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HALL OF FAMEon April 15, 2007
"Seinfeld" did a pretty good job rebounding from Larry David's departure from the show. Jerry doesn't have as many segments featured around him this season, possibly because of the stepped up demands on his time behind the camera. However, the ones in which he is featured are very funny. For example, Jerry has a check bounce, and the unfriendly merchant puts the returned check on display in his store. Word gets back to Jerry's parents, and they jump to conclusions and decide that Jerry must be broke. Jerry's dad decides to return to work to help support Jerry. Unfortunately, the job his dad takes is working for Elaine, and the situation doesn't work out for anyone.

George, reeling from the mixed emotions he had at losing Susan at the end of season seven, prepares to go on without her, but finds that he really can't. Instead, Susan's parents start a charitable foundation in her memory and have George installed on the board with a large framed photograph of Susan framed on the wall in the room where the foundation meetings are held. Later in the season, George does meet a woman he is interested in, and she seems to be interested in him. George, always trying to better his position through lying but usually just worsening his lot because of it, does the same thing in this instance. The woman believes George is a tourist from Arkansas, and George decides to continue the deception by faking a move to the city so he can continue the relationship. The way George sees it, if you condense everything he has accomplished in the last ten years into just a few weeks, it seems quite impressive.

Elaine enters an alternate universe when she meets Kevin and his friends, who turn out to be the opposite of Jerry and his friends in every way. She likes the fact that Kevin and his friends inspire her to be a better person - they are genuinely kind and helpful and they enjoy reading. However, ultimately Elaine is just not cut out to be among them because of her own selfish personality traits. Perhaps the funniest episode featuring Elaine is "The English Patient", titled after the Best Picture winner of 1996. Her boss, the eccentric Peterman, loves the film and forces her to go see it with him. Elaine hates the movie, and just can't take sitting through it in its entirety without blurting out how she feels. Peterman gives her a chance to do penance for her bad attitude which involves a most hilarious assignment. In "The Susie", due to a series of mix-ups, Elaine winds up with an alternate identity at work - "Susie". Her coworkers begin discussing her as though Elaine and Susie are two different people. Her ultimate solution to the problem is to have Susie "die", complete with a memorial service for the fictitious woman that winds up packed with mourners.

Of course, Kramer's adventures are as unbelievable as ever. This season his apartment turns into "The Red Planet" due to a neon sign from the Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurant shining through his window all night. At first he is doing everything he can to put the restaurant out of business, but when he and Jerry temporarily switch apartments the pressure is off, and Kramer finds himself addicted to the restaurant's food. In another episode, Elaine's boss Jay Peterman is trying to write his memoirs, but finds his own life isn't very interesting. His solution is to buy Kramer's life story and use it as his own. Kramer and Peterman eventually get into an argument over the details of the arrangement, and Kramer answers back by starting his own "Peterman Reality Tours". Finally, Kramer is incensed by the fact that he can no longer find a public place in which he can light up a cigar, and opens a smoking lounge in his own apartment. As a result of all of the exposure to tobacco smoke, Kramer ages prematurely and goes to his attorney friend, the fast-talking and flamboyant Jackie Chiles, to file suit against the tobacco companies. When Kramer negotiates a deal with the tobacco companies without Jackie's approval, Jackie declares the results to be "the most public of his many humiliations".

In summary, this season is very good with more of an emphasis on fast-paced zaniness rather than the comedy that made more of a commentary on human nature that you saw during the Larry David years. However, I still highly recommend it.
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VINE VOICEon May 31, 2007
It's the first without Larry David, but this eighth season of "Seinfeld" is still worthy. Certainly the departure of its co-creator, executive producer and longtime writer changed the show -- there's a faster pace, more fantasy storylines and more slapstick humor -- but the actors (especially, in this season, Julia Louis Dreyfus) are still so in their zones that every episode is fun to watch.

In fact, many Season Eight episodes are among the show's best ever. "The Little Kicks" features Elaine's infamous dancing. Kramer gets involved in cockfighting in "The Little Jerry." Elaine discovers the menace of muffin tops in, of course, "The Muffin Tops."

