Throwback Thursday TV: Why You Should Go Back and Watch ‘Seinfeld’
Even though Seinfeld is often described as a “show about nothing,” it definitely has something for everybody.
The series that ran for nine seasons from 1989 to 1998 is the fictionalized story of one of the sitcom’s creators, Jerry Seinfeld, and the hysterical situations he finds himself in on a daily basis.
With his kooky next-door neighbor Kramer (Michael Richards), his ex-girlfriend Elaine (Julia-Louis Dreyfus), and his best friend George (Jason Alexander), the gang will be sure to have you quoting their rants next time you are with your friends.
The true success of the show was how the plot lines were so common and vague that viewers would find themselves in the same situations as their favorite characters not long after.
This year, Seinfeld was voted by the Writers Guild of America as the second best-written TV series of all time behind The Sopranos (which is also worth going back and watching). It was also part of NBC’s Must See TV lineup of the 1990s, which featured other hit shows, such as The Cosby Show, Cheers and Frasier.
To give you a more in-depth glimpse of the show, below is a list of some of the most famous jokes found in Seinfeld:
Probably the best-known character quirk of the show, Kramer’s entrances became a staple of the series. Always in a rush, his iconic slide always got a huge laugh from studio audiences.
Yada, Yada, Yada:
In one of the most famous episodes in the show’s history, Jerry’s dentist Tim (Bryan Cranston) converts to Judaism and begins to make off-color jokes. In the meantime, George’s new girlfriend, Marcy, concludes half her stories with the phrase “yada, yada, yada.”
At the end of the episode, George asks what she is hiding with “yada, yada, yada” and finds out that she is a constant shoplifter. The catchphrase was voted by The Paley Center as the No.1 funniest phrase on “TV’s 50 Funniest Phrases.”
No Soup for You:
Everyone has that one guy who always gives them a hard time. For Jerry and his friends, it’s the Soup Nazi. With a very particular ordering method, if you dare argue with the Soup Nazi, there will be “no soup for you.”
For all of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other December holiday, there is always Festivus. The parody holiday, created by George’s father Frank (Jerry Stiller), features a Festivus dinner, an aluminum “Festivus pole,” and practices like the “Airing of Grievances.”
Jerry’s Puffy Shirt:
Seinfeld co-creator Larry David has called Season 5’s ”puffy shirt” episode one of his favorites. Jerry’s new girlfriend is a clothing designer and for his appearance on the Today show, she puts Jerry in what looks to be a shirt that a pirate would wear. The ridiculous piece of clothing is so infamous, it’s now in the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.