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1990 Flashback: ''Seinfeld'' trial run, and more

EW’s June 1, 1990, issue: Remember the first episodes of ”Seinfeld,” a demure Janet Jackson, a pre-scandal Milli Vanilli, and more

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THE FIRST EPISODES OF SEINFELD
Mulva, the Soup Nazi, sponge-worthiness, shrinkage, yada yada yada… Everyone knows that Seinfeld introduced a new aesthetic (and vocabulary) to TV audiences. But in 1990, it was just filler, a show NBC relegated to a four-episode run during the summer season — not that there’s anything wrong with that. After all, EW’s Ken Tucker thought the show was ”well worth catching” while other shows were in reruns: ”[Jerry Seinfeld] has managed to find fresh humor in hackneyed topics, from going shopping to doing the laundry, and his timing is a marvel… Seinfeld isn’t laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s one of the most amiable shows on the air.” (Read the review)