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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 this, the pilot for Seinfeld (1989), Kramer's name was "Kessler". This discrepancy is explained in the episode "The Betrayal", there is a flashback to when Jerry and Kramer first meet. When introducing himself to Kramer, Jerry says "I saw your name on the board downstairs. Kessler, right?", to which Kramer responds "Actually, it's Kramer." 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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A very good first episode
15 March 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld's script for this Seinfeld pilot episode is good, often very funny, although not quite up to what the world would see in future episodes like "The Pen", "The Bubble Boy" or "The Outing". What it lacks though is an interesting plot: the storyline of Laura, the woman from Michigan, is actually quite uninteresting and the actress playing her is not a big deal either. The other female character, the waitress, is funny on the other hand and her conversations with Jerry and George are good. Still, we needed Elaine to really set things going.

The characters themselves are already established. George is a bit more confident and self-assured than later, but you definitely can see the future George Costanza in him. Kramer, or Kessler, is already funny and Michael Richards's great. It is indeed quite unusual to see him knock on the door before entering, have a dog that miraculously disappeared and have a normal hairstyle. Of course Jerry never really changed at all.

What really carries this, and the early episodes is the dialog. Quite frankly, Seinfeld is the show in television history with the best and funniest dialog. David and Seinfeld are writing on an high level right from the beginning. Prominently featured is Seinfeld's stand-up routine. The opening speech is quite unfunny but he gets much better later on. He really has the time for longer stories in the early episodes, and not just a quick joke like it would be in the future.

It's Seinfeld, it's great, Watch it!


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