Through Tony Soprano, we fantasize "whacking" our enemies. Samantha of Sex and the City made it possible for women to believe they could lead a glamorous life in Manhattan. Don Draper does the same for gentlemen on Mad Men.
What show and character is your No. 1 guilty pleasure?
I can tell you mine right away. It is none other than Larry David, who sort of plays himself in episodes of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Mind you, I don't want to BE that character, who has been accused of everything from being a "language cop" by his pal Richard Lewis to being a "social assassin" by his manager on the show, Jeff Garlin.
In the last season, one of Larry's cowardly friends offers him $573 (the cost of the damage Larry had inflicted on the guy's car) if Larry would challenge the man's wife-from-hell to stop saying "LOL" in conversation. In the same episode, Jeff's teenage daughter Sammi also blackmails Larry into telling her mother to stop making the annoying sound of "aaaaaaah" so contentedly after she takes a sip of coffee or wine. These were assignments from the Larry David character, all right!
There is so much more that Larry's character dares to do that I could never imagine pulling off in real life. But I would love to tell quasi-friends that I do NOT want to have lunch with them because I'd be too bored. Larry used his mother's funeral as an excuse in one episode in season three to get out of meeting someone he didn't want to hang out with. That was going a little too far but he did it (hilariously, of course).
I hope we soon get to see more episodes of the always-hilarious Curb. As long as we can confine our most antisocial instincts to the TV screen, we'll all be better people for the show.
MEDIA MATRIX QUESTION:.WHAT TV SHOW IS YOUR NO. 1 GUILTY PLEASURE?
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