The 25 Best "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Episodes, Ranked

The question, "What's the best Curb Your Enthusiasm episode?" will always be met with a completely different answer no matter the person. But the thing is, there is no wrong answer—which almost makes it feel unfair to rank them all. Alas, here I am, ranking them all. With Season 11 currently airing, these next 25 are the absolute staples of the 100-plus collection of episodes over the series' over 20-year run. All episodes are available to stream on HBO Max.

1. The Car Pool Lane (Season 4, Episode 6)

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When Larry realizes he won't be able to make it to the Dodgers game in time because of traffic, he picks up a prostitute on the side of the road in order to use the carpool lane. After leaving the game together, they head over to Larry's father's place to help him—using marijuana—with his glaucoma.

2. The Doll (Season 2, Episode 7)

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One of the early classics, "The Doll" centers around Larry and Jeff as they steal—and then promptly need to replace—Sammi's doll after Larry cuts the hair off a different girl's doll.

3. The Nanny (Season 3, Episode 4)

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When Larry accidentally gets another family's nanny fired, she shows up at his house and he's forced to deal with her. However, things get more serious when she has an altercation with Susie that ends up involving some sponge cakes.

4. The Black Swan (Season 7, Episode 7)

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Although this was a later episode, it became a quick favorite with the iconic scene of Larry smacking (and killing) the golf course's angry, raging black swan as it lunges to attack him. The swan ended up belonging to the club's owner, who conducts a thorough search to figure out who killed his swan.

5. The Grand Opening (Season 3, Episode 10)

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Just before the grand opening of Larry's restaurant, things go awry when he fires the chef after finding out that he was lying about being bald. The new chef, although good on paper, turns out to be a little too much of a personality when he begins manically swearing in the kitchen.

6. Trick or Treat (Season 2, Episode 3)

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Another early-season classic, a pair of teenage girls vandalize Larry's house after he refuses to give them candy on Halloween for being too old. On top of writing "Bald A-Hole" on his front door, they teepeed his entire yard, which prompts Larry to go searching for the teenagers.

7. Denise Handicap (Season 7, Episode 5)


When Larry asks a woman out while seated at a restaurant, he doesn't realize she's in a wheelchair until she leaves. Even though he feels that he has been lied to, they go out and end up hitting it off.

8. Meet the Blacks (Season 6, Episode 1)

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When a major hurricane hits the South, Cheryl wants to adopt a family to come live with them as they have nowhere to go. However, Larry accidentally screws up this plan when he pretends to have the wrong day of both Marty Funkhouser and Ted Danson's parties.

9. The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial (Season 6, Episode 3)


After Marty Funkhouser's mother is hit and killed by a car, a roadside memorial is made for her, which Larry decides to use as his own personal place to pick up and deliver flowers to other people.

10. Krazee-Eyez Killa (Season 3, Episode 8)

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When Wanda Sykes' new boyfriend, Krazee-Eyez Killa, tells Larry that he sees other women, it eventually gets back to Wanda, who breaks up with him. Because Krazee-Eyez knows Larry is the culprit, Larry tries to hide from him for fear of his life.

11. The Corpse-Sniffing Dog (Season 3, Episode 7)

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When Jeff brings his dog, Oscar, to the restaurant, he starts barking at a specific spot in the kitchen. After revealing that Oscar was trained as a corpse-sniffing dog, a large area of the restaurant has to be dug up to find the corpse—a week before opening night.

12. The Freak Book (Season 6, Episode 5)

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Larry causes quite the stir at Ted Danson's birthday party after buying him a book about freaks and letting his limo driver drunkenly crash the party. Because the driver is drunk, Larry has to take over the driving duties that night as well as the next day, when he has to pick up John McEnroe from the airport.

13. Car Periscope (Season 8, Episode 8)

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Larry and Jeff get a car periscope prototype invented so that they can see what's causing traffic in New York City in order to get around it.

14. Mary, Joseph & Larry (Season 3, Episode 9)

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In this Christmas episode, Cheryl's family stays over to celebrate, which annoys Larry because they're very boisterous in their celebrations. When Larry accidentally eats their cookie-manger scene ("I thought they were animal cookies!), he has to figure out a way to make it up to Cheryl's family.

15. The Lefty Call (Season 6, Episode 4)

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Since getting Richard Lewis' girlfriend, Cha Cha, a desk job at an office in his building, she starts to take account of all the times he uses the bathroom. Because of this, Larry takes a circuitous route one day to find a more remote bathroom. When he flushes the toilet, the flush is so deafening that it practically knocks him over and makes him temporarily lose the hearing in his left ear, which starts to affect him on a day-to-day basis.

16. Benadryl Brownie (Season 3, Episode 2)


When Richard Lewis' Christian Scientist girlfriend accidentally eats peanuts, she has a massive allergic reaction in her face just before the two were supposed to attend the awards show together. Larry and Richard come up with a plan to sneak Benadryl into brownies to trick her into taking the medicine.

17. The Seder (Season 5, Episode 7)


After he accidentally befriends the new neighbor over a shared liking of golf (who's also a registered sex offender), Larry invites him over for Seder dinner, which greatly upsets everyone at the gathering.

18. Larry vs. Michael J. Fox (Season 8, Episode 10)


In the Season 8 finale, Larry accuses Michael J. Fox of purposely stomping loudly at night above his apartment in an effort to annoy him. At the same time, Larry ends up accidentally teaching his girlfriend's son how to draw a swastika.

19. The Christ Nail (Season 5, Episode 3)

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When Larry realizes that his father is coming over, he has to quickly hammer a mezuzah next to the front door as a Jewish tradition. Because he has no nails handy, he has to remove the "Christ nail" from his father-in-law's necklace in order to secure the mezuzah.

20. The Smoking Jacket (Season 5, Episode 6)

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While visiting Richard Lewis' cousin in the hospital, Larry meets a young boy whose wish is to go to the Playboy Mansion. Since Larry was going to party there anyway, he takes the child along with him, Jeff, and his cousin. However, Larry accidentally switches smoking jackets with Hugh Hefner while at the party and has to figure out a way to make the switch.

21. Foisted! (Season 9, Episode 1)


In the first episode back from the show's long hiatus, Larry figures out that his new assistant has been foisted upon him by Jimmy Kimmel after having to put up with her medical complications and weird behavior for a short period of time.

22. Ben's Birthday Party (Season 4, Episode 2)

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Larry accidentally stabs Ben Stiller in the eye with a toothpick after not being able to find a good place to set it down during Ben's birthday party. While this is going on, the rehearsal pianist for the Broadway show that they're both performing in has a new girlfriend who claims to be a model. The catch is the pianist is blind, so Larry has to decide whether or not he wants to tell the pianist that his girlfriend is not a model.

23. The Ski Lift (Season 5, Episode 8)

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When Larry gets stuck on a ski lift with an Orthodox Jewish family friend, she has to figure out whether or not to jump to the ground as the sun is beginning to set.

24. Interior Decorator (Season 1, Episode 5)

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From the first season, this episode is host to one of the most hilarious scenes from the show, as Larry and a random woman push and fight each other down the hallway of a doctor's office to get in there before the other.

25. Beep Panic (Season 10, Episode 9)

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Having just opened up his spite store, Latte Larry's is doing well as Larry's competition, Mocha Joe's, tries to one-up him. At the same time, Larry becomes slightly obsessed with the free licorice from his local car dealer.

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