20 years ago tonight, “Seinfeld” aired “The Finale.”

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  1. AKA

    AKA 86451103 Thread Starter

    The series finale of Seinfeld aired 20 years ago tonight, on May 14, 1998 (the same night Frank Sinatra died).

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  2. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    "How will it end?" Why, with a clip show and then another glorified clip show!
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  3. GregM

    GregM Ready to cross that fine line

    Daddyland, CA
    I was in Vegas that night. My buddy and I were noticing there were no lights on the strip when his wife called to say Sinatra died.

    I'm lukewarm to the Seinfeld finale. I thought it was pretty contrived but better things were coming (CYE).
  4. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    Here's what TV Land aired opposite the finale.

  5. Leviethan

    Leviethan Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    I saw George Carlin in Boise that night.
  6. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    I remember watching it over at a friend's house. It was an underwhelming episode.
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  7. AKA

    AKA 86451103 Thread Starter

    I saw him a few months later in Spokane.
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  8. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Lousy finale. The only funny part was Jackie nailing Teri Hatcher.
  9. BadJack

    BadJack Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    I think "The Finale" is a fairly crummy episode but the ending tag of Jerry doing his act in prison was pretty funny. Maybe one last episode of the gang in the clink would have been a better ending.

    And then there's this reveal said in the DVD commentary:

    In commentary from the final season DVD, Seinfeld outlines that he and Jason Alexander spoke about this scene being in Monk's Cafe, with George saying "That was brutal" in reference to the foursome's stint in prison.
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  10. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    The wife and I were in Vegas that night, too!
    Still here, as a matter of fact.
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  11. Jose Jones

    Jose Jones Outstanding Forum Member

    Detroit, Michigan
    There were some good moments for sure in the finale, with the old guest stars reprising their funny moments. I thought it was a decent finale; I was way into Seinfeld then.

    There is this prevailing school of thought that is critical of all big finales----the Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, that sticks in my craw.....I think it is just fans that are sad about their favorite show ending.
  12. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    I bet fans of the second Newhart series aren’t critical of its finale, though.
  13. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident

    Can't say I liked it, but 20 years...? Jeez...
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  14. asdf35

    asdf35 Forum Resident

    Austin TX
    I recall the finale. I was in my later teens, during my "TV rots your brain" phase and struggling through a Penguin Classics edition of Nietzsche. I was too "cool" for the show that later became (and remains) my favorite show ever.

    I still see it as a cultural coup to have it on daily reruns. As broad as the appeal is, it still seems like a misanthropic show that most people wouldn't relate to. Most people strike me as "Friends" people.
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  15. modrevolve

    modrevolve Forum Resident

    I really loved this show and never missed a week. Still watch in syndication 20 years late. Really hated seeing my "friends" end up of jail; even if they kind of deserved it.

    I'm not sure what other kind of ending they could have done without it being forced.
  16. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    They could have found a way for the gang to triumph over their circumstances in the finale. After all, the series reveled in the shallowness/pettiness of its characters in every other episode. I think it was a big mistake to turn around and punish them in the end. (No pun intended.)
  17. GLENN

    GLENN Forum Resident

    Kingsport,TN, USA
    All in all, I think most people would say that the MASH finale was pretty decent too.
  18. thestereofan

    thestereofan Forum Resident

    San Jose
    Love Seinfeld and loved the finale. Larry David is a true comedy genius, he tied everything together and put them all in jail because that is where they belonged. Perfect. They never learned anything.
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  19. thestereofan

    thestereofan Forum Resident

    San Jose
    Personally, MASH jumped the shark for me years before. I stopped caring and got sick of all the puns and moralizations. That was just my personal opinion.
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  20. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    Wow. I can remember exactly where I was and who I watched it with. I haven't seen that person in many years but I can see the scene so clearly. Time is a crazy thing.

    edit: Interesting to nobody but me I'm sure, but this is where I was...right here
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  21. David Egan

    David Egan Forum Resident

    Oakland CA
    The finale wasn't great comedy but it was an amusing and appropriate fate for these four awful people.
  22. Pinknik

    Pinknik Senior Member

    I thought the Seinfeld finale sucked. Still, kinda mind blowing that it was 20 years ago. I still enjoy watching the re-runs on TV.
  23. Squealy

    Squealy Forum Hall Of Fame

    I still think the most compelling interpretation of the finale is that they all die in the plane crash, and the trial is them being judged in the afterlife. I've always wondered if this was the original idea and the network made them water it down... why else is the plane crash there?
  24. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

    I'm not sure what people wanted out of the finale. A wedding? A funeral? A baby? Someone moving? Seinfeld wasn't a typical show that would have that sort of finale like other sitcoms. It was an original idea although it was not one of the better episodes of the series.
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  25. tomhayes

    tomhayes Forum Resident

    San Diego, Ca
    The finale of this episode presented a hard truth - these people you like and identified with for years were fundamentally vapid, selfish, cruel, and small.

    Not exactly the sendoff people wanted ;) But maybe the one it deserved.

    But the reunion finale on Curb might have been what people really wanted more: Seinfeld (Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Wikipedia

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