Seinfeld – M*A*S*H Plagiarism

For an extensive list of plot borrowings other similarities between Seinfeld and The Andy Griffith Show, see my January post:    https://pervertedwisdom.com/2017/01/10/seinfeld-andy-griffith-similarities/

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Seinfeld – Andy Griffith Similarities

Plot similarities:

  • A British man gets into a car accident and is sentenced to be Andy Griffith’s butler
    • Jerry and George write a TV pilot script premised on a man without car insurance sentenced by a judge to be Jerry’s butler 
  • Andy gets bothered by his girlfriend’s overly familiar long-term male visitor
    • Jerry gets bothered by his girlfriend’s overly familiar male roommate
  • Andy has trouble with a girlfriend because she shoots better than he does
    • George dumps his girlfriend because she beat him at chess
  • Andy mistakenly says something negative about Barney’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend Thelma Lou which later comes back to haunt him when Barney and Thelma Lou make up again
    • Jerry and Elaine mistakenly say something negative about Kramer’s ex-girlfriend which comes back to haunt them after Kramer makes up with her
  • Howard Sprague joins the Big Brother program
    • George gets conscripted into the Big Brother program
  • Andy’s get-away vacation to the lake is ruined by Warren’s premonitions of disaster
    • George’s vacation plans are ruined by a psychic’s premonition of disaster
  • Andy helps Barney who’s tongue-tied around his girlfriend
    • Newman helps Kramer who’s tongue-tied around the woman he likes
  • Barney attracts the romantic interest of a female convict
    • George dates a female convict
  • Howard Sprague becomes a swinging single guy
    • George declares “The Summer of George!”
  • Andy, Opie and Aunt Bee go to Hollywood for three episodes
    • Jerry, George and Kramer go to Hollywood for two episodes
  • Howard Sprague abruptly quits Mayberry and lives a Bohemian life on a tropical island
    • Kramer abruptly quits New York and lives a Bohemian life in sunny California
  • A visiting movie crew disrupts the normal life in Mayberry
    • A Woody Allen movie being shot down the street from Jerry’s apartment disrupts everyone’s life
  • Opie’s inability to dance becomes a major issue
    • Elaine finds out she dances horribly

Character Similarities:

Jerry and Andy:  Single guy surrounded by girlfriends; cool, rational, voice-of-reason protagonist with dysfunctional friends:

George and Barney/Warren:  nervous, manic, uncool, over-excited, prone to crazy schemes (both Costanza and Fife also work in real estate for a while)

Kramer and Gomer/Goober:  tall, thin, lanky, goofy, “not playing with a full deck”

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