This year marks the 30th anniversary of Seinfeld (well, depending on what date you choose) and to celebrate, we’re taking a look at how this 90s series came to define television sitcoms and archetypes for years to come. In this episode, we get into all the reasons Seinfeld matters. We walk you through the production history of the show, it’s financial success, and of course its tenure in syndication. And we do it all with the help of the most-guested guest, Alex!
But, beyond that, we talk about how this series changed how we see comedy and opened the door for a whole host of television shows. From notable moments like the Summer of George to phrases and ideas that took hold in culture beyond the series like double-dipping, shrinkage, and more we dive into it all. And of course, we get into how Elaine was the blueprint for the women of Sex in the City, Dollface, and beyond.
If you’re unfamiliar with the series, Seinfeld is a series created and run by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. It focuses on four single friends — comic Jerry Seinfeld, bungling George Costanza, frustrated working gal Elaine Benes and eccentric neighbor Cosmo Kramer — who deal with the absurdities of everyday life in New York City. The premise is that each of the banal experiences then fuels Jerry’s comedy and in the process creates a show that’s quite literally about nothing. In this episode, we talk about why the nothing of Seinfeld matters.
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From Season 8 Episode 10 “The Andrea Doria”