Seinfeld: Season 5, Episode 2

The Puffy Shirt (23 Sep. 1993)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.9/10 from 751 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Kramer and his soft-spoken friend Leslie start a new line of clothing and Jerry accidentally agrees to wear it on the Today show.



(created by), (created by), 1 more credit »
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 26 titles
created 29 Jan 2012
a list of 235 titles
created 31 Dec 2012
list image
a list of 21 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 20 Sep 2013
a list of 34 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Puffy Shirt" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Puffy Shirt (23 Sep 1993)

The Puffy Shirt (23 Sep 1993) on IMDb 8.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Seinfeld.
« Previous Episode | 64 of 172 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Mitz ...
Kim Gillingham ...
Terrence Riggins ...
Stage Manager


Kramer's new girlfriend is what Jerry calls a low-talker, someone whose soft voice makes her unintelligible. She's a clothing designer and her latest idea is a puffy, pirate-like shirt. What Jerry doesn't realize is that he agreed to wear the puffy shirt on the Today Show. George has moved back in with his parents and his mother is driving him crazy about getting a job. A chance encounter leads him to become a hand model. Suddenly his hands are his main concern until he has an unfortunate encounter in Jerry's dressing room. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

23 September 1993 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

See  »

Did You Know?


This episode marks the utterance of Jerry's famous line "But I don't wanna be a pirate!" It was later modified in several subsequent episodes ("I don't wanna be a cowboy!" in The Mom and Pop Store; "I don't wanna be Switzerland!" in The Label Maker; and "I don't wanna be a 32!"(in pants size) in The Sponge). See more »


When George is eating out with his parents, the point of view over his mother's shoulder shows her holding up the menu, but from George's side her menu is seen lying on the table. See more »


Cosmo Kramer: You'll be the first modern-day pirate, Jerry!
Jerry Seinfeld: But I don't want to be a pirate!
See more »


Referenced in Dancing with the Stars: Round Six: Results Show (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"I don't want to be a pirate!"
27 September 2011 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Season 5, Episode 2, "The Puffy Shirt"

"The Puffy Shirt" should be on anybody's list of the greatest Seinfeld episodes ever. It's one of those episodes where all the threads and all the plots come together to a truly satisfying conclusion.

The actors are all on the top of their game - especially Jason Alexander. The episode is a defining moment for George's character. But Jerry is terrific too, extremely awkward but also hilarious. The writing for the episode, above all, story and dialog both, is one of the true highlights of the show's entire run. A classic piece of television that benefits from repeated viewings.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what do you do, a lot of that... LouFilerman
Bad Chicken.... LouFilerman
Sit down, message board posters millar70
I forget until I watch.... NBVautrain
It's George's Special Day rhs6358
You know, they say... LouFilerman
Discuss The Puffy Shirt (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: