In the matter of "Fish In the Dark," the people have spoken. This outlandish comedy penned by Larry David, who also plays the lead role, opened with a stratospheric advance of $13.5 million and is grossing more than a million a week. Which renders moot whatever the critics might have to say about the show. For anyone who's still reading this review, let me say that, contrary to rumor, the show is not a TV sitcom. It does, however, round up some outrageously funny Larry David-ish characters who could probably float such a show.
Exhibit No. 1 is David himself, who plays a guy named Norman Drexel, who happens to be the spitting image of the misanthropic guy we've loved for eight seasons of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." That is to say: childish, selfish, whiny, petty, depressive, dyspeptic and pathologically neurotic.