NBC (ended 1998)
|Some would call it about "nothing", due to the fact that the show never really had a central storyline that the show revolved around. I personally believe the show is just about how a comedian gets his material. The show tries to touch on the little, less important things in every day life.|
Yeah, it's just everyday situations. That's why it's about nothing.
|There is no central purpose. They are just 4 friends living in new york with random events going on|
What sitcom isn't like that?
Friends - Six friends living in New York doing nothing.
Everybody Loves Raymond - A typical family living in New York doing nothing.
Well, the Friends writers were obviously influenced by Seinfeld.
Anyway, to answer your question, Seinfeld was more-less about nothing in the beginning. It didn't really stick to that premise. Episodes like the aforementioned Chinese Restaurant are good examples of this. In that episode, the gang goes to a Chinese Restaurant, and wait for a table. In the end, they just end up walking out. There is a little to no "action" in that traditional sense. That's why it was a show about nothing. However, storylines began to become more complex after that so I wouldn't say in the end that Seinfeld was just a show about nothing.
Everybody Loves Raymond is about family life.
Friends is actually a lot like Seinfeld.
|I don't see it as a show about nothing, but rather plots that start out as nothing. Everyday things like buying soup or trying to find a parking spot - things regular people think of as nothing - escalates into quite absurd situatons, that only the Seinfeld gang could get into.|
|I think its great when a show is about nothing. Its actually sometimes funnier...and i think its also kinda good cuz you don't have to follow a plot, so I think its great that Seinfeld is about "nothing".|
Well, before Seinfeld, shows had a "premise." They could be summed up in a few words.
What happens when an average guy and his wife move to a New England town, buy an Inn, and deal with all the crazy people they meet?
What happens when a city guy and his wife move to the county, buy a farm, and deal with all the crazy people they meet?
What happens when a foreign guy moves in with his American cousin?
What happens when a normal family adopts a smart-mouthed alien?
Typically, a show that was "About Something" had a discernable first episode, where something happened that started the ball rolling, and if it lasts long enough a last episode that wraps that concept up. First episode: Family finds Alf, last episode: Alf goes home.
Even with Friends. First Episode: Ross meets Rachel, Last Episode: Ross and Rachel get together.
It's hard to notice nowadays, because, like George said "Now every time you turn on the TV, all you see are four morons just sitting around complaining about their day." But seriously, go back and watch shows from before Seinfeld, and you can see what I'm talking about, every sitcom had a easily disernable premise. A hook, if you will.
It's probably not accurate to say that Seinfeld had No premise. It's probably closer to say that it was the first show to have such a broadly defined premise, Four People in New York. That's about it.
Thanks. I was like everyone else in that I couldn't figure out how Seinfeld was about nothing. I thought that every TV show was like that. But then I realized that every show I watch came out after Seinfeld and was influenced by it.
But they've started showing older 80's sitcoms on TV now, like Taxi and Alf and Newhart. And now I totally see how those shows were all About Something, and how in comparison, Seinfeld was about nothing.
A really good example is when Jerry and George where trying to come up with ideas for "Jerry", and some of the suggestions from Kramer and others were to to make a show where Jerry was a ringleader in a circus full of reaks, or Jerry was a gymnastics coach whose son hated gymnastics and Jerry was always trying to get him into it, or Jerry owns an antique store and has a lot of crazy customers.
Essentially, in shows that are About Something, every episode is the same. Characters are typically two-dimensional so that the audience can pick up on who's who faster. But Seinfeld broke that mold. I'm not saying that every show before Seinfeld was like that, but the majority of sitcoms were.
Just a recent observation of mine.