Critic Consensus: Seinfeld's first season lays out the template for the show's unique style, effectively outlining the hugless, lesson-free humor that would later make it an oft-imitated classic.
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as Jerry Seinfeld
as George Costanza
as Elaine Benes
as Cosmo Kramer
as Dry Cleaner
as Morty Seinfeld
as Uncle Leo
as Mr. Lippman
as Russell Dalrimple
as Susan Biddle Ross
as Estelle Costanza
as Frank Costanza
as Mickey Abbott
as Dr. Tim Whatley
as David Puddy
as J. Peterman
as Jackie Chiles
The jokes are still razor-sharp, undimmed, even on second, third or fourth viewing.
'Seinfeld's' gentle humor is easy to take. Unlike other current comedians, such as Andrew Dice Clay or Sam Kinison, Seinfeld isn't angry: He's more awed by the wonder of it all.
Somehow, despite each of the four's unpleasant personality characteristics -- no one in the petty, selfish quartet is in any way an ideal role model -- their continuing follies are delightfully appealing.
The Seinfeld/David humor came from observation of the ridiculousness around them and they made it work extremely well.
It's clear from the outset that the Seinfeld team has a rapport and a formula that works given enough time, but these episodes are rough. The timing is a little off, the banter is stilted, and the characters are all much more toned down.
Audience Reviews for Seinfeld: Season 1
NBC brings comedian Jerry Seinfeld's stand-up comedy stylings to television with a 5 episode first season of his self-titled sitcom Seinfeld. Co-created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, the show follows the antics of a fictional version of Jerry as he and his friends deal with life in New York City. The series uses a unique episode structure that integrates excerpts from Seinfeld's real stand-up shows; but they don't always connect with the episode's story. However, the chemistry between the cast is incredibly good and gives the show a vibrant energy. Despite the limited number of episodes, Season 1 of Seinfeld delivers a lot of laughs and shows the potential to turn into something great.
Thankfully, the legacy and later seasons of Seinfeld has helped sooth the cold hard truth that the show's first season was just an honest-to-god horrid affair to watch over 25 years later.
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