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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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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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George Costanza: Claire, you're a woman, right?
Claire: What gave it away, George?
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Quite the stage setter.
14 June 2003 | by (Topeka, KS) – See all my reviews

Watching this pilot episode is entertaining as comedy. But looking back on it as the commencement of "Seinfeld"'s evolution is fascinating as well. The pilot initially aired as a test episode to determine the worthiness of the sitcom. I think it worked.

Everything in the episode is a little bit slower than later shows, when everyone is humming along. One can see the lines aren't quite as pointed, sharp, or quick. Kessler (Kramer) hasn't cut loose yet, nor has anyone else. The editing doesn't appear quite as quick-cutting. Elaine doesn't even exist. Many later staples (coffeeshop, apartment, Kramer's hair) are different than in the series.

No one seems completely confident in this new sort of comedy they're experimenting with. But one can observe exactly where everything spawns from. The storyline still features common occurrences and strange coincidences. Jerry and George still discuss seemingly insignificant details and still don't understand women. It's a real treat to see.

Watching this episode is like reading the rough draft of a paper or seeing an early dress rehearsal of a play. The seeds are all there; they just need to be watered with time and experience.

Bottom Line: In the long run, not one of the better episodes, but still worth watching anytime it is rerun. It is classic because it was the original.


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