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  • Title: Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything
  • Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Christina Delaine
  • ISBN: 9781515953982
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends NBC executives didn t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until ninComedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends NBC executives didn t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly In Seinfeldia, acclaimed TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon She brings listeners behind the scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying No soup for you , Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sights from the show, and fans dress up in Jerry s famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.
    Seinfeldia How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends NBC executives didn t think anyone w

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    1. Seinfeldia is the story of Seinfeld, the TV show that went from being watched by a handful of people to being a pop culture phenomenon.Confession Time There was a period of my life that Seinfeld was my favorite show I watched it religiously in syndication and in prime time as new episodes aired Actually, religiously probably isn t the right word since I never missed Seinfeld but ditched church at every opportunity, sometimes while reading Sein Language To this day, I still watch episodes in synd [...]

    2. If there s one thing I guess you should know about me other than that I m a huge bookworm, it s that I love sitcoms I love thoughtful analysis of sitcoms, I love nostalgia and trivia associated with sitcoms, I love quoting sitcoms and making references to them on an annoyingly regular basis So I was crazy excited to snag an ARC of this Armstrong s previous book on The Mary Tyler Moore Show received such high praise and it goes without saying that I am a huge Seinfeld fan I even have a Theory of [...]

    3. A free copy was provided through Netgalley in exchange for review.I think anyone who picks up this book is most likely going to be a rabid Seinfeld fan, and I m no exception We are in the midst of PeakTV a new heralded Golden Age of Television and there s a very persuasive argument to be made that it all started with a small show about nothing, that did in fact, change everything Despite the avalanche of remarkable and groundbreaking TV that s hit our small screens since Seinfeld exited stage le [...]

    4. This book is right up my street I m a huge Seinfeld fan I consider myself a devoted fan of everything related to Seinfeld, which this book refers to as Seinfeldia Even as devoted to the series and the actors as I have been all these years, I still learned things I didn t know from this excellent book The author delves into how the series became so groundbreaking and why it s so important in the history of situation comedies If you are a fan of the show, this book is truly a must read I ll share [...]

    5. I like Seinfeld, it s a funny show I watched all of them on DVD and cherry picked my way around my favourites in quiter TV times few and far between these days What doesn t necessarily work, or at least not for someone who likes the show and not love it, is a whole load of tales about some of the writing staff and there struggles to stay fresh.You could call it a coffe table book, something to dip in and out of That s what I did, read ten pages at a time for a quick fix It was nice to remember c [...]

    6. One GoodReads reviewer complains that large chunks of Seinfeldia seem to be mere regurgitations of anecdotes from DVD bonus features and that the author clearly didn t have access to any of the big players, including Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David These complaints are all completely valid Luckily, I knew little about the show s backstory, and so I found the first few chapters of this book in which we learn about the show s origins and Seinfeld and David s creative process to be a pure delight, s [...]

    7. Well written, comedic and detailed, Seinfeldia is a very original pop culture book with a lot of info and trivia.

    8. Reminded me in a lot of ways of Caseen Gaines WE DON T NEED ROADS, in that if you re a fan of the property, you ve heard a lot of this stuff before There are moments when this book transcends funny stories of working on Seinfeld , but the book never lives up to the subtitle how a show about nothing changed everything There s a loose narrative about how the show has changed people s lives and manifested itself in the real world, but there s just not enough here to recommend For die hards only.

    9. ARC for review EPD July 5, 2016 I love and adore Seinfeld so I was really looking forward to this book and my expectations were rewarded just like with the show we are taken through the minutiae of all things having to do with the genesis of the show, its run and its aftermath and maybe everyone isn t interested in that level of detail about the show, but I certainly was At this point the show has been off the air almost twice as long as it was on the air, yet just a few days ago one of my Faceb [...]

    10. If you were or are a Seinfeld fan, you should definitely read this book The best parts are the behind the scenes info, especially about the writing staff, that apparently changed every year with the exception of one guy Larry David was the writing genius behind closed doors, who single handily edited every single writers script himself Jerry Seinfeld was and still is the comedic performing genius and co collaborator on every episode After Larry left the show after season 7 or 8 ,he hadn t had ti [...]

    11. Seinfeld is one of my favorite shows of all time, so it was fun to read about the behind the scenes stuff

    12. What s so special about Seinfeld What about that show makes it so different No hugging, no learning This was the rule, the mantra of Seinfeld writers, started by Larry David.No matter what happened, the characters did not hug, and they did not learn It takes a special kinda show and a special group of people to commit to that I ve always felt that Seinfeld s success came from being very funny, and because it was different from so many other shows in that the characters are reprehensible Seriousl [...]

    13. Unfortunately this book amounted to little than click bait.I enjoyed Seinfeld in its original run and still enjoy it in syndication and was hoping to learn some interesting behind the scenes information, but that hope was largely unmet I did get lots of uninteresting and forgettable stories however.Going into the book I did fear any mention of Kenny Kramer, a human fire hose of annoying unfunniness and Seinfeld monetizing Not only were there KK stories but there were pictures too One star off f [...]

    14. A great history of the show about nothing When I started this book, I was looking forward to it, but a little skeptical of its claim to demonstrate how Seinfeld changed everything Well, I was wrong, as I soon remembered There s the technical aspect, where Seinfeld s crew pioneered film style single camera shooting There s the creative aspect, where the concept of the showrunner gained power and prestige compared to TV execs and in the eyes of the public There s the character aspect, where Jerry [...]

