Probably the closest to filling that bill is "The Family Guy," but cartoons do not count. (Sorry, "Simpson" fans.)
The reruns of Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and George are as fresh today as they were at the time of their original airings. I have to admit I was not a "Seinfeld" groupie at the outset of the series, but after I began watching at the urging of an old newspaper friend, I was immediately hooked.
We all have our favorite "Seinfeld" moments, shows and recurring characters, and we’re going to have fun with all of those on this blog. If we have half as good of a time here as we did with "American Idol" on the other blog, we may need to be put on comic life support.
We developed new friendships and learned to look at "American Idol" and its singers and judges in many new and different ways. We’ll hopefully be doing the same here with "Seinfeld."
Keep checking here each week for "Seinfeld"-related items, which we’ll work in with our other thoughts, because, like the top of the page says, "I Have A Lot To Share."
I want you to start watching those "Seinfeld" reruns that are all over cable and satellite TV stations. Look at this assignment as a refresher course, not a task. We’re going to start out slow and see where this all takes us, just like "American Idol."
This blog won’t be "Seinfeld 101." You’ll be expected to know what episodes and lines like "The Contest" and "Master of His Domain" are referring to — and don’t worry, it will all come back to you in case you haven’t been watching any of those reruns recently.
And start smiling. This is going to be a great journey.
Here’s my picks for the top 10 recurring male characters on the show. Along with comments about this — and anything else Jerry-related — make sure you vote on the first of our Seinfeld polls at the right.
And before you ask, "Where’s the Soup Nazi?" this concerns recurring characters, not one-trick ponies. Don’t worry, the Soup Nazi will have his day.
1. NEWMAN: Can’t you just hear him say … "Hell-o-o-o, Jerry." I absolutely loved Newman. One of my favorite episodes was when he had fleas. I always thought he could have been the fifth regular.
2. DAVID PUDDY: Easily the most memorable of Elaine’s boyfriends. He had that distinctive, monotone delivery. My favorite Puddy moment was probably the show when he repeatedly told Elaine she was going to hell.
3. FRANK COSTANZA: George’s father was a character I honestly did not appreciate until the days of reruns. He actually annoyed me at first, but I grew to love how he SHOUTED so many of his lines. And do you remember how scared he was of mice and anything that crawled? And then there was the "bro," but that’s another subject for another day.
4. KENNY BANIA: Jerry’s comedian friend who had to be the most annoying character on the show, but in a hilarious way. "It’s gold, Jerry, gold."
5. J. PETERMAN: One of Elaine’s bosses whose uneven delivery made it difficult not to laugh at almost everything he said.
6. JACKIE CHILES: Kramer’s lawyer who was Johnny Cochran before Johnny Cochran.
7. MICKEY ABBOTT: The midget sidekick of Kramer who once drew the wrath of the small people’s community because he had the audacity to use lifts in his shoes.
8. UNCLE LEO: "Jerry, have I told you what your cousin Jeffrey did?" Everyone has an Uncle Leo … unfortunately.
9. CRAZY JOE DAVOLA: His creepiness kind of grew on me.
10. MORTY SEINFELD: I loved those thick, horn-rimmed glasses he used to wear.