Without much fanfare, a little show called The Seinfeld Chronicles debuted on television 30 years ago. At the time, the show hadn’t even been ordered as a series — it was initially a one-episode experiment. After it finished second in its time slot (behind Jake and the Fatman), NBC took a chance on the show. What happened, of course, was television history, as the renamed Seinfeld became one of the most successful comedies in the history of the medium. It’s still picking up new viewers, as the show’s 180 episodes live on in syndication, and phrases from the show have become ingrained into American culture … not that there’s anything wrong with that. We spoke to Jerry Seinfeld; even three decades later, he still finds it hard to believe his show had such an impact on pop culture. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jerry Seinfeld)
Jerry Seinfeld’s latest venture, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, is streaming now on Netflix.