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June 24, 2015 8:35 AM   Subscribe

Through June 28th you can visit sitcom character Jerry Seinfeld's apartment (ca. season 8) in NYC.
posted by griphus (56 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 


Jerry's musical tastes are different then I expected
posted by The Whelk at 8:46 AM on June 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


the pantry is stocked with 2015-era food packaging

Some of it hasn't changed that much. However, it's very unlikely that Jerry would have had a can of Libby's Country Sausage Gravy on hand, for several reasons.
posted by gimonca at 8:51 AM on June 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


Seinfeld used a Mac.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 8:58 AM on June 24, 2015 [7 favorites]


Some of it hasn't changed that much. However, it's very unlikely that Jerry would have had a can of Libby's Country Sausage Gravy on hand, for several reasons.

Some but every General Mills' product in that picture is the design that's currently on the shelves. (Disclaimer: Work for General Mills' prepress vendor, do not speak for GMI or my employer.)

And what are you talking about? Sausage Gravy is de...li...... ohh, right.
posted by nathan_teske at 9:03 AM on June 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


Jerry's musical tastes are different then I expected

It would explain why that one guy kicked him off stereo duty at that party, however.
posted by codacorolla at 9:06 AM on June 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Hope there are angrily-shredded invitations for campus tour engagements in the wastebaskets.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:06 AM on June 24, 2015 [7 favorites]


However, it's very unlikely that Jerry would have had a can of Libby's Country Sausage Gravy on hand, for several reasons.

Nothing a little label modification on your jeans can't solve.
posted by Karaage at 9:07 AM on June 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


It would explain why that one guy kicked him off stereo duty at that party, however.

Jerry brings his copy of Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde to a party he has to leave early and gets George accused of theft when he asks him to grab it on his way out. Kramer and Elaine lose a goat in Carnegie Hall.
posted by griphus at 9:18 AM on June 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


Didn't Kramer always steal Jerry's food? Maybe now he's shopping for him and buying lots of pork products? Who knows what crazy mixed up things are happening in the Seinfeld-verse now. The Today Sponge is back on the market. Jerry is apparently an edgy comedian getting in trouble for saying supposedly offensive things. George Steinbrenner's dead. It's a crazy mixed up world.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:18 AM on June 24, 2015


No attention to detail -- the pantry is stocked with 2015-era food packaging.

That looks like an opened jar of Ragu cheese sauce in the pantry. Did Seinfeld ever do a bit about 'what's the deal with food poisoning'?
posted by zarq at 9:20 AM on June 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


It's a crazy mixed up world.

WORLDS ARE COLLIDING!

A Pantry, divided against itself, Cannot Stand!
posted by zarq at 9:23 AM on June 24, 2015 [3 favorites]


Next on Seinfelt: Jerry orders a new 152-inch TV, but after having it installed and admiring how lifelike the 4K demo picture is, after trying to change the channel he notices his old TV was actually replaced by a window, and how does he climb five flights of stairs, yet the window seems to be on ground level. George has bed bug problems, and asks to sleep on Jerry's couch, waking up angrily to people tapping the glass thinking he's a rare bald gorilla on exhibit from the zoo.
Kramer is shocked to find his 5B apartment is now a deli, and his bedroom is also the freezer. "You look like you haven't slept a minute, Kramer, why don't you make them leave your apartment?" asks Jerry. "Because they have the best sandwiches in town, Jerry", quips Kramer, "and because of all the inconvenience, they're free!"
Meanwhile, Elaine walks past and mistakes Jerry's apartment for a new, trendy furniture shop, and without noticing, starts buying new furniture and make her apartment more like Jerry's. As she places the final piece, a Superman figurine on the shelf, she becomes Jerry, and both 5A and 5B disappear into thin air, with all occupants inside.
posted by lmfsilva at 9:26 AM on June 24, 2015 [5 favorites]


Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Tourists Visiting a Repurposed Set Getting Sad

Fixed.
posted by Fizz at 9:30 AM on June 24, 2015 [3 favorites]


(I have never seen a Seinfeld episode. Should I ?)
posted by growabrain at 9:32 AM on June 24, 2015


eh
posted by griphus at 9:36 AM on June 24, 2015 [3 favorites]


