Tales From The Small Screen: Seinfeld
August 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
Once a month, I shall dedicate a special post to our friends from television. Primarily, the shows that really stand out to me as fantastic viewing. To kick off this new feature to my blog I would like to talk about a show that was truly revolutionary. Winner of 10 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes, 75 Million people tuned in to watch the final two-part episode in 1998, the third most watched tv finale of all time behind Cheers and M*A*S*H. And the show is about NOTHING!
UK Audiences may not be too familiar with Seinfeld, but across the pond, Seinfeld is a national treasure. Referenced by many as the greatest television show of all time. But why have I never seen an episode? You may ask. Seinfeld enjoyed a brief spot extremely late on BBC 2 during its heyday in the mid nineties, yet never caught on. Which is a genuine travesty to the british viewing public. Seinfeld is quick, witty, clever and extremely, unequivocally, hysterically funny. Fucking funny.
Seinfeld follows comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his three friends played by Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as they continue to live out their lives in New York City. Ordinary people, ordinary circumstances, extraordinary brilliance. Seinfeld’s razor sharp dialogue written by Jerry himself along with co-creator Larry David and a fantastic team of writers build all their material from their own personal experiences and observations and the results are just pure magic.
The dialogue and the show itself is only worth it’s salt because of the brilliance of its ensemble cast. Dialogue pings around the four of them like a game of doubles tennis. Playing off and supporting each other perfectly.
Seinfeld’s genius knows no bounds and even after repeated viewings of all nine seasons, each episode feels brand new and fresh. Even E4 couldn’t repeat the hell out of Seinfeld and it not get old. Of course I’m talking about Friends, which understandably can be compared to Seinfeld but mark my words, compared to Seinfeld, Friends is about as funny as a 12 minute bit on Ovaltine.
Seinfeld is indeed, most possibly, might be, probably the best tv show ever. Just watch it for yourself. I recommend any episode they’re all gold. “Gold, Jerry, Gold!”
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