man, I couldnt agree more, that's so true. Seinfeld is not a slushy, mushy soapcom. It was written by a PROFESSIONAL comedian who had spent years slugging it out on the circuits and in the clubs. He lives and breathes comedy. When he gets up on stage, the thousands-strong audience shudders knowing he's an expert, they are intimidated by his quality, they WANT to laugh at him, whatever he says. Seinfeld is a show which oozes comedic excellence, perfect timing, absurdly unrealistic yet strangely normal situations; it has PROFESSIONAL CLASS written all over it.
And what was friends? (I'm so happy to put "was" in that sentence!) A bunch of 20-something barbie dolls who couldnt act, who were manufactured and brought together by a mindless profit-slurping network, out to get a few quick and very cheap laughs, and rake in the profit.
Friends is a manufactured, plastic, mass-produced teenage "Mcsoapcom". It is nothing more than any other teen program.
Seinfeld is quality and professionalism.
Seinfeld is Hendrix or Led Zeppelin, classics who revolutionised and are remembered, loved and continue to inspire decades later. They didnt mess around, and they didnt do it for the money, they were class acts.
You think Mat perry or Mat le Blanc care two toots about comedy? About the careful ART of comedy, the way Seinfeld or Gary Shandling do? Jerry wanted to be a comedian as long as he ever lived, and he worked damned hard at it for decades, sometimes working for no pay, just to perfect his act. You think any of the 6 in friends ever wanted anything other than a quick ride to fame and cash?
Friends are the Spice Girls. They were fake, manufactured, achieved nothing of intellectual or artistic values, and 5 years on, everyone says "who?".
It is always so clear when one sees classic artists versus manufactured nonsense, no matter what the genre; music, comedy, or even politics.
Seinfeld re-runs will NEVER get boring. 6 years on, we all still talk about them on this forum, we would all wet our little panties if it was announced tomorrow that there will be another series.
But who CARES to see Ross winge and whine about how he had a boner for rachel in high school? Or how much monica loved Magnum PI, but it could just never be? Its TEENAGE NONSENSE. It has been designed to emotionally exploit the hormones of teen girls who will tune in every week.
Does Seinfeld try to exploit emotions to get it's ratings? No, it does it by quality laughs. Does Seinfeld witter on mindlessley, making you "love" it's characters? We all love it to death, but would we care or cry if the characters all went to jail or died in a plane crash?
Of course not! Because it's COMEDY, DUMBASS!
We all weep our eyes out like little girls during the "R&R Breakup" episode where he begs her to forgive him for sleeping with some drunken slut.
When did Seinfeld ever attempt to make us cry? I mean, it's jokes stand out and will do so for ever. Try to remember ANY one single really, really good joke in Friends. It was just a bunch of semi-witty, diluted, double entendre one-liners, designed for cheap laughs.
Compare that to "Vandalez Industries", which you will never forget.
Compare it to when George's mother "catches him" and she falls and hurts her back and he didnt know "whether to help her or zip up". "So what'd u do?" "I zipped up!.... Well I couldnt go over there, the way I was!"
Oh man, I'm in stiches just remembering it.
"So she starts screaming ' oh georgie, how could you?, NO!' "
And then she asks him to see a psychiatrist. Oh man, classic.
Think about the costanzas yelling at one another all the time. Insane. hahaha.
Think about Kramer's crazy..you know..that thing he does...with the hand spasms... in fact, think about Kramer's anything!
Think about when Elaine slaps George on his big bald forehead! haha, oh man. She's really a man in a woman's body.
They weren't barbie dolls. They all looked so normal. (well, excluding Cosmo of course!)
anyway, I really could witter on forever, but let's leave it there!