Originally Posted by MSmith83
Well, I am a huge fan of Larry David's work and have grown to like this show for the most part, so taste is not universal in that regard.
I will agree that its overall comedic value is definitely not nearly on the same level as a show like Curb Your Enthusiasm, especially the first few episodes. It's ultimately a different kind of show.
Struggle as I might to like this show, I never did succeed. I found all of the setups, premises, situations, etc., to be un-funny and overly forced. Slapstick vaudeville heavy-handed setup/zinger (supposedly) type of comedy, except that all the zingers (whether in words or delivery) were just not truly funny (or cringe-worthy funny, or any type of funny).
This show seemed more sitcom, as if expecting a laugh track to confirm that it is FUNNY and seduce us into believing that.
I realize comedy is subjective, but I just didn't enjoy this one at all. Hey, I enjoyed "Family Tree" on HBO and others did not. I really like pretty much anything Christopher Guest does, but not everything he does always works to the same degree.
In the case of this Stephen Merchant misfire, I really just have to say it was a complete misfire on all levels. That's just my opinion.