Seinfeld changed television forever with its quick wit, neurotic but lovable characters, and emphasis on being about absolutely nothing. I’ve seen most of the episodes more times than I care to admit, and we can thank syndication for giving us our daily fix of the gang. One of the most brilliant things about the show is the writing, and anyone who’s interested in writing comedy for television or any other outlet should learn from the Seinfeld model. This is made easier by browsing through the list of scripts found at Seinfeld Scripts.
Their database covers the nine seasons, and each script appears to be rather complete and accurate. It’s a lot of fun to read through an episode script and relive the chaos through the written word instead of the TV show. The show would be nothing without the script and the brilliant writers who worked on it. Reading through scripts is an experience that fascinates me, and this fascination is amplified big time when it comes to a show like Seinfeld.
Festivus is a nondenominational holiday featured in an episode of Seinfeld, a popular American television sitcom of the 1990s. It was featured on episode number 166 of the show, entitled The Strike, which first aired on 18 December 1997. Many people, influenced or inspired by Seinfeld, now celebrate the holiday in real life.
Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23. Its slogan is “A Festivus for the rest of us!”
The character Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) created it as an alternative holiday in response to the commercialization of Christmas. He explained its origins during the episode to the character Cosmo Kramer (played by Michael Richards), as seen in the following dialogue:
Frank Costanza: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.
Cosmo Kramer: What happened to the doll?
Frank Costanza: It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born… a Festivus for the rest of us!
Cosmo Kramer: That must’ve been some doll.
Frank Costanza: She was!
In the episode, Kramer had become interested in resurrecting the holiday after hearing the plight of his friend—Frank Costanza’s son—George (played by Jason Alexander), who used the holiday celebration he hated in his youth as a defensive excuse to his employer, Kruger (played by Daniel Von Bargen). George had been confronted by Kruger after handing out cards for Christmas to his fellow employees stating a donation had been made to a fake charity called The Human Fund (“Money For People”) in lieu of exchanging Christmas presents. George defended himself saying that he feared persecution for his beliefs, for not celebrating Christmas. Calling his bluff, Kruger came home with George to see Festivus in action. [Wikipedia]