Seinfeld Is Unfunny

aka: Seinfeld Is Cliche

"I don't know what the big deal with Hamlet is, it's just one famous saying after another, strung together by a moldy old plot."
Old Joke

There are certain shows that you can safely assume most people have seen. These shows were considered fantastic when they first aired. Now, however, these shows have a Hype Backlash curse on them. Whenever we watch them, we'll cry, "That is so old" or "That is so overdone".

The sad irony? It wasn't old or overdone when they did it. But the things it created were so brilliant and popular, they became woven into the fabric of that show's genre. They ended up being taken for granted, copied and endlessly repeated. Although they often began by saying something new, they in turn became the status quo.

Named after the sitcom Seinfeld, which many people won't watch any more because everything about it has been copied. Most likely will result in Fan Haters and accusations of Rule Abiding Rebels. This can also occur in countries that get the shows years after they originally come out.

Compare Older Than They Think, Discredited Meme, Unbuilt Trope, Hype Backlash and Rule-Abiding Rebel. Contrast Vindicated by History. This is a special case of Older Than They Think, when the Trope Codifier is still around or still highly regarded. The same principle applied to ethical or cultural issues is Fair for Its Day. The exact opposite of Values Resonance. The worst outcome is Deader Than Disco. Occasionally overlaps with Values Dissonance.

Warning: reading all these examples may result in severe depression, as they might give the impression that anything old can no longer be truly enjoyed - and that anything new will be unenjoyable in the future. Proceed at your own risk.

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Oh, Now I get it! It's an old hat!

Alternative Title(s):

Seinfeld Is Cliche, Original At The Time, Original Idea At The Time, It Wasnt Cliche At The Time