'Seinfeld' Calls it Quits

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NEW YORK: After nine seasons of Kramer, George and Elaine breezing in and out of his tidy New York apartment, Jerry Seinfeld is finally going to lock his door. NBC confirmed Friday that the comedian will halt production on his eponymous "show about nothing" at season's end.

"I wanted to end the show on the same kind of peak we've been doing it on for years," Seinfeld was quoted as saying in today's New York Times. "I wanted the end to be from a point of strength. I wanted the end to be graceful." A grand finale episode is in the works.

"Seinfeld" changed television comedy and spawned countless imitators, in the process making Manhattan chic again for viewers nationwide. And while it had lately begun to fall from grace with critics for veering away from the satiric and toward the outlandish, the sitcom never lacked originality. Remember "Festivus"? The "Van Buren Boys"? The Japanese businessmen sleeping in drawers?

Farewell, Newman. Farewell, Frank and Estelle Costanza. Farewell "Peterman," Farewell "Steinbrenner." Farewell, Uncle Leo. The masturbation episode, at least, will go down in pop culture history.