SeinfeldIt really is about something…it's just that no one knows what it is.
Jerry and his pals George, Elaine and Kramer can find trouble anywhere. Their trials and tribulations of life on New York City's Upper West Side can center on lost parking spots, forgotten names, re-gifting and double-dipping. Come to think of it, did you ever know what double-dipping was before Seinfeld?
There's something about each Seinfeld character that audiences relate to - Jerry's constant surprise at the events of the day, Elaine's bad jobs, George's fiance (whom he doesn't really like) and Kramer's innate ability to latch onto an idea and take it to the most absurd conclusion. The show premiered in 1990 and, after its second season, became the water cooler conversation at offices across the country. Friends around the nation outlawed re-gifting. "Newman" became an adjective. And Jerry is our Everyman. And you don't have to be a New Yorker to love Seinfeld, as the show's popularity proves - there's probably a Soup Nazi in Kansas and a Vandalay Industries in Alaska.
Perhaps the most intriguing way that Seinfeld has invaded the American consciousness is through phrases we now use as a matter of course. George might think "yada, yada, yada" means one thing, but lots of people use the phrase now to indicate a foregone conclusion or passage of time. And how about the "master of your domain?" We're not going to write about being the master of our domain - not that there's anything wrong with that…
Sit back, mix some Bosco, grab the cereal and catch Seinfeld on TBS.