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The best comedy of the 90s,
This review is from: Seinfeld: Seasons 1 - 3 [DVD]  (DVD)
Being completley honest, I wasn't immediatly impressed with Seinfeld. I bought the boxset of season three first (long story) and found that for the first few episodes it was entertaining, but not all that funny. Until I saw the episode 'The Pen'. It suddenly hit me- there's no ridiculous physical comedy (well sometimes with Kramer), no gags that are set up. It's purely comedy that gets it's laughs from everyday life- some of the characters are people you are likely to meet. A mon avis, Season Three is the better season of this set. All 22 episodes are hilarious, with The Pen being the strongest episode, despite the abscence of George and Kramer.
Season One and Two are still incredibly funny. The one standout episode is The Chinese Restaurant, a whole episode with the three friends waiting for a table in a chinese restaurant. It emphasises the fact that above all, Seinfeld is a show about nothing.
Creator Larry David went on to star in the amazing Curb Your Enthusiasm (imagine a show based around George getting into embarassing and frequently foul mouthed situations). If you like Seinfeld and aren't offended easily, it's a must see.
So, Seinfeld is the best 90's comedy because it ignores everything most sitcoms have- character romances (well in one episode Jerry and Elaine negotiate no-strings sex), dramatic arguments and any character development. How the BBC give primetime slots to My Hero, According To Bex, My Family etc. when this was tucked away at midnight is a travesty.
Seinfeld is a sitcom in the purest sense, there's a situation and there's comedy. That's it. And when 75 million tuned into the final episode in the US, they must be doing something right.