Seinfeld is one of the greatest shows in the history of American television. Everything about it was perfect except its unsatisfactory finale. As reunions are the trend right now, will fans be getting to see a reboot of the series?
Before Friends and Will & Grace, came NBC’s iconic situational comedy, ‘Seinfeld’, helmed by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. The series that ran for 9 seasons between 1989 and 1998 was one of the most popular and influential TV shows of the ‘90s. It was a show like none other and is widely known as “the show about nothing” in popular culture (a reference to an episode in season 4 in which two of its main characters pitch an idea about a show to NBC executives).
- Seinfeld; the show about nothing.
- Seinfeld; a show that was let down by its finale.
- Is a Seinfeld reboot in the works?
The Show About Nothing That Had Everything
Set in Manhattan, the sitcom follows four friends, Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer and their day to day lives. Its sources of humour were the minutiae of daily life and petty arguments between its characters. Since its central character was a stand-up comic, the show had a unique style of beginning and ending every episode with bits from his stand-up act. The show gave the audiences some of the most legendary quotes that are still remembered by fans.
This slice-of-life series could have lasted longer had it not been for Jerry Seinfeld’s fascination with the number ‘9’, as he turned down the network’s hefty offer for a season 10. However, despite its invincible reign, the show is often remembered today as one with a highly disappointing finale that was watched by around a whopping 76 million people. It did not give any conclusion to Jerry and Elaine’s romantic story, involved a flashback of all the awful things they had done throughout the 9 seasons and ended with all four main characters in prison. What could have been a perfect piece of creativity was let down by the poorly written finale.
The Saga Of The Disappointing Finale
The cast members also have over the years shown their dissatisfaction with the grand finale. Jason Alexander, who played George on the show, said that according to him the final episode was “a good episode, but not a great episode” in an interview with Emmy TV. Jerry Seinfeld initially in 2014 said that he was “happy” with the finale but gave his honest opinion in 2017 in an interview at the New Yorker Festival saying, – “I sometimes think we really shouldn’t have even done it. There was a lot of pressure on us at that time to do one big last show, but big is always bad in comedy.” However, I still think it was Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s iconic burn that stole the show on the last episode of Late Show with David Letterman, when she said, – “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.”
Larry David’s 2000 show, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ also tried to give some closure to the audiences in its episode tiled ‘Seinfeld’ aired in 2009 that was touted as the ‘Seinfeld reunion’ showing that George was now married to a woman named Amanda and had got rich by making an app called iToilet and Elaine had a daughter for whom Jerry was the sperm donor.
Is A Reboot In The Works? – What We Know Yet
Today, fans of the show want nothing more than a reunion that does justice to the beloved show. But will we get to see a season 10? The answer is a big ‘maybe’.
In 2018, Jerry Seinfeld went on the Ellen Degeneres Show and said, – “It’s possible”, when asked if there was a possibility of ‘Seinfeld’ returning to television. But in 2019, Jerry indicated that a reboot was unlikely and said, “I cannot imagine that. I always explain to people the characters are created by the writing staff, and without the writing staff, you don’t have that person.”
Jason Alexander in an interview with Entertainment Tonight responded, – “Would I consider it? Yeah, but I’m not the lynchpin. You’re talking to the wrong guy! It doesn’t just happen because I say it happens.” He further went on to say, “We might be the only show where we’re a little less charming in our 50s and 60s than we were in our 30s and 40s. You don’t want us growing up. It might be a little pathetic for us to be stuck where we were 30 years ago.”
Considering how reboots, reunions and spin-offs are the flavour of the season, the vague stance of the makers and actors of ‘Seinfeld’ still has fans hopeful for more. Would you like to see a revival of the show? What do you think the reunion would look like? Write to us in the comment box below.