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Seinfeld - Series of the 90s

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Seinfeld - Series of the 90s


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Another sitcom of the 90s that made history is Seinfeld, originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998, for 180 episodes of 22 minutes each divided into 9 seasons. Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, and produced by Castle Rock Entertainment and distributed in association with Columbia Pictures Television and Columbia TriStar Television; since 2002 it was distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Set mostly in an apartment block of New York City on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the show features a host of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, including George Costanza, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer.

It was focused on everyday life's little things and subjects like sex, parents, the buttons on your shirt, baked goods, cold cereal, etc. The audience would not see a very special episode about drugs or childbirth, and nobody ever gave hugs.

Seinfeld did not really have a family, not even a workplace surrogate one. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (playing a fictionalized version of himself) was the title star, and the other leads were a childhood friend, a neighbor, and an ex-lover.

His childhood friend, George Costanza (Jason Alexander), was a perpetual loser, and not really the loveable kind. At the beginning of the show, he was a realtor, but a succession of jobs followed, each hampered by George’s desires to get paid as much as possible for doing as little as possible.

Seinfeld's neighbor, Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards), never worked but always had plenty of money and plenty of inexplicable relationships with beautiful women, this was the kind of life George dreamed about.

Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), the ex-lover, was now just a good friend, but she was every bit as shallow and petty.

Other characters included mailman Newman (Jerry’s arch-nemesis), Jerry’s parents, George’s parents, Uncle Leo, catalog magnate J. Peterman, thickwit boyfriend Puddy, lawyer Jackie Chiles and others; but the show was mainly focused on the four starring characters.

These four characters experienced the pitfalls of blind dates, rental cars, bad parties, parking spaces, impotence, and anything else that the writers found funny.

In the beginning the series had been only a marginal success, but a few episodes later and a move to Thursday nights—following Cheers and later replacing it—sent Seinfeld's popularity to levels never imagined. By the 1994-95 season, it was the top-ranked show on television, the one everyone would be talking about come Friday morning.

Seinfeld remained a ratings success throughout the decade, reaching to an end only when the cast decided to call it quits after the 1997-98 season with a two-hour special in the summer of ’98, culminating in a two-part episode. Fans have kept the show alive with tribute and clubs, and the show is still everywhere in syndication and still a representative show of the 90s.

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