Seinfeld at 30: Does the 'show about nothing' still hold up?

On this week's screen panel, Tom Power is joined by arts journalist John Semley and a special guest panellist, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker.
In this 1998 photo, from the comedy series Seinfeld, Kramer, played by Michael Richards, shows Jerry his 'Fusilli Jerry.' (Castle Rock Entertainment/Associated Press )

Every week, the q screen panel convenes to look at the biggest stories happening in the worlds of film and television. This week, host Tom Power is joined by arts journalist John Semley and a special guest panellist, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker.

This week, the panel talks about Seinfeld, which just turned 30 this month. When audiences first met Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer, the TV landscape was dramatically different. Audiences were used to watching the wholesome family sitcoms of the '80s, where the jokes always seemed to end in a morality lesson — and these four characters couldn't be further from that.

Semley and Nussbaum discuss Seinfeld's legacy and tell us whether or not they think the show still holds up by today's standards.

— Produced by ​Ben Jamieson

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