Julia Alexander on Netflix's new (old) hit, why 'Hocus Pocus 2' was right to skip theaters, and more.
It feels like Seinfeld was a demarcation point in time, where a flag was planted and people said "this show has permanently elevated sitcoms from here on out." I'm 40 years old and I just can't imagine wanting to sit down and watch episodes of Cheers or some other 80's sitcom.
Never was there a more appropriate ending to a series, yet it completely caught me by surprise since I had learned to accept their behavior as some kind of normal. Kinda like the last 6 years and trump.
Awesome awesome conversation
As an under-35 Seinfeld watcher, the appeal to me is both nostalgia and decompression. My earliest TV memory was watching the final with my parents. I also regularly watched the show in syndication growing up (same goes with my little brother who is only 21). It remains my go to had a bad day at work need something to cheer myself up show. As for those under 35 who didn’t watch it in syndication and are watching it for the first time on Netflix, anecdotally, I know people who watched it for the first time to understand the memes better. Seinfeld is just one of those shows that memes well, so it stays part of the internet conversation even though it’s old. It’s like the sopranos or breaking bad which also have meme-staying power.
Ok, what specifically is a "vertical"?
I get Hallmark through my cable company ( I have an actual a la carte plan...where I got to pick 15 channels plus I get all the major networks and it dropped the price significantly and I don't have to worry about the other thousand I never watched...lol)
I never got into Seinfeld..maybe because they never saw it when it was on?
This was a great and interesting episode on the psyche of viewership. We like to decompress after watching a drama show. So we usually pick something like Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, etc. - the list goes on. I wonder what age group is like this, I'm not sure I caught that.
I never watched Seinfeld--it was a show about nothing.