Showing posts with label Seinfeld. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seinfeld. Show all posts

10 Sitcoms From the 90s I Still Enjoy

Thursday, January 20, 2022

As my family recovers from the virus that's been making news for the past two years, please excuse the lack of recent articles.  Enjoy this list-style post while I put more effort into my next full-length feature.  

Thank you!

The 1990s was a decade filled with outstanding television programs, including many classics in the sitcom genre.  I've waxed poetic several times on this site about my love for the folksy and occasionally cliched type of television programming.  These days, I would gladly watch a rerun of a sitcom I've seen hundreds of times before than most new shows broadcast today.

Out of the sitcoms that made it to air during the 90s, only a handful of them made it past the first season, let alone into all-time fan favorites.  These sitcoms in the 90s, often geared towards children or families, would endear viewers with funny, emotional, and sometimes educational storylines.  Sometimes the family-friendly series would try to teach us important life lessons.  The series that were meant to entertain adults and teens would do just that; entertain us as we followed along with our favorite characters by peeking into their wacky, crazy everyday life.

Most modern television just doesn't suit me, and I often seek out old programming from my childhood.  As I type this, I'm in a hotel room with the television on in the background.  Playing is an episode of a sitcom I've seen maybe 15 times. 

It's safe and comforting in its familiarity.  It doesn't require any attention, and I can do other things while watching.  It brings back memories of times gone by.

It's television's comfort food.

Join me as I look back on the Top 10 Sitcoms from the 90s that I Still Enjoy watching.  

5 Memorable Characters of Larry Hankin

Monday, May 24, 2021

I really enjoyed writing the feature last month about the "Five Memorable Roles" of character actor Ernie Sabella.  Based on the reception and website traffic, it appears many of you did, too! 

If you read my tribute to Mr. Sabella's career (which you can read by clicking HERE), you'd have read read that I enjoy watching the work of character actors over that of megastar leading actors or actresses.  There are many character actors whose work I enjoy, so, I decided to continue this series with another tribute to one of, if not my all-time, favorite character actors.    

His IMDB page reads like a list of television and film's greatest hits:  Laverne & Shirley, Family Ties, Days of Our Lives, Friends, Escape from Alcatraz, Billy Madison, Home Alone, Seinfeld, and many, many more.  This character actor has made a career out of leaving lasting impressions with just a few moments on screen and is easily one of the most recognizable "that guy" actors in Hollywood.  He can be hysterically funny or deadly serious. 

He's Larry Hankin.

5 Memorable Characters of Ernie Sabella

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

In my line of work, I rarely work with the same people more than once.  I often find myself explaining who I am and figuring out who I'll be spending the next few days with inside an office smaller than your bathroom.  As a get-to-know-you question hoping to spark more conversation, people will sometimes ask things like "What's your favorite movie?" or "Who's your favorite actor?"  

I can always answer the first one quickly.  My favorite movie is Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window."  

The second question is never easy.  

I don't have a favorite leading actor.  I've always had more of a fascination with character actors instead.  I often play a little game with myself when watching something and see how quickly I can place someone.  I'll often annoy my wife with commentary like, "Hey, that person was also in (fill in the blank.)"  Sometimes, the need to know where I've seen them before is so great I'll stop what we're watching and Google them until I'm satisfied that I know where I've recognized them from.  

By definition, according to Wikipedia, a character actor is a supporting cast member who plays unusual, engaging, eccentric, or memorable roles.  One of my favorite character actors in television may not have a household name, but I guarantee everyone knows precisely who he is.  

He's Ernie Sabella. 

Commercials of YesterYear: Pace Salsa... from New York City?!?

Monday, January 25, 2021

I've been thinking a lot lately about all of the old jingles and slogans that rattle around in my head from the many hours spent watching television growing up.  The mind of a child is like a sponge (a fact not lost on advertisers, I'm sure), and it seems like I remember quite a bit of the ads and catchphrases that inundated television of the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.  

I had to laugh the other day when my Mom marveled that my daughter seems to "study" the TV when she looks at it.  She then commented on how I didn't have that sort of attention or interest in television when I was her age.  I guess she had forgotten that by the time I wasn't even 4, I had memorized "Mary Poppins" line for line and was reciting it for the whole family... and neighborhood.  Nevermind the entire section of my mind overflowing with jingles and catchphrases.

Unfortunately, it seems like nothing is memorable these days compared to YesterYear.  Seemingly no company has catch phrases, jingles, or even a fun mascot.  Is it the fear of offending someone that prevents ads from having any character?  Is it that everything's disposable or replaceable these days, so why not just have interchangeable people and things in the commercial?  

Maybe it's just as simple as everyone skips over ads these days, so they figure why put in the effort?  If you ask me, THAT is the perfect reason to put in the effort.  Make your ad stand out from the pack to get people talking.  

And in the late 80s and early 90s, one such company did stand out.  

Pace Salsa.

My Top 10 Seinfeld Episodes - Part 2

Monday, June 8, 2020

In case you missed Part One of my Top 10 Seinfeld Episodes, I was compelled to put my Top Ten list into writing by the many "Top Tens" floating around Twitter while everyone sits at home during the quarantine.  Please go check out that article HERE.

It was gratifying to go through the entire series of episodes and pick out my favorites, and I thank you for allowing me to reminisce.  I hope reading my list is half as enjoyable as it was to write and remember, but then again, that's what this site is for... the ability to take "road trips down memory lane."  Seinfeld is easily in my Top Five favorite shows, and I know these episodes like the back of my hand.
I'll frequently drop a Seinfeld line into ordinary conversation, and in the style of Anthony Cumia, I'll very rarely add a "Seinfeld Story" to the conversation like the time I was on the subway and got a hot tip on a horse race.  I went and made a bet and won big, but a guy at the betting window saw how much I won and followed me onto the subway.  Thankfully a cop pretending to be a blind man saved the day and arrested him.

Pretty cool story, huh?  I usually don't say anything if they don't catch on and... boy, some people I work with must think I have some weird crazy life, or I'm the biggest liar of them all.

Anyway, without further ado, here are my Top Five Seinfeld episodes.

My Top 10 Seinfeld Episodes Part 1

Friday, May 29, 2020

Seinfeld needs no introduction as a tv show.  Safe to say it makes most people's top 5 lists, Seinfeld is a timeless classic; the jokes work just as well in 2020 as they did in 1995.  Lauren and I will often turn the bedroom television to WPIX 11 at night and let Seinfeld play in the background as we drift to sleep.

During this Corona quarantine, I've seen Top 10 lists of everything from ice cream flavors to movies, and one that piqued my interest was a Seinfeld episode list.  I've often said, "This episode is in my top 10..." but I've never actually put a physical list together before.  Since nothing else is happening in 2020, Lauren and I popped in the Blu-Ray's and we binge-watched the entire series in about a week.  It was a nice trip down memory lane and helped me review the series to finalize my list.

Before we started the 9 season run, we both commented on how we didn't care much for the later seasons.  As we went along, we realized how many of the later episodes were the ones aired frequently on WPIX or TBS, and therefore we considered a "classic" or memorable episode that we actually enjoyed immensely.

That said, most of my Top 10 come from the early seasons.

As usual, I got excited and went pretty long with all of the recap, details, and background information that I like to provide and had a hard time cutting the information down to a manageable size, so my apologies.  I broke my Top 10 into two articles for ease of reading and did my best at cutting out the clutter.

So, without further ado, here are my Top Ten Seinfeld Episodes numbers 10 thru 6!