From Full House to Roseanne, classic sitcoms just won’t stay dead. So is it possible that Seinfeld, arguably the greatest sitcom of all time, could come back, too? For a while, this has seemed extraordinarily unlikely. But recently, the man himself made a comment that got fans’ hopes way up.
Here’s a look at what we know about the possibility of a Seinfeld revival.
Jerry Seinfeld has said the series should be left alone
In September 2017, when asked in an Entertainment Tonight interview if there was any chance of bringing back the show, Jerry Seinfeld simply responded, “Why?” The interviewer pointed out that everyone loves Seinfeld, to which he responded, “Maybe it’s nice that you continue to love it instead of us tampering with something that went pretty well.”
Seinfeld had previously made similar comments. He said in 2014 that he knows everyone wants a reunion, but “my theory of showbusiness is ‘do not give the public what it wants.’ That’s why they’re not in showbusiness.”
And in a Reddit Ask Me Anything in 2014, he said that everything has a life cycle, and the creators must respect that. If not, there’s a risk of devaluing the work.
Next: A Seinfeld reunion actually sort of happened already.
There already was a Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm
If you don’t watch Curb Your Enthusiasm, you might not even realize that a Seinfeld reunion actually happened already. On the HBO series, Larry David — the co-creator of Seinfeld — plays a fictional version of himself. In Season 7 of Curb, there’s a season-long storyline in which David oversees a Seinfeld reunion.
As part of these episodes, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards all reunited, and they played themselves. However, they also did act in the show-within-the-show: an episode of Seinfeld that takes place in present day. So if you just watch the Seinfeld scenes of that Curb season, it’s basically a Seinfeld reunion, although there aren’t enough scenes to make up a full 22-minute episode.
Next: How Seinfeld and David felt about bringing back the show within that Curb season.
On Curb Your Enthusiasm, it was made clear that an actual reunion was a bad idea
After that Curb Your Enthusiasm arc, it would be kind of weird if Seinfeld actually did return. After all, in that season, it’s suggested that bringing back Seinfeld is actually a horrible idea, and the Curb version of Larry David only does so as a way of getting back with his ex-wife.
Just take a look at the scene in which Larry first presents the idea to Jerry. The idea is that Larry and Jerry have privately talked about how there should never be a Seinfeld reunion, and Jerry doesn’t get why Larry has changed his mind now, not knowing about the ex-wife scheme.
“Why would we do something like this?” Jerry asks in the scene. “I remember you talking about whenever a sitcom does a reunion episode, ‘Isn’t it pathetic?’ … It’s just weird to me that you suddenly like an idea that you always, always hated.”
Of course, this is all just a TV storyline. But based on what Seinfeld has said in real life, it does seem like this reflects how the two actually feel about bringing back the show.
Next: The cast reunited one more time after the Curb season.
There was another reunion for a Super Bowl ad
We actually saw a bit more of Seinfeld after that Curb Your Enthusiasm storyline. In 2009, Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander starred in a Super Bowl commercial, in which they play their characters from the show.
This was actually a commercial for Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The whole thing basically feels like a scene from a new Seinfeld episode, as it involves Jerry and George talking about “over-cheering” at Super Bowl parties. Wayne Knight also makes an appearance as Newman.
In an interview at the time, Seinfeld said this would probably be the last Seinfeld reunion, though he wasn’t completely definitive about it. “I do kind of feel like [I’ve gotten it out of my system], I must say,” he said. “…So I may be wrong, but I have a feeling you’ve seen the final coda on that very unique experience.”
Next: The comment Seinfeld recently made that got everyone really excited.
Seinfeld now says a revival is possible
Recently, Seinfeld was interviewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and suddenly, his attitude about bringing the show back seemed to have shifted.
DeGeneres asked Seinfeld if there was any chance he would bring the show back. Every other time he has been asked this question, he immediately gave a definitive “no.” But this time, Seinfeld responded, “It’s possible.”
It seemed like he was about to say more, but he was cut off, so he may well have been planning to end that sentence with “…but unlikely.” Still, even just admitting that a revival is possible is a big step after the days of Seinfeld shooting down that question instantly.
Next: If Seinfeld wanted to bring the show back, could it be in this surprising way?
Seinfeld previously revealed he received an offer to do a live episode
If Seinfeld and David did decide they wanted to bring Seinfeld back, getting it on TV again would be fairly easy. After all, Seinfeld told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 that “we did have an offer — I won’t say who from — to do a new, live episode of Seinfeld on TV.”
When asked if he considered this at all, Seinfeld simply said no. But if he has fully changed his mind, that offer might still be on the table. So it’s possible Seinfeld could return not for a full series, like Fuller House, but just for one episode.
Next: One other reason that the show returning isn’t impossible
Seinfeld said he has some regrets about the ending
Sometimes, TV creators don’t want to revisit a show of theirs because they’re so happy with the ending that they wouldn’t want to tarnish it. But Seinfeld doesn’t quite feel that way. He hasn’t fully said the Seinfeld finale was terrible, but he also doesn’t sound fully happy with it; he said in 2017, “I sometimes think we really shouldn’t have even done it. There was a lot of pressure on us at that time to do one big last show, but big is always bad in comedy.”
Seinfeld has previously talked about continuing the show after the finale. In a 2007 interview with Jon Stewart, he said that he had considered shooting one last scene after the characters leave jail. He wouldn’t reveal what this scene would involve, as there was still a chance it could happen.
So what do we make of all of this? Could a Seinfeld revival actually get made? On the one hand, Seinfeld has repeatedly suggested it wouldn’t happen, but then again, that’s what Candice Bergen previously said about a Murphy Brown revival, something that’s now in the works.
Seinfeld clearly isn’t opposed to the idea of revisiting the series, as he’s already done so twice. And now that this whole TV revival craze is sweeping the industry, it sounds like he might be considering it. We shouldn’t get our hopes up, but now, a Seinfeld return appears to be more likely than ever.