The debut date: Sept. 15, 1992
The cast: Garry Shandling, Rip Torn, Jeffrey Tambor, Jon Lovitz, Megan Gallagher, Wallace Langham, Jeremy Piven, Penny Johnson, Janeane Garofalo, Linda Doucett.
The recent scramble on the late-night talkshow circuit to pick up the fallout from Johnny Carson’s departure has primed the pumps for this very fast and funny take-off of life after primetime.
Created by Garry Shandling and Brad Grey, “The Larry Sanders Show” takes in the world of an insecure night-time talkshow host (Shandling) who strives to be No. 1 but never forgets to look over his shoulder as he weaves his way through a maze of sharks dressed as network execs, guest stars who lie through their teeth and producers who’ve made it an art to talk out of both sides of their mouth.
“The Larry Sanders Show” is an often ruthless but hilarious skewering of the names and faces that have lulled a nation to sleep for 25 years.