Candid, unsparing and self-deprecating, this comedy series blurs the lines between reality and fiction with a cast of real and fictional characters followed around L.A. by a ubiquitous camera that chronicles the private, often banal world of a (relatively) public man.
In the art-imitating-life tradition of shows, each episode features verité-style footage of Larry David at home, at work and around town, as he gets into predicaments (many of which are self-inflicted) involving fictional and real-life personalities.
An innocent "bunch-up" in Larry's trousers gives rise to a misunderstanding with Cheryl's friend Nancy at the movies - where Larry also offends the new girlfriend of pal Richard Lewis.
Larry and Cheryl's fun-filled double date with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen ends badly at the bowling alley when Larry discovers that someone has taken off with his shoes.
By not picking up a golf ball that drops out of a bucket carried by a man in a tacky western hat, Larry sets off a bizarre chain of events in which he's forced to attend a party at the home of a porno businessman named Gil, getting lost with Cheryl along the way.
Cheryl and Larry get into a fight after she returns from a trip and he's too distracted by a game on TV to greet her properly. To make peace, Larry decides to buy her a bracelet at a jewellery store, but isn't allowed in because of his shabby clothes.
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Larry ends up missing a meeting with a major actress. At home, Larry and Cheryl are visited by their interior decorator, who has the movie star's phone number but won't give it to Larry - even though the actress called and left her number, which Larry couldn't decipher.
Hoping to bury an unsightly telephone wire dangling over their yard, Larry and Cheryl befriend neighbours who must approve the burial. The husband is an incompetent lawyer but a big Seinfeld fan, so Larry arranges to have Julia Louis-Dreyfuss come for a visit.
During a test-drive of Jeff's new "toy", a vintage '57 Chevy convertible, Larry mistakes the horn in an Aamco radio spot for that of an actual car idling behind him at a red light - and ends up getting the car rammed.
At the funeral for Cheryl's aunt, Larry offers to use his connections to place an obituary in the newspaper, but when the paper comes out, the "a" in "aunt" has been inadvertently replaced with a "c", and Cheryl's family is convinced that Larry did it on purpose.
On his way to the drugstore to fill a prescription for his wife's itchy skin condition, Larry meets up with Richard Lewis. The two then run into a black dermatologist friend of Richard's, whom Larry promptly offends with a tasteless affirmative-action joke.
Cheryl and Larry run into Lucy Montone, an actress and one of Larry's old flames. Despite his wife's jealousy, Larry and Lucy do lunch, and she convinces him to escort her to an Incest Survivors Group meeting, where he makes up a story about being molested as a child.