The first episode of Seinfeld aired July 5, 1989.

Photo of jerry Seinfeld at the Emmy Awards.

Photo of jerry Seinfeld at the Emmy Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It ran for nine seasons, with 180 episodes.

Famously a “show about nothing,” the show was about a group of 30-something friends, living in New York, and the every day situations they find themselves in.

Unlike most sitcoms, the characters were not likeable people.

They were selfish and self-absorbed and never learned from the inevitable consequences of their bad behavior.

A morality play in which the characters are justly punished every week for their actions.

It was created by comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.

The Soup Nazi character was based on a real person in New York.

True to his reputation, he kicked the real Jerry Seinfeld out of his restaurant when he went there for lunch after the episode aired.

His restaurant, Soup Kitchen International, closed in 2004, but has since reopened.

Considered the most memorable line from Seinfeld, one that has worked its way into our culture, is “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Episode 57, in the fourth year of the show’s run, which aired on February 11, 1993, “The Outing” started a national conversation about homosexuality.

As a joke, Elaine starts treating Jerry and George as a gay couple in a restaurant.

This was later reinforced by a reporter who interviews Jerry.

She had overheard Elaine’s restaurant conversation and didn’t realize it was a joke.

During discussions over concern about reaction to the episode from the gay community, writer Larry Charles casually interjected, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Seinfeld recognized that adding this line to the script might satisfy their concerns.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) gave the episode a GLADD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Episode in 1994.

The last episode of Seinfeld aired May 14, 1998.

I was at a computer conference where they put giant screens all over the floor so we could all watch the final show.

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To you and sharing silliness with your grandchildren.

 

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Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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