Seinfeld premiered on July 5, 1989 and ended on May 14, 1998. I was 10 when the final episode of Seinfeld aired, and I missed what is arguably considered the greatest sitcom ever to exist. It was February 8, 2016 when I opened up my Hulu app, and I sat down and watched the self-titled pilot of Seinfeld. Unfortunately, I'm not living in the '90s where references to the show like "these pretzels are making thirsty," or "Hello, Newman," are being used quite as often as they should be. It will be difficult for me to throw out the reference of being "the master of my domain," and people my age knowing what I'm referring to. It's kind of a shame.
The beautiful thing about Seinfeld is that it's still a relevant show in 2016. The show about nothing is a timeless show because it deals with the nothingness of everyday. We will always live in a society where we leave a voicemail or text message that we want to somehow erase. We will always get frustrated when we go to a restaurant, be told the wait time is 5 to 10 minutes, and then 30 minutes later still be waiting. Sometimes we will forget where we parked in a parking garage, want to step away from the close-talker, deal with shrinkage, fake orgasms, be down on our luck and decide to do the opposite of our natural instincts, had an itch that looked like a pick, and have the urge to do the impossible and make "the switch."
Seinfeld is a show that every television fan should sit down and watch at some point in their life, because it helps us focus on how absurd our lives can be. I can understand why it was such a big hit in the '90s, and with streaming platforms like Hulu, it should continue to be a big hit for generations to come. The fact that Seinfeld has interesting commentary on subject matter over 26 years after it aired is an amazing feat. TV can bring people together, and Seinfeld is one of those shows that can appeal to a broad audience and become that common ground.
Since viewing the show, it's been fun discussing my favorite moments of the show with my parents, friends who have seen the show, and people who caught it during its original run. It's a show that people who have seen it, remember. No one can forget "The Contest," where the four friends having a friendly wager to see who can go the longest without pleasuring themselves. Kramer walks into Jerry's apartment, slaps the money on the counter and exclaims, "I'm out!" Kramer no longer is "the master of [his] domain." People remember how hard George works to keep his unemployment benefits going. He goes out of his way to make sure Jerry answers his phone as Vandelay Industries, and when Kramer answers the phone and puts an end to the scam, George sprints out of the bathroom to try and correct course, but falls flat on his face. That's when Jerry walks in to deliver the perfect one liner, "And you want to be my latex salesman." The time when Kramer and Newman claim a baseball player spit on them, and its delivered in the way of the famous Kennedy conspiracy. We also can't forget that we will forever think of Joe Dimaggio as a dunker.
So, here's to hoping that more people my age and younger watch Seinfeld. It's a '90s show that doesn't need a reboot, it's just a '90s show that's too good not to see. "I'm out there Jerry, and I'm loving every minute of it!"