Seinfeld

Seinfeld is one of the most watched TV shows in the world, with the rare distinction of being both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. It is Entertainment Weekly’s the third best show in the last 25 years, behind The Sopranos and The Simpsons.

From 1989 to 1998, Seinfeld has ruled the air waves and till today, Seinfeld ratings are one of the highest in the industry.

Seinfeld Plot

Seinfeld represents a slice of New York’s multi-cultural life within the ambit of an apartment block in the city’s Upper West Side. Each Seinfeld episode begins with a hint of a story that involves the protagonists. The episode then progresses through their numerous disjointed scenarios, each presented in rapid cut shots. The scenarios can be as unconnected as waiting at the movies, shopping for clothes, or eating out. In spite of the divergent threads in the storyline, every episode ends with the storylines merging, and bringing forth a strong link between the characters.

Many Seinfeld episodes, like “The Revenge” and “The Phone Message,” are inspired by real-life happenings of the writers. The episodes, even with their independent storylines, maintain a sense of coherence, with frequent allusions to past incidents and characters. At times, storylines, like “The Boyfriend” span across several episodes and even whole seasons.

Seinfeld Cast

The series was conceived by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter also starring in a dramatized version of himself. He is the main protagonist and a stand-up comedian by profession. He is often projected as the “voice of reason” in the midst of the chaos and cacophony of the world at large.

Jerry’ apartment form the center of action and his friends George, Elaine, and Kramer are the other protagonists of Seinfeld.

Jason Alexander plays George Costanza, Jerry’s bosom buddy since their high school days. He is an inconfident man, who nags, lies almost habitually and about almost everything, and thus frequently gets into trouble.

Elaine Benes, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is a quick-witted, authoritative but emotionally aloof woman. Her straightforwardness sometimes lands her in trouble, as does her employers’ eccentric demands. She once dated Jerry and remains one of his most intimate friends. Her search for Mr. Right is an abiding theme in many Seinfeld episodes.

Michael Richards’ Cosmo Kramer is Jerry’s quirky but conscientious neighbor. A study in contrasts, Kramer is sometimes innocent to the point of being naïve and at other times, he displays amazing understanding of the human nature. He is simply unable to hold on to a steady job, but at most times, he has a brainwave, which allows him to earn money. Most of his brainwaves however fall flat on the face.

Providing able support to the star cast are a host of minor characters like Jerry’s parents Morty and Helen; his Uncle Leo, Frank and Estelle Costanza, George’s weird parents and his fiancée Susan Ross.

Harping on the theme of meaninglessness of life, seemingly pointless incidents, and characters with not much moral scruples; Seinfeld created a genre that is still unique. For the countless Seinfeld viewers, the show is a journey from consternation to intrigue to curiosity to addiction.