It’s amazing how certain entertainment becomes so engrained in our lives that we reference that entertainment constantly in our day to day lives.
There are two shows in particular that I think most people reference on a regular basis (maybe I’m wrong): Seinfeld and Sex and the City. Seinfeld, “the show about nothing,” followed four friends living in New York City, working, playing, socializing, doing day-to-day tasks but of course in a far more animated fashion. Sex and the City followed around four single woman living the good life in New York City, spending money, dating, and dealing with the day-to-day obstacles that single women face.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve compared my life to that of the SATC girlies (ok, maybe not Samantha). I say things like, “this is just like when Charlotte…..” or “remember the time when Carrie and Big…..” and “this reminds me so much of the episode when Miranda….” It’s constant and I definitely don’t think I’d be able to go a week without referencing something from the infamous HBO series! I compare my situation with Matt to that of Carrie and Big simply because you know they both love one another, but can’t or won’t settle with one another just yet. It was all about timing for them and circumstance for them. I think as a person, I relate mostly to the old-fashioned Charlotte. Now Jewish, Charlotte is very old-fashioned in her dating rules, as am I. I expect the chivalry that will come along with most gentleman. Although I have to say, I’m not quite as strict as she is. I definitely think overall I’m a mix between Charlotte and Carrie, with a little bit of cynic Miranda mixed in. Samantha? I don’t think that I relate too much to Samantha except in the sense that I consider myself to be strong-willed and know what I want in life. Every situation, whether with friends, dating or family, somehow relates back to Sex and the City in my life. And I don’t think that one has to live in New York City, or at least in the tri-state area to be able to relate to the situations depicted on the show. OK, so if you live in an extremely rural area the backdrop of your life won’t include Broadway, The Empire State Building, 5th Avenue or Central Park, friends, loves and day-to-day happiness and hardships are still the same across the board. Also, some of my favorite quotes come from the show.
And Seinfeld? Well, I can’t count how many times I’ve seen a ruffle-y shirt and thought of Jerry in that episode where he wears the ruffle-y shirt, which then translated into an American Express commercial. And what about that time when Elaine can’t sleep because of the barking dog downstairs? How many times have you had a neighbor with a loud pet? Even the New York Times referenced an episode of Seinfeld in today’s print:
It is probably impossible for many people to hear the word “babka” and not think of the episode of Seinfeld in which Jerry and Elaine, desperate to bring a chocolate babka to a dinner party, angrily confront another customer at a bakery who gets the last one. They settle for cinnamon even though Elaine calls it ‘a lesser babka.’ Jerry disagrees. ‘Cinnamon takes a back seat to no babka,’ he says. ‘Lesser babka? I think not.’”
I will also never forget dating Eric, an ex-boyfriend from Michigan who recently got married. His family was just short of being a Seinfeld stalker, referencing the show and talking about the show several times daily and referring to antics from the show in every situation! I think the show brought to light a lot of the little things that people think about. Kramer’s idea for a coffee table book about coffee tables? Hmmmm. Now that was something to think about! I think Seinfeld was all about those rambling thoughts that go on in our hence, I guess, the description of it as “the show about nothing.”
What television shows do you most relate to? Tell us stories about your day-to-day TV comparisons!