Aug 12, 2014

Channeled through Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David's most dyspeptic ideas about people preferring the misery of others to their own mild inconvenience came off as amusing rather than misanthropic; through David, Seinfeld's what's-the-deal riffs became piercing insights, not trivia. And few roles have been so perfectly cast and complemented as Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the sharp-tongued Elaine, Michael Richards as gawky oddball Kramer, Jason Alexander as self-interested George, and Seinfeld as, well, Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld was a hearty soup of humor, a layered marble rye of humanity, master of its comic domain—it was real, and it was spectacular.

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