Why Seinfeld Is Still One Of The Greatest Sitcoms Of All Time

Wednesday, 25 May 2016



If Im reading a Best Sitcoms Of All Time list and Seinfeld isnt on it I get seriously worried. Seinfeld is probably the first show I can remember watching as a child; forget the Teletubbies and Rugrats! The problem with my love for this show is that not many of my friends have seen it. They all watch nothing but Friends, which was great and all, but I will always say that Seinfeld deserves top-spot in the sitcom genre. Why? Here are some of my reasons:

The Plot
Its about comedian Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld) who hangs around with his loser best friend George Costanza (Jason Alexander), his ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) and mad across-the-hall-neighbour Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards). Ita show about nothing. A lot of the story lines are based on real-life experiences of the writers, which makes it just that bit more funny and relatable. There is a no hugging, no learning rule which means we dont have forced learning experiences for the characters where they try and improve themselves and their morals. Its not as cliché, its not as predictable, and to be honest its more fun to watch people make fools of themselves time and time again, not caring about the consequence.
The Main Characters
Jerry Seinfeld is a comedian who is a germaphobe, neat-freak and probably the most reasonable main character. Only hes not that reasonable. Most of the show is set in his apartment, and most of his story lines revolve around his relationships and breaking up with a beautiful woman for the most ridiculous and minuscule reasons. Like having man hands. Or eating one pea at a time. Jerry is the glue that holds the main four characters tightly together.

George Costanza is the person I aim to be in life. Just kidding, everyone would hate to be George. Hes dishonest, angry, petty and cheap. Hes fat and balding and a chronic liar, but he is hilarious somehow manages to still get dates with gorgeous women despite his physical appearance. He plays the role of Jerrys best friend and the guy we never want to be but love to laugh at.
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Elaine Benes is Jerrys ex who remains a good friend and is the only female in the main cast. Shes overly honest, assertive and often selfish, claiming that somebody just isnsponge-worthy. Shes an excellent dancer, (!!) as seen in the clip below, and is a genuinely funny female who stands on her own as a great comedic character. Oh and she hates the English Patient. Shes my kind of girl.
The Little Kicks (a must watch! Click to watch it)
Finally, Cosmo Kramer, known simply as Kramer. Hes quirky, energetic and has a mad hair style. Nobody knows what he does for a living, where he gets his money from, or how he slides through the door that way. Hes the original hipster in his vintage clothes and somehow has a charm that makes everyone love him. He practically lives in Jerrys apartment, and is longtime friends with the evil Newman.


The Minor Characters
Even the minor characters on this show are fantastic. Newman, The Costanzas, The Seinfelds, Uncle Leo, David Puddy, Bania, J Peterman, Tim Whatley (Our favourite Mr White) and Jackie Chiles. The list goes on, because theyre all just so memorable.
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Its Quotable 
The sea was angry that day my friends, yada yada yada, soup nazi, not that theres anything wrong with that, you double dipped the chip, happy festivus, these pretzels are making me thirsty, hes a re-gifter, Vandelay Industries, she had man hands, but I dont want to be a pirate. You get the picture.


Words by Chloé Mcminn
Twitter: @ChloE_McMinnY

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