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 »

Also Known As:

Seinfeld krónikák See more »

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After the series was picked up in 1990, all subsequent airings of this 1989 pilot include the familiar "Seinfeld" title/opening and theme music as opposed to the original "The Seinfeld Chronicles" title and theme music, which was completely different. 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 »


Michael Richards' character is referred to as Kessler in this pilot episode but as Kramer in all other episodes. See more »


Jerry: Socks are the most amazing article of clothing. They hate their lives. They're in the shoes with stinky feet, the boring drawers. The dryer is their only chance to escape and they all know it. They do escape from the dryer. They plan it the night before. "Tomorrow. The dryer. I'm going. You wait here." The dryer door swings open, the sock is waiting up against the side wall.
[stands stiffly sideways, looking furtively both ways]
Jerry: He hopes you don't see him, and he goes down the road, da da da, da...
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Referenced in The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story (2014) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Pilot: Funny but most interesting to see the early stages
17 January 2010 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Jerry has a date tomorrow, or maybe he doesn't because he is not 100% sure the woman coming into New York for work will see him. George is convinced that all the verbal cues point to him being a back-up plan or her just being polite, but this is thrown into a cocked hat when she asks if she can stay at Jerry's for the night. George goes along to help pick her up at the airport to give assistance on the clues given on her intentions by her physical greeting.

From the very start this "show about nothing" opens with the sort of territory that it would do successfully for many seasons. The dialogue drives it forward as the two characters sum up the modern anxiety of day-to-day life and dating by over-analysing everything and over thinking a situation that is admittedly not the clearest or easiest. It is not hilarious but it is quite amusing and well written because while it does have exaggeration for comedy effect. The show pushes George to the fore in this episode while Jerry really does his best work in the stand-up sections. George is pretty good although he is more reasonable than in the full series and when he does act-up it feels forced. Kramer is here and seems mostly like he will continue to be, except with wilder hair. Elaine is absent from the pilot but this was still a work in progress.

Overall an amusing pilot that is entertaining but also serves as a look at how the show started and was pretty much doing what it wanted to do from the start.

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