Mar 25, 2016
It's Garry Shandling's Show
In West Hollywood we watched It's Garry Shandling's Show on Showtime every Wednesday night.
It was a precursor to Seinfeld and a throwback to the old radio sitcoms where the characters were aware that they were characters and commented on their own plotlines. Garry played "himself" as the star of a sitcom about a comedian.
His Elaine was "platonic" neighbor Nancy (Molly Cheek), who dated and eventually married Ian McFyfer (Ian Buchanan).
His Kramer was Leonard Smith (Paul Willson), the owner of his condo.
There was a steady stream of other friends and associates, including a lot of Garry's girlfriends, and a lot of celebrities playing themselves: Rob Reiner, Tom Petty, Martin Mull, Red Buttons, Chevy Chase, Norman Fell, Jeff Goldblum, Gilda Radner.
Sometimes they were elaborately self-referential:
Grant wins a trip to Hollywood, where he goes to a taping of the show.
Grant is accused of beating up a kid at school, but the a member of the studio audience saw what really happened, and tells the principal.
1. Garry and Pete had a nice bromance going on.
2. Grant rarely expressed interest in girls, and often came across as a gay kid. Notice his obvious interest in Garry's basket in this shot.
Besides, it had a great theme song:
This is the theme to Garry's show, the theme to Garry's show.
Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song.
I'm almost halfway finished, how do you like it so far?
How do you like the theme to Garry's show?
See also: 10 Things I Love and Hate about Seinfeld.