How 'Seinfeld' paved way for future sitcoms

This 'show about nothing' was actually all about re-inventing comedy for the TV universe

03 October 2021 - 00:00

Thirty-two years after its pilot episode aired to a reception that would, at best, be described as "meh" — and 23 years after its season finale was watched by 76-million people in the US— Seinfeld, "the show about nothing," has arrived on Netflix in a record-breaking $500m (R7.5bn) licensing deal.

For die-hard fans of the show that upended the idea of what a sitcom could be, there's never an excuse needed to re-immerse ourselves in the world of Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer. But now that the show has found a home in one easy, globally accessible place there's another reason to look at why a show about the mundane innocuity of middle-class life remains one of television's most groundbreaking moments...

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