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"Curb Your Enthusiasm" season 8 premiere scores

Larry David, July 6, 2011, New York Getty

(CBS) "Curb Your Enthusiasm" premiered Sunday night and the critics pretty much agree: They still love Larry David, especially when he makes them wince.

Entertainment Weekly writes, "I didn't realize how much I'd missed "Curb Your Enthusiasm" until Larry David greeted a Girl Scout who asked if he wanted to buy some cookies with a genial, 'I find them abhorrent but come on in!' It was as though he was beckoning us to join him as well."

"The Hollywood Reporter," in its review of the season, writes (with clear enjoyment), "[I]f there's a unifying theme, it's that Larry is now embracing what he's always been - 'a social assassin.'"

In the New York Times, Alessandra Stanley writes, "Season 8 succeeds by not seeking a complex overarching theme. Like a single-cell organism that reproduces itself, Larry's life self-complicates."

And season eight's big moment? A Girl Scout comes to Larry's home to sell him cookies and gets her period - her first - while at Larry's home. And he helps her through it, with her in his bathroom and him on the other side of the bathroom door offering instruction.