Barney Frank Doesn’t Like ‘Seinfeld’ or ‘Will & Grace’

Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank is the subject of this week’s Media Diet on the Atlantic Wire. It’s mostly straightforward; Frank reads the New York Times, the Economist (which is “the one publication where the ideology has no impact on the information that’s presented,” apparently), and Politico. He also watches TV in his free time, especially re-runs of old, mediocre sitcoms like Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond. He doesn’t like Seinfeld, though, because of Kramer — and he hates Will and Grace just as much, because of Jack.

I don’t care for Seinfeld. I’m bothered by the character of Kramer. I find it hard to watch shows where there is one character that is so obnoxious that no one would hang out with him. That’s also my problem with Will & Grace. I don’t understand why Jack was his best friend. He’s unpleasant and dishonest. Why would anyone want to put up with a Jack or a Kramer? It’s discordant for me to think about.

Unfortunately, Barney Frank seems to misunderstood these two shows a little bit. That’s okay! He’s a busy man. But sitcoms usually have one annoying character as comic relief, Barney, otherwise they are boring. And with the case of Will and Grace, is Jack really “unpleasant and dishonest”? He’s kind of the heart and soul of that show, right?

Either way, Frank should give these shows another shot. They’re miles better than Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond. And probably more entertaining than something called River Monsters, which Frank watches with his partner and is about God-knows-what.

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