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Chris Philpott: Was Seinfeld's Super Bowl reunion worth the wait?

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The cast of 'Seinfeld'.
The cast of 'Seinfeld'.

Jerry Seinfeld has been dropping hints about a Seinfeld reunion for the last few weeks, with the top secret project finally materialising during yesterday's Superbowl XLVIII coverage.

It turned out to be nothing more than a promo for the popular comedian's web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.

Seinfeld and former co-star Jason Alexander reprised their roles from the hit '90s sitcom for a short episode of the comedian's interview series.

The episode, clocking in at just over six minutes, went live during the game, with a promo commercial pointing viewers to the show's website.

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee finds Jerry Seinfeld interviewing a variety of guests, most friends from the comedy scene, as they take a trip to buy coffee.

The series is sponsored by car manufacturer Acura, who source a new vehicle for Seinfeld to drive in every episode.

The reunion episode found Seinfeld behind the wheel of a beat-up AMC Pacer, before introducing his "best friend for almost every day of the 1990s, George Costanza".

The pair discuss the Super Bowl in the inimitable style of the show, before stopping for coffee at frequent Seinfeld location Tom's Restaurant and getting into a heated discussion about over-cheering during the game and murmuring during conversation.

Seinfeld and Alexander are the only regular cast members to appear, but the pair are joined briefly by Newman (Wayne Knight). Naturally, Jerry delivers a "helloooo, Newman" for old time sake.

The reunion episode marks the second time cast members from the hit nineties sitcom have reunited for television; the first came during several episodes of Seinfeld co-creator Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

It wasn't particularly funny - the jokes felt more like one of the many Seinfeld parodies online, as opposed to capturing the spirit of the original series - but it was a pleasure to see these iconic characters on screen again.

Don't expect any further reunions, however: both Seinfeld and David have resisted cashing in on the Seinfeld brand.

If any further reunions do happen, it will likely be with very little advance notice. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Chris Philpott

Chris Philpott is nzherald.co.nz's resident TV expert.

In a strange way, Chris Philpott has grown up with television: his first big addiction was The X Files, which he watched as a teenager, enthralled by what was possible with the form. Chris’ love of TV grew over the years, parallel to the popularity and quality of serial dramas like The Sopranos, Lost, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. He began writing about TV professionally in 2010, before joining the NZ Herald in late 2013, and considers writing about TV more than a passing interest or hobby: he genuinely loves sharing new series and discussing the big shows with readers. Chris is based in Whangarei, and lives with his wife and daughter. When he isn’t watching television … just kidding, he’s always watching television.

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