WowBB Forums Home 
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
WowBB Forums > Sports And Wrestling > General Discussion > Seinfeld Finale - 20 Years Ago Today

 Moderated by: Ron, brodiescomics, beejmi
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
Seinfeld Finale - 20 Years Ago Today  Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2018 02:13 pm
  PM Quote Reply
1st Post
srossi
Mr Monday Night!
 

Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: New York USA
Posts: 45977
Status: 
Offline
That makes me feel old as shit.  Seinfeld's final episode aired on NBC on May 14, 1998.  1998 still seems like just yesterday to me, but it's been 20 years. 

It was also probably the hottest year in wrestling history with both the WWF and WCW crushing it.  The Yankees were also 6 weeks into arguably the greatest season in baseball history.  Definitely a good year. 



____________________
This thread was great before AA ruined it.
Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2018 02:34 pm
  PM Quote Reply
2nd Post
Married Jo



Joined: Fri Dec 21st, 2007
Location: Hickory NC
Posts: 6495
Status: 
Offline
Watched it again a year or so ago and damn did they botch the finale. Thank God for Curb and that Seinfeld season..

On the flip side, finished another binge on "The Office" the other week and they are one of the few shows to NAIL a finale..



____________________
Well, Im of the opinion that one wouldnt actually have to eat the corn out of Chynas shit to know that nothing good could come of it. - Portalesman
Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2018 02:46 pm
  PM Quote Reply
3rd Post
srossi
Mr Monday Night!
 

Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: New York USA
Posts: 45977
Status: 
Offline
Married Jo wrote: Watched it again a year or so ago and damn did they botch the finale. Thank God for Curb and that Seinfeld season..

That Curb season with the Seinfeld reunion is just fantastic.  As popular as Seinfeld was, that Curb season really didn't get the attention it deserved. 



____________________
This thread was great before AA ruined it.
Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2018 04:06 pm
  PM Quote Reply
4th Post
tamalie
Hall Of Famer
 

Joined: Mon Oct 22nd, 2007
Location:  
Posts: 3896
Status: 
Online
It's hard to believe it's been 20 years. It feels much more recent. That finale was a case of a show not getting how its fans watched it and what they wanted. Punishing the four main characters, even if you can make an argument that they deserved it, was not what people wanted. "Seinfeld" has pretty much washed out that bad taste, unlike "How I Met Your Mother" which I think did massive damage to its syndication lifespan and memory with its very misguided finale.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2018 05:11 pm
  PM Quote Reply
5th Post
srossi
Mr Monday Night!
 

Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: New York USA
Posts: 45977
Status: 
Offline
tamalie wrote: It's hard to believe it's been 20 years. It feels much more recent. That finale was a case of a show not getting how its fans watched it and what they wanted. Punishing the four main characters, even if you can make an argument that they deserved it, was not what people wanted. "Seinfeld" has pretty much washed out that bad taste, unlike "How I Met Your Mother" which I think did massive damage to its syndication lifespan and memory with its very misguided finale.
Seinfeld was a different type of show where dozens of episodes are stand-alone classics whose lines get recited verbatim by hardcore fans.  There's immense replay value, the same type that has allowed I Love Lucy to be a syndication blockbuster for decades.  My kids will likely watch Seinfeld and know many of the episodes just like I did with The Honeymooners.  But How I met Your Mother was supposed to be leading to some type of climax, a climax that was completely botched, and the individual episodes not only don't hold up because they simply weren't as well written, but also get ruined by this story arc that you know is going nowhere.  It really is quite amazing how little foresight they had there and how much money they left on the table for replay value.

Last edited on Mon May 14th, 2018 05:12 pm by srossi



____________________
This thread was great before AA ruined it.
Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2018 05:53 pm
  PM Quote Reply
6th Post
the squared circle



Joined: Thu Feb 21st, 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 7412
Status: 
Offline
I'm one of the few that thinks the Seinfeld finale was great. And yes, they did get what they deserved! They were all mean spirited selfish people, which is course why the show was hilarious.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 02:11 am
  PM Quote Reply
7th Post
BuddyPSHayes



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Anywhere I Damn Well Please
Posts: 3720
Status: 
Offline
srossi wrote: That makes me feel old as shit.  Seinfeld's final episode aired on NBC on May 14, 1998.  1998 still seems like just yesterday to me, but it's been 20 years. 

It was also probably the hottest year in wrestling history with both the WWF and WCW crushing it.  The Yankees were also 6 weeks into arguably the greatest season in baseball history.  Definitely a good year. 

ECW actually ran a show that night, they released it on video, called it "This Ain't Seinfeld".



