Seinfeld’s iconic finale episode still stands as one of television’s most divisive endings. With the comedy riding the high of peak popularity throughout the entire 90s (and even still, now), producing an ending to please every invested viewer of the nuanced yet perfect comedy was always going to be a difficult task.
Whilst chatting with David Remnick at the New Yorker Festival this week, Jerry dropped some pretty telling truth bombs surrounding the controversial ending.
“I sometimes think we really shouldn’t have even done it…There was a lot of pressure on us at that time to do one big last show, but big is always bad in comedy.” Woah.
Yes, an ending in which all four main characters end up in jail does seem overtly absurd, however, wasn’t that always Seinfeld’s strongest point? Being able to pick apart the intricacies and simplicities of everyday life and package them into a zany 30 minute episode that managed to, and continue to strike chords on a universal scale is a quality few comedies have been able to replicate since.
During the interview, old mate Jerry also went on to discuss how driving with Obama was the ‘greatest moment of his life’ (honestly, how could it not be)
Love or hate the ending, here’s one of the show’s finest moments.