For the past 20 years television has been the domain of antiheroes. “Difficult men,” Brett Martin called them in his book of the same name, referring not only to the characters such as Tony Soprano, Don Draper or Omar Little, who bestrode The Sopranos, Mad Men and The Wire, but to the men — David Chase, Matthew Weiner, David Simon — who created them.

The book doesn’t deal with comedy, but for at least the first decade of the new century it was antiheroes such as The Office’s David Brent, written from an essentially cynical point of view with the aim of making the viewer cringe first and ask questions later, who held sway. Curb Your Enthusiasm has served up ten series solely on the subject of a very, very difficult man.

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