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Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, has a 23-year-old daughter named Cazzie, and she is showing us the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. She is the writer and star of Eighty-Sixed, a web series that combines the comedic sensibilities of Curb with the plot devices of millennial life.
David, like her father, excels when playing a character who is stubborn, grumpy, and a real pain in the behind for her close friends. In her case, that character is Remi, who at the start of Eighty-Sixed is getting over a breakup. With a frown plastered onto her face, she must deal with the same sort of nuanced social situations Larry fumbles with in Curb. The difference is a generational one: Instead of navigating, say, the ethics of stealing one’s favorite golf club out of a coffin, Remi encounters awkward situations on Facebook.
Eighty-Sixed may set off your nepotism alarm, but don’t worry. Cazzie’s show is legitimately clever, and the adjustments she makes to her father’s signature character — a healthy dose of Daria Morgendorffer and a pinch of April Ludgate, at least — put a whole new spin on it. So far, four episodes of Eighty-Sixed are available on YouTube.
OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT
- Max and Natalie Live. The duo behind The Weekend Detectives is back with a Chris Gethard-esque public access TV show.
- VC: The Web Series. Venture capitalism gets skewered through a pair of bumbling investors.
- Baked Goodes. Even though 4/20 has passed, you can still watch this show about women who add a little green to their bakery.
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