of Larry Sanders and not really seeing the great show that others claimed to. The show has consistently gotten better from that point and, while the final season is not the high point of the lot of them, it is still a very satisfying and enjoyable season. The plots are generally centered around the show coming to an end and the reasons for this, with various characters having threads leading off of this. As such it perhaps has a bit of a darker edge to the humor, and is a bit less sparky and fun as a result, but it is not a dramatic shift by any means.

The key thing is that it remains funny and there are frequently good laughs throughout, although the tone of the show tends to give it that edge somewhat. This is seen in particular in Hank, where his clownishness is a bit more tragic in some ways in this season in particular. The spread of material throughout the supporting characters is not always successful, and not all of the narrative threads are as engaging or as funny as others, with one or maybe two episodes not working quite as well as the others because of this. Outside of this there is a certain amount of business as usual, with Larry stressing about guests, his image, and so on.

I think I prefer some of the previous seasons to this one, but the difference is not so significant. Ultimately this is a solidly good final season which keeps itself together right to the final scene, where it goes out with a delicate touch which is true to the characters and is enjoyable in how low-key it is.