The first thing you hear in “The Larry Sanders Show” is Hank Kingsley (Jeffrey Tambor), the sidekick to the late-night host Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling), preparing the members of the studio audience of the show within the show. The host, he tells them, needs their help — their applause, their affirmation. “The better you are,” he says, “the better Larry is.”
We don’t see the crowd, yet we’ve just been introduced to the most important relationship in the show. Mr. Shandling, who created this HBO comedy — it ran from 1992 to 1998 — with Dennis Klein and who died on Thursday at 66, didn’t just produce a template for the modern sitcom. He created a love sto...
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