Larry David to Lisa Simpson life lessons from TV’s top role models
From eight-year-old Mensa members to smeghead slobs and dolls-house-loving detectives, here are the small-screen idols who have taught us everything
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
There arent many moments in Curb Your Enthusiasm when Larry David could be described as heroic. Two stand out though. Theres the time he conducts a Wagner-playing orchestra outside an enemys house who despises the German composer; the other is when he saves the blushes of a chef with Tourettes syndrome by leading a restaurant in a rousing swear-a-thon. Its hardly Jon Snow taming the White Walkers, but Larry David isnt your typical TV idol. Hes an anti-hero minus the hero. A selfish zealot who would happily ruin everyones day just to make a meaningless point. Hes also brilliant. The fact that he can get what will soon be nine seasons of television out of essentially the same setup Larry makes a faux pas, half-heartedly tries to make up for it, hilarity ensues is incredible.
The idea of a misanthropic, anti-PC curmudgeon being a cult hero in 2017 is what some people might call problematic. As Malcolm Gladwell recently pointed out, Harry Enfields 80s character Loadsa Money quickly got co-opted by the aspirational braggarts he was lampooning. Could the same thing happen to Larry David? Probably not, but we can hope. The only person his over-exaggerated self-portrait is lampooning is himself. And in an age where theres more bullshit to shovel than ever before, hes the exact kind of hero we need. Lanre Bakare