Seinfeldia

Seinfeldia

How A Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Book - 2016
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Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn't think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying "No soup for you!", Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sights from the show, and fans dress up in Jerry's famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476756103
1476756104
9781476756127
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 S46a
Characteristics: ix, 307 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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gwort
Jan 01, 2018

The book does not live up to its subtitle: How the show about nothing changed everything.
The author spends too long summarizing the history of the show. The chapters of this history (under bland titles such as "The Players", "The Production", and "The Network") take up most of the book. Throughout the history, there are details about the show that seem to set it apart from its predecessors. Yet she misses many of these opportunities to place the show in its contemporary context, to point out just what was so special about it. As a non-expert on Hollywood and network TV, I am left guessing about the significance and weight of the show's eccentricities and innovations.
Even when she finally gets around to describing the various products and events that have arisen from the show, the author still fails to cogently express how Seinfeld "changed everything". Moreover, the writing lacks flare and rhythm. The show and the ensuing public enthusiasm for it are simply described, in serial form, with very little explanation or even order. If you are accustomed to the articulate exposition and analysis of Malcolm Gladwell or Roman Mars, be prepared to lower your expectations.

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c67macdonald
Apr 05, 2017

Loved the TV shows did not read the book but find it hilarious-the show itself.

PimaLib_NormS Dec 16, 2016

Delicate genius Jennifer Keishin Armstrong did some research and, yada yada yada, produced a spongeworthy book entitled “Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything”. If gifts were exchanged on Festivus, this book is one that would not be re-gifted. I suppose if you have had a tough year, like maybe a bad breaker-upper gave you the “It’s not you, it’s me” routine, or maybe the dingo ate your baby, you could gift this fine book to yourself, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It might be fun to meet your friends at the coffee shop and read it aloud. I would suggest getting there early, or there will be no soup for you. Perhaps reading about one of the best shows in TV history would help you find serenity now. At least, it should help you to be master of your domain, or queen of the castle, whichever the case may be. It doesn’t matter if you are an anti-dentite, double dipping, hipster doofus afflicted by the jimmy leg, Seinfeldia will appeal to anyone who has watched the show. Don’t worry about shrinkage, the book will stay about the same size as a small marble rye. Seinfeldia does a pop-in behind the scenes of Seinfeld, and you can just imagine the author reaching up and pulling back the curtain with her big man hands. And then, Schmoopie, you get a good look at the process that produced a wildly popular show about nothing.

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abcDena
Nov 19, 2016

I'm a huge Seinfeld nerd, so I had to read this book. It was okay. I didn't learn much I didn't already know, but it was nice to add some more trivia to my vault.

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mpkesler
Aug 29, 2016

Like a fleshed out version of the IMDB 'trivia' page for the show

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trotter73
Aug 29, 2016

as a fan of Seinfeld, I liked this book.

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