The funniest programme on TV, which is very rarely shown on British TV, is Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. But the good news is that the show is available on DVD – and series four has just been released in the UK, even though the series has yet to be shown on the small screen.
David, the co-creator of Seinfeld, is someone you could walk past in the street and not even look twice – but his genius makes him one of the world's brightest sitcom stars. Not only can he write, but he can also act. Set in Los Angeles, Curb Your Enthusiasm follows David in everyday situations. Series Four is a work of sheer brilliance.
The basic theme running through the series has David gearing up to star as Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks' smash hit Broadway musical The Producers. Along the way, he manages to fall out with almost everyone, including co-stars Ben Stiller and David Schwimmer, who between them take on the role of Bialystock's partner in crime Leo Bloom.
From Mel Brooks choosing David for the role through to the series finale, a one-hour special in which David takes to the stage for the first time, this series is full of great gags, one-liners and hysterical situations. Witness, for example, David buying marijuana for his father's glaucoma or engaging the services of a prostitute in order to beat the traffic jams – and nothing else other than taking her to a ball game.
David doesn't shy away from touchy subjects either, whether they're about agreeing with a blind man that his minging girlfriend is actually a supermodel, telling a judge he hates black people in order to escape jury service, or cracking incest jokes and gags about turbans in front of a theatre full of people.
David's humour is edgy, but it's superb, as he confronts issues in a very natural and warm way. His whole approach is observational more than anything else – and often that's what gets him into trouble, without meaning to.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is one of the best sitcoms to come out of America in 50 years – and that's saying something. 100 years from now, and hopefully a Larry David day will be something that goes on each year. Yes, he really is that good.
Series Four is out now. Series 1, 2 and 3 are also available.