Web Video: The Jerry Seinfeld Program
"Hi! We're Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza and we're the stars of NBC's hit show, Seinfeld. We've been on the air for 21 years, and, well, coming up with ideas and writing the show is hard. That's all. Enjoy our new episodes!"
— "Jerry Seinfeld" and "George Costanza"
"Dat's it Jerry.... I'm DONE WITH BEANS!"The Jerry Seinfeld Program is a 2010 webseries which has resurrected the classic sitcom as a series of minute-or-so long episodes, updated every couple days. If you thought the TV show was about nothing, you truly haven't seen "nothing" yet.
— "George Costanza", "Beans"
This web original provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion - In one short, "Jerry" completely breaks character and claims to be Dan Klein, the actor playing him, for the rest of the episode.
- Adaptation Decay - Intentional
- Affectionate Parody
- Arc Words - "Well now that's.... usin' your bean!"
- Black Comedy - Increasingly so towards the end of the series.
- Brief Accent Imitation - "Jerry" has inexplicably slipped into German and South African accents for a few words in certain episodes.
- Cerebus Syndrome - Intentional.
- Chroma Key - How the series appears to be set in the real apartment from Seinfeld.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome - Seemingly everybody in the Seinfeld universe except for "Jerry" and "George", most glaringly Elaine and Kramer. Lampshaded twice.
- Cloudcuckoolander - "Jerry Seinfeld"
- Creator Backlash - It would almost seem like "Jerry" and "George" hate the show, and want it canceled. Nah.
- Darker and Edgier
- Easy Evangelism - In episode 2, God.
- Foreshadowing: The initial ad for the 21st season includes clips from almost every episode, including Jerry's death.
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot - Done twice, both times causing George and Jerry to have existential crises after they learn what their audience really thinks of them.
- Franchise Zombie - Tends to happen somewhere down the line once your sitcom loses half its cast and outlasts Gunsmoke.
- The Ghost - Kramer and Elaine. In fact, in their only mention to date, "Jerry" claims to not even know who they are.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners - Just barely heterosexual life partners. The "Penis Size" episode certainly crosses the line.
- Kill 'em All
- Long Runner: Seinfeld, which has been running for the past 21 years.
- Minimalist Cast- You can count the number of characters that appear who aren't "Jerry" or "George" on one finger.
- Mood Dissonance
- Mood Whiplash: The last two episodes. Jerry gets sick and dies, and George commits suicide, and the final episode is just a full minute of their dead bodies in complete silence. Both end with the typical 'Quirky slap bass riff' credits sequence.
- No Fourth Wall - The last line of almost every episode is addressed to the viewers at home. In certain episodes, a joke bombs and "Jerry" yells at the studio audience in response.
- Obligatory Swearing - Here and there, out of nowhere.
- Online Spin Off
- Overly Long Gag - Many, like "Clapping".
- The Reason You Suck Letter - See Seasonal Rot on the YMMV Page.
- Screwed by the Network - Once a hit show and the pride of the network Seinfeld now survives as a series of poorly made web shorts with half of its original cast missing. Confusingly they've also renewed the show through a 26th season.
- So Unfunny It's Funny - Just one example is Jerry's comedy act falling apart and the laugh track disappearing in "I Love You".
- Talkative Loon: Jerry in "Chacabi".Jerry: Chacabi! Chic..a-bi! Chic-a-bi! Chic...a-boo!George: What are you talking about?Jerry: I don't know...(pointing at audience) do you?
- Vulgar Humor - Taken to the extreme in the in-universe Official Fan-Submitted Content episode "Whores".
- X Meets Y - Seinfeld meets Stella.