"Seinfeld" The Friars Club (TV Episode 1996) Poster

(TV Series)


User Reviews

Review this title
4 Reviews
Sort by:
Filter by Rating:
Some fine elements and moments, but does not mesh together well
SLionsCricketreviews26 December 2015
Warning: Spoilers
"The Friars Club" is a mostly forgettable episode when viewed in its entirety, but an episode that still entertains nonetheless.

Kramer decides to adopt a new method of sleeping, where he takes a 15 minute nap for each 3 hours a day. As such, he stays awake for more of the day and lives a "longer" life than his peers. I found the scene where he said that him being alive for 80 years is the equivalent of 105 years, with his new technique. Kramer falling asleep during sex was also funny, but the consequences that it brought did not make me laugh. It felt a bit too dark for a "Seinfeld" episode. Yes, too dark for the cynical show that we've come to love.

Rob Schneider makes a valuable guest appearance as Bob, the newest employee at Elaine's workplace, whom Elaine suspects is faking a hearing disorder to get out of having to do any work. This story was perhaps the strongest in the episode, and although the final payoff is a bit weak, still made for an entertaining story.

George is clearly getting more nervous about his impending marriage to Susan, and you can feel the completely off chemistry between the two. This is PERFECT! George's desperate attempts to keep the romance between Jerry and Susan's friend was funny, and Jason Alexander is his usual brilliant self.

Each storyline had some memorable moments, but they are just small moments in an episode that really doesn't mesh together well. The three story lines contain very little intersection, which is something "Seinfeld" normally does so effortlessly.

The episode is rather forgettable, and one of the weaker episodes of recent seasons. It still entertains, like almost all "Seinfeld" episodes but it lacks a strong narrative and a great script to elevate it to greater heights.
4 out of 8 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
The Mafia girlfriend.
Sirus_the_Virus11 October 2009
Warning: Spoilers
The Plot:Elaine thinks that some one that she works with is faking being deaf. Jerry has a hard time getting into The Friars club after The Flying Santos brothers takes his jacket. Kramer starts following Leonardo Da Vinci's sleeping schedule and eventually falls asleep while having sex with his mafia girlfriend.

The Friars club is an unforgettable episode. I have seen this episode so many times. Rob Schneider guest stars in this episode as the deaf guy. The funniest situation is the one with the deaf guy or the one where Krmaer falls asleep during sex. Everyone of the situations in the episode are hilarious. This is a great episode.
4 out of 14 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
no more membership..
Arth_Joshi1 July 2019

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The Friars Club

Why is it that they are crafting a Louis-Dreyfus as a selfish righteous person in a world where right or wrong actually comes under the same section. It is not only bad for the character and actor, but also themselves, where they fail to get the appeal or proper response from the viewers.
0 out of 1 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
A Big Misunderstanding
Samuel-Shovel27 August 2018
Warning: Spoilers
In "The Friars Club", Jerry attempts to join the Friars Club but things hit a snag when he borrows a jacket from the club and loses it at a circus show. Jerry's also dating Susan's best friend and George loves going on double dates with him; he desperately wants things to work out for the two of them. Kramer modifies his sleep schedule to where he takes naps every few hours instead of sleeping overnight. This becomes a problem when the woman he's dating thinks he's died during a date. Elaine is convinced that a man at work is faking having hearing problems so that he can get a lighter work load.

I hadn't seen this episode in a long while but I had vivid memories of this one being an absolute classic! Sadly, it didn't live up to the hype that I had set for it. While it is a solid episode, it's not above the Seinfeldian average. The Elaine subplot is kind of a bore and the inclusion of Rob Schneider is more annoying than endearing to my contemporary eyes. Kramer's subplot had a lot of potential but it felt a bit truncated. I think we could have gotten a few more jokey scenes in involving his sleep patterns but these never occur. Jerry takes center stage in this one though and his plot is average at best. Who would want to join a Friars Club anyways? Regardless, it gets a bit shrug from me.
0 out of 1 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Ratings | External Reviews | Metacritic Reviews

Recently Viewed