Eh... I think it's aged far worse than a lot of other classic comedy TV from that time period. I rewatch reruns, and it's fun to see familiar story beats and character mannerisms, but I don't find myself laughing that much.
posted by codacorolla at 9:42 AM on June 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the modern analog, I think.
posted by Karaage at 9:43 AM on June 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


yeah I have literally no idea how it holds up if you don't have any nostalgia for either the show or NYC during the 1990s.
posted by griphus at 9:45 AM on June 24, 2015


None of these "modern Seinfeld" scenarios really work for me, as according to the timeline of my Newman fan fiction, the character Jerry died in prison 16 years ago.
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:48 AM on June 24, 2015


Also while the show probably has not held up to new eyes, this scene with George is probably one of my favorite TV moments of all time.
posted by griphus at 9:50 AM on June 24, 2015


(I have never seen a Seinfeld episode. Should I ?)

The first couple of seasons are a bit "set-up, joke; set-up, joke"; they're still figuring out what they're doing and how the show can work. Seasons three and four, though, are pretty consistently amazing for the ways they self-consciously explore the limitations of the sitcom as a form. The self-reflexive fourth season (the one where they pitch a TV show "about nothing") is pretty beautiful throughout.

I think if you're going to watch just one episode you might try starting with "The Chinese Restaurant" (which is actually season 2). It's one of the first where they really figured out that they were doing sitcom-as-absurdist-theater. If nothing in that episode speaks to you then the show probably isn't for you.

Beyond the show as a whole storyworld, of course, it's also worth watching for some truly amazing individual performances. Julia Louis Dreyfus, in particular, is just extraordinary. In many ways she was given the least clearly defined and the least "comic" persona in the show, and she just makes it something rich and strange and hilarious over and over again.
posted by yoink at 9:51 AM on June 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


It's aged about as well as most Simpsons episodes circa about 1995-1999. Which is to say, not that well.
posted by blucevalo at 9:54 AM on June 24, 2015


Excuse me 1995 Simpsons gave us Radioactive Man, you speak in error.
posted by The Whelk at 9:58 AM on June 24, 2015 [3 favorites]


Jerry's musical tastes are different then I expected

I noticed that was a pretty eclectic collection. I don't know many people who have (had) CDs by both Blue Oyster Cult and Liberace. Which made me wonder if they are the same CDs that were actually on the set? (I mean the same albums and artists, not the actual physical objects) Do they actually reflect Jerry's musical taste? The character or the real life person? Or did the set designer just like the way that mix of colors looked on the shelf? Also, it really wasn't a very big collection. I mean, if there were a whole bunch of CDs I'd expect a lot of variety, but he's only got about 30.

It's kind of slow at work today.
posted by TedW at 10:07 AM on June 24, 2015


What's the deal with all the Seinfeld nostalgia lately?
posted by thelonius at 10:09 AM on June 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


I'm afraid to rewatch the hand model episode for fear it wouldn't hold up. I remember really loving the monologue about the sad fate of superstar hand model Ray McKiggne.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 10:12 AM on June 24, 2015


I had to favorite this post just for the title.
posted by BlueJae at 10:29 AM on June 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


I think it's aged just fine. It'd be interesting to sit some younger people down (20 year olds, say) and have them review some episodes.

I also suspect that some of the negativity towards the show you see now is in part more a commentary on Seinfeld's recent political statements, and less about the quality of the show itself.
posted by Sangermaine at 10:30 AM on June 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


It's certainly a lot better written in terms of story structure than most sitcoms nowadays.
posted by smackfu at 10:40 AM on June 24, 2015


What's the deal with all the Seinfeld nostalgia lately?

25th anniversary of first air date, yo.
posted by easter queen at 11:07 AM on June 24, 2015


No attention to detail. Why is there an early 90s PC on the desk?
posted by cosmic.osmo at 11:29 AM on June 24, 2015


No attention to detail. Those kitchen stools are clearly the wrong size.
posted by mittens at 11:33 AM on June 24, 2015


No attention to detail. Why am I not 25 years younger, where is all the time going, why can't I feel my face.
posted by The Whelk at 11:41 AM on June 24, 2015 [6 favorites]


Let's set the music collection aside for a second ... Child's Play and Back to the Future III (sans I and II). Jerry, it's almost like all your media tastes were forged from 1 random yard sale.

