9 — Seinfeld's Afterlife
Please respond to the following in a Google Doc (directions), and share it with Dr. Marshall. Also, before you begin, read the guide Writing about Film and TV.
- According to Epstein, Rogers, and Reeves, how many episodes or seasons does a TV show need to enter syndication, why do sitcoms generally fare better than dramas in this venue, and how many seasons did it take for Seinfeld to be sold into syndication?
- In its first syndication run, how many U.S. stations and what percentage of the country did Seinfeld reach?
- Why were select portions of Seinfeld's original episodes "shaved off" when the series entered syndication?
- At what time of day did Seinfeld run during first syndication, why does this time seem odd, and what was the outcome of this decision?
- How did Seinfeld-in-syndication ultimately "undermine the very network that once gave it such a prominent place in its prime-time schedule"?
- [You don't have to answer this one since we didn't get to screen Curb Your Enthusiasm.] Lavery and Leverette consider several similarities between Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm: the incorporation of bodily functions, sexual references/themes, matters of race, and political incorrectness. What other aspects of Seinfeld do we also see in Curb?
This video is for those unfamiliar with Michael Richards' comedy club rant, which we will briefly discuss in class...