24 Reasons You’re Still Watching “Seinfeld”

It debuted in 1989. It ended 16 years ago. Yada, yada, yada, you’re still watching it today.

1. No other TV show has become part of popular culture in such a significant, memorable way.

Popularized by Seinfeld.

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As was the term “low talker.”

And the term “regifting.”

And is there anyone who doesn’t know about the Soup Nazi? Doubtful.

2. Plain and simple, these four characters just click.

3. They are all great in their individual storylines.

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“DeSoto’s down, but Cosmo’s got the caboose!”

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“It’s a peach.”

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“Faster than a speeding bullet, Lois.”

4. But also fabulous together.

5. And even the characters outside the main four are amazing.

Hello, Newman.

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J. Peterman: adventurous, well-dressed, clueless.

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It would have been a bitch to live with Frank and Estelle Costanza in real life, but in the fictional world of Seinfeld, damn were they hilarious to watch.

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Jackie Chiles, master of adjectives. “It’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous.”

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Was David Puddy an absolute riot? All signs point to yes!

Kenny Bania. “I’ve been working out. I’m huge.”

6. Based on his comments, insecurities, and incompetence, you sometimes feel like you’re George Costanza.

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This may as well be your life.

7. This show has a knack for summarizing exactly how you feel about people sometimes.

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8. The way the characters feel about life is oftentimes really relatable.

9. The sexual euphemisms are the stuff of genius.

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10. This show gave rise to the greatest holiday of them all, Festivus.

“I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about it!”

11. And there’s the relationship between Jerry and Elaine.

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Maybe you wanted them to be a couple. Maybe you definitely didn’t. Either way, they are hilarious together.

12. There will never be another character like Cosmo Kramer. Ever.

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Giddy up.

From his facial expressions…

To his entrances…

To all his weird movements…

To the crazy schemes he gets involved in…

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He’s one of a kind.

13. And Elaine Benes will always reign supreme over the world of sitcom characters.

(As she should.)

14. You use lines from the show on a regular basis.

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Said when you are, in fact, speechless.

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Said anytime you eat pretzels, anytime you see someone else eating pretzels, or anytime you see anything involving pretzels.

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Said when you tear up unexpectedly.

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Said when something goes horribly, horribly wrong.

15. It’s pretty much impossible to go through the day without seeing something that reminds you of Seinfeld.

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Maybe it’s a food.

Maybe it’s a puffy shirt.

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Maybe it’s skinny jeans.

16. Whatever it is, you always feel like a champ when you incorporate something from the show into everyday life.

17. This show is so amazing that it’s seriously everywhere.

18. It’s great to go back and see all the now-famous people that appeared in episodes over the years.

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Bryan Cranston as Dr. Tim Whatley.

Lauren Graham as Valerie, the girl with the speed dial numbers.

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Debra Messing as Beth.

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Mariska auditioning for the part of Elaine in the NBC pilot.

19. The revolving door of relationships makes for great comedy.

20. Are these characters immature and superficial? Sure, and that’s exactly what makes them so funny.

21. You’ve learned a thing or two from watching.

Life tips, c/o George Can’t-stand-ya.

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Good to know for work.

22. You’re ok with the fact that, inevitably, some things are outdated now.

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Like payphones.

Or cameras like this one.

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Or Moviefone.

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Or fashion like this.

23. Because the jokes definitely aren’t.

24. And even though it’s been 16 years since the last episode, Seinfeld is still funny as hell.

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