Twenty years ago yesterday (May 31), Seinfeld premiered on NBC. It was 1990 and I was only 7 years old, so it wasn’t a significant moment in my life. But it was a significant moment in the world of television. Over the next decade, this show about nothing would become one of the most popular series of all-time. And in the years following its 1998 finale, it would become one of the most watched shows in the history of syndication. To this day, it remains in the top ten syndicated shows on a regular basis.
It was a show about nothing, based on the observational comedy of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. It featured some of the most beloved and memorable (not to mention quotable) characters of the modern era, including the ever-frustrated George Costanza (Jason Alexander), the smooth-talking psychotic neighbor Kramer (Michael Richards) and the lovely, if volatile Elaine (Julia Louis Dreyfuss). And those are just the main characters. We all remember the others – Estelle Harris and Jerry Stiller as George’s parents, Wayne Knight as Newman the mailman, Keith Hernandez as Keith Hernandez.
Having recently watched the entire series for the second time (yes, straight through), I wanted to write a bit piece about Seinfeld’s impact on the world of television and comedy. I wanted to talk about all of the guest appearances that launched careers and the show’s humor that leaked out into the world of pop culture. There certainly is a lot to say. But we’ll save that for another day. Perhaps another viewing of the complete series is needed before I can truly say what Seinfeld meant to the world throughout the years. For now, it might be best to let some of the show’s iconic quotes do the talking. Here’s to another 20 years of Seinfeld in syndication.
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What’s your favorite episode of Seinfeld?