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The Seinfeld Chronicles - Pilot (1989)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  5 July 1989 (USA)
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Jerry and George argue whether an overnight visitor Jerry is expecting is coming with romantic intentions.

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In this episode, the predecessor to "Seinfeld" (1990), Jerry is expecting a woman that he met in Michigan to come and visit him in New York. Throughout the first part of the show Jerry and George are discussing the situation. Later we meet "Kessler" who comes in to Jerry's apartment to borrow some meat and uncharacteristically knocks on the door before entering. Written by Seinfeld Fan <onlyjoex@earthlink.net>

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After the series was picked up in 1990, all subsequent airings of this episode including the familiar "Seinfeld" title/opening and theme music. Both versions of the episode are available on the Season 1-2 DVD set. In syndicated reruns, this episode is titled "Good News, Bad News". See more »

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When Kessler is eating the sandwich, large chunks of meat dangle from his mouth. In the next shot, his mouth is empty and he takes another large bite. See more »

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Jerry: Let's face it, a date is a job interview that lasts all night! The only difference between a date and a job interview is that not many job interviews is there a chance you'll end up naked at the end of it.
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Pilot: Funny but most interesting to see the early stages
17 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jerry has a date tomorrow, or maybe he doesn't because he is not 100% sure the woman coming into New York for work will see him. George is convinced that all the verbal cues point to him being a back-up plan or her just being polite, but this is thrown into a cocked hat when she asks if she can stay at Jerry's for the night. George goes along to help pick her up at the airport to give assistance on the clues given on her intentions by her physical greeting.

From the very start this "show about nothing" opens with the sort of territory that it would do successfully for many seasons. The dialogue drives it forward as the two characters sum up the modern anxiety of day-to-day life and dating by over-analysing everything and over thinking a situation that is admittedly not the clearest or easiest. It is not hilarious but it is quite amusing and well written because while it does have exaggeration for comedy effect. The show pushes George to the fore in this episode while Jerry really does his best work in the stand-up sections. George is pretty good although he is more reasonable than in the full series and when he does act-up it feels forced. Kramer is here and seems mostly like he will continue to be, except with wilder hair. Elaine is absent from the pilot but this was still a work in progress.

Overall an amusing pilot that is entertaining but also serves as a look at how the show started and was pretty much doing what it wanted to do from the start.


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