What is Seinfeld?
Â§ well itâ€™s a show about nothing, so the plot should reflect that as much as possibleâ€¦yet it is alos about everything so seemingly mundane events should resonate in every day life.
Â§ the 4 characters are inseparable in terms of importance, so it must be evenly balanced.
Â§ It must have great quotes;
Â§ It should have at least one strong character from outside the group;
Â§ It should reflect a core philosophy â€“ that detail is what matters to people.
Â§ And above all, very, very funny.
I would suggest:
Either choose the winner of one of Vegetable lasagneâ€™s 'best show of series' votes.
Or I randomly suggest 'The Subway'.
On the face of it, in this episode, George gets robbed, Kramer wins on the horses, Elaine gets stuck in the tube and Jerry falls asleep on the tube waking up opposite a naked man.
But itâ€™s the way it happens that counts, and what it says about the characters. Which man hasnâ€™t exaggerated / made up his job to a woman? (George) and then had his pride punctured? Which of us has not screamed at a horse on the TV? Or wanted to dive for a seat like Kramer. Which of us has not screamed in our minds at a tube stuck in a tunnel? Or started a conversation we donâ€™t know how to finish with a stranger? (Elaine).
It goes without saying that this is all hilarious, and in terms of quotes:
Woman: So, do you work for one of those big broker-houses?
George: They wish. I hate the big broker-houses. Hate them with a passion. Big broker-houses killed my father.
George: Well, they hurt him bad. Really hurt his feelings.
Elaine: No, no, no, you don't understand! I'm not a lesbian! I hate men,
but I'm not a lesbian!
The best character they introduce is harder in this (see 'The Library' for my favourite), though I love the fact that Jerry can forge a conversation with a naked man through talking about sport - very true to life. And thereâ€™s the hard faced con woman, the two betting guys (â€˜his mudda was a mudda?â€™) as well as naked guy.
In terms of core philosophy, for me there are two points. Firstly, the way the 4 handle events is so in character and their personalities so true to life that eventually Seinfeld is quite liberating and life affirming. There is also something symbolic by the going their own way scene at the tube. None of these people need each other overtly, they donâ€™t even care for each other that much (arguably). Itâ€™s just that they have sort of fallen into each otherâ€™s lives and continue to do so, and when they do they seem to have fun, or a partly shared view of the world. Is this how we live our lives now?
Well, is it?
Don't ask me.