Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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Good News, Bad News 

Jerry and George argue whether an overnight visitor Jerry is expecting is coming with romantic intentions.


Art Wolff

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Michael Richards ... Kessler
Lee Garlington ... Claire
Jason Alexander ... George
Pamela Brull Pamela Brull ... Laura


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 <>

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Release Date:

5 July 1989 (USA) See more »

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Seinfeld krónikák See more »

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In this pilot Michael Richards plays the wacky neighbor named Kessler instead of Kramer. The original idea was call him Kramer as he was based on a real person who lived next door to Larry David when he still lived in New York. David wanted to have that character in the show using his real name as Kramer. But for legal reasons it had to be changed, as there was the possibility that the real life person might sue. Afterwards, they did secure an agreement with the real life Kramer to use his name and likeness. (The real life Kenny Kramer looks a lot like Michael Richards does). See more »


Jerry and George go to meet Laura's flight at Kennedy airport (JFK). Kennedy handles long distance flights - transcontinental (beyond Denver) or international. At the time of this episode, someone going to New York from Lansing, MI (on United, as shown) would connect in Cleveland or Chicago O'Hare and land at Laguardia or possibly Newark (code EWR - like the yellow piece of paper stuck to Jerry's fridge). See more »


Jerry: I swear, I have absolutely no idea what women are thinking. I don't get it, okay? I, I, I admit it, I'm not getting the signals, I am not getting it. Women - they're so *subtle*, their little - everything they do is *subtle*. Men are not subtle, we are obvious. Women know what men want, men know what men want, what do we want? We want women! That's it! It's the only thing we know for sure, it really is. We want women. How do we get them? Oh, we don't know about that, we don't know. The next ...
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Followed by Seinfeld (1989) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Surprisingly Good
15 November 2003 | by jamsilveSee all my reviews

Like the final episode, the pilot is actually pretty good, when you consider the circumstances. No Elaine, Kramer is Kessler and he knocks when entering a room, and George has a steady job and confidence. All that said, some quality moments, like when Kessler pulls to pieces of bread out of his robe pockets in Jerry's apartment and says to him "Got any meat?" Funny stuff.

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