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Seinfeld (1989–1998)

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The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends.

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Airs Wed. Dec. 02, 6:00 PM on TBS





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Top Rated TV #39 | Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 67 wins & 179 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Jerry Seinfeld (172 episodes, 1990-1998)
 Elaine Benes (172 episodes, 1990-1998)
 Kramer / ... (172 episodes, 1990-1998)
 George Costanza (172 episodes, 1990-1998)
Ruth Cohen ...
 Ruthie Cohen / ... (101 episodes, 1992-1998)


Jerry Seinfeld stars in this television comedy series as himself, a comedian. The premise of this sitcom is Jerry and his friends going through everyday life, discussing various quirky situations that we can all relate to (especially if we live in New York). The eccentric personalities of the offbeat characters who make up Jerry's social circle contribute to the fun. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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31 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Kramer's famous "I'm out of the contest!" moment, was his 100th entrance into Jerry's apartment. See more »


The interior space of Jerry's apartment would be impossible given the exterior hallway leading to his apartment's entry door. His kitchen and the exterior hallway occupy the same space. See more »


George Costanza: You've got to apologize.
Jerry: Why?
George Costanza: Because its the mature and adult thing to do.
Jerry: How does that affect me?
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Crazy Credits

In the season 2 episode "The Apartment", Michael Richards is credited twice in the opening credits. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Future War (1999) See more »

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The last and greatest juggernaut of comedy.
8 September 2003 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I cannot, through any stretch of my imagination, grasp how anyone can't find the humor in this series. Perhaps they have succumb to a similar problem I have in writing this review. I find that I cannot accurately describe just why exactly this sitcom should be held so far above the others. It's Kramer's awkward movements and border-line insanity; it's Jerry and Elaine's never-rekindled romance; it's George's terrible luck and inadequacy issues; it's all of those and so much more. I do find, however, that the show can be described with one word: irreplaceable.

"Friends"? Have you ever noticed that in "Friends" commercials, not even they, the reigning kings and queens of sitcoms, dare tread on the title of "funniest show ever"? Just watch the next commercial you see, and you'll find "the funniest (running) show on television!" I don't know if I would call that perfectly accurate, but it proves my point. Seinfeld was groundbreaking, and it went to places that few comedies (or dramas, for that matter) have since gone, and nothing before nor since has in quite the same way equaled it.

I notice a reoccurring complaint of negative reviews on this site: the opening and occasional ending of Jerry Seinfeld doing standup. I admit, it isn't the funniest thing that I've ever heard, though he is by far the best "have you ever noticed" comedian, but give me a break! That is your complaint? At least some other reviewers go on about characters, and the implausible plotlines (not that I agree in the least with them), but just that reason alone? You obviously don't have the intelligence to grasp the humor of the series, content only with the easy-to-understand slapstick of today's comedy; but nonetheless, in your blatant stupidity, you cannot grasp why it ISN'T funny, either -- so you pick the standup.


In any case, despite the negative reviews or even the positive, Seinfeld stands the test of time, and is the greatest sitcom ever made. Even TV Guide's compiled list of the "greatest television series' of all time," not at all exclusive to comedy (20/20, I believe, made the list), put Seinfeld right where it belongs: NUMBER ONE.

The last and greatest juggernaut of comedy, I know I'll be watching the untiring reruns that never seem to get old when I'm old and gray and long since committed to a retirement home.

And do you know what?

The intelligent viewers of humanity's next generation will be doing the same thing.

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