Picks and Pans Review: Seinfeld
NBC (Thursdays, 9:30 P.M. ET)
Shades of Garry Shandling. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld gets good mileage out of being himself this month. Actually, he's probably himself all the time, but in the four episodes of this show, he plays a New York comic named Jerry Seinfeld. The program intersperses conventional sitcom tomfoolery with Seinfeld's stand-up routines in a club, showing how his life informs his shtick.
Jerry's days are complicated by (stop me if you've heard this before) his high-strung best friend (Jason Alexander), his former girlfriend (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and his oddball neighbor (Michael Richards, in a retread version of the Jim Ignatowski character from Taxi). The sitcom stuff, though fairly standard, is likable and bouncy enough, but the snatches from Seinfeld's act bump this comedy up a notch.
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