Most Fans Hated the ‘Seinfeld’ Series Finale, an ‘Off-Key and Bloated’ Disaster with Zero Redemption

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Seinfeld has turn into some of the enduring comedies of all time however it didn’t get there by making an attempt to seem like different tv reveals. Part of the rationale Larry David’s progressive sitcom earned such excessive scores is as a result of it was so distinctive — and so hilarious. Despite controversial subjects and darkish humor, followers simply stored coming again for extra.

This reality is most exemplified within the present’s finale, which
has been described as a “middle finger” to all of the followers watching at house. Here’s
why it’s thought-about one of many worst collection finales of all time.

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‘Seinfeld’ was by no means meant to show life classes

The present Seinfeld has been described as a present about
nothing, however the reality is extra difficult than that. In actuality, it’s a
portrait of “a supremely selfish comedian and his equally obnoxious friends”
who be taught nothing and make
no apologies
about their lack of emotional development.  

This is all as a result of David had two guidelines for Seinfeld writers: no hugging and no studying. He didn’t need Seinfeld to turn into some feel-good present preaching ethical messages for the plenty. Instead, he injected his comedy with the outlook of jaded, probably nihilistic New Yorkers.

Larry David returned to write down the ultimate episode

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The present’s creator had departed the collection in season 7, however returned to write down the ultimate episode, which had the faux working title, “A Tough Nut to Crack.” The two-part finale (which was actually referred to as “The Finale”) aired on May 14, 1998 and acquired loads of criticism from loyal followers. It at present has a 7.7 ranking on IMDb.

In the finale, Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer are heading to Paris on a personal aircraft when it unexpectedly has to make a crash touchdown within the fictional city of Latham, Massachusetts. While there, the 4 predominant characters witness a carjacking however as an alternative of serving to the chubby sufferer, they make enjoyable of him and go away, recording the entire thing with Kramer’s camcorder. Later they’re placed on trial for violating the “Good Samaritan Law” that might have dictated they assist the person.

After a prolonged courtroom case that introduced character witnesses from the earlier 9 seasons, referencing a number of incidents that transpired alongside the Seinfeld journey, the 4 buddies are sentenced to 1 12 months in jail. Even afterward, they’re not remorseful within the least for failing to assist the carjacking sufferer or for any of their actions prior to now.

Right earlier than the ultimate credit, the gang is seen joking
round within the holding cell awaiting jail transport. The final scene reveals
Jerry cracking jokes in a jail jumpsuit.

Many followers completely hated the finale

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The Seinfeld finale attracted a record-breaking crowd
of greater than 76 million viewers. However, most of these followers weren’t happy
with what they watched.

As Vulture reported, the finale appeared to be, “intentionally
frightening the viewers to hate them and query whether or not the years they spent
watching the collection have been wasted.” There was a particular trolling high quality to the
finale, “like a center finger to viewers who wished affirmation that the
characters had grown or a minimum of seen the error of their methods.”

One IMDb reviewer stated, “So much is wrong here. Why does Kramer allow this man to be mugged? He has always shown a higher morality. And why are the other three being so especially cruel? It’s a stretch, to say the least.”

But David caught to the “no learning” mantra till the bitter
finish. And it’s true, the characters by no means discovered a single factor.

Critical reception was no higher, however Jerry Seinfeld stands
by it

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Fans despised the finale and critics did too. Entertainment Weekly reported that “The Finale” was, “off-key and bloated…Ultimately, Seinfeld and David’s kiss-off to their followers was a loud, hearty, ‘So lengthy, suckers!’”

However, Jerry Seinfeld defended the finale in a 2014 Reddit
interview. “I used to be pleased with the Seinfeld finale as a result of we didn’t need
to do one other episode as a lot as we wished to have everyone come again to the
present we had a lot enjoyable with,” he stated.

He continued: “It was a solution to thank the entire individuals who
labored on the present over time that we thought made the present work. I don’t
consider in making an attempt to alter the previous however I’m very pleased with it.”

There’s a working joke that the ending of The Sopranos and the ending of Seinfeld ought to have been swapped. If they’d, the ultimate scene would have been the gang sitting down at a diner (and Tony Soprano could be in jail the place he belonged).

Maybe then the final moments of Seinfeld wouldn’t be
so controversial. Not that they actually care what you assume.

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