Seinfeld, the famous show "about nothing" was one of, if not the most popular sitcom of the 90s. As most sitcoms of the 90s focused on either family-relations or co-worker relations, Seinfeld stood out like a sore thumb. However, what made Seinfeld great was not only that it was different from everything else on TV, but also its ability to comedically portray "selfish and amoral" characters: Jerry constantly breaking up with women because of minor details which he would blow out of proportion; George, a pitiful, self-loathing, neurotic, "short, stocky, slow-witted, bald man" (as Elaine described him in an episode); Elaine, an apathetic, ruthless, sometimes bitter woman; and Kramer, the unemployed, eccentric, moocher.
Seinfeld was not only a great TV show, it revolutionized the world of sitcoms through its complex story lines. Though at a first glance the plots of episodes seem straight forward enough, closer examination reveals how episodes began with a multitude of plot lines which all converge into one single plot line at the end of the episode, usually in an ironic fashion. The ability to do so requires some very talented writers.
Seinfeld is also known for its use of "Seinfeldian" slang, for example sponge-worthy, bubble-boy, and yadda-yadda-yadda. By using such slang, audience members are able to feel like they are a part of the show, as they hold knowledge which only the main characters of the show know.
In short, Seinfeld was a beloved sitcom with a massive following that will fondly remember it for years to come. The following is a list of 10 things you probably didn't know about the hit TV sitcom.
10 Accidental Jokes
9 Brilliant but Psycho
8 Too Much Clapping
7 “No Hugging, no Learning”
6 John O’Hurley (J. Peterman) Works for the J. Peterman Company
5 A Closed Office Door
4 Joel Rifkin or O.J.
3 Steven Spielberg Watched Seinfeld to Cheer up
2 A Fat Elaine?
1 “Hello, Newman”
Seinfeld was full of many memorable characters including Frank and Estelle Costanza (George’s parents), J. Peterman (Elaine’s boss), Jackie Chiles (Kramer’s lawyer). However, a crowd favourite was definitely Jerry Seinfeld’s nemesis, Newman the mailman. Who can forget the classic line “Hello, Newman”? You may be surprised to know that Jerry doesn’t say the famous line as often as you’d think. In fact, throughout the entire series, Jerry only says “hello, Newman” 16 times. That’s just nearly twice per season.
Sources: imdb.com, seinfeld.wikia.com
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