George: It's about nothing!
George: Everybody's doing something! We'll do nothing!
Jerry: So we go into NBC; we tell them we got an idea for a show about nothing?!
Jerry: They say, "What's your show about?" I say, "Nothing!"
George: There you go...
Jerry: I think you might have something here.What's the deal with Seinfeld?Seinfeld, a Sitcom which ran on NBC from 1989–98, is a show about nothing. No hugging, no learning.Okay, seriously. One of the most popular shows of all time, it mostly centered around unpleasant people doing unpleasant things to Innocent Bystanders, following a quartet of Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists. Seinfeld was created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. It lasted for nine seasons, only ending when Jerry Seinfeld himself refused to go on, 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 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 The Godfather 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 based on personal stories from the lives of Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, and various members of the writing team.Seinfeld plays a fictionalized, Jerkass version of himself as the ostensible main (though in practice arguably least interesting) character, who works mostly as a foil for his eccentric neighbour Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards), who had a tendency to burst into Jerry's apartment unannounced; his best friend George Costanza (Jason Alexander), a man who can make your regular Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist look like a winner; and his sassy ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who couldn't spell "tact" if her life depended on it. Jerry was the technical Only Sane Man 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 Deadpan Snarker extraordinaire. This quality of Jerry's, flavored with co-creator Larry David's gift for irony, coupled with the characters' propensity for Snowball Lies and Fawlty Towers Plots 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 Status Quo Is God — one of the only social rules they bothered themselves to follow.And then there's Jerry's other neighbor. "Hello, Newman (Wayne Knight)."It was named the greatest television program of all time by TV Guide in 2002. Jerry's webseries Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, had a special mini-reunion with him, Jason Alexander and Wayne Knight acting in character. You can watch it here.Additionally, the seventh season of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm revolved around David creating an in-universe reunion episode of Seinfeld, with Seinfeld, Alexander, Louis-Dreyfus, Richards, and Knight all reprising their roles, as well as playing fictionalized versions of themselves.Now has a character sheet and recap page that could really use help. Vote for the best episode here.
— "The Pitch"
Tropes About Nothing:
No seriously, what is it?