We here at the Handeland house watch a lot of television. Hell on Wheels, Breaking Bad, True Blood, Supernatural, American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire . . . I could go on but I’ll refrain. Then there are our old-time favorites. Shows we’ve watched so repeatedly we know exactly what’s going to happen but we laugh anyway. Friends, I Love Lucy, Scrubs, That 70s Show. But the show that we love so much we’ve started to talk that way is Seinfeld.
Seinfeld was always billed as being about nothing. But, really, the show is about everything. Most of the time the laughs come from the recognition. We’ve all been in similar situations, we’ve met the same types of people. And therein lies the genius of Seinfeld. Seinfeld speak has become part of our language. We often see scenes from the show translated into daily life.
This hit me the other day when I picked up youngest son’s wallet and said “Hey, George, this thing is going to give you a backache.” Everyone in the house knew exactly what I meant.
Further examples of useful phrases from Seinfeld are: Double-dipping, Re-gifting, Yada-yada-yada, Serenity Now, Shrinkage. What would I do without them?
Then there are the episodes we never forget. Remember the magic lougee? In this episode, Kramer and Newman have an encounter after a baseball game that replicates the Kennedy assassination. Genius.
The soup Nazi? Who thinks of this stuff? It seems far-fetched, a bit over the top, but haven’t we all known a place like this and a person like that?