In the early nineties, Bob Balaban appeared on Seinfeld as recurring character Russell Dalrymple, the President of NBC who was obsessed with Elaine. His story was sort of a tragic one on the series, but this week Balaban revealed that Russell’s original story arc should have been very different.
While online streaming is still a ways away from completely replacing traditional television viewing, it is ubiquitous enough at this point to make "Why isn't this show on Netflix yet?" a fairly common inquiry. As such, here are ten completed series that Netflix needs to add to its stocked library posthaste, so that we may forget things like Hemlock Grove exist.
The Bakersfield Condors have chosen November 16 as the day they show reverence to the classic sitcom by hosting an entire Seinfeld-themed night, where the team will wear special customized “puffy shirt” jerseys for the game. Never has anything hockey-related gotten my attention so quickly.
Lead characters might get the television commercials and the headlines, but it’s often the supporting characters who are the difference between a TV program being a lot of fun and stinking to high heaven.
The puffy shirt. The sponge. The Bubble Boy. Soup Nazi. These are things that Seinfeld fans are well familiar with. Believe it or not, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the beloved sitcom's premiere. TBS isn't letting the occasion go uncelebrated either, as the network is set to air Seinfeld's "25 best episodes" over the course of next week.
Jerry Seinfeld's stand-up act was often incorporated into the plot of an episode of Seinfeld. He'd make jokes about something that bugged him during a stand-up segment of the episode, and sure enough, that factored into the plot. So it's not surprising that his stand-up act during last night's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon would be brimming with jokes perfectly adaptable for a modern-day Seinfeld episode. If only, right?
It turns out that what Seinfeld has been working on is a very special episode of his webseries Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The catch this time is that instead of having a real life comedian as his co-star, Seinfeld instead has Alexander play George while he himself plays "Jerry." The show is Super Bowl themed, as George and Jerry are driving around because they couldn't find a good Super Bowl party to go to.
Earlier this month, Jerry Seinfeld got Seinfeld fans buzzing when he spoke of some secret project he's working on with Larry David. The comedian recently commented on the project, stating outright that it's neither a Super Bowl commercial, nor an episode of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, as some fans have speculated.
Kirstie stars Kirstie Alley as Madison Banks, a Broadway star who's surprised by the sudden appearance of Arlo (Eric Peterson), the son she gave up for adoption. His adoptive parents have died and he's looking to reconnect with the mother he never knew. Rhea Perlman (Cheers) plays Maddie's best friend and assistant, while Michael Richards plays Maddie's outlandish driver.
The TV Blend crew put our heads together and realized for a show to return, conditions must be perfect. Not only would the show need to be fondly remembered by audiences, but it would need to present the sort of topical and situational humor or story that could be adapted for a new age, and hopefully for new audiences, along with the old. In most cases, 24 notwithstanding, comedies also seemed more relevant to bring back than dramas. Without further ado, here are the top five comedies we’d like to see return to the schedule.
For those of us who don't partake in the Christmas festivities, there are still many great ways to celebrate the winter holidays. And obviously, since there are also many television characters who are also on the outside looking in when it comes to Santa, stockings and trees, not to mention the whole birth of Jesus thing, the small screen offers plenty of plot lines that don't involve chestnuts roasting on an open fire and celebrate, well, a wide range of festivities
On one hand, if reruns of Seinfeld have proved one thing, it's that the series still holds up more than a decade later. But on the other hand, judging by the way the show dealt with pop culture references and current trends, we can really only imagine what Seinfeld would be like if it aired new episodes today. What would Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer think of social networking and internet trends? How would modern day pop culture affect them?
Humor is subjective. And so is television, really. If viewership determined what shows were the "best," those of us who watched Community instead of The Big Bang Theory when the two shows were up against one another were clearly mistaken. Of course, many of us would likely argue that Community is the better show, regardless of whether or not it's more popular.
Soup for you! Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi seems to have become just a little more friendly these days, joining a Seinfeld food cart that serves famous foods featured in episodes of the show, the piece de resistance being of course the coveted soup itself. The food truck recently popped up in New York, to the delight of the Seinfeld obsessed.
It’s hard to find a better sitcom than Seinfeld. Running for nearly a decade starting in 1990, the show had some of the greatest writing ever seen on television, iconic characters and some legendary episodes. We all remember the encounters with the Soup Nazi, the amazing guest appearance by Keith Hernandez and the epic trials of the contest, but there’s one episode that has had its greatness ignored for far too long: “The Race.”