We're coming up on the 20-year anniversary of the finale to Seinfeld and people are still talking about it, even the show's namesake, Jerry Seinfeld is still talking about it. The comedian is out promoting his latest Netflix special Jerry Before Seinfeld, and he took some time to discuss the ever-looming sitcom about nothing. Fans were torn after the final episode of Seinfeld and as it turns out, so is the show's creator, even after all of these years. It seems that Seinfeld tends to change his mind about the finale often, but currently he regrets it.
During an interview with the New Yorker, Jerry Seinfeld admitted that the Seinfeld finale might have been too "big" and went on to say that comedy isn't supposed to be big. He explains.
"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."
Seinfeld's thoughts on the subject are understood, but with a show as big and beloved as Seinfeld, how the hell are you supposed to end it? There's really no right answer to that question because not many wanted it to leave in the first place. The comedian went on to talk about his idea of comedy being small and even declaring that TV is funnier than movies. Seinfeld had this to say.
"Comedy should be small and cheap and quick. That's why TV is always funnier than movies, because you don't have that much time and that much money."
Jerry Seinfeld is obviously referring to the 2-part finale and he could just be lamenting the fact that they made it an hour as opposed to just the normal length episode. He was recently interviewed by radio personality Howard Stern on Sirius/XM Radio where he revealed that he still liked the story line.
The storyline behind the finale has always been a point of contention for Seinfeld fans who were not happy with the way things went down. But Jerry Seinfeld has said that they wanted to bring everybody back for fun and as a nice gesture. When looked at that way, the finale is a great success. The ending was quite perfect too. Here are some pretty vain, selfish, and sometimes downright despicable characters getting thrown in jail. It's actually pretty perfect and Jerry Seinfeld appears to be only talking about the length of the finale, not the storyline.
As previously mentioned, there was never going to be the right way to end the beloved show. There was too much at stake and Larry David couldn't please everybody, even themselves. The talks about the finale have come up lately as a result of Jerry Seinfeld shooting down rumors that Seinfeld was going to get a reboot. You can check out the rest of the interview with Seinfeld via the Vulture. While you're at it, check out the trailers for the 1998 Seinfeld finale below.