I guess we all have a favorite episode of the classic and long running series Seinfeld which, from 1989 until it disembarked for lands unknown in 1998, became part and parcel of our water cooler repertoire and an integral makeup of our pop culture DNA. My absolute favorite episode is from 1994 and is titled The Gymnast. In it, George’s girlfriend’s mother busts him eating a sandwich from out of her trash, truly a nightmare of epic proportions if you ever want to hold your head high when visiting the in-laws over a long Thanksgiving weekend. Awkward and uncomfortable – two of the staples of comedy – doesn’t even begin to describe this episode. More importantly, it’s funny as hell and one of the high-water marks of many for a show that is ostensibly about nothing at all.
Reported today from our Cosmo Kramer pals over at The Hollywood Reporter, streaming platform Netflix has announced the official launch date for the entire Seinfeld series, making a whole passel of fans happy in the process. The red letter day in question will be October 1 and surely the acquisition of Seinfeld to its already voluminous library of films and television will go some way in easing the sting of losing the heirs apparent to Jerry Seinfeld’s opus, The Office and Friends to arch-nemesis HBO Max and Peacock.
In a press release, Jerry Seinfeld – with a slight tinge of trademark tongue and cheek humor – looked forward to the October drop date for the classic series, saying that “Larry (David) and I are enormously grateful to Netflix for taking this chance on us. It takes a lot of guts to trust two schmucks who literally had zero experience in television when we made this thing. We really got carried away, I guess. I didn’t realize we made so many of them. Hope to recoup god knows how many millions it must have taken to do. But worth all the work if people like it. Crazy project.”
All nine seasons of Seinfeld will be available for fans to binge watch as of October 1, and this deal marks a significant milestone: Seinfeld will be the first series ever to have its global streaming rights rest in the hands of but one party (granted, the streaming phenom is still pretty brand-spankin’ new, but you get the gist).
So get ready to indulge your senses with a heaping batch of Seinfeld and a passel of Drake’s Coffee Cakes and don’t forget to tell ‘em that Vents sent you!