Analysis Of The Movie'seinfeld '

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Seinfeld was a sitcom from NBC that was very popular during the ’90s, and is often referred as “a show about nothing.” It consisted of the life of a fictitious Jerry Seinfeld and his friends in New York City (IMDb). Seinfeld reached a Nielsen rating of 21.7 percent and number one in the United States ranking during its ninth and final season (“Appendix 3: Top-Rated Programs by Season”). It was unique in the way that it portrayed social life during the ‘90s, and this inspired shows such as Friends, Ellen, and Mad About You (Pierson 49). In Seinfeld episodes, the viewer can observe social customs, fads, social standards, and family portrayals of ‘90s semi-young adults. Seinfeld became extremely popular almost overnight after it was moved…show more content…
It was this self-interested behavior that showed what was considered inappropriate, acceptable, and popular in the ‘90s. These characteristics of Jerry, Kramer, Elaine, and Constanza all fit in into what is referred as the “modern comedy of manners” genre, in which the characters act in a self-interested manner while trying to comply with societal rules (Pierson 50, 52). A common way in which they deal with these rules is by lying and deceiving. Particularly, Jerry Seinfeld tends to engage in these qualities the most often, and it can be easily observed by the viewer. His deception and lies are always used in a way that advances his and/or his friends interests. Seinfeld does tend to lie less with George, and this reveals how acceptable it was in the 90’s to speak freely about whatever you wanted with your friends, similar to today. These talks helped Seinfeld satirize political correctness in the ‘90s. For example, in “The Pitch / The Ticket” George and Jerry talk about salsa being “the number one condiment in the world” because supposedly people like saying “salsa” (“The Pitch / The Ticket” 4.3). Shortly thereafter, George jokes that “Spanish people” would have a hard time ordering a seltzer because of their accent, making them sound like they’re asking for salsa instead. It is politically incorrect because it makes fun of Hispanic accents, and also implies that all people in this group have one.
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