Six years ago, the cast of “Seinfeld” signed off to millions of viewers who had been riveted to the television on Thursday nights for nine laughter- filled years. Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, and Julia-Louis Dreyfus have now returned with new interviews and rare behind-thescenes footage to present fans with the ultimate holiday gift: “Seinfeld” is now on DVD.”Seinfeld” was a rare treat, a sitcom that was an honest, hilarious look into the lives of ordinary people that are filled with circumstances such as the horrors of dating, wacky people, crazy parents and nutty neighbors. The comedy was creative, coming up with different plots to keep the theme of “a show about nothing” to be about something. It was influential in the midst of television shows like the ever popular “Cosby Show” and “Cheers.” As both shows were winding down in their last seasons, “Seinfeld” picked up its audience and became a phenomenon. The DVDs feature seasons one, two, and three and also tell the story of the difficult task of persuading networks to take a chance on “Seinfeld.” After reminiscing while watching these episodes, weʼre glad NBC finally did.
Watching the DVDs gives fans a chance to watch some of their favorite episodes over and over. Included in the first three seasons are the infamous episodes “The Chinese Restaurant,” “The Deal” in which Elaine and Jerry try to have a friendship while also being lovers, “The Library,” where Jerry has a book that is 20 years overdue and George faces an old teacher who turned his last name Costanza into Cantstandya and “The Parking Garage” where the foursome lose the car in the parking garage after a shopping trip.
The DVD includes a hilarious gag reel, interviews with the cast and co-creator Larry David, as well as trivia tidbits such as the fact that before Julia Louis-Dreyfus landed the role of Elaine Benes, Rosie OʼDonnell, Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) tried out for the role. Then there are the deleted scenes that were cut out of the final edit and unused stand-up material from Jerry Seinfeld.
Just like the show, the “Seinfeld” DVDs are never dull, packed with a ton of laughs to leave fans breathless, and interesting commentary that gives an innovative look into comedy that put America into a giddy trance every Thursday night. Fans will not be disappointed by this incredibly packed gift from the cast of “Seinfeld,” who, after six long years of waiting, are finally back together to allow fans to look back on their favorite show.