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Seinfeld (NBC)

Air date: 5/14/1998

Episodes like "The Puffy Shirt" and "The Soup Nazi" will forever remain among the most beloved stories in sitcom history, but the series finale of Seinfeld has a far more dubious legacy. The elegantly awkward rhythms of the greatest Seinfeld episodes are nowhere to be found here; instead, you're treated to plotting the leads into an hour-long clip show.

Looking back on it, it's amazing that audiences expected a great send-off from a show that reveled in the banal and exceled at the small moments. Trying to apply a grand scale to Seinfeld was a fool's errand, and it shows in an episode that labors and strains more than all of the other episodes of Seinfeld combined and still comes up short.

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