After 22 years of the final episode of NBC’s ‘Seinfeld’, it is still one of the most controversial TV episodes ever. However, Jerry Seinfeld thinks otherwise.
The finale that aired on May 14, 1998, brought back every character (Jerry, George, Elaine, Kramer) that was wronged throughout the show’s nine-year run. Anyone who has ever watched the episode has a strong opinion about it, often negative. For a show that spawned episodes like “The Contest“, “The Soup Nazi“, and “The Puffy Shirt“, there was always a constant pressure to end the show on a high note. However, fans have not been pleased with the ending. But Jerry Seinfeld has something totally opposite to say about the final episode of ‘Seinfeld’.
- Jerry Seinfeld jokes about ‘Seinfeld’ finale on NBC.
- Why fans hated the finale?
- Was “the finale” actually great? Should you really be angry?
Jerry Seinfeld jokes about ‘Seinfeld’ finale on NBC.
All the cast members have varying opinions about the final episode. While Larry David thinks it was clever, Jason Alexander thinks it could have been better. In David Letterman’s final episode, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) joked about how she’s going to be part of another bad finale (obviously mocking ‘Seinfeld’!).
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Here’s how Jerry Seinfeld reacted to Julia’s jab on NBC’s ‘Seinfeld’ finale. “I like all jokes. That’s what do. That’s what I live for. There’s really nothing else I care about more than jokes. I don’t really care who the victim is or whose feelings have to be hurt. If it’s a good joke, I’m into it. We actually fought hard for that particular joke. The writers had a different joke that Julia came to me and said, ‘I don’t know if this joke works.’ – I read the joke and I go, ‘No, that’s a bad joke.’ She had flown from LA to New York just to do the one line. It was a big deal. We were really excited to be on that show.”
Jerry Seinfeld continued talking about the jab on the finale of NBC show: “It was a really cool experience to be on Dave’s last show and I didn’t want her to go out there and tank. I’d been at this a while. You don’t always know 100%, but in this case, I knew it was a loser. So we went to the writers and it was quite a long negotiation and then they came up with this other line, which was sensational. I wonder, actually, did they have that or did they write that? Maybe they didn’t want to hurt my feelings? Of course, not knowing me, not knowing that I don’t have feelings”.
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Why fans hated the finale?
The thing about the finale is that everybody writes them in their heads. And if it is not exactly like what they wrote, they are often disappointed. The whole joke about ‘Seinfeld’ is that it’s a show about nothing. In every episode, the characters get into insignificant comic situations and then make some selfish decisions only to worsen the matter.
But no episode had real consequences, unlike the finale where the characters are forced to grapple with the consequences of their actions. That’s why people felt betrayed. Let alone fans, even the cast members including Jerry Seinfeld himself felt that they should not have done the NBC’s ‘Seinfeld’ finale episode.
Was ‘the finale’ actually great? Should you really be angry?
The show ‘Seinfeld’ was never about handing out moral epiphanies. The show writers followed a simple rule: No hugging and no learning. The impact of these words is more relevant now than ever. In today’s fast-moving disconnected age of social media and fake news, who knew at the end of the day this show about nothing would actually have something important to say. You can listen to the podcast on Spotify.
The writers, Larry David, and Jerry Seinfeld, may have honoured the ‘no hugging rule’, but when all was said and done, there was a bit of lesson to be learnt from the final episode of NBC’s show ‘Seinfeld’. What do you think?