Classic TV Episodes: Seinfeld – The Parking Garage

Seinfeld The Parking Garage

In this series that set the TV industry on its ear by boasting, proudly and subversively, that it was “about nothing,” “The Parking Garage” is the ultimate nothing episode.

Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer can’t find their car in a mall parking garage and walk around looking for it. That’s it. But we’ve come to know the idiosyncrasies and neuroses of these characters so well that we enjoy seeing them splash down in the shallow pond of a minor dilemma and sink to the bottom, while arguing about the best stroke to use to get to shore.

It’s theater of the absurd: “Four Characters in Search of an Exit Ramp.” The whole requires remarkable writing and acting, and a pact with the audience never to take anything too seriously. That’s not nothing — that’s everything.

Original Airdate: October 30, 1991

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