As a nation winds down from celebrating the 4th of July this weekend, many will be lounging on the couch and celebrating a different occasion: the 25th anniversary of the premiere of one of the best half-hour comedies to ever grace television history. Arguably known as the most popular sitcom of all-time, Seinfeld—the ‘show about nothing’—originally premiered July 5, 1989 on NBC (known as The Seinfeld Chronicles). Through the everyday story-lines and quirky situations, audiences grew interested and absorbed in the tales by relating to the four offbeat main characters’ imperfections and eccentricities. Soon enough, the show catapulted to top spots on the Nielson ratings and would redefine the elements and clever charm of situational comedy for generations to come.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of Seinfeld and I have been for a few years now. I got into the show shortly after my best friend suggested I check out a few episodes because he knew I liked “smart comedies”. And I really do! The genius of a show like Seinfeld created by stand-up comedian, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David is about just how much of real life can be incorporated into the theme of a show like this one, and still be about ‘nothing’. The theme of ‘nothing’ in many ways became comedy gold for Seinfeld and crew. Such a bold direction in comedy hasn’t been done again, but has set a precedent for more sophisticated comedy audiences and building comedic antiheroes—characters that could be unlikable, but are still well-loved and received by viewers.