After six years off, Curb Your Enthusiasm has returned with episodes that feel “stale and annoying,” says Michael Starr. “Yes,” he says, “Curb’s theme music is still obsessively catchy — so there’s that — but I’ve found the new season’s first three episodes grating and forced in a been there, done that kind of way — with some genuinely funny lines (i.e. 'warm pocket candy' from the most recent episode) blunted by the show’s predictability and overemphasis on trying to create a Seinfeld-ian 'close talker'/'man hands'-type watercooler moment (i.e. 'no one’s above the beep' from last Sunday’s episode). Add lots of high-decibel shouting and gesticulating and it gets old really fast.