Seinfeld was definitely ahead of his time with his sharp writing and relatable quotes. Elaine Benes, Costanza Sr., and various other characters of the Seinfeldverse played their part in dismantling the age-old norms and instilling progressive values. This, in turn, catapulted the “show about nothing” to timeless fame.
There’s no denying that almost every demographic cohort, but particularly the woke millennial subset, loves Seinfeld. Its episodes are insightful work on the hardships of everyday life. Whether it’s holiday rituals or yearly celebrations, it is clear that Seinfeld offers an alternative, relatable, and woke commentary on issues that millennials face around the holidays.
On Office Flings
“I Want You Out Of Here By The End Of The Day.” – Mr. Lippman
In season 3’s “The Red Dot,” Elaine helps an unemployed George secure a position as a reader at her office. He spends longer than usual hours at the workplace and that in Seinfeldian verse is a sign of simmering chaos.
As it’s seen, George engages in sexual intercourse with the office cleaning lady. She reports the incident to their boss, Mr. Lippman, who does not entertain his ignorance of office etiquette as an excuse. George is hired and fired within the Christmas season, and millennials are well aware his behavior qualifies as gross misconduct. They are totally on Mr. Lippman’s side here because work is akin to worship, and workplaces are holy. Better safe than sorry, George.
On The Value Of Friendship
“I Am Taking The Kid Out To Dinner, To Cheer Him Up.” – Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry arrives at Pendant Publishing by the end of “The Red Dot,” to support George, who’s just been laid off. He knows no good can come out of lecturing or pitying George for his misconduct, and the best thing to do is to be there for him. This scene must be counted among the most wholesome friendship moments on Seinfeld.
Jerry’s words read as selfless to millennials worldwide. And because, as the Washington Post reports, Millennial earnings were stunted by the 2008 financial crash (and the various setbacks that followed), the cohort knows the value of offering support, just as Jerry does in the scene.
On Seeking Therapy
“You Need Some Professional Advice. Why Don’t You Go See Elaine’s Friend? She’s A Therapist.” -Jerry Seinfeld
When George pines for Susan in “The Pick,” Jerry suggests he address the guilt and self-blame via the respectable route of professional therapy. George follows Jerry’s advice and visits Elaine’s friend, and professional therapist, Dana Foley.
Jerry’s recommendation is comforting for millennials because they pride themselves on being the therapy generation, as described by The Wall Street Journal. Millennials are working tirelessly towards normalizing mental health concerns, and they surely approve of Jerry’s advice.
On Sending Personalized Christmas Cards
“Say, She Was Clever… She Put A Picture On Her Card.” – Elaine Benes
Season 4’s “The Pick” also features the Christmas card storyline, wherein the Calvin Klein model, Tia Van Camp, and later, Elaine sends Christmas cards to their loved ones. Elaine’s happy face and words are a reassurance that sending out Christmas cards is a good way to share joy and love.
Millennials agree wholeheartedly with Van Camp and Benes because sending out personalized holiday/Christmas cards has a valuable social role. They are a far better alternative to texts and emails which have an impersonal touch to them.
On Idea Theft
“… He Laughs At Me, Then He Steals My Idea… They Are Not Gonna Get Away With This.” – Cosmo Kramer
In the same episode, Kramer also finds out that a Calvin Klein executive stole his idea of the beach-scented cologne. He’s enraged and his first thought is to confront the company head in his very office.
It’s fairly obvious why millennials choose to side with the K-man on this one. Idea Theft is commonplace in the world of entertainment, and fashion. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that big companies need to be held accountable for their malpractices. Though Kramer was always coming up with the craziest get-rich-quick schemes in Seinfeld, this one sounded legitimate. Simply put, the millennial demographic demands transparency and accountability, so Kramer’s words resonate with them.
On Excessive Consumerism
“As I Rained Blows Upon Him, I Realized There Had To Be Another Way.” – Frank Costanza
Season 9’s episode 10, “The Strike” is a millennial favorite. It’s primarily because Frank Costanza’s commentary implores people to think about the far-reaching and negative consequences of consumerism.
Frank talks about the holiday of Festivus being born out of the hatred for the commercial aspect of the holiday season. The faux holiday encourages simplistic and environmentally conscious practices, which means, no trees are cut down, and unadorned aluminum poles are placed in the living room. Frank created the Festivus as a harm-limitation holiday, and millennials are here for it.
On Valuing Historic Buildings
“…Get The Threatre A Landmark Status.” – Cosmo Kramer
Season 7’s “The Gum” opens with Kramer’s brilliant monologue about the importance of preserving heritage buildings and reclaiming the past. Turns out, that holiday season, Kramer put all his effort into renovating the dilapidated Alex Theatre.
His words resonate the most with the millennials because they know and understand that heritage sites are beacons of culture. It is fairly obvious that the cohort that appreciates the value of historic preservation will applaud Kramer for participating in the revitalization of the Alex Theatre.
“But You Gave It To Me.” -Tim Whatley
Season 6’s “The Label Maker” is a significant Seinfeld episode because it delves into the philosophy of regifting. Elaine purchases a label maker as a Christmas gift for Tim Whatley and is irate to find out he has regifted it to Jerry.
The episode takes a spiraling journey down the rabbit hole of regifting and millennial viewers are with Whatley on this one. Regifting is a great idea to reduce waste, and a handy tip for living with less. Whatley has every right to the ownership of the gift. He doesn’t appreciate it, so why toss it into the bin when he could just gift it to someone?
On Indoctrinating Little Children
“Where Did A Nice Little Boy Like You Learn Such A Bad Word Like That, Huh?” – Mickey Abbott
One of the most shameless things that Kramer ever did was get himself and Mickey fired right before Christmas in “The Race.” Aside from that, he brought disrepute to Santa’s image by preaching communist propaganda to little children at Coleman’s.
Millennials firmly believe that little children should not be exposed to political influence. Children have the right to make their own minds about things when they come of age and to indoctrinate them is to rob them of their innocence. Though “The Race” is Seinfeld‘s top-rated holiday-themed episode on IMDb, viewers think Mickey could have easily stopped big-mouth Kramer from being disruptive at their workplace.