This week I am working on the next Disability.TV Podcast, which will be about disability on the best sitcom in television history, Seinfeld. I thought this would be a quick, breezy, impressionistic episode. After all, none of Seinfeld’s regular characters have disabilities, and the show itself isn’t about disability. As it turns out, there’s actually a lot of disability stuff to re-watch and talk about.
I have picked out eight storylines that focus on disabled characters or disability themes. None of them are what I would call “positive” depictions of disability. Yet, they are all interesting and worth watching, because in most of them there are interesting ideas to chew over about how non-disabled people view disabled people and disability issues.
The videos below are from three of the disability stories that I will explore in the podcast. Look for the episode here on Saturday.
Er, yeah, there's sexism, too.
Every episode of Seinfeld is now available on Hulu.com. I also want to thank Vinnie and Matt, the hosts of Seincast: A Seinfeld Podcast for their thoughts and advice.
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