In its 8-season run, Curb Your Enthusiasm emerged as a brilliant, ground-breaking sitcom, mostly because Curb creator Larry David tackled subject matter nobody else would dare touch.
Now, after six long years, it’s coming back, but not everyone is happy about its return.
Nothing was off-limits when the show ran from 2000 to 2011, but in 2017, Toronto Star columnist Joanna Schneller and her ilk think the world has moved on in in ways that make Curb “embarrassing”.
The inherent irony is stunning, given that Curb’s bailiwick is to push the envelope when addressing “taboo” subjects. But Schneller feels such bravery makes the show “completely out of touch” due to a lack of PC sensitivity.
In a way, she has a point. If you hang in progressive circles and don’t subscribe to the tyranny of political correctness, then you are “out of touch” and will be shunned or pilloried.
As time passes, it seems more subject matter is indeed becoming taboo. What was hysterical yesteryear is verboten today.
Regardless of Schneller’s sensitive sensibilities, I say the type of humour served up in both Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm shouldn’t be shelved or shunned but is needed more than ever.