Seinfeld: Stereotypes In Sitcoms

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Since the 1920’s situation comedy (sitcoms) have evolved into the most popular television genre. They focus mainly on day to day life events to highlight humerous faults of human behaviour. To make these sitcoms successful they use characters in a cultural context, a didactic plot and a setting we can relate to. For years the sitcom Seinfeld has drawn viewers into the complicated and confusing world of Jerry Seinfeld and his dysfunctional friends. In sitcoms, setting is the most important aspect as it allows the viewers to see realism, the characters identity and a social back round. Seinfeld portrays a single New York life and shows us a lot about what predicaments we would come across if we ourselves were in this situation. In Sitcoms there…show more content…
It teaches us. In Seinfeld Jerry is the typical Single, classy, New Yorker who has a high expectation of people and an obsession with cleanliness. George is the stereotypical loser who never has a job and never really tries to get one. In the boyfriend episode George even goes to such lengths as to fake a company interview so he could still receive unemployment payments. This type of event has definitely happened to people before and we can relate to it which is why sitcoms are so effective. Elaine is a person who has her good and bad days, she goes to the top with a job raise and all the way down with someone getting her new office. Kramer is the ‘wackiest’ character and is the leeching neighbour who takes a lot but doesn’t give much back. You can relate with all these characters whether you act like them or know someone like them, they teach us values in a non confrontational way which is why sitcoms have such great effectiveness and even…show more content…
They teach us to not be offended by the slurs which make us feel embarrassed and hence we have attitudinal change. This is another reason why sitcoms are effective. Seinfeld usually has two or three stories in the story which are the main focuses. In the “Pez Dispenser” episode there are three stories, Elaine laughing at Jerry’s Pez dispenser in a musical performance, the second Kramer’s Cologne Idea and the third Jerry’s friend’s drug addiction. Throughout the three stories the conflict escalates and the confusion rises until the storylines meet together and are usually resolved in a hilarious way. In Seinfeld Kramer gets the cologne deal, Elaine gets found out about the laughing and Jerry’s friend fights his drug addiction with Pez doses. A Sitcom’s conflict and confusion often occur as the result of a catalyst. The catalyst is an object which makes change in the story line, for instance the Pez dispenser was the catalyst for Elaine’s laughing and George being dumped by his girlfriend as an immediate
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