Forget about Christmas – It’s almost time to celebrate “Festivus”! “Seinfeld” fans wait for Dec. 23 every year to celebrate “a Festivus for the rest of us,” a fake holiday made famous on the sitcom. And what better way to get in the Festivus spirit than to watch the “Seinfeld” episode that made it all happen – “The Strike”!
Based off the family tradition of “Seinfeld” writer Dan O’Keefe, “The Strike” first aired on NBC on Dec. 19, 1997 as episode 10 of Season 9. The episode explained a holiday called “Festivus,” something that was invented by George’s (Jason Alexander) father as an “alternative holiday in response to the commercialization of Christmas.” It’s celebrated with a Festivus dinner, as well as a series of practices like the Festivus Pole, Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength.
In the episode, George is upset to find that someone donated to a charity in his name as a gift. However, he decides to do the same thing to his co-workers – except that he makes up a fake charity to avoid spending money. George’s boss finds out, causing him to lie about celebrating Christmas. Instead, he explains that he celebrates Festivus and invites his boss over to the annual celebration at his parent’s house.
This year “The Strike” is only airing on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. EST on TBS. But don’t fret if you can’t watch it then. There are also options available to watch it online.
While Netflix doesn’t have a deal with “Seinfeld,” fellow streaming site Hulu does. Hulu has streaming options available for all nine seasons of the sitcom, however you must have a subscription. Users can sign up with “limited commercials” for $7.99 a month or “no commercials” for $11.99 a month. Meanwhile, those looking to test the waters can try out a 1-week free trial before deciding to pay for a plan.
Not interested in paying? Crackle offers free streaming of movies and TV shows – and they just happen to have “The Strike”! You can click HERE to watch the entire episode for free online.
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