A Show about Nothing

By: Alex Giacco

The pilot episode of Seinfeld was absolutely hilarious on so many different levels. The introductions of Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer were done in such creative ways, as each character’s role was immediately formed. Elaine is out to dinner and is told Jerry’s pilot show is going to air, but it is about “nothing.” This implies that there really is not much of a plot that carries over to each episode, however that does not mean the show is not brilliant in unique ways. Seinfeld is considered by many avid viewers to be one of the funniest sitcoms of all time, and it is really funny to think that when you boil it down, it really is about nothing. It’s the humor of each character and how they react to situations that arise that makes the show hilarious, it really has nothing to do with the actually storyline. Just an interesting way to think about why a sitcom is so popular….

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5 Responses to A Show about Nothing

  1. marymdalton says:

    Just wait until you read Al Auster’s chapter about the series (and see three more episodes)! Then you’ll be even better equipped to decide whether or not the series is about nothing!

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I’ve never watched the pilot of Seinfeld so I really enjoyed watching it this week. Like you said it was really interesting seeing the characters roles established so quickly as well as the fact that it’s a show about nothing. I’m excited to watch more and learn more about it the show because I think there’s more than meets the eye. -Elizabeth Joyner

    • marymdalton says:

      Just to be clear — this two-part episode called “The Pilot” is not the actual pilot of the series. Confusing, isn’t it!?!?!? You’ll see three more episodes soon, Elizabeth. Who knows…you may get hooked!

  3. mediaphiles says:

    I’ve never watched Seinfeld either until this episode! I am also curious to see if the show really is about nothing…Now that I think about it more, it seems like many shows are simply about nothing. They are just about everyday life and how characters go about their days, unless “nothing” has a different definition. Interesting to think about.

    -Emily Elliott

    • marymdalton says:

      Well…I argue (as you know) that value frameworks may be implicit or explicit but are never about nothing!!!

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