I thought it would be fun to have a tv-watching group (like reading groups) on
Seinfeld’s new series The Marriage Ref.
The first episode (technically episode two, as the previous one was an awful
promo) was last Thursday and if you’re in the US you can watch it, for example,
This won't work outside the US.
I've been wondering what Seinfeld will try to do after his series. Larry
David moved onto Curb Your Enthusiasm which is hilarious but a lot more
cynical than the original show.
Jerry on the other hand is going more for the reality crowd but in a
different way. The premise is that on each episode, a panel of celebrities
(on this episode, it was Seinfeld, Tina Fey and Eva Longoria) listen to the
stories of different married couples who are having disagreements, mostly
fairly silly ones -- this is not heavy stuff. They then discuss the case
amongst themselves and rule in favor of one of the parties. At the end the
couples all are "surprised" by tickets to a cruise so they can make up in
The show has an interesting premise of thinking of couples arguments. I assume the discussion would be more chatty/short
comments than is usual here.
In this episode we had 5 disagreements:
1. A guy who cleans himself too much.
2. A dining table which is reserved for special occasions.
3. Men not knowing handy-work.
4. Flossing in bed.
5. Husband not wanting to wear wedding ring.
After seeing the episode, some quick comments:
1. The guy seemed to be gay. That is, they have bigger problems than if he cleans himself too much.
2. She’s probably from a poor background dreaming of living
like the ritz’s.
3. Did you see how Jerry was annoyed at Eva’s comment about
Jews and Latinos. You see his face flinching and then he takes a jab at the masculinity
of Tony, her husband, who has been injured much of this season.
4. No words necessary.
5. The guy was creepy. I‘m not sure why she would
marry him, but he was creepy.
Any thoughts anyone?