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Long before Tony Soprano, Carrie Bradshaw or the fictional version of Larry David, HBO had Larry Sanders.
As the hilarious but self-centered late-night talk show host, Larry Sanders, Garry Shandling provided HBO with its first great series, The Larry Sanders Show, and set HBO on its top-shelf series path, which eventually led to shows like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Deadwood and The Wire.
Shandling, who died on Thursday at 66 following a "medical emergency" at his L.A.