In discussing the earlier season I didn’t mention a very important talent in the show since its beginnning: Wayne Knight in the role of Jerry’s arch-rival, postal employee Newman. Newman is perfect in the role as the beady-eyed, over-weight postman with a chip on his shoulder who’s always out to frustrate Jerry. The episode “The Switch” is a crucial one, and one that got high ratings as it’s the show in which the audience finally, after years, finds out what Kramer’s first name is. I won’t give it away for those of you who don’t know but let’s just say it suits him. Another recurring character appearing here is one of Jerry’s comedian acquaintances, the wide-eyed manic Kenny Bania played by Steven Hytner. Bania rocks, he’s just so in your face. Larry David, the show’s co-creator, also appears in some short cameos that are fun to look for. He also supplies the voice of George Steinbrenner on the show.
With a multitude of talented actors, a great many witty and twisted story-lines, and mega watts of humor, conventional and bizarre, this show which was originally supposed to be about nothing is actually about the wacky things humans will do in relationships, in jobs, and in life in general. Now, that said, humor is a personal thing and not everyone will relate to the kind of humor in this show, I call it New York humor, but I personally really related. Being a big city dweller (and a huge lover of NYC), a pop culture junkie and a big TV watcher throughout my life, the show contains many, many references that I could totally relate to. This show has majorly infiltrated our western culture with its many expressions and made-up words to explain human quirks and weaknesses (low-talker, close talker, among others) but my favorite one, which came about in “The Labelmaker” is “re-gifting”. All of us have done that at least once in our lives, I think. And who commits this terrible faux-pas in the show? You guessed it: our beloved dentist Tim Whatley. There are just so many classic lines and scenes that are included in this sixth season of Seinfeld, that to name them all would be too much, so I hope this gives the reader an idea of what they might get when renting or buying this DVD set.
Yada, Yada, Yada: Audio commentaries by the cast and crew on different episodes offer us a variety of takes on the making of the shows and on where the ideas came from. A very interesting feature.
Master of His Domain: Jerry Seinfeld’s never before seen stand-up comedy routine is very funny, too funny to be only 8 minutes long. Should have been much longer.
Notes About Nothing: This is a feature we can switch on or off and it includes the production notes written over the episodes as well as behind-the-scenes scoop. An enjoyable and educational feature.
In the Vault: I usually don’t like the deleted scenes, I might even skip them, but these were funny enough to check out. It’s a good thing these were saved from the sixth season’s cutting room floor to be added on the DVD.
Inside Looks: Short video commentaries by cast and creators about the behind-the-scenes aspects of most shows. Informative and cool.
Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That: Twenty minutes worth of actually funny bloopers unlike the so-called bloopers I’ve seen on other DVDs, which aren’t funny at all. This was the second best feature after the stand-up routine. Very funny.
Sein-Imation: Classic Seinfeld episodes are re-imagined as cartoons. A great new feature that I really loved. On here, “The Big Race” is animated as well as “Kramer vs. The Monkey” and “Seinfeld Noir”. A neat idea to add to the DVD.