‘Seinfeld’ seems as different from anything on the air today as it did 25 years ago

07.03.14 3 years ago


“Seinfeld” seems as different from anything on the air today as it did 25 years ago
A quarter-century after the premiere of “The Seinfeld Chronicles” on July 5, 1989, there”s still been nothing like it on TV – though, there have been many imitators, notes James Poniewozik. “The show exists outside generations and time,” he says, adding: “It has a comedian”s purity of focus on the sanctity of the joke above all–above sentiment, ‘relatability,” larger social meaning–that still feels bracingly we-don”t-give-a-damn. PLUS: “Seinfeld”s” genius wasn”t apparent until the end of the 13-episode 2nd season, “Seinfeld” blazed the trail for sophisticated sitcoms, celebrating Elaine”s fashion, celebrating Elaine”s awkward dance, meet the writer behind “Double-Dipping” and “Yada Yada Yada,” “Seinfeld”s” 10 best side men, “Seinfeld”s” 25 greatest contributions to the English language, Carol Leifer explains why Larry David won”t use an iPhone, the 20 best sports moments, Jerry Seinfeld”s favorite sitcom is “Mary Tyler Moore,” everything you didn”t know about your favorite “Seinfeld” episodes, and Mariska Hargitay and Jeremy Piven are among the celebrity guest stars who appeared on “Seinfeld” before they were famous.

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