It's Always Sunny's recreation of an iconic Seinfeld scene was eerily spot-on

Once upon a time—back before the show’s dedication to documenting minor human evils was quite so widely known—fans trying to describe It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia to other people were often forced to resort to comparisons to that last great sitcom about mostly awful semi-humans living largely meaningless lives:

Part of Seinfeld's genius was not hammering its catchphrases into the ground

The 20th anniversary of Seinfeld’s divisive finale has inspired no shortage of essays and analyses, with authors examining the show’s impact through any number of subjective means. Enter writer Andrew Thompson and designer Tri Vo, who instead sought to see what we could learn from the hard data. The duo scooped up all…

Sticking their noses in other people’s business: 16 TV Cyranos

You know Cyrano de Bergerac even if you don’t know Cyrano De Bergerac. The protagonist of Edmond Rostand’s century-old play—based loosely on the life of an actual French polymath—is a canonical figure, his romantic plight, panache, and prodigious proboscis immortalized in countless stagings, adaptations, and lit-class…

Guffaws, chuckles, or titters? Decoder Ring reveals the hidden artistry and human hand behind TV laugh tracks

Melody Cheng, Helen Wu, and Janet Wang get together every week to discuss their careers, personal lives, and everything else modern Asian-American women experience. This week is all about first dates: dos and don’ts, dealbreakers, the best and worst places to meet, and more. The trio share real-life stories about…

NBC says Seinfeld and Friends revivals will never happen, but door's open for The West Wing

The success of the Will & Grace and Roseanne revivals has stirred up talk of revisiting virtually every successful sitcom, including The Office (but in that case, only for a holiday special), as well as many dramas. But NBC is actually showing some restraint in that regard—at a recent Hollywood Reporter event, network…

Move your clocks and plots forward: 9 stories where daylight saving time actually does something

Over the weekend, much of the world’s population dutifully set its clocks one hour ahead in adherence with daylight saving time, that mandatory act of “springing forward” in order to... something about farmers. Or coal. Or whatever. As a popular Last Week Tonight With John Oliver segment pointed out, most of us don’t…

“A Festivus for the rest of us”: 23 holiday TV episodes to watch online

It’s December, so it’s time to dust off those Christmas movies, those Christmas movies that aren’t really Christmas movies, or whatever side of that wall you think Die Hard falls on. But what if you’re in a holiday mood but not up for the whole two-hour jaunt to Bedford Falls? Or want something classic and familiar,…

Here’s how Seinfeld got masturbation on primetime television 25 years ago

TV now is a lot different than it was 25 years ago, but that doesn’t mean studio executives don’t still clutch their pearls when it comes to “controversial” content. These days, The Walking Dead can spill as many intestines as it wants, but many issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity are still considered…

Jerry Seinfeld says he can no longer enjoy Bill Cosby's work, just a few years after everybody else

Jerry Seinfeld is a guy with a reputation for caring about jokes and comedy above all else (give or take a cup of coffee or a fancy car). Seinfeld doubled down on that humor-over-everything attitude last week, when he went on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and the two ended up on the subject of comedy legend and…

A bunch of comedy writers teamed up with a computer to write an episode of Seinfeld

We’ve all done the thing where we use our phone’s predictive text to spool out long sentences of utter nonsense that still manage to cohere into grammatically recognizable sentences. It’s interesting technology, if a little insulting to think that our thoughts are so easy to grasp that a computer could anticipate them…

The greatest hits collection Jerry Before Seinfeld gives the people what they want 

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Back in 1999, Jerry Seinfeld and the late David Bowie did a bit during the Saturday Night Live 25th anniversary special sending up their images as above-it-all, coasting megastars. “You gonna do the ‘lost sock’ bit?,” asks Bowie, to which Seinfeld replies with a sheepish nod. In his first stand-up special in 19 years…

Blessed are The Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta, Big Little Lies, and other Television Critics Association Award winners

The Handmaid’s Tale took home the top prize at tonight’s Television Critics Association Awards, the professional organization’s annual celebration of TV excellence. In addition to winning the trophy for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel was named Program of the…

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