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This "breakout season" is wonderful
on January 15, 2017
Back in the days when "Seinfeld" was a television phenomenon, I didn't watch it.
There were some good reasons for that. I was working 50 hours a week in those days - sometimes more; I played softball in a couple of night leagues and was on a bowling team. When softball season ended I played in a YMCA basketball league and did some volunteer work with a nonprofit organization raising money for under-financed hospitals in Honduras.
The point is, I was seldom home when the show was being broadcast and, as a result, I never saw it.
That changed because of YouTube.
Now that I'm retired and writing mystery novels to fill in my days and nights, I sometimes tune into YouTube since I don't own a television.
(I know, sounds un-American but it's the truth.)
I like YouTube because I can watch interesting documentaries, catch a little political ranting and raving, and watch clips of comedians.
It was while surfing YouTube looking for some comedy that I discovered "Seinfeld" for the first time: It was a short clip set in Jerry's apartment in which the immortal line "They're real, and they're spectacular" was uttered by Terri Hatcher.
Intrigued, I did a little research and watched a few interviews about the show to get a sense of it. In one of those interviews Julia Louis-Dreyfus noted that this was the show's breakout season and so I ordered it.
It's hilarious and, frankly, I wish now that I had found the time to watch it back in the day.
The ensemble cast blends together perfectly and the guest stars all bring something interesting and unique to their performances.
Most of all, however, I love the writing.
As a former journalist turned author, I have lived most of my life turning words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into stories. It's all I've ever wanted to do and because that's true I am always searching for writers who can catch my attention and hold it. Usually, I find those writers in the pages of books but every now and then I run across people who can do that in movies and on television.
If this season is any indication of their talent, the men and women who wrote "Seinfeld" are certainly among the best I've seen.
This season has been reviewed hundreds - maybe even thousands - of times so I'm not going to delve deeply into its episodes. Suffice it to say that there are no clunkers in this set. I also enjoyed the "behind-the-scenes" interviews and notes.
In short, one of the best purchases I've made in a long time.