For a self-described “show about nothing,” the all-time great sitcom Seinfeld covered a lot of ground in 180 episodes. The television series’ creators, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, managed to find humor in the mundane and trivial moments of everyday life – much of which is based on their off-camera experiences. 

The show stars Seinfeld as a fictionalized version of himself, a 30-something standup comedian living in New York, whose apartment serves as a meeting place for a troupe of quirky characters: his best friend, George Costanza (Jason Alexander), friend and former girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and his lanky neighbor from across the hall, Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards). They’re a cynical, neurotic, self-centered bunch, but they became a cultural and social force that yielded many standout episodes and memorable catchphrases over the show’s run. “Hello, Newman.” “Happy, Pappy?” “No soup for you!” “Yada, yada, yada.” The list goes on. Seinfeld was produced by Castle Rock Entertain and ran for nine seasons, from 1989 to 1998. It was nominated for a whopping 68 Emmys and won 10 including the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Richards) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Louis-Drefus). 

After nine years, Seinfeld decided to hang it up. “I wanted to end the show on the same kind of peak we’ve been doing it on for years,” he told the New York Times. “I wanted the end to be from a point of strength. I wanted the end to be graceful.” Of course, the end wasn’t so graceful, as many will remember – namely an audience of 76 million who watched it air that night. The show’s highly anticipated finale, in which the longtime friends were tried and jailed after callously watching a crime unfold, received mixed reviews and polarized fans. But now you can start watching from the beginning and decide for yourself. As Kramer might say, “Giddyup!”

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