Seinfeld

  • New to the board or trying to figure out how something works here? Check out the User Guide.
  • New 2019 Hours: The message board is closed between the hours of 4pm ET Thursday and 8:30am ET Tuesday.

    As always, the Board will be open to read and those who have those privileges can still send private messages and post to Profiles.

RichardX

Well-Known Member
Sep 26, 2006
1,726
4,378
I watched and enjoyed Seinfeld, but have to admit the finale really turned me off. The clear message was that the characters were loathsome and could not have grown to be such popular TV icons unless the audience shared many of those negative traits. It was basically an indictment of the fans. The polar opposite of "The Office" which ended with a positive spin on the characters and audience. Putting that aside, you would be amazed at how many people still agonize over the details of the JFK assassination. There is nothing too small to be rehashed. It's an obsession for many people who have devoted years or even decades to it. There is one guy who hangs out at Dealey Plaza near the Grassy Knoll almost every day of the year discussing his conspiracy theories. He's been at it for decades. It borders on a compulsion disorder.
 

blunthead

Well-Known Member
Aug 2, 2006
80,756
195,437
Atlanta GA
I watched and enjoyed Seinfeld, but have to admit the finale really turned me off. The clear message was that the characters were loathsome and could not have grown to be such popular TV icons unless the audience shared many of those negative traits. It was basically an indictment of the fans. The polar opposite of "The Office" which ended with a positive spin on the characters and audience. Putting that aside, you would be amazed at how many people still agonize over the details of the JFK assassination. There is nothing too small to be rehashed. It's an obsession for many people who have devoted years or even decades to it. There is one guy who hangs out at Dealey Plaza near the Grassy Knoll almost every day of the year discussing his conspiracy theories. He's been at it for decades. It borders on a compulsion disorder.
I liked Seinfeld a lot. I disliked the finale a lot. They tried too hard and failed to write something clever, and chose a simplistic summary statement. It felt rushed, was self-indulgent, and sounded sophomoric. Imho, it's the single most disappointing series finale ever.
 

RichardX

Well-Known Member
Sep 26, 2006
1,726
4,378
I liked Seinfeld a lot. I disliked the finale a lot. They tried too hard and failed to write something clever, and chose a simplistic summary statement. It felt rushed, was self-indulgent, and sounded sophomoric. Imho, it's the single most disappointing series finale ever.
I thought it was even worse than that. The message seemed to be that the characters were loathsome, selfish, and mean spirited. If the audience liked them and found them amusing, then that was a negative reflection on popular culture. There might be some truth to that, but it seemed like an elitist and mean spirited way to end the show. Basically telling the fans that they were stupid and self-absorded to have watched and liked the show.
 

Lord Tyrion

Well-Known Member
Oct 24, 2013
1,582
6,256
I thought it was even worse than that. The message seemed to be that the characters were loathsome, selfish, and mean spirited. If the audience liked them and found them amusing, then that was a negative reflection on popular culture. There might be some truth to that, but it seemed like an elitist and mean spirited way to end the show. Basically telling the fans that they were stupid and self-absorded to have watched and liked the show.
I didn't get that sentiment at all. The characters were definitely petty and childish. I thought they were paying the price for being so mean spirited.

The series finale wasn't great, but I didn't think it had to be. I think there is too much emphasis on series finales, especially on tv shows that were not episodic like Seinfeld.

On the other hand, since Curb Your Enthusiasm had the Seinfeld reunion and filmed a few Seinfeld scenes, it made the series finale a bit irrelevant.
 
The Institute - Coming September 10th, 2019 IT - Now Available in Trade Paperback! Flight or Fright - Now Available in Trade Paperback! The Outsider - Now Available in Trade Paperback!