    15. I am a huge Seinfeld fan I can t count the number of times I have seen each episode and how many times I use quotes from the show so I have been wanting to read this one since it came out in July My library e book hold finally came through and I found myself quickly immersed in the world of Seinfeld Overall the book came through with plenty of details about the behind the scenes of the show and how it turned into the phenomenon it is I especially liked learning how it was written and how some of [...]

    16. Meh This a labored book that stretches its thesis beyond inside stories of the Seinfeld years It s like a very long magazine piece that relies on interviews of just a few of Seinfeld s writers Simple anecdotes are conflated into long passages I wish I d waited to get it from the library Disclosure I am a lifelong Seinfeld fan My husband and I have seen the episodes countless times We just binged the entire series We have an infographic poster of all the Seinfeld characters ever in our bathroom I [...]

    17. A fun and well narrated audiobook history of Seinfeld Hardcore fans won t find much here since it all seems to be pulled from available sources and not new interviews I m not a hardcore fan, so it was all new to me This covers everything you d want to know from creation to the where are they now Well paced and always just the right amount of detail

    18. This book was sent to me as an advanced reading copy by somebody from Vandelay Industries and yada, yada, yada here is the reviewThis book is a tale about the show about nothing So how can you write a book about nothing Well, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong can apparently So let s shift into soup mode for this review, and see if we ll get some soup The sea was angry the day I started this book and I got a real sense of it before I looked away Jennifer surely controls her mail, and therefore the infor [...]

    19. I like stuff you don t have to think about too much George CostanzaSeinfeld was famously a show about nothing, but it turned out to be a show about nearly everything It was a show that people like George, who didn t want to think too much, could enjoy for the physical humor and one liners It was also a show that others could enjoy for the clever writing and sly cultural references In Seinfeldia, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong looks at how Seinfeld shook up the sitcom world and all of television as w [...]

    20. If all you know about Seinfeld is that it s a show you enjoy watching reruns of, then the stories in here will be new and fresh and interesting Otherwise, there isn t anything in here that revelatory, and the detail I was hoping for was missing There was focus on what Seinfeld was with scant description of episodes, scenes, and writers than there was on the how and the why Seinfeld reached its level of importance on the culture and the medium The level of detail on the various writers of the sh [...]

    21. There never was and never will be a sitcom like Seinfeld A true example of when artists are allowed to create without the interference of suits and corporate snakes, something original, interesting and iconic can transpire I was a fan from the beginning when The Seinfeld Chronicles were hardly seen by anyone only because I had become a fan of Jerry Seinfeld s stand up I thought it was a wonderfully odd show from the beginning and pestered everyone I knew to watch it Anyone who really liked the s [...]

    22. Solid 4 stars Though she didn t have access to the Big Four or Larry David , it often felt like she did, with the intense level of detail provided Definitely the most comprehensive perspective of the show from the writers viewpoint she talked to a lot of them Enjoyed when she went into the behind the scenes of specific episodes, and the various negotiations at the network level Worth the time if you re a fan.

    23. Loved reading this book I m a Seinfeld fan and had watched the entire series years ago As I read this book though, I was surprised by all I d missed or forgotten I kept my smartphone close by so I could google clips and episodes as they were discussed in the book I used it a lot to look up people that I didn t recognize who were connected to show It was a great look at the backstory of a show I thoroughly enjoyed.

    24. I tried to win this book numerous times as a gift to my father and I was finally fortunate enough to do so His birthday is next week but of course, I decided to read it because I am also a fan of the show He s not on so he won t know And none of you will tell him, right The book was about the writers, how the show was created than the characters and actors themselves I was hoping it would be about the episodes It brought back wonderful memories, contained a lot of information and trivia I didn [...]

    25. Armstrong discusses the phenomenon of the continued fan obsession of the Seinfeld show despite having ended in 1998 and its influence on American culture till this very day The book is definitely geared to Seinfeld fans and from a few reviews that I read of this book, it covers some material already covered in other books on the show of which there are quite a few I have not read any of the other books but I found this book very interesting and it has inspired me to re watch the series again.

    26. I ve been watching tons of Seinfeld reruns lately and the first half of this book had me laughing mainly because of references to various episodes I also enjoyed some of the behind the scenes action The second half of the book started to feel a bit like a bunch of loosely related anecdotes that really didn t add to much Probably deserved something shy of 3 stars.

    27. This book is a history of the TV show Seinfeld, including the actors, writers and other key people Based on the original description that I read, I was expecting something different But I still found it interesting.

    28. If you, like me, are a Seinfeld fanatic, you NEED to read this book It details all of the behind the scenes bits that you might not have known with a big focus on how the stories were created and brought together and how the writing and acting teams became one I enjoyed some of the anecdotes shared by the writers in particular I felt like I learned a lot and it got me so excited I had to go and watch a few episodes of the show.If you are NOT a Seinfeld or comedy fan, I m not sure how interesting [...]

    29. Armstrong traces the history of the television show and the culture that grew around it, from the original concept that emerged out of a conversation in Lee s Market between Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, through the production of the show over nine seasons, to the finale, and beyond the Curb Your Enthusiasm reunion, for instance, as well as the emergence of Internet fan sites, such as the Twitter sites Modern Seinfeld and Seinfeld Current Day.The book is not a work of criticism, so although va [...]

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