Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Butter Shave 

Kramer discovers the amazing yet unknown uses of butter, but accidentally fries himself after using it as sunscreen.

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Steve Hytner ... Kenny Bania
Patrick Warburton ... David Puddy
Gordon Jump ... Thomassoulo
Kristin Davis ... Jenna
Everett Greenbaum Everett Greenbaum ... McMaines
Connie Sawyer ... Old Woman
Matthew Fonda Matthew Fonda ... NBC Executive
Chris Parnell ... NBC Executive
Frank van Keeken Frank van Keeken ... Vegetable Lasagna / Magnus
Shannon Whirry ... Cute Girl
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Storyline

Kramer discovers a new use for butter by applying it to his face while he shaves, but he accidentally cooks himself when he uses it as sunscreen. George gets a job with a company that makes playground equipment, and really enjoys it after he successfully convinces his boss that he's handicapped. Jerry is riding a wave of success at comedy clubs, but hates the fact that hack comic Kenny Bania is riding his coattails. Elaine is on her way back from Scandinavia with Puddy and they repeatedly break up and get back together. Written by halo1k

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

At one point Newman (Wayne Knight) is shown to be reading the novel Alive, the story of a group of plane crash survivors who resort to cannibalism in order to survive. See more »

Goofs

Elaine and Puddy are flying in an aircraft with two sets of rows of seats, one on each side. The largest aircraft that they could be in is a Boeing 757. They are flying (presumably directly) from Oslo, Norway, to New York. 757s are mainly used for coast-to-coast flights, almost never for overseas flights. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: Remember David Puddy?
Cosmo Kramer: Oh, the face-painting auto mechanic. So she's dating him again, huh?
Jerry Seinfeld: Oh, I guess she's batted around and she's back at the top of the order.
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Connections

References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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1 July 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 Butter Shave

As Seinfeld whips Anderson with the quote, "It is getting difficult to tell others of being friends with you" The similar experience is shared by the viewers, where we are not only exhausted by the overlong procedures but also the dull remarks it comes with.


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