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Three Postinos

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Unlike the Pony Express, Kevin Costner’s The Postman doesn’t ride alone. The director-star’s achingly long epic has some small-screen brethren. And like Cheers’ Cliff Clavin and Seinfeld’s Newman (a.k.a. John Ratzenberger and Wayne Knight), Costner’s postapocalyptic mail carrier does things to the letter. Herewith, the postmasters, in general.

THEY SHARE THE SAME DRESS CODE

CLAVIN
Almost always in uniform (occasionally seen in a suit)

NEWMAN
Rarely in uniform (occasionally seen in a bathrobe)

THE POSTMAN
Usually in uniform (occasionally seen naked)

THEY RELY ON A BOSOM BUDDY

CLAVIN
Bar mate Norm Peterson

NEWMAN
Apartment-building mate Kramer

THE POSTMAN
Trail mate Bill, a mule

THEY LIKE TO PILFER

CLAVIN
Beer from Woody the bartender

NEWMAN
Unlabeled packages from the mail morgue

THE POSTMAN
A uniform from a long-dead postal employee

THEY HAVE A NEMESIS

CLAVIN
Relentlessly wisecracking Carla

NEWMAN
Relentlessly wisecracking Jerry

THE POSTMAN
Relentlessly butt-kicking General Bethlehem

THEY’VE VIOLATED THE POSTAL CODE

CLAVIN
Let unsanctioned Norm deliver the mail

NEWMAN
Let unsanctioned Jerry deliver the mail

THE POSTMAN
Delivered the mail, unsanctioned

THEY HAVE A MAIL EGO

CLAVIN
”Letter carriers do it on foot.”

NEWMAN
”It’s just walkin’ around puttin’ stuff into boxes.” THE POSTMAN
”I’m just the postman.”

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