Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top 5 Worst Post-Seinfeld Careers for the Seinfeld Cast

Seinfeld ended in 1998, and the cast of characters have since done little of note.  After leaving their big mark on the small screen, they started making terrible, terrible television.  Here are the worst of the short-lived television series that the cast found themselves involved in in their post-Seinfeld world:

Is this a sitcom, or an E! True Hollywood Story?
5: Watching Ellie (2002-2003, Julia Louis-Dreyfus) - Louis-Dreyfus plays Ellie Riggs, a cabaret singer who gets involved in all sorts of wacky hijinx.  The show premiered with a clock counting down 22 minutes in Ellie's life, as she scrambled to get to whatever gig she had lined up.  This premise was scrapped after 10 episodes, and the show came back a year later with canned laughter and a formulaic sitcom style.  It was cancelled after 6 episodes.  We should note, Louis-Dreyfus actually wasn't bad; it was the premise's fault.

Run Jason!  Or cover yourself with mud--so he can't detect you...
4: Listen Up! (2004-2005, Jason Alexander) - What could be funnier than a show about Sports radio talk show host Tony Kornheiser (renamed Kleinman in the show)?  Turns out, just about anything.  Despite casting Malcolm-Jamal Warner as a Predator Kleinman's co-host, the show was killed by "rising production costs."  Because successful shows with no special effects are often canned for being too expensive.

It's funny because he's a self-help guru, but he's a pompous dick!  Get it?
3: Bob Patterson (2001, Jason Alexander) - Two in a row for Alexander, who plays the title character, "America's #3 self-help guru."  This should be a funny concept; following the life of a self-absorbed, but clueless and secretly insecure motivational speaker.  Unfortunately, when even the crickets stopped chirping at the end of episode 5, the series was pulled and America was spared having to see Jason Alexander make this potentially funny character unfunny (or was it?).

Okay, we don't expect Eva Longoria to be funny, but Seinfeld and Tina Fey?
I don't understand why this show sucks soooo baaaad...
2: The Marriage Ref (2010-2011, Jerry Seinfeld) - Jerry, Jerry, Jerry...  We waited over a decade for you to bring the funny, and this is what you give us!  Unacceptable.  So technically, this show might still be running, but if it is, it's doing so on the fumes of Seinfeld's former glory.  The show features a panel of celebrities who painfully attempt to make light of certain couples' problems, and poke fun at the couples while they are interviewed so that a judge can determine which half of the couple is right.  Generally unfunny couples, decidedly unfunny guests, and a sort-of unlikeable host (Tome Papa) put this show onto the unwatchable list.  Set your TiVo to avoid it.

Producer: "Well if this poster doesn't make them want to watch, nothing will!"
He was right.
1: The Michael Richards Show (2000, Michael Richards) - A show with Michael Richards and Tim Meadows wasn't funny?  Surely, you jest!  Nope...  I guess the idea of Kramer as a private detective didn't grab a hold of America's collective imagination.  I know, I'm shocked too.  To be serious for a second--this show was so formulaic, it would make 80s sitcoms blush, and then throw-up.  And what's with the title?

In Watching Ellie, Louis-Dreyfus showed us some potential to carry a show, and she finally got the chance in the seriously decent The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-2010), thus breaking the Seinfeld curse.  Except for Seinfeld himself, whose show came after this one, so maybe the curse is still in effect.  Who knows.  Anyway, let us know your opinions in the comments below--we're always happy to hear from you!  And please like us on Facebook if you haven't already! 


  1. I thought the stand up comedy careers were the worst... especially the notorious ones.  Goes to show you that there's a good amount of "right place/right time" to Hollywood success if none of these "talents" could do much post-Seinfeld.

  2. I think a lot of the success of Seinfeld had to do with Larry David.  He's had the highest post-Seinfeld rise with Curb Your Enthusiasm (which is somewhat similar to Seinfeld--when something works, stick with it).