The Worst TV Show Ever

The other day, The Daily Post, a blog run by WordPress that sends out a daily prompt, asked this question:

When was the last time a movie, a book, or a television show left you cold despite all your friends (and/or all the critics) raving about it? What was it that made you go against the critical consensus?

That’s easy.

Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

To hear some people talk about it, if they gave Nobel Prizes for television, Seinfeld would have won one, hands down. I mean intelligent, well-read individuals were saying this. And for the life of me, I can’t think of a single reason why.

They said the show was about “nothing.” I disagree: it was about four unlikable, neurotic characters maundering through life and getting on one another’s nerves. You have Jerry, the anal-retentive who alphabetizes the many cereal boxes in his kitchen cabinets; George, a little weasel who’s always trying to get something for nothing; Elaine, a narcissistic harridan who thinks she’s God’s gift to men; and Kramer, an individual who respects no one’s personal boundaries and is either high on something or a complete loony. There is nothing about them that mitigates any of their faults; you feel no sympathy for them because there’s nothing about these people that evokes it. Every week was an exercise in pitting these four against characters who were just as unlikable and neurotic as they were and watching them be outnastied.

Where’s the humor in that?

And yet, it’s described in Wikipedia as “[a] critical favorite, commercial blockbuster and cultural phenomenon”. Really? Why? All I can figure is that it benefitted from the Thursday night schedule, strong on NBC and weak on all the other networks.

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11 thoughts on “The Worst TV Show Ever

  1. I’ve rarely been one to jump on the popularity bandwagon. I never watched Seinfeld when it was in its regular run until the finale show. I did watch that closing episode and I was not impressed. Then years later I started watching the show in syndication and I got it. It was a microcosmic view of life in general placed in this New York City setting. I related to the episodes and now find the show to be quite funny.

    The popular show that I never did get and to this day don’t care much for is Mash. I sometimes used to watch it because everyone else was but I never got into that one. I still don’t like to watch it. Didn’t much like the movie either.

    Tossing It Out


  2. oh John, we siblings of different mothers. I tried to watch Seinfeld a number of times. totally didn’t get it. still don’t. I think it’s because there’s nothing to get. just neurotics begging us to follow their lives. follow mine – it’s a lot funnier than those guys.


  3. oh, John. I so agree with you. I never ever got the appeal of Seinfeld, and even though I’ve seen a couple eps, I just don’t get it. I’m glad to know I am not alone.
    the other one for me is The Simpsons.


    1. When the Braves were on a local station, whenever there was a rain delay, they would show episodes of “Seinfeld.” That was my cue to turn the TV off for a while.

      I don’t watch Fox 5 Atlanta on Sunday night. I don’t get any of those cartoons…


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