Monday, September 29, 2008

Hey! Seinfeld Freaks!

Let it go. The show's been dead for how long? A decade? More? Get over it. Let me ask you something. I'll even start my inquiry with the phrase "What's the deal?" to get you uber excited.

What's the deal with your hopeless devotion to all things Seinfeld? Are you really still throwing quotes at me from episodes that originally aired when Jordan's Bulls were destorying Barkley's Suns? Moops! Anti-Dentite! No Soup For You! Shut up!

No, I was unaware that the only episode title that does not start with the word "The" is "Good News, Bad News." Fascinating. No, I did not know that the Wikipedia article entitled "The Soup Nazi" is roughly 10 times longer than the page entitled "Larry Thomas." Yes, I imagine that it's tough for poor Larry to go anywhere without being politely asked for some jambalaya. Are you listening to yourself?

I'll do you a solid, because I'm that kind of guy. Here are some TV shows that you don't watch, but I do. I think you'll enjoy them. Let's let go of Seinfeld together. And by the way, if you are new to any of the shows below, you absolutely must rent/buy/steal an entire season of the show in order to fall into the tone of it. There's no other way.

#1: 30 Rock
As I recall, when this Emmy-winning show first aired, it was teamed with a similar, slightly more dramatic take on television studios, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. I thought Studio 60 would last for years while 3o Rock would live for only a few episodes.


30 Rock completely surprised me. As great as Tina Fey(who plays Liz Lemon) and every member of the cast is, nobody shines brighter than Alec Baldwin, who plays the sharp, ultra-conservative NBC Executive, Jack Donaghy. What's so brilliant about Baldwin in this role is that he makes me completely forget the fact that I couldn't stand him before I saw him on 30 Rock. I'm not alone here. The Baldwins are not a well-liked family, and the fact that Alec has pulled this 180 is a testament to the writing on the show and to his comedic ability. You absolutely must watch 30 Rock.

Notable Quotes:

Jack: I want you to write this speech for me, Lemon. Those jokes you wrote for me for my Mitt Romney fundraiser were top-notch.
Liz: Those weren't jokes! That was an appeal for a return to common sense and decency!
Jack: ....Well, they got big laughs.

Liz: Why are you wearing a tux?

Jack: It's after 6. What am I, a farmer?

#2: It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Ok, here's what you do: go to and search for this show. Start watching it. If you have a tendency to be offended by issues such as abortion, sexism, parental negligence, cancer, racism, or religion, you might want to stick with Lipstick Jungle instead.

#3: American Dad

From what I've observed, you either love this show or you hate it. And most people hate it. And why not? It's not quite a Family Guy spinoff, but it's definitely the ugly stepbrother of the two. Again, go to and start watching. Give it a few episodes to sink in. You just may love it. All I know is that Roger(the effeminate, sassy alien) makes me laugh more than any character in the Griffin family.
So there you go. Let go of Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine and say hello to Jack, Liz, Mac, Dennis, Sweet Dee, Charlie, Stan, and Roger. You can do it. You are the master of your domain, the lord of the manor, the queen of the castle. Get it done.

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