Here's the entire Season Eight episode list:
* Episode 1: The Foundation
* Episode 2: The Soul Mate
* Episode 3: The Bizarro Jerry
* Episode 4: The Little Kicks
* Episode 5: The Package
* Episode 6: The Fatigues
* Episode 7: The Checks
* Episode 8: The Chicken Roaster
* Episode 9: The Abstinence
* Episode 10: The Andrea Doria
* Episode 11: The Little Jerry
* Episode 12: The Money
* Episode 13: The Comeback
* Episode 14: The Van Buren Boys
* Episode 15: The Susie
* Episode 16: The Pothole
* Episode 17: The English Patient
* Episode 18: The Nap
* Episode 19: The Yada Yada
* Episode 20: The Millennium
* Episode 21: The Muffin Tops
* Episode 22: The Summer of George

As for bonus features, a documentary short interviews various supporting actors and show execs about the impact of David's departure. As with the DVDs for earlier seasons, there are also episode-specific comments and deleted scenes.
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on March 30, 2007
This show started as an exemplary slow-burner, and the next thing you knew - yada yada yada - it became a cultural phenomenon. There is something you may call a Seinfeld experience, and I want to appraise the 8th installment of it.

The eight season marked two departures: one of the co-creator/scriptwriter/producer Larry David, and second of the show itself into the realm of pure wackiness. The season seven much-maligned finale, 'The Invitations' (S07E22), can be properly understood only in the context of general quality of season eight, which was one of craziness let loose. Susan's death marked the exact moment in which the entire show made 'ping!', and flew way off into the space of absurd. From the word go in 8ht's season's opener, 'The Foundation (S08E01)', there is no way you can relate to the characters as real people. Right until the very last episode they will be first and foremost CHARACTERS - ones we all love and we all laugh our brains out at - but, nonetheless, CHARACTERS. In all of the previous seasons - despite the famous claim that it's all about nothing - there was a sense that IF any of those people encounter a real-life tragedy that touches them personally, they would stop cracking jokes and cry just as you or me would (remember Elaine's tears shed on behalf of the bubble boy...?). 'The Invitations' proved otherwise and the show really became one about nothing: just the four pop-culture characters thrown into wackier and wackier situations. To my mind, this time no Sein-imation is needed, since season 8 (and 9) simply is the live-action equivalent of traditional cartoon.

And what a cartoon it is! One of the benefits of a then well-established mega-popularity of the show is the delight the screenwriters take in self-references. One of the most hilarious episodes of this season, 'The Bizarro Jerry' (S08E03), is the best example of what I'm talking about. It takes for granted our familiarity with all the patterns, all the characters and all the soundstages even - and twirls them around in a way that makes the entire episode a comment on the Seinfeld universe itself. By showing us the opposite (ha!) of Jerry's world within the 'Seinfeld' world, and laughing it up, the show gives a finger to all the reality that didn't absorb Seinfeld and even had the nerve to denounce it's mastery (of the domain). And no, I'm not misinterpreting the show's nose-scratching for an offensive gesture (or even for an actual pick).

The key word to the last two seasons of Seinfeld is irony: the show has become so self-aware, that it could go either way: mocking itself, mythologizing itself, aping itself - and the audience would love it even more than before because it was all so wacky and so familiar at the same time. The ideas were so crazy you sometimes went "Sweet holy Moses" - but the little kicks never stopped. And we all loved every minute of them.

The 8 & 9 season are my favourites. To my mind they simply are the muffin tops: with all the stems of society, emotion and common sense neatly sliced off. M-m!

Michal Oleszczyk, Krakow, Poland
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on June 1, 2007
The outrageous misadventures of comedian Jerry Seinfeld (himself) and his close group of eccentric friends continue with "Seinfeld: The Complete Eighth Season". "Seinfeld" follows the lives of stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld (Himself) and his close group of eccentric friends going through everyday life in New York City. In this hilarious season, Jerry enters a weightlifting competition with an 80-year-old athlete who can't stand to lose. Elaine (Julia Louis Dreyfus) holds an office party for her co-workers where she loses respect when they see her bizarre dancing style. After being offered a position with the Mets, George (Jason Alexander) tries to make a big exit from the Yankee organization. Kramer (Michael Richards) gets a pet rooster that he names Little Jerry Seinfeld. "Seinfeld" is the award-winning creation of producer Larry David and star Jerry Seinfeld. In its eighth season, the comedy sitcom continued to draw a large viewing audience every Thursday nights. The eighth season features some amusing storylines, memorable characters, great humor and guest appearances by Kristen Davis, Derek Jeter, Debra Messing, Christine Taylor, Amanda Peet, Robert Wagner and Lloyd Bridges.

"Seinfeld: The Complete Eighth Season" is an absolute purchase for any fan of the popular comedy series. All 23 episodes are presented in their original full screen format. Like the previous box sets, the episodes look great and the 2.0 Dolby Digital audio is clear and well balanced. Among special features, the 4-disc box set includes the 23-minute "Jerry Seinfeld: Submarine Captain" documentary, deleted scenes, various behind-the-scenes featurettes, a 26-minute blooper reel and 13 informative episode commentaries by the show's cast, producers and writers. Overall, "Seinfeld: The Complete Eighth Season" scores a worthy "A".
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on June 7, 2007
I just bought season 8 yesterday, and i couldn't stop watching it..the picture is so much better than the ones i see on tv, and it's uncut! The little minute long dialogues (that replaced the stand-up material) you see at the beginning of each episode were cut out in syndication but are included here!

I can't say anything good about this set that hasn't already been said, but i will say this..the episode "The Checks" still features actual Eagles music! The cost of licensing obviously didn't bother jerry too much, of course it wouldn't made much sense including it with crappy replacement music! And the ones who put Happy Days Season 2 together couldn't afford Bill Haley or Fats Domino?!! Well anyways, the episodes are exactly as i remembered them when they aired in 96-97 and i can't wait for the final season to be released in november..Enjoy, as i have.
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on July 12, 2015
Jerry Seinfeld said that when Larry David left after season 7 he wasn't sure if he could continue on doing the show. He wasn't sure if he could manage the additional work load. Jerry also said that they started taking more risks, which they did. Seasons 8 and 9 are loaded with some of the most hysterical, and outrageous episodes. However they don't get too ridiculous or over the top. Seinfeld would have a great legacy if it only lasted 7 seasons, but it is the final two seasons that push it over the edge into being probably the best sitcom in TV history.
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on April 9, 2007
This is the best TV possible. Season 8 is the Seinfeld genius at full capacity. This is Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine at the top of their game.

This was the season where we get Elaine's little kicks, George poses for his photo shop admirer, Frank returning to cooking (perhaps my favorite episode), George showing an Adrea Doria survivor a thing or two about traumatic experiences, little Jerry Seinfeld, Morty working at Peterman's, "Jerkstore," George and Kramer suggesting the department store management trainee position to Jerry, "Susie," Kramer adopting a stretch of the expressway, the Mandelbaum crepes, Whatley converting to judiasm, the Newmanium, muffin tops and Kramer wins a Tony...

It's amazing stuff. I couldn't recommend anything any higher than this. It's the funniest stuff that's ever been done.
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on January 27, 2014
Despite no longer having Larry David's creative input (he still played the voice of Steinbrenner though), Seinfeld remained the funniest show on television. In this season, the storylines became a little more far fetched and occasionally bordered on the ridiculous. The show remained very funny and consistent but the highs didn't peak as high as they did on the previous five seasons. Still there is much to be loved and there are many strong episodes, most notably "The Abstinence", "The Package", "The Little Jerry", "The Millenium", and "The Muffin Tops". The best television ensemble still don't learn from their neuroses or mistakes which continues to lead to great comedy. Also worth noting is that the less visible characters such as the Costanzas, the Seinfelds, J. Peterman, and Newman have a lot of memorable scenes. And as with all the seasons, the special features are top notch with plenty of inside looks, bloopers, and deleted scenes. If you love Seinfeld, all of the seasons are worth owning and Season 8 continues to bring it.
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on October 21, 2014
Hi, I have been a fan of Seinfeld from the beginning, and watched it regularly when it was on tv. Whenever I got a chance to see an old rerun, I took advantage of it. This was such a funny show, and all the characters were great. I was very happy to find it had been put on dvd, and I started to collect the seasons little by little. I have finally gotten down to the last two seasons, and had to have them both. Now I can watch them over and over, and never get tired of seeing them and laughing out loud. Seinfeld's The Best!
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on December 10, 2014
Great show, with the regular comedy and funny lines. Seinfeld will go down as one of the greatest shows. However the one down fall is the series finale was a little lack luster, but with that sad, great show overall!
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