Observations on Seinfeld After Watching It as an Adult
Seinfeld is on Hulu and I've been plowing through the seasons. It's different than I remembered. So far I'm at season 4.
- •The Elaine situationThey bring up the fact that Jerry and Elaine dated WAY more often that I remembered. I always thought it was cool that they were platonic friends and their past was no big whoop, but it turns out everyone was constantly mentioning it.
- •SnacksJerry pointlessly scatters snacks around his apartment for visual interest. Like, he'll be talking to Kramer and dump a bag of potato chips into a bowl and leave it on the table for... No one. People don't do that, right??? I assume it was an attempt to make a robotic man seem more human.
- •AgesAll the characters LOOK much younger than I remembered, but ARE way older than I thought. Like when I was a kid, I saw Jerry as being a withered middle aged man, and I'd have guessed he was 30. Now he looks like a baby face and in the first season he says he's 36. Mostly I guess this means I was an idiot and time exists, but still.
- •GirlfriendsGood lord there were a lot of girlfriends. Playing Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriend must have been for an LA actress what playing a Law&Order witness was for an NYC actress. Except probably much better residuals.
- •KramerNot all that kooky after all.
- •Elaine's ClothesEven when they are doing something dumb or lazy, Elaine's looks are ON POINT. I love that the costume designer must have been like "I know, they are supposed to be stranded in the woods...but let's give Elaine a fun brooch, a pop of color and perfectly cuffed sleeves. I can't let her look bad!!!"
- •White peopleCome on now, NBC. I know it's a fake NYC street, but your couldn't rustle up a COUPLE non-white actors/extras? Oh wait, I guess they did -- they just make them all real wacky and foreign and ugh maybe you guys should have just stuck to all white people after all.
- •Industry talkTurns out Seinfeld was multi-cam sitcom Louie, and not just the stand-up interstitials. There is tons of talk about the life of a stand-up, which is not at all what the show was known for. It's a show about nothing, right? Nope - very much a show about a club comic. Also, the story arc about selling a show to NBC now feels familiar enough to trigger some light PTSD.
- •Kramer applauseThey started cheering for Kramers entrances a little in season 4, but mostly season 5.