When it comes to sitcoms, songs can be almost as defining as any plotline. For Friends, it was “I’ll Be There For You” as the six principal actors danced in a fountain. For Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, it was the theme song that has an entire generation finishing “In West Philadelphia—“ with “—born and raised.” For NBC’s Seinfeld, however, the signature tune wasn’t so much a song as a trademark bass riff. Well, Seinfeld has been off the air since 1998, but the sitcom still plays an important role in the lives of some fans. One person even set up a sensor to trip the bass riff into playing as soon as his door is opened. Check it out!
One of the most famous running gags on Seinfeled was Kramer’s almost violent sudden entrances into Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment, so there’s really no better place for an auditory homage to the classic comedy that at the front door. Daily life may not be as entertaining as the show, but there’s nothing like a touch of sitcom to spice things up.
Seinfeld aired for nine seasons on NBC from 1989 – 1998, following the comedic adventures and misadventures of four quirky characters. It was a defining sitcom at the beginning of an era of 90s primetime television that would include Frasier, Will and Grace, and Home Improvement in addition to the musically unforgettable Friends and Fresh Prince.
Despite Seinfeld being off the air for the better part of two decades now, it’s not difficult to find reruns. That being said, however, Seinfeld has had more influence in the years since its finale than just via late night viewing on cable. HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm had a major plot revolving around the possibility of a fictional Seinfeld reunion, posters have been designed for fake movies mentioned throughout the series, and episodes became required parts of the curriculum for some med students.
Seinfeld was known to push the boundaries; in fact, an entire episode was banned by NBC for a racial joke, and the series finale was unexpected. Still, the show has had great lasting power and aged surprisingly well over the years. Odd as it might be to see that one fan might have taken the initiative to use the trademark Seinfeld bass riff as a way to welcome himself home each day, the level of devotion isn’t entirely surprising. The show about nothing continues to be one hell of a something as the years pass, and it’s probably safe to say that there are those of us who are now secretly wishing for a Seinfeld-esque welcome home of our very own.
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