A Disappointing Way To End A Successful Show: Seinfeld
Just like The Sopranos, Seinfeld is also criticized for the final episode and how they ended the series. This blog post will revolve around the feelings that the final episode gave to the audience and how many were dissatisfied with the way the sitcom concluded. Seinfeld is one of the most renown sitcoms that aired on television and was loved by millions of Americans that would tune in each week to watch the newest episode. What made the television sitcom so successful is that the majority of the audience could connect to the characters and the antics that happen to them.
The show is a comedic perspective on Jerry Seinfeld’s life. Each episode revolves around Jerry and his friends, Cosmo Kramer, George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and many other minor characters that impact Jerry Seinfeld’s life. The show takes place in New York City and the series ran from 1989 to 1998 and was beloved by many because the show meant to connect to viewers by creating scenes and situations that would happen to everyone in their day to day encounters with other people thus making the show relatable to the audience.
On May 15th, 1998 many Americans got together for the final episode. Many were curious on how Larry David could create an episode that would conclude the sitcom and be memorable to many. Well he certainly did end the sitcom in a way that would garner lot of criticism. The episode ended with Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer being found guilty for disobeying the Good Samaritan law since they didn’t help the victim that was being robbed, but instead they were mocking him because he was overweight while filming the whole encounter.
This lead to the characters going on trial for breaking the Good Samaritan law. This scene helped bring nostalgia by bringing all the altercations with the characters like the Soup Nazi, Newman, and many other characters. Each character testified and explaining their altercations with Seinfeld. This scene is used to remind the audience watching about all of the bad stuff that the characters were involved in. In the end karma takes place and all of them are them are found guilty and sentenced to prison for one year. The final scene cuts to them sitting in their jail cell all together. Larry David cleverly uses the first line of the series as the closing line to the series. The line was about Georges button on his shirt being placed in an awkward position. George then goes I think we had this conversation before which is ironic because it’s a de
Many fans were outraged on the way Larry David had written the show to end. Fans were very confused on why it ended with them in prison and wanted the fans were expecting a more comedic ending and not a series ending. This is the main reason for the shock and negative criticism after the finale aired. Fans were confused on why the show ended with them on trial and going to prison.
Sources like Entertainment Weekly gave it a C- and USA Today gave it a scathing review (Grace, Ziah).Many fans were angered about this episode being the epsiode to conclude a iconic sitcom that created its own culture. Yet today many people still tune in to watch reruns of Seinfeld because the show twenty years later still connects to the audience and makes them laugh. However many fans still can’t get over how Seinfeld concluded and are still angry. On an interview with David Letterman Louis Dyfrus who played Elaine Benes said “Thanks again for letting me be part of a show with a hugely disappointing finale (Entertainment Weekly).” Even Jerry Seinfeld stated in an interview done by Esquire that he regrets ending the show the way he did and said there was a lot of pressure on them to do one last big episode.” Jerry https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a12807259/jerry-seinfeld-regrets-seinfeld-finale/. In an interview with The New Yorker Jerry Seinfeld said that the finale had to be done quick and cheap because its television and they didn’t have a budget like a movie would.
The season finale actually helped the show live on because many would remember the series just by how controversial the finale was. This effect also happen with the tv drama The Sopranos. Being a Seinfeld enthusiast, I had mixed emotions the first time I saw the ending. Having watched the reruns all the time as a kid I was frustrated at the ending because I expected it to be filled with a lot of comedy but instead was a more serious episode. The ending didn’t ruin Seinfeld for me because it is still one of my all time favorite TV shows. I like many other fans have requested for a reunion which ends up happening on Larry David’s new sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm on season 7 episode 10 that aired in 2009.