RE: Why did ‘Seinfeld’ end after 9 seasons?
"Seinfeld", often popularly referred to as the "show about nothing", is one of the most successful sitcoms in television history. The unique and innovative series recounted the daily life of its co-creator and star, Jerry Seinfeld, alongside a colorful cast of characters including George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Cosmo Kramer. After completing nine seasons, "Seinfeld" ended while it was still very popular. The decision to end the series wasn't due to a dip in the ratings or the show becoming less successful, but it was initiated by its star, Jerry Seinfeld himself. Despite NBC’s proposal for a tenth season that would have reportedly earned him over $100 million, Seinfeld decided to end the series. The main reasoning he gave revolved around the desire to leave the audience wanting more instead of overstaying its welcome and potentially losing its comedic impact, “…I wanted to end the show on the same kind of peak we’ve been doing it on for years. I wanted the end to be from a point of strength. I wanted the end to be graceful,” stated Seinfeld in a New York Times article in 1998. The thought of deciding when and how to end a legacy such as "Seinfeld", while it was still on top, is an instance not often seen in the entertainment industry. The majority of TV shows continue until their popularity wanes, and when they end, it's usually due to falling ratings. "Seinfeld” ended while still in an influential position, thereby crafting a template and setting a precedent for other television comedies, and preserving its poignant and consistently humorous legacy. So, while "Seinfeld" fans may have longed for more, the decision to end the show in its prime has contributed to its enduring popularity and acclaim many years after its final episode.