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My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

16 May
Eric Greenberg

There’s Still Something About Nothing

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 4 comments

It might just be the greatest sitcom in TV history, but I’m not quite ready to call “Seinfeld” classic TV. Not yet. Classic TV is talking horses and a bunch of people stuck on an island. “Seinfeld” just doesn’t seem old enough. That said, everyone’s favorite show about nothing ended it’s nine season run ten years ago this week. Kind of strange, huh?

As much as I don’t want to admit that a show which ended a few weeks after I graduated from college is starting to age, there are at least a few minor signs that a fair amount of time has passed. Paul O’Neill retired from baseball. George Steinbrenner pretty much has too. JFK Jr. passed away, as has Johnnie Cochran (though Jackie Chiles may well still be practicing law). Somebody finally beat the Wiz, which closed shop about five years ago and there’s not even a Kenny Rogers Roasters in New York anymore. Oh yeah, and that computer that sits by Jerry’s window just looks silly.

More importantly though, the comedy still feels fresh and the show somehow still seems hip. You’d think the fact that it airs more than twice a day in some markets would make it feel a bit stale. In fact if you think about it, “Seinfeld” is probably one of only two shows (the other being “The Brady Bunch”) in which the average TV viewer is familiar with just about every single individual episode. As far as its place in pop culture, that’s huge. But as far as comedy goes, knowing what’s about to happen before it does should be a problem. Somehow it’s still hilarious though. My sister and brother in law actually watch the same episode on DVR almost every day and still laugh at it. And when my brother in law constantly goes around yelling ”Is anybody here a marine biologist?”, it’s even funny second hand. Sure it’s a little random at times, but it was on the show too, which is part of why it was so funny. Sometimes mainstream popularity doesn’t equal quality. In this case though, “Seinfeld” caught on for a reason. It’s just that good.

Luckily we still have “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which probably hasn’t hurt as far as keeping “Seinfeld” cutting edge in peoples’ minds. Speaking of which, it’s pretty amazing to think that despite his genius and his millions of dollars, Larry David really wasn’t a household name until after “Seinfeld” ended. It also hasn’t hurt “Seinfeld’s” legacy that in the last ten years, not too many new shows have even come close. Maybe it’ll take another ten years to be completely objective, but it’s possible not too many ever will.

So a decade later, where does “Seinfeld” rank among the best shows of all time? You guys tell me.

 

4 Comments

    Bob Hunt
    on May. 16th, 2008

    One of the greatest shows ever. If I could only have a handful of series on DVD, “Seinfeld” would be one of them. Endlessly watchable, quotable, and a font of conversation among fellow fans.

    Trevor
    on May. 16th, 2008

    I recently read an article that said that, 10 years later, the series doesn’t hold up. I couldn’t disagree more. I catch it once or twice a week and it’s still as funny as the first time I saw it.

    Renee
    on May. 17th, 2008

    I have to admit, I never watched Seinfeld when it was on – I catch it now and again in syndication, and every episode is funny, and I find myself saying “I should watch this more often”. I cannot believe that it has been 10 years since it ended. To be honest, I don’t know where to rate it among the “best shows of all time” because I LOVE LUCY and THE GOLDEN GIRLS are 2 of my favorites. Seinfeld and Fraiser, among others, are ones that I am seeing for the first time.

    I thought that I would see the Greg Brady Project mention something about Jack Black mentioning THE BRADY BUNCH when he announced that when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have this next child, they will have enough for “A Brady Bunch” – inadvertently telling everyone that she is indeed, expecting twins.

    Rhoda
    on May. 18th, 2008

    I reread this blog and I agree; I need to see my sitcom friends daliy, otherwise I have a sense that I forgot to do something that day. (Serenity now!)

    Technology dates the show, but that isn’t what the episodes are about. It is about what we all identify with in relationships and daily life that makes the characters endearing, especially with the terrific portrayal of each character by the actors.

    I miss the tone and sensibility of the show…most of the shows that are on or quickly cancelled are too broad and general superficial characters with mean spirited low brow humor. Writers and producers from the 70s show such as Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, and Bob Newhart brought up that point…The Brady Bunch didn’t have that New York Jewish shtick that I adore, but the characters cared and communicated with one another that is still comforting today as an adult as when I saw it in syndication in the 70s. Fun nostaglia 40 yrs. from now is what I predict SEINFELD will be as The Brady Bunch is today.

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