by Chris Braly
This Summer marks 20 years since Seinfeld left the airwaves. Let’s look back on one of the best sitcoms of all time.
Created in 1989 by comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, the now iconic sitcom Seinfeld followed the life of professional stand-up comic, Jerry, and his four oddball friends as they encountered every awkward situation possible. Over the course of nine seasons and 180 episodes, the show solidified its status as a TV classic and by the 1998 finale, over 76 million people were tuning in to catch up on the gang’s latest misadventures.
Despite ending 20 years ago, the show remains shockingly relevant for modern-day audiences. Perhaps key to this success was the “no hugging no learning” policy instituted by the show creators that ensured that the series continued to deliver a welcome weekly dose of cynicism to its viewers. The show’s appeal also endures because of the clever writing which brought a biting subversive edge to the humour which allowed it to stand apart from the often sickeningly-sweet shows of the era. In addition to its massive popularity, Seinfeld also enjoyed great critical success. It was voted as the best show of all time by TV Guide readers and ranked fifth in a list of the 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time by Rolling Stone.
Due to syndication, the show’s legacy remains strong even in the pop culture of 2018. If you are keen to take a stroll down memory lane, we recommend that you check out this infographic from Frame Your TV which looks back on 20 years of Seinfeld which features a list of the best episodes in the show’s history, a selection of top quotes as well as some fun trivia.
Check out the infographic to learn more about the greatest sitcom of all time!