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No, this is not the disease where your hair grows out and you have an inability to knock on doors. This is however an affliction that has affected many actors like Michael Richards, and others. To put it simply, when a character from a television show gets so huge and popular, it is very hard for them to do successful work afterwards portraying a different character. Michael Richards attempted to do the Michael Richards Show but got cancelled after 9 episodes. Now, you are thinking in that troll mind of yours, "there were lots of breakout characters before Kramer that did not get good work." Yes I know shut up, but Kramer in my opinion is the most widely known TV character and has tried and failed on getting past his character stardom. This rant is not talking about the past, it's about the present and future of actors who make it big. Someone who I keep on referring to when I make this claim is Jim Parsons aka Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. To make it clear, I despise this show but I have to say that Jim Parsons has struck gold. For now. He might be still huge but when that show ends he will be lucky if he can get voice work. He might as well change his name to Sheldon because, depressingly, that is what he will be known as for the majority of his career. The mindset of the average television audience is they do not like change, they like they're characters to do the same thing and have no development. Chuck Lorre realized this and that's why he is diving in a pool of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. Television shows now, should not be popular because of one character, it should be a collaboration, and if there was more work done on the writing side, maybe sitcoms could go back to the days of All In the Family. Seinfeld and Happy Days worked with breakout characters because the writing was so sharp and amazing, you didn't care. But shows like Big Bang Theory put absolutely no thought into trying to make its characters engaging, and rely on cheap laughs that are so sterile, you could swear they were only doing it for the money. Preposterous. Now I know you are all running to get ribbons trying to find a cure for the Kramer Syndrome but no worries, there is a cure. Time. Even though Happy days was great, Henry Winkler still found it hard to find work because of his stardom. His only savior was grey hair and wrinkles. The older he got the less he looked like The Fonz. Michael Richards was already older when he played Kramer so he could not grow out of it. When Sheldon starts to look like the Cryptkeeper, maybe he will get a recurring role on the 35th Law and Order spin off Just like my special heartburn medication, this "time" cure is double acting. The older an actor gets, the more people grow up not having heard of them. I'm sure the majority of younger people watching television now have never even heard of the Fonz and have no connection to him when they see him. This can also save they're careers. They just need to be patient. It will break my heart when a kid asks, "who's Kramer" but unfortunately that is how life works. Fortunately that kid will get punched in the face for asking that question so it's a win-win.