Seinfeld - The Best Television Comedy
Ever by Douglas Hayman
the years, there have been many funny, clever sitcoms
that have been written for television. Some of the
classic comedic TV shows include, "The Honeymooners",
"M*A*S*H", "All in the Family", "The Dick Van Dyke
Show", "The Carol Burnett Show", "Burns and Allen",
"Friends", "Cheers", "Frazier", etc. By far, the one
sitcom that stands well above this classic list is the
Seinfeld series produced 180 shows over a 9 year span,
coming to a close in 1998. However, the show (reruns)
continues to flourish in syndication, and continues to
gain in popularity. The show was created by comedian
Jerry Seinfeld and writer Larry David.
premise of the show focuses on the daily lives and
escapades of 4 neurotic misfits in New York City: Jerry,
George Costanza (actor Jason Alexander), Cosmo Kramer
(actor Michael Richards), and Elaine Benis (actress
Julia Louis-Dreyfus). The interactions of these four
main characters provided a comedic synergy, never seen
before in a sitcom.
popularity of this television sitcom has been unmatched
to date. The overall viewership of each episode far
exceeded any of its classic rivals. This, in itself, is
a testament to the show's extreme popularity, and to
it's overall ranking of Best Television Comedy ever.
other supporting evidence for this show's extreme
popularity includes the following:
Idioms have crept into the language - Many
Seinfeld-generated idioms, sayings, and mannerisms have
crept into the English language, which is a direct
function of the show's world-wide popularity.
about Nothing - Each show's plot was truly about a
totally trivial topic. The show's popularity grew by
large dimensions due to each episode's plot "about
Comedic Synergy - The show's 4 stars uniquely were able
to bond and seamlessly integrate into a comedic force.
The actors' and actresses' ability to play off one
another, created an unparalleled comedic force, second
Stereotypes - The stereotypes portrayed by each of the 4
stars of the show were uncanny. Jerry played the part of
the successful playboy, George played the part of the
perverbial loser, Kramer played the part of the
eccentric neighbor, and Elaine played the part of the
sophisticated, yet neurotic former girlfriend.
Syndication - The show's tremendous success in
syndication is testimony to the show's phenomenal
popularity and "cult-like" following.
Paraphernalia - The show continues to generate revenue
from assorted Seinfeld "accessories" including DVD
collections, books, posters, and other various items.
Trivia - The show's popularity has resulted in many
Seinfeld trivia contests and tests being born. Trivia
from the show is invariably discussed at parties all
Clearly, the above evidence adds credence to the show
deserving the "Best Television Comedy Ever" accolade. We
may never again see a show produced that has the same
level of comedic value as Seinfeld. Douglas Hayman, President of
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