I never really watched Seinfeld. In the 1990s I was in high school and was way too caught up in 90210 and Melrose Place to make that leap. But, apparently, if I am so inclined to binge watch it, I can on Hulu (assuming I’ll subscribe to Hulu). Hulu purchased the exclusive rights to the show’s 180 episodes for a whopping $875,000 an episode or nearly $160 million windfall.
Wow. That’s a whole lot of money to try to sink into a show that has been off the air for years. Jerry Seinfeld joked that people who didn’t want to watch the show on the DVD they owned could pay to watch it on Hulu.
I’ll admit freely I am a subscriber of both Netflix and Amazon Prime. I don’t have cable or satellite or even rabbit ears at this point. While I’ve toyed with the idea of seeing what Hulu offers, I can’t say Seinfeld is going to make me run out and make the leap.
I have a few shows I watch regularly, but even those I get around to when I get around to them. I used to be a more avid watcher, glued to the television and anxiously waiting for the next week’s installment. Perhaps that change is due to the fact I can pick and choose when I have time to watch something or, better yet, binge watch entire seasons if I desire rather than be stuck on the edge of the episode’s cliffhanger. Or maybe my priorities have just changed.
This past week, or perhaps it was last week, Patrick Dempsey’s character was killed off Grey’s Anatomy. Fans around the globe mourned the loss of the beloved doctor. Me? I didn’t get it. I’ve watched a bit of Grey’s Anatomy of late. I have enjoyed the show, don’t get me wrong. But I am not chomping at the bit to find out what happens next. When I get to it, I’ll get to it.
However, Femme Wonder was upset at the loss of the good doctor and proceeded to tell me about it over and over. Our other friend was so distraught after watching the series from day one she had to go to bed and didn’t even have supper. Femme Wonder joined the masses on the internet expressing her frustrations to the show’s writer.
Now, I can understand crying when a character dies. We’ve probably all done it at least once. But to get so upset that people threatened this writer over it and have started online petitions to resurrect McDreamy is a bit much in my humble opinion.
Is the outrage a symptom of a larger condition? Maybe. I won’t claim to be an expert by any stretch, but I wonder if we are so detached from one another as a society that we’ve taken what used to be positive relationships with neighbors and friends and projected them onto characters of a show or movie. They are FICTIONAL CHARACTERS. They aren’t real. Yet we can get thousands of people to sign an online petition, but we can’t get people together to clean up a neighborhood, feed the homeless or do something nice for their neighbor.
We’re so wrapped up in things that really at the end of the day have no true value or meaning we miss the bigger picture. The hour spent watching a program is an hour you could have spent with your family or friends. And as someone who has had real experiences of death in their life, I assure you that loss is far more important than a character on a program meant purely for entertainment.