The famous “show about nothing,” NBC’s Seinfeld is regarded by many fans as the best network sitcom of the 1990s; some go farther than that, hailing it as the best sitcom ever. The series grew from the free-association monologues of comedian Jerry Seinfeld who in partnership with producer Larry David launched the program in a limited-run format beginning May 31, 1990. Slowly but surely, the series developed a rabid fan following, and by the time the 1993-1994 season rolled around, Seinfeld was America’s third most popular program, reaching the number one slot the following year and never dropping below second place for the duration of its run. The eponymous star played “himself,” a young, unmarried comedian named Jerry Seinfeld who lived in a medium-sized apartment (well stocked with breakfast cereals) in midtown Manhattan. However, we seldom saw Jerry at work. Most of the time, he hung out with his three best friends: the obnoxiously neurotic and self-absorbed George Costanza, who lived with his parents, Estelle and Frank, who was for several years employed in the office of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner (who never appeared on-camera), and who spent much of his spare time kvetching over his miserable love life; Cosmo Kramer, wild-eyed, wild-haired entrepreneur, whose many get-rich-quick schemes had a tendency to backfire disastrously; and Elaine Benes, Jerry’s onetime girlfriend, who worked in the publishing industry and was ever on the lookout for a male companion who was truly “sponge-worthy.” A number of memorable supporting characters wandered through the series, including Jerry’s acerbic uncle Leo; his overbearing parents, Helen and Morty.


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