Comedian On The Make

SHOW: SEINFELD

TIME: WEDNESDAYS, 9 P.M., EDT, NBC

THE BOTTOM LINE: Jerry exposes life's little absurdities -- and just a little of himself -- in a smart and stylish sitcom.

Stand-up comics can get chewed up fast in TV. First they are squeezed dry of material by Letterman, Leno and the other talk-show bloodsuckers. Then, if they grow popular enough, they are plucked from their solo job and awarded a sitcom. There, major pitfalls await them. Some are exposed as Johnny-one-notes (Kevin Meaney in Uncle Buck); others are simply unable to make the transition from joke telling to character building (Richard...

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