064 SEINFELD

20th Century Popcast is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.


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BINGE AND PODCAST: "Come to think of it ... I HAVE ever noticed."  (1989-1998).  Yadda, yadda, yadda, its a show about nothing.  Sure, that's been said about SEINFELD, but after reviewing its first season, Bob and Tim are prepared to defend it as the preeminent document of life in the '90s.  But how to reconcile this thesis with the bizzarro tone of its final seasons?  Its an in depth examination culminating in one of the most divisive finales since I MARRIED DORA told us it was cancelled.  

00:00:00  PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - more options than Coach
00:00:46  BAD RADIO - and Bob and Tim are not comedians
00:04:34  SEINDENFREUDE - watching stand-up in the 1980s  
00:12:20  ENOUGH ABOUT NOTHING -  a show that was definitely about something
00:17:10  BANTER TRACKS - this was how Tim wanted to talk
00:27:22 WHEN JERRY MET ’90S- metro realism toward the end of a century
00:34:33  NOUVELLE VAGUELY - upping the ante on the absurdist antics
00:39:44  THE SHOW AS A HIT - but not the show as it started
00:43:47  MASTERING THEIR DOMAIN - world building in a Larry-less world
00:49:01  IN LIEU OF A CLIP SHOW - we still get a clip show
00:58:01  CURBING THEIR ENTHUSIASM - the finale reckoning of Larry David
01:09:38  CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catchphrase

Eavesdrop on Jerry and George's first pointless conversation from the original 1989 pilot THE SEINFELD CHRONICLES HERE.

Look back at a few possibly unknown facts about this very episode in the UPROXX retrospective HERE

Go behind the scenes, circa 1993, with this hour long E special SEINFELD & FRIENDS (complete with Candace Bergen Sprint commercial) HERE.

Good god, it's Green Day's "Good Riddance" as featured in the final clip show of SEINFELD's final season HERE.

Revisit the show via ROLLING STONE with a Larry David interview HERE , a countdown of  less-than-stellar episodes HERE and Liam Gallagher's own Seinfeld story HERE.  

Read the darkly unsolicited spec script by Billy Domineau that propels SEINFELD into an unfortunate date of the 21st century HERE.

And , finally, watch what a revival of Seinfeld in the 21st century might look like with these clips from an episode of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM HERE.

The use of audio and video clips linked from YOUTUBE are for educational purposes and without the expressed permission of their legal holding companies.  All rights remain with with their original distributor.

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MUSIC FEATURED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   

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20TH CENTURY POPCAST will return next week with the musical nemesis to Tim's very ears.