Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Parking Space 

Coming from an outing to a flea market in New Jersey, Elaine and George damage Jerry's car when George drives over a large pothole. When they get to his apartment they conveniently find a ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Lee Arenberg ... Mike
Jay Brooks Jay Brooks ... Sid
Maryedith Burrell ... Mother
Shannon Cochran ... Sheila
Zachary Charles Zachary Charles ... Angry Man
Michael Costanza Michael Costanza ... Truck Driver (as Michael A. Costanza)
Mik Scriba ... Cop #1 (as Mike Scriba)
Stan Sellers ... Cop #2
John Christian Graas John Christian Graas ... Matthew
Steven Marcus Gibbs Steven Marcus Gibbs ... Bystander #2
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Coming from an outing to a flea market in New Jersey, Elaine and George damage Jerry's car when George drives over a large pothole. When they get to his apartment they conveniently find a parking space right in front of Jerry's building. As George tries to back in however, someone tries to take the spot by driving in nose first. With neither car able to park, it leads to an all day argument. Elaine meanwhile has to come up with a story about the damage to the car. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1992 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The parking space story was based on a real-life experience of writer Greg Daniels's father. See more »

Goofs

George (Jason Alexander) and Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) are shown exiting the car on a long shot, and then again on the close-up. See more »

Quotes

Mike Moffit: Man, that Michael Jordan is so phony.
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Connections

Featured in Seinfeld: The Chronicle (1998) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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he called me a phony..
30 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Seinfeld

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 Parking Space

This is what I have loved about the series the best, it most importantly dares to go through a thorough study of a crisis that we all can relate to. And even though, at times the episode stretches like Louis-Dreyfus explaining or coming up with an explanation.


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