Each week, local "women about town" Anjl Rodee and Marilynn Mee answer OnMilwaukee.com readers' questions about relationships, romance and whatever else is on your mind. They point out that this column is "for entertainment purposes only," but they mostly say that so they don't get sued. Send your questions to Anjl and Marilynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Anjl & Marilynn,
Why are "Seinfeld" reruns still the best sitcom on TV?
Marilynn Mee: That's like somebody asking a music fan why there have been no good bands since Led Zeppelin.
Anjl Rodee: Why haven't there been any good bands since Led Zeppelin?
MM: Shut up, I knew you were going to say that.
I'd agree that after they created "Seinfeld," they broke the mold. There will never be another "Seinfeld," just like there will never be another Zeppelin.
AR: Didn't they say the same thing when "M*A*S*H" went off the air? And "Friends?" And Wapner?
MM: Great point.
I was very late to jump on the "Seinfeld" bandwagon. I think the event that pushed me over the edge was when my mom leaned over during a funeral and whispered, "It's just like on that one 'Seinfeld' ..."
AR: Not being a TV aficionado, I have to admit that I sometimes will fake that I'm getting the "Seinfeld" references thrown out in conversation, so as not to look like a total pop culture retard.
Let's ask our resident "Seinfeld" expert (yes, we have one), Sara, for her thoughts on the subject.
Sara: Ahhhh, Newman! What makes Seinfeld popular is that like a "close talker" it invades your space and "yada yada yada" it's suddenly part of your vocabulary. A true "Seinfeld" female junkie judges her boyfriends by whether they are "sponge worthy" and knows what it‘s like to be "master of her domain." Though I never signed on to "festivus," I do appreciate "regifting" and "double dipping." You see, it's become part of our life. "Giddy up!"
For the final "Seinfeld," my friends and I had a huge party. Theme was all around their catch phrases. How many shows can define pop culture like they did? Serenity NOW!
AR: Wow, I had no idea ... I take back the "Friends" and Wapner analogies!
MM: You know, Kozmo, maybe it's time to open yourself up to the possibility that there is life after "Seinfeld." Perhaps I can make a few recommendations for you. I won't go so far as to say these shows are as good as "Seinfeld," but they're right up there. First of all, anyone that loves "Seinfeld" has to love "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Granted it's on HBO, but you can rent past seasons. Next, if you're into the whole "show about nothing" thing, you really ought to try "The Office." And while you're at the video store, get the first season of "Flight of the Conchords." It's business time!
Anjl Rodee is a jack of all things right-brained. After a variety of odd jobs, from singing telegrams to ballroom dance instructor to weekend overnight DJ on Lazer 103, Anjl earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Mary College and settled down to a nice career as an award-winning artist. At night Anjl can be found playing with a variety of local bands. She currently fronts a classic band called Radio Doctors, and plays bass and accordion with her friend Chris Demay.
Marilynn Mee has been a fixture on Milwaukee radio for most of her adult life. After a short stint on WQFM, she joined Lazer 103 at its inception. After several years as a Bob and Brian sidekick, Marilynn became midday host and music director, earning national recognition from the likes of Billboard magazine and Radio & Records. She is currently the midday host on 96.5 WKLH. Marilynn is a well-known animal lover, lending her name and free time to humane societies and animal rescue groups.
Anjl is a mother and grandmother and is in a committed relationship. Marilynn is single and mom to 2.5 dogs and a one-eyed cat. Anjl and Marilynn both hail from the greater Milwaukee area and have been best friends for 20 years.