‘Seinfeld’ Fans Aren’t Happy That the Show Looks a Lot Different on Netflix

The beloved sitcom hit the streaming giant on Friday; however, many viewers have taken to social media to express their frustration over the aspect ratio.


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Seinfeld fans aren’t pleased with Netflix.

Hours after the award-winning sitcom hit the streaming giant Friday, a slew of viewers took to Twitter to express their disappointment over its new look. As pointed out by Rolling Stone, Netflix is airing the show in with an aspect ratio of 16:9, rather than its original 4:3. The former is said to offer audiences a much more “modern look,” as the standard widescreen is best suitable for high-definition TVs; however, the switch from a full/square screen has literally cut out some of Seinfeld’s most iconic jokes.

Case in point: a memorable scene from “The Pothole” episode from season 8, in which George Costanza (Jason Alexander) is seen complaining about the titular erosion while on the street with Jerry Seinfeld. In the original broadcast, audiences got a clear look at the pothole question, but thanks to the Netflix cropping, the pothole isn’t initially seen. Perhaps even more frustrating is that the ratio also cuts out Seinfeld’s sneakers, which became an unexpected highlight throughout the series’ run.

All 180 episodes of Seinfeld are now on Netflix! pic.twitter.com/2iDN9wBZJT

— Netflix (@netflix) October 1, 2021

Disney+ faced similar backlash in 2019 when it began streaming The Simpsons in widescreen rather than full-screen. The cropping prompted fans to issue a wave of complaints, eventually leading Disney+ to offer viewers the 4:3 option. There’s no word on whether Netflix intends to make a similar move, as it has yet to publicly address the issue.

You can read some of the reactions to Netflix’s 4K upgrade below.

Seinfeld's a weird one where the image is both slightly expanded and slightly cropped, thanks to open matte shooting. It's nowhere near as bad as the Simpsons crop - I almost never noticed issues when it was on Hulu. But come on, just have the original aspect ratio as an option! https://t.co/vjTHTH8nJ4 pic.twitter.com/YNxbZDg1we

— Wes (@alifefilmodic) October 1, 2021

seinfeld’s in 16:9 on netflix and is therefore unwatchable...bummer

— boris (@boriskarkov) October 1, 2021


— 🥃Donald Clarke📽️ (@DonaldClarke63) September 30, 2021

to emphasize, the titular pothole from the season 8 episode The Pothole is cropped out on Netflix https://t.co/gH4l5V8HfS pic.twitter.com/6G35eZQymW

— brandon.wad (@Thatoneguy64) October 1, 2021

In the pothole episode of Seinfeld on netflix, since they cut it to 16:9, you cant actually see the pothole. Leaving a plot hole about the pothole.


— yburyug (@yburyug) October 2, 2021

Ffs @netflix sort it out! With the amount of moolah you shelled out for #Seinfeld the least you should do is screen it in the correct aspect ratio! https://t.co/QSElCrVgyd pic.twitter.com/UHm50YQbA0

— Liam H Dempsey (@LiamHDempsey) October 1, 2021

Is there a petition we can sign to get #Seinfeld in 4:3 ratio on @netflix? @SeinfeldTV @JerrySeinfeld @Seinfeld2000 @OfficialJLD

How we all feel about Seinfeld in full screen: pic.twitter.com/gEzCgvVCJt

— allie kutrubis (@alpal27) October 2, 2021

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