____________________


"The only area I can think of to avoid in Houston is Houston." - srossi
Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 03:32 am
  PM Quote Reply
8th Post
Principal_Raditch



Joined: Mon Feb 18th, 2008
Location:  
Posts: 6400
Status: 
Offline
I'd just started working in the US, and was on assignment in NYC. We were staying in Jersey City ,and walked over to Washington Ave in Hoboken to watch it at some bar.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 02:14 pm
  PM Quote Reply
9th Post
srossi
Mr Monday Night!
 

Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: New York USA
Posts: 45977
Status: 
Offline
BuddyPSHayes wrote: srossi wrote: That makes me feel old as shit.  Seinfeld's final episode aired on NBC on May 14, 1998.  1998 still seems like just yesterday to me, but it's been 20 years. 

It was also probably the hottest year in wrestling history with both the WWF and WCW crushing it.  The Yankees were also 6 weeks into arguably the greatest season in baseball history.  Definitely a good year. 

ECW actually ran a show that night, they released it on video, called it "This Ain't Seinfeld".

I remember. I got it from RF Video. 



____________________
This thread was great before AA ruined it.
Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 04:31 pm
  PM Quote Reply
10th Post
tamalie
Hall Of Famer
 

Joined: Mon Oct 22nd, 2007
Location:  
Posts: 3896
Status: 
Online
srossi wrote: tamalie wrote: It's hard to believe it's been 20 years. It feels much more recent. That finale was a case of a show not getting how its fans watched it and what they wanted. Punishing the four main characters, even if you can make an argument that they deserved it, was not what people wanted. "Seinfeld" has pretty much washed out that bad taste, unlike "How I Met Your Mother" which I think did massive damage to its syndication lifespan and memory with its very misguided finale.
Seinfeld was a different type of show where dozens of episodes are stand-alone classics whose lines get recited verbatim by hardcore fans.  There's immense replay value, the same type that has allowed I Love Lucy to be a syndication blockbuster for decades.  My kids will likely watch Seinfeld and know many of the episodes just like I did with The Honeymooners.  But How I met Your Mother was supposed to be leading to some type of climax, a climax that was completely botched, and the individual episodes not only don't hold up because they simply weren't as well written, but also get ruined by this story arc that you know is going nowhere.  It really is quite amazing how little foresight they had there and how much money they left on the table for replay value.

I agree to an extent that the format of "How I Met Your Mother" as a whole hindered the show a bit in syndication. However, the story of finding the future mother of Ted's kids was often in the backseat compared to other stories in individual episodes and the show can be watched without the main theme of the show getting in the way. My take is the climax to the big story arc, and what it did to the side arcs, was so botched that it led to the fans being alienated from the show in syndication and recollection.
 
The show went very far in building the Barney/Robin couple with the entire present tense of the last season taking place at their wedding. To then have them end up divorced during the flash forward in the finale with Barney then getting one of his hookups pregnant in a "Seinfeld" finale-like comeuppance (that he became a doting father is beside the point), have the mother die of cancer in almost a throwaway, and then put Robin with Ted was something the fans of that show didn't want to see. It lastingly damaged the show's legacy and commercial viability.
 
The show runners subsequently made comments along the lines of this conclusion being what was in the works from the start, but the show and its viewers had moved so far from this point that the abrupt redirect didn't work. Sometimes you have to know when to cater to the customer over the creative vision.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Sat May 19th, 2018 06:58 pm
  PM Quote Reply
11th Post
Spatulapup

 

Joined: Mon Nov 22nd, 2010
Location:  
Posts: 1633
Status: 
Offline
Seinfeld still holds up really well. whenever i see it on tv i can laugh out loud at it. friends and i still quote some of the lines in every day conversations. when Kevin Spacey officially came out of the closet when he got in trouble a friend said to me "did you hear Kevin Spacey revealed he is gay?" i said "yeah" and he replied "not that there is anything wrong with that".....

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Sun May 20th, 2018 12:23 pm
  PM Quote Reply
12th Post
chrob61



Joined: Thu Nov 18th, 2010
Location: Michigan USA
Posts: 1854
Status: 
Offline
It's strange, I've seen perhaps 4-5 Seinfeld episodes, but have seen the entire run of Curb and LOVE IT! I may just have to go on a Seinfeld binge one day.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

Current time is 08:26 pm  
WowBB Forums > Sports And Wrestling > General Discussion > Seinfeld Finale - 20 Years Ago Today Top




UltraBB 1.172 Copyright © 2007-2013 Data 1 Systems