A Show About Nothing

After watching Seinfled or the show “about nothing,” I was intrigued about how complex the ideas were hidden  behind ordinary every day events. In the episode where Jerry and George are mistaken as a couple, I found the disclaimer “not that there’s anything wrong with that” to be very progressive for its time. For example considering the fact that gay marriage finally became legal in all 50 states just last year, the fact that this show was saying “not that there’s anything wrong with that” makes a strong statement for its time. Even though this disclaimer was used more in a comedic way, hidden within an every day situation, the idea that Seinfeld was expressing acceptance for homosexuals at a time when not everyone did is very intriguing.

-Emily Elliott

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2 Responses to A Show About Nothing

  1. marymdalton says:

    Is is surprising how quickly things are changing!

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I would agree with you, Emily, I definitely found that there were subtle moments in the episodes of Seinfeld that we watched that made it clear that the show was definitely not about nothing. Another example of a subtle hint at something substantial in the show is its representation of Jewish-American culture – something that we have not seen in many other sitcoms prior to Seinfeld. I think the representation of Jewish culture in the episodes is subtle, yet clear enough to give viewers a sense of what the culture consists of. This is a progressive movement away from antisemitism and prejudice depicted in some sitcom shows.
    – Jake Moross

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