The richness of season 8 comes from familiarity with what has gone before and how the characters have been established. This is more of the entertaining series of contrived events we've come to know and love, but here it's taken up a notch in the surreality stakes and plays brilliantly with our attachment to Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer.
Perhaps due to Larry David's departure from the show, this season moves off in a new direction: a slightly wackier one. Although it often annoyed me in other Seinfeld seasons how episodes would feel contrived with everything being tweaked annoyingly conveniently for supposed maximum comedy effect (ruined if it's too contrived, because you can see it all coming), in this season the unapologetic and knowing way that the episodes play out put a new spin on things that brought the humour back.
Like all Seinfeld, it's essential viewing, far, far, ahead of almost all American sitcom competition but don't worry that this is just more of the same - although by this point the show had been spun out for 8 seasons, the makers treat the viewer to a more personal, in-jokey and silly variation on the classic formula, and the show is all the better for it.
My favourite episode in this season is probably no.4, "The Little Kicks" where Kramer and Jerry catch a film with a friend who makes bootleg tapes (amusing) and Elaine (adorable as ever) does a hilarious dance which has social repercussions.
This probably isn't my favourite season due to a lot of the best ideas seeming to have been used already but the creators have certainly outdone themselves by refusing to allow Seinfeld to go stale and still keep energy in the show up to season 8.