We know you still watch Seinfeld in reruns.? It’s on just about as much as The Simpsons and when a recognizable episode comes on it’s almost impossible to not stop and watch, recite every line and still laugh.? We say yes, Jerry Seinfeld’s sitcom about the minutiae of everyday life is still relevant and most importantly, still funny, a full decade after going off the air.? That’s right it was May 1998 when Jerry, George, Elaine and Cosmo Kramer said goodbye.
Newsweek, on the other hand, thinks the show stinks like cheap cologne or whatever cheap analogy you’ve got.
Perhaps none of this will bother you as you watch the one about George buying Jon Voight’s car for the 153rd time. Part of the reason we loved “Seinfeld” was that these guys were our buddies. For eight years we hung out with them, along with those kids just down the street on “Friends.” “Seinfeld” became the ’90s version of bowling night: the place you kicked back once a week and shared life’s little triumphs and humiliations with folks who knew just what you were going through. They made you feel like part of the gang, right down to the inside jokes. The problem is, we’ve changed, and the “Seinfeld” gang hasn’t. There’s a reason that the great sitcoms?”The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “M*A*S*H” and “Taxi,” to name a few?still work. They’re not just about being funny; they’re about people who grow enough in a week, and over time, to keep them interesting. They have depth. Jerry and George have issues. That can be amusing, even occasionally hilarious. But after a while, it all has started to sound like a whole lotta yadda yadda yadda.
What’s sort of strange is that another Newsweek writer penned an essay in defense of the show and it’s poorly written.? After reading it, I’m left to wonder if maybe Seinfeld doesn’t really hold up?