September 27, 2021
Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer stood in for selfish humanity, making Seinfeld a comic confession on our behalf.
Well yeah that was the entire point of the show
While these characters displayed the worst traits in sinful humanity the interesting thing is their schemes were never successful. The lesson is God doesn’t reward sinful behavior & we really look bad when we do things the way these characters did. What made it funny was the show was almost like real time Looney Tunes cartoons. While human beings these characters were a mix in behavior & actions to Looney Tunes characters & sinful human beings.
Love the Looney Tunes comparison, Ken. Thanks for chiming in.
I don't agree with your assessment of Seinfeld. I think it's a stupid show and I don't understand ho Jerry makes a living as a stand up comic. Every time I see him do his schtick all I hear is someone whining.
He does have a whiny voice.
Thank you for this insightful article. Never thought of Seinfeld being an anti-lesson for what Christians are called to be - more a window into the world that we live in now, with self-absorbment being the attitude of the day, which I find so sad. And yes, the humor is fast, funny, and sometimes very sharp. I have squirmed when I've seen myself in it.
Thanks for reading, Claudia. "Self-absorbment" - that's a great term for describing the show.
I wasn't sure I'd ever met anyone whose "guilty" love for this show is as fierce as mine. Pleased to meet you, Josh! And thanks for such an eloquent essay on the ironic appeal of this show, despite the fundamental despicability of its protagonist quartet.
I think what I love most about Jerry Seinfeld's (and, by extension, Larry David's) wry, observational comedy is the way it basically "gets out of the way" and let's the world's absurdities be seen for what they are. In a sense, some of Jerry's best classic bits (many of which frame the conceit for highly memorable episodes), are like what you might expect if you were to reimagine the book of Ecclesiastes as a stand-up routine. (Let's call Adam Driver and see if he wants to take that on next!)
It's just so cringe worthy. Like so many things we say or do and can only see when we step back and watch ourselves, our families, our relationships. Like shows about nothing, but they all mean something!!! Thanks for the great review, Josh!
It never occurred to me to look at Seinfeld this way , I just enjoyed the humor in the preposterous plots! As a Jew , Jerry has YHWH's blessing to pursue his God given humor!
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