EDitorial ± 17-Sep-2001

A Show About Nothing

Laughter, they say, is the best medicine. Which seems as good a reason as any to tell you all about the return of the funniest show on television, IMHO. 'Cos you may easily miss it entirely, given the inexplicably unsociable scheduling on the Beeb. Tonight, and for the next few weeks around midnight on BBC2, it's Seinfeld.

Heard of it but never watched an episode? Do yourself a favour and tape one, I dare you. Like a number of US sitcoms, it pays to have some knowledge of the previous seven series. You might appreciate knowing, for example, that the four leading characters are:

  1. Jerry: a New York stand-up comedian playing himself
  2. George: Jerry's best friend - a short, balding loser
  3. Elaine: one of Jerry's many ex-girlfriends
  4. Kramer: lives across the hall from Jerry
Somehow, in the space of 22 minutes, each member of the quartet follows a separate plotline, although the individual stories inevitably collide. Aside from the dialogue and plentiful references (to Pez, Letterman, frozen yoghurt, you name it), I like the fact that they all meet up in Monk's, the local coffee shop.

George, Kramer, Elaine and Jerry   Tucked away in the schedules

The show's not for everyone, but once you're in, you're in. When the final episode was screened in the States a couple of years back, one of the other channels simply put up a test card, aware that it was pointless to try to compete. If it was on Channel 4 on a Friday night, it'd be huge. As it is, I don't think there are too many fans over here due to the bizarre time it goes out.

Tricky to say why I find it so funny. Give it a go, though. Go find that VideoPlus code now!

Be seeing you!