Many Seinfeld episodes are based on the writers' real-life experiences, with the experiences re-interpreted for the characters' storyline. Some stories were inspired by headlines and rumor. Seinfeld stood out from family and group sitcoms of its time. There's no family or work connections among the main characters but remain distinctively close friends throughout the series. It was often described by critics and its own creative personnel "a show about nothing".
TV Guide named Seinfeld the greatest television of all time in 2002 and ranked it as the greatest TV show of all time in 2013.. “The Boyfriend” episode ranked #4 and “The Parking Garage” episode in #33 in 1997 on Tv Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time and in 2009, “The Contest” was ranked #1 on the list of TV's Top 100 Episodes of All Time of the mentioned magazine. E! named the show the “number 1 reason the 90's ruled”. The Writers Guild of America named it the #2 Best Written TV Series of All Time in 2013 while Entertainment Weekly named it the 3rd best TV series of all time.
Throughout the mid-90s, Seinfeld has received awards and nominations in various categories. In 1993, it was awarded the Emmy for "Outstanding Comedy Series"and in 1994, Golden Globe Award for "Best TV-Series (Comedy)" and Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" in 1995, 1997 and 1998. The show was also nominated for "Outstanding Comedy series" for an Emmy award from 1992 to 1998, Golden Globe award for "Best TV-Series (Comedy)"from 1994 to 1998, and Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" from 1995 to 1998.