clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

See Seinfeld recut as a Lifetime movie, then realize life is about nothing

This is what happens if you re-edit Seinfeld's seventh and eighth seasons to look like a preview for a terrible movie.

It is profound.

The resulting film, called George, centers on a heartbroken man named George Costanza, whose fiancée, Susan, dies due to a tragic envelope-licking accident. As George seeks to pick up the broken pieces of his life, he seeks encouragement from his closest friends, bonds with a young boy whom he feels a special connection with, and, finally, learns to find grace in a world that, so often, is as cruel as a batch of bad envelope glue.

This will make you love Seinfeld again and, as importantly, realize just how crazy it was that the most popular sitcom in the country spent a year mining comedy from a dead fiancée. Macabre was mainstream.

The best line in the trailer might be Jerry's, when he wisely advises George, "Her death takes place in the shadow of new life; she's not really dead if we find a way to remember her." You suddenly wonder whether Jerry was a profound philosopher — until you remember it's a quote from Wrath of Khan.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for Vox Recommends

Get curated picks of the best Vox journalism to read, watch, and listen to every week, from our editors.