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Seinfeld 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1989–1998)
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The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.
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Top Rated TV #47 | Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 71 wins & 185 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Jerry Seinfeld ...  Jerry Seinfeld 172 episodes, 1989-1998
Jason Alexander ...  George Costanza 171 episodes, 1989-1998
Michael Richards ...  Cosmo Kramer / ... 170 episodes, 1989-1998
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ...  Elaine Benes 169 episodes, 1990-1998
Ruth Cohen Ruth Cohen ...  Ruthie Cohen 101 episodes, 1992-1998
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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, to which we can all relate (especially if we live in New York City). 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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Trivia

Phil Morris' portrayal of Jackie Chiles was based on lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Cochran was a huge fan initially, but after Morris began doing commercials in character as Jackie Chiles, Cochran began to worry it was harming his career and image and requested he stop. Cochran was later found guilty of beating his wife and represented O.J. Simpson in his double murder trial. See more »

Goofs

In episode 2.12, Seinfeld: The Busboy, George (Jason Alexander) complains about eating yet another plate of Pesto. Originally, that particular food was supposed to be Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) "sworn enemy." See more »

Quotes

[Answering the phone]
Jerry: If you know what happened in the Mets game don't tell me, I taped it. Hello?
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Crazy Credits

The series does not have an opening credits sequence. Instead, the lead actor credits play out over a scene. Now commonplace in sitcoms and drama series, this was considered a novelty in 1990 and sparked a debate over the future of opening credits in TV series. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the episode "The Summer of George" some scenes were edited for TV screening but were aired in full in foreign countries during reruns. Extra footage included more dialogue between George and a shop assistant with regard to party invitations, Jerry and his girlfriend discussing who would look after her shopping the coffee shop and a couple more lines between George and Jerry near the end of the episode as George lies in a hospital bed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Nanny: Mommy and Mai (1997) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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The last and greatest juggernaut of comedy.
8 September 2003 | by slumberlandSee 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.

Nice.

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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5 July 1989 (USA) See more »

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