Wait... it's a set! They literally broke the fourth wall, and replaced it with a big creepy window.
posted by dgaicun at 12:44 PM on June 24, 2015


I think it's aged far worse than a lot of other classic comedy TV from that time period

I'd like just one example, please.
posted by davebush at 1:10 PM on June 24, 2015


I'd like just one example, please

Get a Life.
posted by item at 1:12 PM on June 24, 2015


Newsradio as well.
posted by griphus at 1:16 PM on June 24, 2015


Here's something (admittedly extremely trivial) that's nagged at me a bit - Kramer's apartment is directly across the hall from Jerry's, and we know Jerry's apartment overlooks the street. How then, could a light from Kenny Rogers' be shining into Kramer's bedroom window? The exterior shots of Jerry's window show that it's not on the corner of his building, so where is the street Kenny Rogers' sits on?

Maybe I've watched to many reruns.
posted by davebush at 1:38 PM on June 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


Your first mistake is assuming that Cosmo Kramer's apartment was designed according to the rules of Euclidean geometry.
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:14 PM on June 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


Seinfeld the show holds up pretty well, Seinfeld himself was always the weakest part.
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 2:54 PM on June 24, 2015


George's misadventures are still pretty funny. But, then again, Larry got to expand on all of that stuff without network decency codes on Curbed.
posted by codacorolla at 3:21 PM on June 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


What are people talking about re: the sausage gravy? I don't understand but "sausage gravy" sounds amazing.
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:28 PM on June 24, 2015


kuz of kosher
posted by kittensofthenight at 8:49 PM on June 24, 2015



What are people talking about re: the sausage gravy? I don't understand but "sausage gravy" sounds amazing.

1. (Say this in Seinfeld-impersonation voice) Could this be any less kosher?

Not that the Jerry in the show appeared to be meticulously observant, but really, sausage gravy?

2. As Karaage picked up on, it's not in character for Jerry in the show to have such an over-the-top caloric item in his pantry, given his vanity about his waist size and the occasional references to it.


posted by gimonca at 9:56 PM on June 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


What are people talking about re: the sausage gravy? I don't understand but "sausage gravy" sounds amazing.

"Sausage gravy and biscuits" is a US dish which, while tasty, was originally designed mostly to confuse and disorient people in Commonwealth countries.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 10:21 PM on June 24, 2015


...well, that and to appeal to people who want to have an entirely monochromatic breakfast.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 10:22 PM on June 24, 2015


Please tell me there's a recreation of Kramer's apartment across the hall, with the Merv Griffin Show set inside.
posted by SisterHavana at 11:32 PM on June 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


(Say this in Seinfeld-impersonation voice) Could this be any less kosher?

Isn't that Chandler Bing?

Jerry would be like "What's the deal with chewing the cud? Have you see these cows, eating and re-eating food? Make a decision already!"
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 2:21 AM on June 25, 2015


kuz of kosher

He orders and presumably eats a medium crab bisque in the Soup Nazi episode. He doesn't keep kosher. At least not outside the house.
posted by zarq at 6:45 AM on June 25, 2015


NY1 is showing an hourly piece about the exhibition and their actual tagline is something like "come be the master of your own domain here in jerry seinfeld's apartment" and i just

don't they know what that means
posted by poffin boffin at 6:57 AM on June 25, 2015 [4 favorites]


I totally wouldn't have thought to try to do that. Now I'm very glad I'm located where I can't because I'd show that motherfucker Seinfeld how far one can actually take a joke these days.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:09 AM on June 25, 2015


(I would not do this. I'm an Internet tough guy of public masturbation.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:10 AM on June 25, 2015


don't they know what that means

It means if you go to the exhibition, slather yourself in antibiotic gel and Don't Touch Anything.

Also, if you see a beaker on the nightstand, don't drink out of it.
posted by zarq at 9:41 AM on June 25, 2015


Wait. I thought being "master of your domain" meant being able to control your need to masturbate. So, aren't they basically inviting people not to jerk it in Jerry's pad?
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:46 AM on June 25, 2015




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