Seinfeld has been off the air for over 17 years and yet a lot of the humor that made the show groundbreakings stands up today. The show went through many changes over the nine seasons on the air. The final season, including the polarizing finale, has been heavily criticized. Looking back though, it’s clear that the last season was actually the best.
First, some context. Seinfeld practically fought to stay on the air in the beginning. NBC President Warren Littlefield begged and borrowed to give the show a fighting chance. In order to find additional episodes, money was diverted from NBC’s budget for primetime specials and the world was lost another Bob Hope special in lieu of more Seinfeld Chronicles.
The early seasons of the show tried to establish itself as a well-grounded sitcom in the scope of what sitcoms were. Seinfeld essentially replaced Cheers which, at the time, was the biggest sitcom on network television. Seinfeld conformed to what the expectations of a sitcom were. It was funny, just not memorable.
The early seasons include a handful or memorable moments and episodes. It can’t be argued the early shows weren’t good because they were. The show grew in popularity because of it. But tastes change and once Seinfeld was established as the defecto sitcom, it could do what it wanted. It did that after losing Larry David.