Seinfeld episode captures the potential glories of dumpster diving

Who doesn’t love the show Seinfeld? If you don’t love it, you at least have to have respect for a show that can be so successful for such a long time. It’s a show about nothing that endlessly entertains by relating to the broadest of audiences. Seinfeld featured episodes that range from Kramer discovering and reconstructing the entire set of the Merv Griffin show that he found in a roll off dumpster, to George getting dumped by his girlfriend for eating an eclair out of the trash can. Perhaps some of their relatable material is blown out of proportion, and done so in an excessively ironic manner, but Seinfeld is relatable and amusing nonetheless.

I often wonder whether I could ever find myself in some of the situations approached in the show. I believe everyone can relate to most of the human interactions, and situations like arguing over the last parallel parking spot or forgetting where you put your car in a parking garage. Some situations can only appeal to a niche group, like pulling a marble rye up several floors with a fishing pole to appease in laws, or in the case the Merv Griffin show episode. In the latter, Kramer sees a large open top dumpster on the street that is filled with large set pieces, and learns that the pieces are from the Merv Griffin show, which ultimately becomes fully recreated in Kramer’s apartment.

Kramer’s antics are entertaining to all, but seldom replicated as most people wouldn’t even bother looking in a dumpster or trash can, and for those that happen to look would not take it any further. However, there is a niche group of dumpster divers in the world that have and/or will replicate Kramer’s actions. Dumpster divers may not hit the jackpot of discovering an entire late night set, but there are smaller and more unique items found on a weekly basis.

Whether you find the antics in many Seinfeld episodes realistic or not, the entertainment value is indisputable as is the fact that however outrageous, every situation can be or has been replicated in the real world.