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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #321605

    Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Pilot episode of Seinfeld airing on NBC. And the phenomena was born.

    Even though I was only just born or a toddler during the original airing of Seinfeld, I became an instant fan upon reruns and even own almost the entire series on DVD.

    In my opinion, the show is incredible. It felt so different and yet so conventional all at the same time. The jokes, or lack thereof, are brilliant, the characters are genius and timeless, every actor deserved Emmys (and the fact that Jason Alexander never won for George is a travesty). And also the idea that it only won once for Comedy Series is just sad. I mean I like Frasier as much as the next person, but five wins in a row? Seriously?

    Over the nine years they were on the air, they adopted countless catchphrases that changed the American vernacular, some of which even ended up in Oxford English Dictionary. The iconic puffy shirt in the episode “The Puffy Shirt” is even on permanent display at the museum of American history in Washington D.C. and the show still garners more revenue upon reruns than most shows make on their original airing.

    Now a quarter of a century later, and upon watching some old favourite episodes over again, I will say that the show has aged very well. A lot of the episodes, even though they were filmed between 1989-98 feel like they could have been filmed in the 2000s or 2010s and I wouldn’t know the difference.

    Thanks for the laughs, Seinfeld.

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    Macbeth
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    I have gotten into many arguments over this statement, and there have been some nasty words directed to me because of it but…Seinfeld is the greatest show of all time

    I can’t explain the feeling of Seinfeld properly – it is dark, twisted and absolutely hilarious. It was as much a tribute as a parody of classic sitcoms at inception, but by the end of its run, it was the seminal situation comedy. The characters were all horrible, vile people, but yet they were just as (maybe even more) endearing than any other comedy characters of the last 50 years. 

    My personal relationship with Seinfeld is very similar to Tyler’s – I have always been a huge comedy fan, but it was only in 2011 that I was introduced to Seinfeld properly when someone gave me the first season on DVD. I found it absolutely hilarious, and a welcome change from the comedy of shows like Two Broke Girls that have in-your-face comedy. The comedy of Seinfeld was wry, dark and very subtle (most of the time), and many people my age (which is the age group Tyler and I are in) don’t seem to appreciate the show – it was the very definition of the 1990s.

    I wouldn’t call myself a stand-up comedian, but I do make use of comedy in my everyday life – my writing, making indie films or even just talking to people – Seinfeld, The Simpsons and Monty Python have shaped my whole view on the world – we live in a weird, weird world full of interesting people in not really interesting situations, and if we want to get out alive, we need to find a sense of humor about life, or else we’re gonna have a bad time. The show was smart and highly influential – every comedy show on TV today owes something to Seinfeld. 

    And yes, the show looks timeless. If not for the vintage clothes and funny hairstyles, then I wouldn’t know it was made in the 1990s.  

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    I have gotten into many arguments over this statement, and there have been some nasty words directed to me because of it but…Seinfeld is the greatest show of all time

    Don’t know if I would go THAT far, but it is certainly in my Top 5. 

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    I have gotten into many arguments over this statement, and there have been some nasty words directed to me because of it but…Seinfeld is the greatest show of all time

    I can’t explain the feeling of Seinfeld properly – it is dark, twisted and absolutely hilarious. It was as much a tribute as a parody of classic sitcoms at inception, but by the end of its run, it was the seminal situation comedy. The characters were all horrible, vile people, but yet they were just as (maybe even more) endearing than any other comedy characters of the last 50 years. 

    My personal relationship with Seinfeld is very similar to Tyler’s – I have always been a huge comedy fan, but it was only in 2011 that I was introduced to Seinfeld properly when someone gave me the first season on DVD. I found it absolutely hilarious, and a welcome change from the comedy of shows like Two Broke Girls that have in-your-face comedy. The comedy of Seinfeld was wry, dark and very subtle (most of the time), and many people my age (which is the age group Tyler and I are in) don’t seem to appreciate the show – it was the very definition of the 1990s.

    I wouldn’t call myself a stand-up comedian, but I do make use of comedy in my everyday life – my writing, making indie films or even just talking to people – Seinfeld, The Simpsons and Monty Python have shaped my whole view on the world – we live in a weird, weird world full of interesting people in not really interesting situations, and if we want to get out alive, we need to find a sense of humor about life, or else we’re gonna have a bad time. The show was smart and highly influential – every comedy show on TV today owes something to Seinfeld. 

    And yes, the show looks timeless. If not for the vintage clothes and funny hairstyles, then I wouldn’t know it was made in the 1990s.  

    I would give the argument that Kramer is the only legitimately nice guy among the main characters. He always has friends, he always does stuff for Jerry, George and Elaine (even if they don’t want it), he’s always friendly towards Jerry and is even sometimes blind to the sarcasm and vileness that Jerry has towards him. But I am reminded of one moment in “The Gum” where George’s car breaks down to it being virtually undriveable, and yet Kramer says he can use his car anytime. That to me is the most nice, kind thing any one of the main characters said/did throughout the entire run of the series, regardless of whether or not you ever actually saw George drive Jerry’s car or not. And yeah, for the most part they don’t really like or have appreciated the show as much as I did with people of my age group. Some of them are so disgusting as to say that they don’t like the show because “Kramer is a racist” (referring to Michael Richards’ racist rant he had a few years ago), which I think is dumb, however they did recognize The Soup Nazi moment in the series and singled that out as funny. I have often made a joke about how if you are stuck in writing something as I often am, you can just steal lines from Seinfeld, Simpsons or Monty Python and you’ll be fine. That is kind of the motto I live my life by. But yeah, I still really love the show. It was smart in it’s dumbness. I have seen every episode a million times, and I will probably see them a million more times. 

