Tuesday, January 13, 2015
5 Ways Californication is Like Seinfeld
Like most of us, I've been a long time fan of Seinfeld. There is no doubt that Seinfeld will go down as one of the best sitcoms of all times. Thanks to Netflix and other streaming servies, like everyone else, I've done my share of binge watching. Of most recent is about six seasons of Californication with David Duchovny.
At first glance, both of these shows are quite different though there is something that many of us find appealing about both. Of course Californication is much edgier, largely due to it's home on Showtime, and Seinfeld being a primetime show during it's run. I've often wondered what Seinfeld would have been like if it was hosted outside of a major network like NBC? Some say Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm is what Seinfeld would have been outside of the primetime slot.
While both these shows contrast in some very dramatic ways, I believe what makes both of them so likeable are the ways they are similar. Here are 5 ways Seinfeld and Californication/David Duchovny are strikingly similar.
1. Witty Humor
Both Seinfeld and David Duchovny use witty, quick-fire humor primarily about obvious observations around them in any situation
2. Not so Normal
The characters surrounding Seinfeld and Duchovny are incrementally more dysfunctional that we think they are the normal ones. Each on their own without the context of the supporting characters would be a different story.
3. Guest Stars
Both shows strategically use well placed guest stars. Whether it is Rick Springfield in Californication or Keith Hernandez in Seinfeld, all are well placed and add a special dynamic to both shows.
4. Bi-Coastal Madness
Where Seinfeld is about the neurotic New York, Californication is about the over-the-top LA. Both draw on stereotypes of each place and use established landmarks. Interestingly both venture to the other coast where the characters exhibit new levels of dysfunction which drives them back to their home coastal city.
5. It's Really About Nothing
Not surprisingly, both shows are really about nothing.