Re: Seinfeld vs. Curb Your Enthusiasm
Both are pretty... pretty... pretty good.
I look at Larry David the way others may look at LeBron James or Mike Trout. The guy is the best. He is some one I admire.
Seinfeld... my favorite show of all time. Extremely well written. Multiple, seemingly completely different stories, all come together at the end. Adult content crafted in a way that it is able to be shown on network tv. We love characters who in real life would not be that likeable, which we see in the finale. Every episode is re-watchable. Every single episode is good. Just an amazing show. I'm a fan of re-occurring staples of a show. Kramer's entrances, Newman and Jerry's greetings, Jerry's stage comedy, Jerry's silly reasons to break up with his girlfriends. Once, I thought of making a list of Jerry's girlfriends. My favorites on down. When I started to research, I saw there are multiple websites ranking Jerry's girlfriends.... that shows how big this show is to Seinfeld fans, how much we connected to it.
Curb Your Enthusiasm... shows how much of a genius Larry David is. Plot, outline, ...... improvise. Retroscripting. One of the things that grabbed me about this show is how authentic the scenes felt. Laughter was actual laughter. A reaction was an actual reaction. Two or three takes, use the best one. Great concept. Less time consuming, allowing the show to keep great stars on as regulars. Allow people to be exaggerations of themselves. Wrestling should take notes! Many see main differences in the protagonist, main character's side kicks. Also, being able to curse. Much of this is true with language because I'll watch Seinfeld with any one, a few episodes may be uncomfortable. I can't say the same about Curb Your Enthusiasm. I prefer to watch it alone anyway. I often have to pause the tv so I can finish laughing and processing what I've seen so I don't miss out on what happens next. I laugh harder at CYE than Seinfeld. I love Larry David's character of himself much more than Jerry. I relate to Larry much more than Jerry.
Two stories that happened to me....
Seinfeld story... Two people and myself are looking to rent a place. First house, terrible. Doors missing, terrible neighborhood, house not finished. We're upset he is wasting our time. Second house, better but we decide not to rent from him. Second house has a tenant not home. As we are leaving, the guy showing us the house opens the front door and the dog takes off outside. Runs off. He is looking at us like maybe we will help. We weren't near the front door when he opened it. It was 100% his fault. We're not going to rent. We leave. When we got in the car, we are laughing at him running around after the dog and we say, "Seinfeld moment." I can see this happening to Jerry, George, and Elaine.
Curb Your Enthusiasm story.... I used to rent at a nice place with two pools at the club house. The two separate pools are next to each other, but separate. (Think of the Maryland state flag. Imagine the black gold as pool, the red white as concrete sitting areas). I lived by myself and this day I'm talking about I went to the pool alone. I just chilled out, mind my own business. Not a lot of people were there at first. Different people came to the pool, different people left. I was hanging on the side of the wall. Back to the wall, then face the wall with my head resting on it. Sun on my chest, sun on my back. No big deal. While I was facing the wall, I kind of dozed off. I wake up when I hear the last people leaving the pool area, except for one couple in the pool with me. I close my eyes again. Shortly after, I hear some smacking sounds. This couple in the pool are lightly kissing, but easily heard because it's the only sound in a quiet place. I was in that pool way before they were. A good hour before them. There is another pool they could get in if they want privacy. He looks 50, she looks 30. I shouldn't be embarrassed, they should be embarrassed. I stay, continue to rotate from facing the wall to back to the wall. Not staring at them, but they are right there so there is some eye contact. I tell this story to my friends, expecting every one to be on my side. Every one I've ever told this story to says I should have moved to the other pool. I think everybody is wrong. I know who would agree with me... Larry David from Curb Your Ethusiasm! After hearing me tell the story, one of my friends actually said, "You're just like Larry David." I took it as a complement.
Study "Seinfeld" to learn how to write sitcom. Study "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to see how to do a retroscript.