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    I love Seinfeld.     🙂   

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    “The Contest”. LOL!

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    [quote=”EmmyFan123″]I have gotten into many arguments over this statement, and there have been some nasty words directed to me because of it but…Seinfeld is the greatest show of all time

    I can’t explain the feeling of Seinfeld properly – it is dark, twisted and absolutely hilarious. It was as much a tribute as a parody of classic sitcoms at inception, but by the end of its run, it was the seminal situation comedy. The characters were all horrible, vile people, but yet they were just as (maybe even more) endearing than any other comedy characters of the last 50 years. 

    My personal relationship with Seinfeld is very similar to Tyler’s – I have always been a huge comedy fan, but it was only in 2011 that I was introduced to Seinfeld properly when someone gave me the first season on DVD. I found it absolutely hilarious, and a welcome change from the comedy of shows like Two Broke Girls that have in-your-face comedy. The comedy of Seinfeld was wry, dark and very subtle (most of the time), and many people my age (which is the age group Tyler and I are in) don’t seem to appreciate the show – it was the very definition of the 1990s.

    I wouldn’t call myself a stand-up comedian, but I do make use of comedy in my everyday life – my writing, making indie films or even just talking to people – Seinfeld, The Simpsons and Monty Python have shaped my whole view on the world – we live in a weird, weird world full of interesting people in not really interesting situations, and if we want to get out alive, we need to find a sense of humor about life, or else we’re gonna have a bad time. The show was smart and highly influential – every comedy show on TV today owes something to Seinfeld. 

    And yes, the show looks timeless. If not for the vintage clothes and funny hairstyles, then I wouldn’t know it was made in the 1990s.  

    I would give the argument that Kramer is the only legitimately nice guy among the main characters. He always has friends, he always does stuff for Jerry, George and Elaine (even if they don’t want it), he’s always friendly towards Jerry and is even sometimes blind to the sarcasm and vileness that Jerry has towards him. But I am reminded of one moment in “The Gum” where George’s car breaks down to it being virtually undriveable, and yet Kramer says he can use his car anytime. That to me is the most nice, kind thing any one of the main characters said/did throughout the entire run of the series, regardless of whether or not you ever actually saw George drive Jerry’s car or not. And yeah, for the most part they don’t really like or have appreciated the show as much as I did with people of my age group. Some of them are so disgusting as to say that they don’t like the show because “Kramer is a racist” (referring to Michael Richards’ racist rant he had a few years ago), which I think is dumb, however they did recognize The Soup Nazi moment in the series and singled that out as funny. I have often made a joke about how if you are stuck in writing something as I often am, you can just steal lines from Seinfeld, Simpsons or Monty Python and you’ll be fine. That is kind of the motto I live my life by. But yeah, I still really love the show. It was smart in it’s dumbness. I have seen every episode a million times, and I will probably see them a million more times. [/quote]

    I agree on absolutely everything you’ve said here – I concede that all the characters were awful, because Kramer was an inherently nice character. I think Michael Richards’ controversy overshadowed the character a bit, but that shouldn’t get in the way of how awesome Kramer was.

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    Over the nine years they were on the air, they adopted countless catchphrases that changed the American vernacular, some of which even ended up in Oxford English Dictionary.

    To this day, I might still refer to a guy as being “sponge worthy”…  of course, very few people know what I’m talking about, but for those who do, it’s pretty damn funny. 

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    I’ve in great detail let my opinion of this series be known, quick recap: Krammer is simply annoying not funny. Jerry Seinfeld is an awful actor, and it constantly distracted me. The best episodes tend to be the ones that are set in one location. “The Contest” is genius. It’s one of the best sitcoms of all time, perhaps the best of the 90’s.  One of top few shows ever? Nuh-uh.

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    Seinfeld is my favorite live action comedy of all time. But people who complain about the Emmys forget that The Simpsons should have won about six straight during that time, but were kicked to the curb.

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    Seinfeld is my favorite comedy of all time, and it has aged quite well. I was born during the end of the show (The Soup Nazi aired on my birth day, lol) so it took me some time to actually get to watch the show, but I’m so glad I did. It’s timeless, and it reflects the nihilist route that the world has been taking lately. I can’t think of a comedy that can be so absurd and yet so real. Its writing is also unbelievably good.

    I have my reservations for Kramer, since he is the most disconnected part of the show and it gets annoying pretty fast, but Michael Richards was a genius in this role. He is, indeed, the nicer of the characters (remember in The Deal, when he gets Elaine the bench she wanted, with the card that had the most genuine poem? It’s the most sweet anyone has ever been on this show). 

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