Curb Your Enthusiasm is one of the unsung gems of the comedy genre. The main character is Larry David and the series follows David, who plays a fictionalized version of himself, and his life as a semi-retired writer, producer, and actor in Los Angeles. The show often includes other famous actors including Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander.
Larry David is sometimes described as a hapless, former failed stand-up comic. However, his co-creation and writing of the enormously successful Seinfeld series made him one of the richest men in the USA.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is based on a one off sketch done by Larry David. In the series Larry David plays an extreme version of himself, accompanied by fictional re-creations of his actual friends, usually played by themselves. Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Wanda Sykes, and Richard Lewis all have recurring roles as characters based on themselves.
The meaning of the show's title reflects his perception that many people seem to live their lives projecting false enthusiasm, which he believes is used to imply that "they are better than you." This conflicts with his style, which is very droll and dry. The title also urges the audience not to expect too much from the show; at the time of the premiere, David wanted to lower expectations after the phenomenal success of Seinfeld.