Seinfeld: Hiatus | Thursday Night Must See TV Recap Podcast

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Before heading into the 4th season of Seinfeld, Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur rank the 11 shows that aired on Thursday nights on NBC with Seinfeld and Friends, as well as Akiva’s 31 favorite cereals.

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Before delving into Seinfeld‘s season four, Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur devoted this episode to some of Akiva’s rankings.  First, the guys go through and rank 11 of the short lived sitcoms that called theThursday time slots surrounding Friends and Seinfeld home.  And because of overwhelming requests on Twitter, Akiva will give a quick ranking of his 31 favorite cereals.
There were many sitcoms that NBC trotted out for their Must See TVThursday juggernaut.  Though many of these shows brought in over 20 million viewers, most of them saw ratings drop drastically after they were given the opportunity to carry a different night on the schedule.
The shows discussed were:
  • Madman of the People, airing 16 episodes from 1994-1995.
  • The Single Guy, airing 43 episodes from 1995-1997.
  • Caroline in the City, airing 97 episodes from 1995-2000.
  • Hope and Gloria, airing 35 episodes from 1995-1996
  • Boston Common, airing 32 episodes from 1996-1997
  • Suddenly Susan, airing 93 episodes from 1996-2000
  • The Naked Truth, airing 51 episodes from 1995-1998
  • Just Shoot Me, airing 149 episodes from 1997-2003
  • Fired Up, airing 28 episodes from 1997-1998
  • Union Square, airing 14 episodes from 1997-1998
  • Veronica’s Closet, airing 65 episodes from 1997-2000
Akiva spent the last ten minutes of the podcast giving a rapid fire order of his favorite cereals.  Because he doesn’t eat chocolate, some classics like Coco Puffs and Coco Pebbles didn’t crack the list.  Lucky Charms isn’t kosher, so it won’t make the list, though Rob felt that it should make no one’s list.  A few notables were Life, Berry Berry Kix, Rice Crispies, Wheaties, Apple Jacks, and Raisin Bran.
There was a fast turnaround to the recap of season four’s first episode “The Trip”, as it’s available now at  Email your suggestions on this and of course send in your questions by emailing[email protected] .  Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast by going to where you can rate and review the podcast.  Follow them on twitter @robcesternino and @keev26.

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  • Craig

    Haven’t listened to this yet, but just wondering how this will effect the schedule. Will the next episode come out this Saturday like normal, or will it be the week after? Also, Since the season 4 premiere is a two parter, does that mean they will be combined into one podcast?

    I hope this hasn’t been recorded already, because I wanted to take prop bets on how many times The Californians SNL sketch was going to be referenced in the next podcast. I bet it will be said by Rob twice with impression!

    • akiva wienerkur

      We taped a two-parter, that will come out as normal this weekend.

      • Craig


    • And the season 4 premiere is probably the longest podcast episode we’ve done.

      • Craig

        Well hopefully with such a long podcast, we will be able to find out if the pervert has a present in his pants.

  • EricD

    Akiva, putting Honey Bunches of Oats last is almost a crime… those crunchy bunches are the highlight of my morning.

    • RHAP Recapper

      THIS. I could not be more on board with the analysis of Anthony Clark and Joey GarbageTimeslotnick but brushing these off at 29 hurt my soul. hONEy bunches of oats are #1!

  • Charles Bikle

    Hey, I really liked this podcast- very funny trip down memory lane.

    On a side note, when are you going to do your “What’s Happening !!” podcast ?

  • Paco

    Yes Dear is very good, what are you talking about.

    Good podcast and is interesting to see how broadcast tv has changed since then. Now if networks have a show in the top 20, let alone in the top 10, the executives would be dancing in the rain and rearrange stuff to accomodate it. Plus i thought you guys were a bit harsh on some of the shows. They weren’t Friends or Seinfeld, but they weren’t as big of a waste as you think.

    • Charles Bikle

      I dunno, most of those shows were pretty mediocre (although the one with Dabney Coleman as an aging hippie sounded like it had promise – how’d they screw that one up.?).

      Even back then, I knew how completely pointless Caroline In The City was – boring premise, boring lead actress and boring supporting characters played by boring actors.

      Until this podcast, I haven’t even thought about this show for what ? 20 years ?

  • toast

    Just wanted to say that I approve of Crispix.

  • sunny

    the best thing i learned from this podcast: jonathan penner was/is a real actor! i always knew that was his tag on survivor but you know….i didn’t think he had actual credits…and an oscar nominee?! whoa!
    sorry penner 🙂

  • RHAP Recapper

    4 years later we finally have the perfect companion podcast to this: