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The Seinfeld Chronicles - Pilot (1989)

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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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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Michael Richards' character is referred to as Kessler in this pilot episode but as Kramer in all other episodes. 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...
[wide-eyed startled shifty look]
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Not great by the show's standards, but still one hell of a pilot.
2 December 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

"Seinfeld" is without a doubt one of the greatest sitcoms ever made. Not only was it consistently hilarious, it was cool and different from the very beginning... yes, even from the very first episode! Watching the pilot is an interesting experience, because it's not as good as what was to come, but it's still very well written and funny.

Like someone else said, this feels like a rough draft of "Seinfeld." You can tell the characters of George and Kramer (or Kessler) are written differently than what they turned into. George is a lot more confident--in fact, he seems more confident than Jerry (this definitely didn't last long). Kramer is more of a bum, not the hipster doofus he eventually became. Still, they all have great chemistry together, and the story is witty and funny.

All in all, it's fascinating to watch. It's the tip of the iceberg... a glimpse of the awesome show that is to come.


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