Plenty of people will tell you that the original Seinfeld finale was a disappointment and an odd way to end the series that many consider the greatest of all time. Plenty of series ended on high notes, like MASH or Cheers, but Seinfeld kinda flew too close to the sun with its conclusion and it just felt odd. The faux Curb Your Enthusiasm reunion made up for it a bit and even made a few jokes at the expense of the finale, but the official end of the series is still kinda disappointing.
And now we know — though it doesn’t feel like much of a revelation — that Jerry Seinfeld feels the same way. While chatting with David Remnick at the New Yorker Festival on Friday, Seinfeld talked about the end of the series that made him a household name and how he thinks it aimed too high according to Vulture:
“I sometimes think we really shouldn’t have even done it…There was a lot of pressure on us at that time to do one big last show, but big is always bad in comedy.”
The conclusion that placed the four main characters in jail seemed to place too much importance on them and the world they lived in, while also taking them out of their regular comfort zones. It could’ve been more successful had the show kept to Jerry’s Apartment and Monk’s, but we’ll never actually know. It’s moments like that which Seinfeld considers the best on the series, with the conclusion of the season five episode “The Marine Biologist.” George’s story that closes the episode led to a rarity in comedy according to Seinfeld:
“The hardest thing in comedy is to have the biggest laugh at the end, and it’s the most satisfying thing,”
Seinfeld also talked a bit about his views on Bill Cosby, similar to what he did with Stephen Colbert a few weeks back, and revealing the best moment of entire life courtesy of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.