How A Show About Nothing Changed Everything

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The New York Times bestseller about two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld --"A wildly entertaining must-read not only for Seinfeld fans but for anyone who wants a better understanding of how television series are made" ( Booklist , starred review).

Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. But against all odds, viewers did watch--first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly. Fussy Jerry, neurotic George, eccentric Kramer, and imperious Elaine--people embraced them with love.

Seinfeldia , Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's intimate history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be. Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers into the writers' room and into a world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant. Seinfeld created a strange new reality, one where years after the show had ended the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying "No soup for you!", Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, and Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sites from the show.

Seinfeldia is an outrageous cultural history. Dwight Garner of The New York Times Book Review wrote: "Armstrong has an eye for detail....Perhaps the highest praise I can give Seinfeldia is that it made me want to buy a loaf of marbled rye and start watching again, from the beginning."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
ISBN: 9781476756127
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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AuroraPLAdult Jan 04, 2017

Reviewed by Hannah. This book is the story of “Seinfeld”, from the beginning to end. It starts with a young Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David meeting and teaming up to create a pilot that the television world had never seen – a show about nothing. Armstrong takes time to explore every aspect of the... Read More »

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Jan 01, 2018

The book does not live up to its subtitle: How the show about nothing changed everything.
The author spends too long summarizing the history of the show. The chapters of this history (under bland titles such as "The Players", "The Production", and "The Network") take up most of the book. Throughout the history, there are details about the show that seem to set it apart from its predecessors. Yet she misses many of these opportunities to place the show in its contemporary context, to point out just what was so special about it. As a non-expert on Hollywood and network TV, I am left guessing about the significance and weight of the show's eccentricities and innovations.
Even when she finally gets around to describing the various products and events that have arisen from the show, the author still fails to cogently express how Seinfeld "changed everything". Moreover, the writing lacks flare and rhythm. The show and the ensuing public enthusiasm for it are simply described, in serial form, with very little explanation or even order. If you are accustomed to the articulate exposition and analysis of Malcolm Gladwell or Roman Mars, be prepared to lower your expectations.

Apr 05, 2017

Loved the TV shows did not read the book but find it hilarious-the show itself.

PimaLib_NormS Dec 16, 2016

Delicate genius Jennifer Keishin Armstrong did some research and, yada yada yada, produced a spongeworthy book entitled “Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything”. If gifts were exchanged on Festivus, this book is one that would not be re-gifted. I suppose if you have had a tough year, like maybe a bad breaker-upper gave you the “It’s not you, it’s me” routine, or maybe the dingo ate your baby, you could gift this fine book to yourself, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It might be fun to meet your friends at the coffee shop and read it aloud. I would suggest getting there early, or there will be no soup for you. Perhaps reading about one of the best shows in TV history would help you find serenity now. At least, it should help you to be master of your domain, or queen of the castle, whichever the case may be. It doesn’t matter if you are an anti-dentite, double dipping, hipster doofus afflicted by the jimmy leg, Seinfeldia will appeal to anyone who has watched the show. Don’t worry about shrinkage, the book will stay about the same size as a small marble rye. Seinfeldia does a pop-in behind the scenes of Seinfeld, and you can just imagine the author reaching up and pulling back the curtain with her big man hands. And then, Schmoopie, you get a good look at the process that produced a wildly popular show about nothing.

Nov 19, 2016

I'm a huge Seinfeld nerd, so I had to read this book. It was okay. I didn't learn much I didn't already know, but it was nice to add some more trivia to my vault.

Aug 29, 2016

Like a fleshed out version of the IMDB 'trivia' page for the show

Aug 29, 2016

as a fan of Seinfeld, I liked this book.

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