I never watched the show when it first aired, but my dad watches the reruns all the time so I’ve seen (or rather ‘heard’) most all the episodes a few times over. Most all sitcoms have at least a few truly dramatic moments, not necessarily per episode but usually at some point during a season at least. Not a true ‘very special episode’ or anything, but something that hushes the audience and is not immediately revealed to just be part of a joke.
I can’t say I remember Seinfeld ever doing this even once. Even when George’s fiance dropped dead the whole thing was completely played for laughs. I’m not complaining, I actually hate it that all sitcoms still feel the need to inject random melodrama in them to seem ‘relevant’ or something. But did Seinfeld ever do this? Is there any other sitcom that **never **did this. Even a great show like Arrested Development had the occasional moments of seriousness, and although they always quickly followed it with a dark comedic turn, it didn’t completely negate the drama.