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Today in Nerd History | May 14

No soup for you! But we do have a nostalgic serving of pop culture for you! Today is May 14.

Inclusion on this list does not imply that the entry is family friendly, only that is was a nerd culture milestone. Parents should, of course, use discernment.
1998: The Final Episode of Seinfeld (NBC)

In 1998, the final episode of “Seinfeld” aired on NBC, marking the end of a sitcom that famously claimed to be “about nothing.” For nine seasons, Jerry Seinfeld and his quirky band of friends—George, Elaine, and Kramer—turned the minutiae of daily life into comedic gold. Let’s dive into some “Nerdy Facts” about the finale that had millions glued to their screens.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Record-Breaking Viewership: The two-part finale was watched by over 76 million viewers, making it the fourth most-watched series finale in U.S. television history, right behind “MAS*H,” “Cheers,” and “The Fugitive.”
  • Notoriously Polarizing Ending: Despite the show’s massive popularity, the finale received mixed reviews from fans and critics due to its unique courtroom setup that brought back many characters from past episodes.
  • Jailhouse Humor: In the last scene, Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer find themselves behind bars for violating a Good Samaritan law, discussing a button placement on George’s shirt—a callback to the pilot episode’s very first conversation.

“Seinfeld” left a legacy as one of the greatest sitcoms ever, influencing countless shows that followed and giving us so many memorable phrases to quote. On May 14, we celebrate the timeless humor of this classic show that will continue to make us laugh about nothing for years to come. Happy Nerd History Day to all the masters of their domain!

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