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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 (1989), 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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In early versions of the pilot script, George was originally written as a fellow stand-up comedian named "Bennett". See more »

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Jerry's address is mentioned as 129 W. 81st Street a few time. However, the awning in front of his building has the address 757. See more »

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Jerry: Laundry day is the only exciting day in the life of clothes. It is. No, think about it. The washing machine is the nightclub of clothes. You know, it's dark, there's bubbles happening, they're all kind of dancing around in there. Shirt grabs the underwear: "C'mon, babe, let's go!" You come by, you open up the lid, & they all...
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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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