How A Show About Nothing Changed Everything

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Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn't think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly.

In Seinfeldia, acclaimed TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon. She brings listeners behind the scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying No soup for you!, Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sights from the show, and fans dress up in Jerry's famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.

Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2015
ISBN: 9781515923985
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jun 09, 2018

Armstrong provides "Seinfeld" fans plenty of interesting and entertaining backstory on the show's production. It's particularly interesting to hear what was behind some of the most celebrated episodes such as "Master of Your Domain," the Junior Mint, and waiting for a table at the Chinese restaurant. I felt the book bogged down a bit after the show ends: Armstrong spends time describing how fans new and old have created blogs, social media accounts and art inspired by the show. Interesting but not as compelling to me as the show and the people who worked on it. Interestingly, she seems to skirt the controversy of the Puerto Rican Day Parade episode. I remember the outcry as being vividly angry and that they ended up not rerunning the episode that season. Delaine's performance is straightforward and light, with a dusky edge that's reminiscent of NPR's Terry Gross. When voicing the show's characters or quoting the actors, she doesn't attempt a full impersonation but captures their recognizable cadences as the professional review above points out. Highly recommended for Seinfeld fans!

Sep 06, 2016

I love the TV show Seinfeld, so I read this. I did enjoy the factoids. Since I saw every episode 4 or 5 times each, I recalled all the different episodes referenced in the book. If I didn't have that frame of reference, this book would be hard to follow, or enjoy. The book did come off as a noncritical sales pitch for Seinfeld, but I ignored that part for interesting facts.


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