15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2005
If you have bought the first four series of Seinfeld which have been released in the past year, you will already be aware of the sparkling picture quality of the remastered episodes, the building of momentum and characterisation within the programmes themselves as the series go on, and the superb extras which each boxed set has contained.
Series 5 ticks all of these boxes, and to be honest, by this stage, everyone on the programme is on top of their games. The scripts are ingenious, with crackling dialogue and wonderfully interwoven plot lines. One odd extra with that episode is a real speech given by Jerry Seinfeld as the Puffy Shirt itself is given to the Smithsonian Institute, as being of great importance to American culture! The rest of the time, the extras mainly comprise commentaries, a documentary or two, some good interviews.
The 22 episodes here are blindingly good value.... there really isn't one bad one, and they also include 'The Sniffing Accountant', 'The Wife' (with Courtney Cox) and 'The Opposite'.
If you are a Seinfeld fan already, you should get this - immediately! If you are new to the programme, well, you should get this - immediately! Along with Seasion 4, it's the one to invest in.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2011
I keep going back to all my Seinfelds for a cheerful spot in the day, any day.
The characters and simple humour make you realise what is missing in comedy today.
It is an ideal nightcap to take before bedtime, smiles all the way. If I had to choose a favourite character it has to be Kramer. Enough said.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2010
If you have not seen or heard of Seinfeld, where have you been. The series gets funnier and funnier as the characters develop. Many laugh out loud moments and a must for all fans of Seinfeld. The lip reader & the puffy shirt are absolute classics. enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2014
Seinfeld continues to go from strength to strength with the 5th season and the characters shine brighter than ever.
This seasons contains more classic episodes including 'The Mango' where Jerry finds out something surprising about his past relationship with Elaine, 'The Sniffing Accountant' where Jerry suspects his accountant of being high on drugs and of course 'The Puffy Shirt' where Kramer's quiet talking girlfriend asks Jerry a very bizarre request.
In my opinion, season 5 stands as the best season of Seinfeld, and is really where the show reached its peak.
on 6 December 2012
With "Jerry" already cancelled, it's back to business as usual on Seinfeld. In fact, the premiere episode, "The Mango," would get jaws immediately wagging with its frank discussion of the female orgasm and Elaine's admission that she's been known to fake it. Insecurities boil over for both George and Jerry. And remember that fruit stand Kramer talked about back in Season 2? It returns here when Kramer's pickiness over his fruit gets him banned from the store.
New writers joined the staff for Season 5, and though the shift was to more episode-based comedy, they did take on a more "anything goes" bend. This is a sort of natural shift that often has to happen in a long-running sitcom when more grounded plots begin to become harder to come by. Thus, we can get the gang wrapped up in a non-fat yogurt scandal that effects the New York mayoral election or in an operatic drama with a pair of barbers in love with Jerry's lustrous mane.
It doesn't always work. There was some stumbling on the way to figuring out what the right mix was. Some of the episodes go too far into the absurd. George and Kramer rock climbing in "The Stall" comes off as cheesy, and the swirling narrative of "The Marine Biologist" loses control. In that second act, when they try to move quickly and weave all the plot lines together, the comedy loses some of its potency. Having Kramer drop a shoe out of the window and landing on Newman comes out of nowhere and causes the episode to flatline. There was no need to tie either of those characters into the Jerry and Elaine story line of having portable electronic devices tossed from windows and hitting a bystander (Carol Kane). Newman isn't even in the rest of the episode! Only Jason Alexander's masterful final monologue about rescuing a whale pulls this particular episode out of freefall.
When Season 5 is on point, though, it really hits in every manner. The final disc of the season is one of the most perfect of the set. Beginning with "The Wife," the show where Jerry and Courtney Cox pretend to be married to get a dry-cleaning discount, and ending with "The Opposite," when George turns his life around by doing the exact opposite of what his instincts tell him to do, DVD 4 has five episodes of sheer comedy heaven. Morty Seinfeld and Kramer try to go into business selling raincoats together, George lies to get out of the Big Brothers program and also must deal with the consequences of "shrinkage," and Jerry gets caught making out during Schindler's List. Every show is hilarious. Seinfeld was riding high at this point, both creatively and in the ratings.
EPISODES: * The Mango (audio commentary by Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander) * The Glasses (writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross) * The Puffy Shirt * The Sniffing Accountant * The Bris * The Lip Reader (writers Peter Mehlman and Carol Leifer) * The Non-Fat Yogurt original Mayor Giuliani version/The Non-Fat Yogurt alternate Mayor Dinkins version * The Barber * The Masseuse * The Cigar Store Indian (writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross) * The Conversion * The Stall * The Dinner Party * The Marine Biologist (director/producer Tom Cherones and production designer Tom Azzari) * The Pie (writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross) * The Stand-In * The Wife * The Raincoats (parts 1 and 2) * The Fire * The Hamptons (writers Peter Mehlman and Carol Leifer) * The Opposite (Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2005
Finally.. The fifth season has arrived.. If you love to see george make an fool of himself you will certenly hold on to this boxset untill the day you die!!. In this season the writers really starts to get the hang off it.. i thougt it was impossible to make the everyday problems even more funny.. but i stand corrected.. Man is this a great set or what!! The only thing i can say to you is BUY IT NOW!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2005
I didnt think that anythig could top the first 4 seasons.. But i was wrong.. This is the season where the show about nothing really takes off.. Man is this a great season.. If you like to see george make a fool off him self i promise that you will love this set. And off course kramer, jerry and elaine are also involved in those everyday problems we all in some way or another can relate to.. the difference between you and me and them.. they are funny as hell!!!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
season five of seinfeld is widely regarded by critics and fans alike as the best of a very good bunch,i will not deviate from that stance one bit here,this is comedy gold and maybe even more than that.
The series is filled with memorable scenes and quotes and situations that you can relate to and even if you cant you can appreciate,the show about nothing as they call it still seems to be about something to me but that only heightens its appeal.
To single out episodes in something as pure as this seems a little wrong but i can pay extra mention to 'the opposite' where george decides to fight against who he is and try and be the opposite to shocking results,'the non fat yoghurt' where jerry curses,its censored but its so funny,'the barber' and 'the puffy shirt',but to be fair they are all good,and with that in mind this is a five star series,top notch indeed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2013
One of the best set of episodes of this series: Classics such as The Mango, the Puffy shirt, the non-fat yogurt and the cigar-store indian taking up everyday issues and turning them upside-down. Seinfeld at its best!
on 7 March 2012
I have to say, in all my years of watching reruns of Seinfeld, this season would be the benchmark for comedy gold. Every phrase, every gesture and situation is pitch-perfect, and the actors are on a roll like their own lives were at stake. Jerry is a much more developed character, and George Costanza steals every scene he is in. That character's evolution is a marvel to behold, and by the end of the season, you can't believe how much he has changed.
Elaine and Kramer as amazing as well, adding their own manic charisma to the formula and making each episode memorable. No filler, none at all, it was a brilliant show, I'd have to give it a strong 5/5.