Television: Forgetting Nothing

Nine years is a long time to spend with friends. And whether the episodes were brilliant (often) or formulaic (a little too frequently lately), they were almost always better than any other show on TV.

THE SEINFELD CHRONICLES Aired 7/5/89. The series pilot: there is no Elaine, there is a different hangout and a different apartment, and George and Kramer are unformed. Fresh and funny, but luckily the show went away and revamped.

THE PHONE MESSAGE Aired 2/13/91. Jerry loses a girlfriend--one of dozens--for a slim reason: she likes Dockers commercials. The early shows are smart about relationships; even if these...

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