A show about nothing
First I thought Friends was the best show ever. Then I watched Seinfeld. Confusion ensued. Now I don't know which show trumps the other. They are both set in New York and feature a group of friends going about their lives, but that’s where the similarities end. Seinfeld was groundbreaking, leading to a host of other shows among similar lines.
It was reassuring to see characters who were as imperfect as we were. Who did not grow as people with each passing show and season. The main characters were all deeply flawed individuals, just as we are, and they didn't care about it. It managed to portray the minutiae of daily life while simultaneously being funny and entertaining.
The characters were more real and neurotic than what we had encountered in previous shows. We could never really come to care for them the way we came to care for the cast of Friend, but we could not pull ourselves away either, turning in week after week to catch their adventures. If Friends was a world in itself, Seinfeld was a universe.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey