Summary of “Seinfeld at 30: 5 ways the “show about nothing” changed television”

Its pilot, “The Seinfeld Chronicles,” aired that evening in 1989, but the show wouldn’t return for nearly a full year – its second episode didn’t air until May of 1990.
1) Seinfeld changed the way sitcom stories are written It’s not terribly exciting to think about television in terms of its story structure – the combination of plot developments, scenes, and raw dramatic beats that make up any given episode of TV – but Seinfeld’s impact on television comedy is actually most pronounced in this arena.
The best Seinfeld episodes are marvels of story structure, with jokes and storylines dovetailing and tucking into each other in ways that can be as thrilling as any twist in a plot-heavy drama.
Not every show uses the Seinfeld structure, but the series gave other shows the option of pursuing far more than the typical two stories per episode.
Even a short year before Seinfeld debuted, a show like Murphy Brown had to essentially center everything on the fact that its protagonist was a single woman making her way through her life and work.
4) Seinfeld predicted the growing whiteness of network television Little of this is Seinfeld’s fault; television’s whiteness has far more to do with the Clinton-era repeal of the Financial Interest and Syndication Rules.
NBC actually forced creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David to make the show a multi-camera, but once the two were committed to doing so, they essentially broke all of the established rules of how multi-camera sitcoms worked, twisting and bending them so far that the multi-camera sitcom had essentially nowhere else to go if writers wanted to continue to innovate.
The longer Seinfeld ran, the more single-camera sequences Seinfeld and David inserted into the action.

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