Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Larry David’s character on Curb, who is also named Larry David, is the gold standard of unlikable lead characters. He’s a self-centered, gleefully rude, extremely rich guy who will argue with people over tiny amounts of money or mild inconveniences rather than just counting his blessings.

And yet: He’s usually right. There’s a social expectation that the extremely well off will have the dignity and grace to let certain things go, and Larry’s pettiness never fails to make us laugh. We wouldn’t want to hang out with him, but we love watching him,