Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Package 

A mysterious package arrives for Jerry. Elaine is curious about what the doctors are writing in her records. George tries to hit on the cute girl at the "One Hour Photo" place.

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Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 3 more credits »
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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
Len Lesser ... Uncle Leo
Richard Roat ... Dr. Berg
Fort Atkinson Fort Atkinson ... Dr. Stern
David Purdham ... Dr. Resnick
Heather Campbell Heather Campbell ... Sheila
Ramón Franco ... Mailman (as Ramon Franco)
Bari K. Willerford Bari K. Willerford ... Ron
Shuko Akune ... Receptionist
F. William Parker ... Country Doctor
Lyn Alicia Henderson ... Clerk (as Lynn A. Henderson)
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Storyline

Kramer tries to get a "refund" for Jerry's broken stereo. Jerry is against the idea until he gets a mysterious package in the mail. Newman accuses Jerry of mail fraud when Uncle Leo signs for the package and an explosion is heard while he is talking to Jerry. George, meanwhile, gets involved with "Photo Store Shelia" when she accidentally slips an enticing photo in George's pictures. George decides to send one back, but the plan backfires. And Elaine gets a rash and is barred from every doctor in New York when she takes a peek at her medical chart. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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4:3
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Trivia

Kramer's (Michael Richards) alias of Dr. Von Nostrand appears in this episode. The alter-ego also appears in episodes 3.9, Seinfeld: The Nose Job (1991) and 9.7, Seinfeld: The Slicer (1997). See more »

Goofs

Kramer (Michael Richards) borrows a camera in this episode but in Seinfeld: The Pick we saw he had his own camera to take a picture of Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). See more »

Connections

References Seinfeld: The Pick (1992) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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one hour photo..
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 Package

About a world that laughs at you if you fall down the stairs, I wouldn't call it refreshing but it is shocking to see an almost balanced and fair world something that feel incongruent. But the humor, is then left in short here.


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