Full-blown 'Seinfeld' reunion? No thanks

Jerry Seinfeld with

Jerry Seinfeld with "George Costanza" played by Jason Alexander.

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

Toilet humour.

That's what we got with the makeshift mini-Seinfeld reunion during the Super Bowl.

Hey, don't get me wrong, it was fun to see Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), George (Jason Alexander) and Newman (Wayne Knight) together again. And did you notice that the one who seems to have aged the least is Newman? Weird.

But ultimately, the reunion – which had caused quite a stir when it purposely was half-leaked in the days leading up to the big game – merely was a commercial for Seinfeld's online series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. And unfortunately, the ad just wasn't all that funny.

Seinfeld, of course, arguably was the greatest sitcom of all time, having become a pop-culture phenomenon in the 1990s, when network TV shows still could do that. But while many of us who were around back then remember Seinfeld fondly, it was a long time ago now, and sometimes legend has a way of glossing over imperfections.

The truth is, Seinfeld ran for nine seasons, and the last two were spotty. Some great episodes in there, for sure. But co-creator Larry David had departed after season seven, and the humour subsequently became more silly and less biting.

Point being, when Seinfeld ended, it didn't need any more episodes. (Although there was a mock reunion of sorts in the seventh season of David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.) And it doesn't need any more now, especially given what we saw during the Super Bowl.

The exchange between Jerry and George was snappy, but I don't know, I seemed to be very aware of the edits this time. There was a slight sense of “trying too hard,” if you know what I mean.

And I might have expected more than the go-to comedy moment being Jerry's recollection of George stinking up a bathroom at a past Super Bowl party.

That, of course, is part of the problem, too. Expectations for a more complete or enduring Seinfeld reunion would be ridiculously high, unfairly so.

Remember, after they broke up in 1970, the four Beatles never reunited, in part for that very reason. They were well aware that whatever they did, it likely would come across as a disappointment.

Hopefully Jerry Seinfeld is a Beatles fan.

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