By Lily Rothman
June 24, 2015

Wednesday is a big day for Seinfeld fans: rather than rely on late-night reruns to get their fix of the beloved sitcom, they can now binge watch the whole thing on Hulu.

It’s been more than 25 years since the show premiered in 1989, but interest in Jerry & co. shows no sign of flagging—something that TIME’s critic Richard Zoglin might not have predicted when he reviewed the show back in 1992. (Yes, it took more than a year for TIME to give Seinfeld more than a blurb review, but in fairness it took a while for the show to find its footing, too.) The characters’ tendency not to talk about their deeper feelings or concerns—one of the show’s signatures—meant, Zoglin guessed, that even viewers who loved to tune in for a half-hour a week wouldn’t really get attached.

Still, even when it wasn’t clear that Seinfeld would become a classic, it was obvious that something was working:

Read the full review, here in the TIME Vault: Comedian on the Make

Write to Lily Rothman at lily.rothman@time.com.

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