WHICH TELEVISION SITCOM MARKED THE ACTING DEBUT OF JERRY SEINFELD?
I’ve spent the past three years of my life living in New York City, which means I’ve spent a lot of time watching television. I’m still wrapping my head around modern television, but one thing that’s always stood out to me is how many sitcoms feature actors who went on to become household names. It seems like every week, there’s another story about how a character actor made their debut in some long-forgotten sitcom. But what about the sitcoms themselves? Which ones are worth remembering? And which ones are best forgotten? Here’s my take:
- THE SHOW: SEINFELD
- THE YEAR: 1989-1998
- THE NETWORK: NBC and CBS (U.S.), Sky 1 (UK)
- STARRING: Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, Jason Alexander as George Costanza.
The show was a big hit for nine seasons (in fact, it became the most popular sitcom in television history), running from 1989 to 1998 on NBC and CBS before moving over to Sky 1 in the U.K., where it continues to air today. The premise? It’s about stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s life in New York City–with plenty of wacky friends who keep things interesting!
THE WEST WING
- Created by Aaron Sorkin, who also created the HBO show The Newsroom.
The West Wing was a political drama series that ran on NBC from 1999 to 2006. It starred Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet and featured an ensemble cast including Bradley Whitford (who would go on to play Josh Lyman), Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn), and John Spencer (Toby Ziegler). In one episode titled “NSF Thurmont,” Jerry Seinfeld played a small role as himself–a comedian who is invited backstage after performing at an event for charity.*
CHEERS is a sitcom that originally ran on NBC from 1982 to 1993. It was created by director James Burrows and writers Glen and Les Charles, who also worked on TAVERN TALKER (1980). The show stars Ted Danson as Sam Malone, a recovering alcoholic who owns a bar called Cheers in Boston with his best friend Diane Chambers (Shelley Long).
The cast also includes Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli; George Wendt as Norm Peterson; Nicholas Colasanto as Ernie “Coach” Pantusso; John Ratzenberger as postal worker Cliff Clavin; Kelsey Grammer as Dr Frasier Crane; Woody Harrelson as Woody Boyd–a bartender at Cheers for the last five seasons–and others throughout its eleven seasons on air.
The answer is Seinfeld.
Jerry Seinfeld made his acting debut in this sitcom, which ran from 1989-1998. The show was created by Larry David and starred Michael Richards as Kramer and Jason Alexander as George Costanza. It also featured Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes and Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer.
In conclusion, the sitcom Seinfeld marked the acting debut of Jerry Seinfeld. It was one of his most popular television shows and it ran from 1989-1998.