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''Seinfeld'' is a show about nothing. No [[VerySpecialEpisode hugging]], no [[AnAesop learning]].

Okay, seriously. One of the most popular shows of TheNineties, it mostly centered around unpleasant people doing unpleasant things to {{Innocent Bystander}}s, following {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}s Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer. It lasted for nine years ([[LongRunners 1989 to 1998]]) and as many seasons, only ending when Jerry Seinfeld himself refused to go on, [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules even after being offered 5 million dollars an episode for a tenth season]].

Revolutionary for its time, as the idea of characters spending whole episodes doing and resolving basically nothing, with all humor based on the minutiae of everyday life, was unheard of in 1989 in America. Seinfeld was [[GenreBusting so revolutionary]] in America, in fact, that it was mercilessly copied. It remains very difficult to describe to the younger generation just how ''huge'' the show was in the '90s, and how memetic its plots and sayings became. To use an analogy, ''Seinfeld'' is to TV shows what ''Film/TheGodfather'' is to movies (which makes it only fitting that the show directly spoofed ''The Godfather'' in the episode about the mohel). Part of what contributed to the authenticity of the "about nothing" theme was the fact that a great deal of the plots were [[WriteWhatYouKnow based on personal stories from the lives of Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, and various members of the writing team]].

Jerry Seinfeld plays a fictionalized, {{Jerkass}} version of himself as the ostensible main (though in practice [[StraightMan arguably least interesting]]) character, who works mostly as a {{foil}} for his eccentric neighbour Cosmo Kramer, his [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend]] George Costanza, a man who can make your regular UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist look like a ''winner'', and his sassy ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes, who [[BrutalHonesty couldn't spell "tact" if her life depended on it.]] Jerry was the technical OnlySaneMan between these colorful personalities, but a highly ineffective one because, like his friends, he is supremely indifferent towards others, opting instead for the role of DeadpanSnarker extraordinaire. This quality of Jerry's, flavored with co-creator Larry David's gift for irony, coupled with the characters' propensity for {{Snowball Lie}}s and {{Fawlty Towers Plot}}s is what fueled most of the elaborate yet utterly mundane plots of the episodes.

Although none of the characters worked together, lived together, or were related by blood, and even though -- or perhaps even because -- no emotional or deliberately touching moments of friendship were ever shown between them, the four remained close friends throughout the show's run, spending a great deal of their waking hours in each other's company and seemingly going by an unspoken rule to always brush off their friends' minor offenses and to never inflict any gross offenses against one another in order to preserve real-life StatusQuoIsGod -- one of the only social rules they bothered themselves to follow.

And then there's Jerry's ''other'' neighbor. ''[[SitcomArchNemesis Hello, Newman]].''

It was named the greatest television program of all time by TVGuide in 2002. Jerry's webseries ''WebVideo/ComediansInCarsGettingCoffee'', had a special mini-reunion with him, Jason Alexander and [[spoiler:Wayne Knight]] acting in character. You can watch it [[http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/george-costanza-the-over-cheer here]].

Now has a [[Characters/{{Seinfeld}} character sheet]] and [[Recap/{{Seinfeld}} recap]] page that could really use help.

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