Seinfeld Episodes

“Seinfeld” is an American situation comedy, or sitcom, that originally ran on NBC, July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998. It was produced by Castle Rock Entertainment and distributed, in syndication, by Sony Pictures Television since 2002. The show was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. The latter starred as a fictionalized version of himself.
“Seinfeld” began with a twenty-three-minute pilot which was titled “The Seinfeld Chronicles”. It combines Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy routines with conversational scenes focusing on aspects of everyday life.
Seinfeld LogoA lot of the episodes are based on the writers’ real-life experiences, and the experiences are re-interpreted for the characters’ storyline. “Seinfeld” is predominantly set in an apartment building in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in New York City and features a few of Jerry’s friends and acquaintances, the main characters being his best friend George Costanza (Jason Alexander), former girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and neighbor across the hall Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards).
A lot of characters are based mainly on Seinfeld’s and David’s real-life acquaintances and a number of them were introduced as new writers got involved with Seinfeld. There are other characters that are based on real people include the Soup Nazi and Jackie Chiles based on Johnnie Cochran.
“Seinfeld” has a particular structure: at the beginning of every episode, the story thread is presented, which involves the characters starting in their own situations. Rapid scene-shifts between plot lines bring the stories together. Despite the fact that it does not follow a pattern as other sitcoms do, the character’s story variously interweaves in each episode.
Due to the fact that characters and plots from past episodes are often mentioned later on in the show, a strong sense of continuity is preserved. Occasionally, story arcs span multiple episodes and even entire seasons, the most memorable being season four, which revolves around the pilot pitch to NBC by Jerry and George.
The big difference between “Seinfeld” and the sitcoms before it is that the main characters never learn from their mistakes. Therefore, they are unconcerned about and even cruel towards the outside world and sometimes one another. Entertainment Weekly’s TV critic Ken Tucker has described them as “a group dynamic rooted in jealousy, rage, insecurity, despair, hopelessness, and a touching lack of faith in one’s fellow human beings.” This leads to very few happy endings, except at somebody else’s expense.