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Cos I'm halfway through the third series and I've barely tittered yet.
I was just expecting it to be hilarious.
wait till George's parents turn up
It's very rare that it makes me laugh out loud as much as some other shows that I laugh at more though
But you'll go back and love 1 - 3 once you've finished it.
The third series is good but inconsistent in quality. Looking through the list of episodes, they're all pretty middling. Some are rubbish, like the one where they go to a party and end up stranded there. Dull.
Series four is absolute gold though. Barely a duff episode all series once you're past the first two-parter intro. Maybe stick with it until you've seen a few of those?
It's really not that good. It's about as funny as Friends.
And basically every comedy you've ever loved subsequent to it coming out wouldn't exist without it.
If it wasn't funny then the whole *ahem* revolutionary aspect wouldn't matter.
It's definitely a justification for me though, I enjoy comedy shows and stand-up for the mechanics of it all just as much as the actual laughs sometimes.
It's kind of like how I'm fascinated with "the business" side of professional wrestling without having enjoyed the product itself properly for years.
Though everyone compares every adult animated show to the Simpsons, I'd say Simpsons is a far better comparison for pretty much every (non-animated) sitcom people actually give a shit about.
I know Seinfeld is iconic, but I don't think it's held up particularly well.
Whilst The Simpsons is probably more influential it's not influential in the same way. Every single (good) episode of The Simpsons ever ends in the same way as it begins, with a dysfunctional but loving family unit and somebody has learned something which brings them back to that equilibrium.
The revolutionary thing about Seinfeld is that there is absolutely no progression in these people, they start out self-obsessed sociopaths and they end up the exact same way, there's no lessons, there's no realising what's important in life etc etc.
I'd say that without Seinfeld there would be no Arrested Development, Always Sunny, Workaholics etc etc whereas The Simpsons is more responsible for your more traditional NBC Parks & Rec and that lot.
and avoids the sentimentality and the will they won't they/marriage/babies crap which most US sitcoms fall prey to sooner or later.
and all the way till the end of season 7 it's fucking immense, i still love both season 8 & 9 and there are some classic episodes there but it's not as consistent for me and it definitely gets a lot zannier.
Some gold but Larry David really anchored it all up until that point (in exactly the same way that George remains so steadfast about the nothing idea during the pitch etc story arc)
Makes it all the weirder that Curb has gone a bit zany in it's later seasons, The Car Periscope one is basically a bad season 9 Seinfeld episode.
That's what's so revolutionary about it. Compare it with Friends when they're all dreadful people that you're supposed to like and root for, they're a world apart.
that got it the way for me when i was a kid and my dad watched it. i was like "jerry's smug and unfunny and kramer's wacky and the other two are stupid" but after getting into curb and realising that george was a surrogate larry david and the main point of the show, and that elaine's a really enjoyable character, it's a great show
I have tried to like it, truly and there was a clip where George makes a outgoing answermachine message that I really liked on youtube but everytime I watch it I find the whole vibe insufferable.
Downloaded Season 1 recently and couldn't get through the first episode.
Then again I only find Larry David mildly amusing in Curb so I don't think I'm the right audience.
just watch one or two of the all time classic episodes (eg the contest or whatever), and dont go in with the idea that they're supposed to be lovable, see how you go and dont worry, there's literally dozens of other tv shows
When recommending it I'd always give people specific episodes to watch and see rather than just starting at the beginning. There's not big overriding story arcs you need to be up on (another one of the great things about it, the "no hugging, no learning" no progression ethos)
The thing is, it basically boils down to whether you find dislikable people watchable and funny and whether or not you can find humour in the inane. The answer for me is a resounding yes.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Perfect example of a show that couldn't exist without Seinfeld paving the way though.
Forgot how fucking good the episode 'the opposite' is! :)
Along with The Marine Biologist.
George centric episodes = the best
There's ones I enjoy more but the plotting and everything is just so perfect in it, seems like the perfect encapsulation of the show to me.
Though there are still some really good episodes after that point.
Before then its all incredible and if you are going out of your way to say how unfunny you think it is then we will never be friends.
i was on holiday in morrocco and i decided it'd be fun to download a script for an episode she hadn't seen and ask my girlfriend to perform it for me and i laughed really hard
perhaps you could all try this, perhaps you couldnt
Seasons 1-4 are the best. It starts pretty sketchy but it gets better all the time and the writing is amazing.
Seasons 5-7 were much more sitcom-y and a lot of really silly stuff started to creep in, the characters become much less like real people. Season 8 suffers without Larry and the writing isn't as good. Season 9 is them just saying 'fuck it, we've got an unlimited budget, let's do loads of wAcKy CrAzY stuff!' which isn't my bag.
The Finale, despite what you've heard, does not actually exist and never happened.
Early season 4 was the answer. Bloody loved it didn't I. George anhd his dad are brilliant.
Started working through Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Bloody love that show.
done in a different format
It stands alone on it's own terms as well, it's obviously got similar themes but that's the same with everything Larry David touches.