Created By: Air of Mystery on August 29, 2007
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SeinfeldIsUnfunny

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No, I'm not knocking Seinfeld here. What this trope is about is the fact that certain comedy acts or styles become so well known that they become cliched, and so cliched everybody thinks they suck.

The major example is, of course, Jerry Seinfeld's comedy. Almost every hack stand-up comedian on TV, in film and literature seems to have a style that's extremely similar to Jerry Seinfeld's stuff.

There are undoubtedly other examples, though?
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  • August 31, 2007
    Air of Mystery
    I'm launching it.
  • August 31, 2007
    ShayGuy
    Isn't that Grandfather Clause? Speaking of which, I seem to recall reading about someone complaining about the dialogue in a Shakespeare production - "Shakespeare is just so full of clichés." Most of the clichéd figures of speech in his plays, of course, he invented.

    Of course it's a standard Cinderella story - we're watching "Cinderella"!
  • August 31, 2007
    Tanto
    Evil Dead is supposed to be corny. That's kind of the point.

    Not sure about this trope. It seems really subjective -- just asking for a Flame War in the discussion page.
  • August 31, 2007
    BobLaRice
    We're not actually knocking the original, innovative works, we're knocking the sheer number of derivative ripoffs that cause the original to suffer in retrospect. No Flame War necessary if we stress that point.
  • August 30, 2007
    Air of Mystery
    My original idea was not that they're so old they suck, but that everyone thinks they suck, although this so old they actually do suck is better.
  • August 31, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Groucho Marx?
  • August 31, 2007
    Air of Mystery
    No, this seems to be a simpler Grandfather Clause -- things that are now considered sucky are only considered sucky because they've been overused and overseen.
  • August 31, 2007
    FireWalk
    I've heard Tolkien dismissed as "standard fantasy fare" on the same basis, and had to remind myself while reading that the reason it seems like it was done hundred times before was because a hundred people copied it.

    Definitely connected to Grandfather Clause, although it's more a matter of whether it works or not. And this is about works rather than characters.
  • August 31, 2007
    TravisWells
    A related trope is how some old movies can seem incredibly corny and cliche. Mainly because they invented those cliches and all the other movies are copying them. I can't think of any specific examples, but I remember thinking that about Evil Dead.
  • August 31, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    How about "Simpsons Did It"
  • August 30, 2007
    Steelhead Tsotha
    What about Garfield? When it debuted, it was considered very innovative (at least in having a lazy bachelor and his even lazier cat as the protagonists, something completely unheard of in the late seventies) but nowadays it just feels tired.
  • August 30, 2007
    BobLaRice
    Clerks. Thank you and good night.
  • August 30, 2007
    jqpublique
    Not that I'm knocking it, but given it's tendency to be lazily regurgitated Monty Python could fall into this category as well - particularly the Dead Parrot sketch, given that even the anniversary 'best-of' clips compilation was named 'Dead Parrot Not Included'.
  • August 30, 2007
    ShayGuy
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=tf0ufazj&trope=SeinfeldIsUnfunny