This is an interesting, tidbit about one of my all time favorite comedies. SEINFELD was one sitcom that never strayed to serious subjects. It was comedy to the very end. It was mostly funny and once in a while marginally funny, but it never gave in to the "A VERY SPECIAL EPISODE OF" syndrome. Almost all other comedies have, such as FRIENDS, CHEERS, FRASIER, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, etc. Even my number 1 favorite MARY TYLER MOORE has had its share of sad background music. Dont get me wrong, sometimes seriousness is ok, but I must admit I stopped watching FRASIER when Niles had heart problems (a very special episode). Anybody have examples of other shows that fall into either category?