People are actually arguing over which 90s sitcom is better, ‘Friends’ or ‘Seinfeld,’ as if it is even a contest.

People are fighting on Twitter over which classic 90s sitcom is better: Friends or Seinfeld. And I could go on a whole long thing justifying that Seinfeld is the correct answer, everything from its groundbreaking use of morally ambiguous characters and insistence on being about “nothing” and refusing to teach lessons to its influence on other brilliant (and even better?) shows, including Curb Your Enthusiasm and Veep … but I will just point out that Friends had Ross, and Seinfeld didn’t, so the choice is obvious.

But let me just say, if the actual question is “What is the best 90s sitcom?” the actual answer is NewsRadio, full stop.

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Apple TV+ will cost you $9.99 a month and is set to launch sometime in November. While I admit that The Morning Show looks intriguing, this streamer is going to have to offer a whole lot more than that and a handful of other original shows to get me to sign up. Placing this streamer on the wait-and-see pile. Meanwhile, I will probably be subscribing to Disney+ mostly because I am already a subscriber to Hulu and ESPN+ and it will save me money. Netflix offers tons of movies and original programs; Amazon has prime delivery (which I use more than I ever watch anything on Amazon, honestly); NBCU is going to be free with ads … I just worry that $9.99 is going to be a tough sell for a handful of shows, Apple TV+.

Kit Harington, like a bunch of other whiny-baby dudes, wishes Jon had been the one to SPOILER! kill the Night King on Game of Thrones (but he’s gracious about her big moment):

Many fans were shocked when Arya (Maisie Williams) killed the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) instead of Jon Snow. What was your reaction when you saw how it would play out?

I was a bit pissed off, only because I wanted to kill the Night King! I think I felt like everyone else did, in that it had been set up for a long time, and then I didn’t get to do it. But I was so happy for Maisie and Arya. I was secretly like, “I wanted to do that!” Especially because I love fighting with Vlad, who also played the White Walker I fought at Hardhome. I’ve never seen a better swordsman. But it was a really great twist, and it tied up Maisie’s journey in a really beautiful way. Over the seasons, we’ve seen her build up these skills to become this hardened assassin, and she uses it all to kill our main antagonist.

However, he swats away the sexist theory that Jon made Arya’s kill possible:

Any thoughts on the fan theory that Jon shouted Arya on and encouraged her to kill the Night King, or is it just flatly ridiculous?

Yeah, come on. What, the big man goes and tells the little girl to go and [do it]? No thanks. That’s crap. She did it all on her own. It had nothing to do with Jon.

Game of Thrones might be over, but the merchandising opportunities, like the Drowned God, shall never die.

Conan O’Brien’s troll level: expert.

Jesus, are we already talking about Halloween costumes? It’s not even September, guys. But I will use this as an excuse to link to this gallery I built some six years ago in which I dressed my children and some friends’ kids in inappropriate costumes based on TV characters. Turning my then-sixth-grader into Littlefinger was one of my greatest accomplishments.

People love Patrick Swayze.

God bless soap operas.

RuPaul will be honored with Variety Vanguard Award at the Mipcom international TV sales conference. Good.

Tucker Carlson was back last night, dashing any hopes that Fox News had pulled a Bill O’Reilly with him.

Byron Allen’s discrimination case against Comcast continues, and now he’s dragging the Department of Justice for “institutionalized racism.” This is a whole lot of legal stuff that I don’t understand, but if you’re interested …

In Development

  • Let Them All Talk, a Steven Soderbergh film starring Meryl Streep, Candace Bergen, and Dianne Wiest has been picked up by HBO Max.
  • Sex/Life, a dramedy, has been ordered by Netflix.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will return on Amazon on December 6.
  • American Horror Story returns on FX on September 18.
  • Beforeigners will be available on HBO Go on August 21, and it looks wild:
  • The Resident will return on Fox on September 24.
  • Elite returns on Netflix on September 6.


Jack Perkins, Host of A&E’s Biography series and NBC reporter


Pose: Blanca attempts to reassemble the House of Evangelista after a medical setback in the season finale. 9 p.m., FX

Animal Kingdom: Joshua Cody moves in with his family in South Carolina. Season finale. 8 p.m., TNT

The Detour: Season (series?) finale. 9:30 p.m, TBS

Late Night:

  • Conan: Marc Maron
  • Lights Out with David Spade: Isla Fisher, Bobby Lee

TUES. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Bachelor in Paradise
Bless This Mess
NCIS: New Orleans
CW Pandora
Mysteries Decoded
FOX The Resident
First Responders Live
NBC America’s Got Talent
Bring the Funny

One thought on “People are actually arguing over which 90s sitcom is better, ‘Friends’ or ‘Seinfeld,’ as if it is even a contest.

  1. 1. Will Conan broadcast from the ballroom at Trump Thule?

    2. Tucker may be back, but he’s still shedding advertisers. If that doesn’t stop he could be out yet.

    3. I noticed that this and the preceding post used gifs with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. No complaint here.

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