Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Finds Its Speed

The VideoWatch Friday Review

Now in its second season, Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee comes back with a voice and vengeance. 

The show (which is exactly about what its title suggests) has finally found a distinctive tone and format that the first season lacked, despite featuring beautiful cars and comedic luminaries such as Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Michael Richards and Larry David.

The car element in particular—which felt like a disjointed, albeit fun, gimmick in the first episodes—has taken a much more prominent role that still feels narratively organic. The featured cars such as the souped-up Volvo owned by David Letterman (but modified by Paul Newman) and the 1969 E-Type Series 2 Jaguar in which Sarah Silverman gets driven around become memorable characters themselves. Even the evidently sponsor-planted Acura, which makes a not-so-subtle appearance in each episode, takes on a life of its own. Could we see an Acura food truck in Williamsburg, Brooklyn maybe? (Don't laugh; if you've spent any time walking around that neighborhood, it's easy to imagine.)

Seinfeld's interactions with his guests in each of the 12-18 minute episodes—which this season includes Silverman, Letterman, Chris Rock and Seth Meyers—also feel more natural and less forced. Each guest brings a distinctive tone and mood to his or her particular episode that is allowed to shine through, a huge step up from Season 1's more formulaic approach. As Seinfeld explains to David in the last episode of the first season, "Larry Eats a Pancake," it's the mood. And it is that mood in this new season that makes the audience feel like they too are sitting at the table with Seinfeld sipping a cup of coffee in the company of good friends.


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