Since it's been a while since I've written on Moviepilot, I thought I'd dive back in with a the 5 Day Recommendation Challenge, having been challenged by my colleague, Charlotte Kotterman.
Recently, I've been getting back into classic comedy from my childhood and beloved syndication sitcom that was famously considered "about nothing".
Now over 20 years old, the show still holds up with the jokes. Check out my reasons, below, as to why you should give the series another spin.
5 Reasons To (Re)Watch Seinfeld
1. It's inspired a lot of the comedy we watch now
Although there were a lot of sitcoms in the 90s, not many have had the lasting success of Seinfeld. More modern shows like, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Arrested Development (not to mention Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is considered a spiritual successor) would not have been able to develop they're zany yet complex characters.
The writers managed to push the boundaries of what was allowed on prime time, using polarising topics like abortion, death, masturbation and religion as the butt of jokes - paving the way for humor that pushed limits.
2. The characters are unique and amazing
I'm not talking about the big four, Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer - although they are amazing in their own way, but the smaller characters that dipped in and out of the storylines and brought their own energy to the characters. Some of my personal favorites are the disliked neighbour Newman ("Helllllllllllllo, Newman."), Jerry's thrifty, passive aggressive Uncle Leo ("Jerry! Hello!") and the never seen but frequently mentioned Cousin Jeffery who works at the Parks Department and the explosive Frank Costanza.
3. It has some amazing cultural touchstones
"No soup for you!", "Yada yada yada", Elaines dancing, "Not that there's anything wrong with that!". These were huge water cooler moments for people in the 90s (people in the 90s didn't have Facebook and had to find other outlets for sharing topics).
These jokes were great because they appealed to the situations and people that were common in life. The sort of "what's up with that?!" jokes that people considered the "nothing" aspect of the show was what made it have such broad appeal.
4. It was a different sort of sitcom
A lot of people will say that the characters of Seinfeld are "too mean" - and this is true. Jerry is selfish, Elaine is vain, Kramer can be cruel and George... well, George is a horrible person.
But these are traits that we see in ourselves and make the show more relatable. Showrunner, Larry David maintained the shows "no hugging, no learning" rule, because ultimately, that is the reality of the human condition.
5. You'll see a lot of your favorite actors in it
So many amazing actors got their start in Seinfeld - check them all out in this handy video
Now it's my turn to nominate and I challenge:
Post your recommendation and tell us why you've chosen them, then tag 5 members of the Moviepilot community for each post! It's as simple as that. Should you have any questions, feel free to comment or to shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] Don't forget to tag your article with #5DayRecommendationChallenge.
5 Day Recommendation Challenge
Day 1: Recommend a 90s Comedy (TV or Movie)
Day 2: Recommend a Cult Movie
Day 3: Recommend a TV Series That Ended Before its Time
Day 4: Recommend a Movie That Got Critically Panned
Day 5: Recommend a Comic Book Movie (that isn't Marvel or DC!)