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The best comedy series?
on 21 May 2006
I have only recently got into Seinfeld, being too young to watch it when it was first produced in the early `90's (I wouldn't have understood it, and it was shown in a graveyard slot on BBC2).
The great thing about Seinfeld, and as many, many people have noted, is it is a show about nothing, except everyday life. Rather than devising ridiculously elaborate situations and forcing the humour, as most comedies seem to do (and unfortunately rarely get right), Seinfeld instead focuses on the humour that can be found in everyday, seemingly mundane situations. Looking at the episodes here, who can't relate to the predicaments our protagonists find themselves in?
The characters are wonderfully formed. Jerry himself seems to actually take a back seat much of the time to the antics of the other characters, and is more of a commentator. George is an exaggerated neurotic, Elaine is Jerry's pushy ex-girlfriend and Kramer, his deranged neighbour. The actors all play their characters very well, and you really can't fault their comic acting skills.
Season one of the show is really only an introduction to the show, featuring only five episodes. Things only really begin to kick off in the latter half of series 2. By then, the writers are really on a roll, and this carries through to the third season, which comprises the second half of this box set.
Although Seinfeld didn't get a huge commercial following until its fourth season, the first 3 series are still extremely funny. Even today it is still leagues ahead of most comedy series, and doesn't rely on cheap devices or obscenities to be successful.
With a great variety of DVD extras, this box set is a must-buy not only for fans of Seinfeld, but for any comedy fan.