Seinfeld: Season 1, Episode 5

The Stock Tip (21 Jun. 1990)

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Jerry becomes apprehensive when he and George buy stock and the price falls while the person who suggested the stock is in a coma and can't tell them when to sell.

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George convinces Jerry to invest with him in a particular stock that almost immediately drops in price. Having lost half his investment in a just a few days, Jerry panics and wants to sell. Meanwhile, Jerry isn't very successful at getting his dry cleaner to admit they ruined his shirts. Elaine loses a grape in her kitchen. She also has doubts about her cat-loving boyfriend. Jerry asks Vanessa to go to Vermont with him for a weekend. Written by garykmcd

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Season 1: Assured and funny from the start even if the plots are reasonably basic
18 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm not entirely sure why the first season of this sitcom is so very short but if I had to guess then I suppose it would reflect the network not being totally sure the whole idea would fly. You can sort of understand why this would be the case because, although now this show, Curb and other similar variants have made the format familiar, back when this was new the standard sitcom tended to be more focused on family units and had slightly more tangible plots and more "mainstream" comedy values. On the basis of this first season it is clear that Seinfeld does not fit with this idea as it focuses on a group of oddball New York singles while the plots tend to cynical and neurotic affairs centring around the over-analysing of social interactions and judgements of others based on small things.

Season 1 starts off with a steady and entertaining hit that is more than good enough to be considered "hitting the ground running". Taking the lead from the pilot the plots are comparatively simple affairs that take situations and apply the neurosis based comedy to them. While not quite as inspired as some of the later episodes, they are generally well written, drawing good laughs out of them as the various characters worry the situations, often making them worse or unnecessarily cluttered. In terms of the jump from the pilot, Elaine is a good addition as a dynamic and is used pretty well from the start. George is a bit more flustered than he was in the pilot and quicker to jump on anything he perceives as a slight or a social wrong against him, while Kramer is tweaked with the hair style and entrance making him even more of a comedy character than he was. Jerry himself is not overly changed. His parents are OK but not used particularly well, seeming to clutter their episode without adding too much to it in return.

The actors themselves are mostly good. Seinfeld's stand-up segments are better (and filmed better too) than in the pilot but generally he continues to fill his character with an observational ease that makes him a comfortable character to watch. Alexander is better as a performance because he plays much more of a character - he plays the same observational character as Jerry but adds to it a layer of frustration about the things he sees. He will get better but he is pretty good from the start here. Louise-Dreyfus is a light presence on the show and she doesn't have that much material at this stage but her role in season 1 is to provide an additional dynamic and she does that well. Richards' Kramer is right on the money from the start and he gets the fantastical crazy element of his character right in terms of movement and mannerisms.

Overall, season 1 is perhaps surprisingly short but it is also surprisingly on the money from the very start. I've never watched all the seasons (BBC2 bought it in the UK then buried it after Newsnight at around 2330 each night, on seemingly random nights, making it hard to follow) but on the strength of this first short season I am looking forward to more of this because it is good stuff even at this early stage.


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