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Larry David famously instituted a policy of "no hugging, no learning", meaning that the show must avoid sentimentality and moral lessons, and the characters must never learn nor grow from their wrongdoings.
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As Kramer (Michael Richards) became more popular, his entrance applause grew so prolonged that the cast complained it was ruining the pacing of their scenes. Directors subsequently asked the audience not to applaud so much when Kramer entered.
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Jerry Seinfeld turned down an offer from NBC that would have made him $110 million for a tenth season of the show.
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Before the show was set to air, Jerry Seinfeld asked Jason Alexander what he thought their chances for success were. Alexander said he thought they "didn't have a chance". When asked why, Alexander responded, "Because the audience for this show is me, and I don't watch TV."
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Larry David was quite volatile in meetings with NBC executives, and would often outright refuse to accept their notes and suggestions. He was eventually banned from attending the meetings.
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Michael Costanza, Jerry Seinfeld's friend after whom George is named, filed a $100 million lawsuit against Seinfeld, Larry David, and NBC, claiming invasion of privacy and defamation of character. Costanza claimed damages due to the show's alleged use of his likeness. The case was dismissed with the judges adding that the statute of limitations on the case had run out, as Costanza did not sue within one year of the show's debut in 1989.
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Producer and director Steven Spielberg once commented that while filming Schindler's List (1993), he got so depressed that he would watch tapes of this show's episodes to cheer himself up.
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The night before the final episode, ABC aired an episode of Dharma & Greg (1997) in which the couple tries to have sex in public, because everyone will be indoors watching the "Seinfeld" finale.
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During the original airing of the finale, MTV aired original cartoons that were specially timed to fit into the finale's commercial breaks, so that viewers could freely watch both of them and not worry about missing anything.
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When the final episode aired on May 14, 1998, the TV Land network honored the occasion by airing no programming in the show's timeslot. Instead, the network just showed a still photo of a closed office door.
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The Soup Nazi (Larry Thomas) was based on the actual owner, Al Yeganeh, of a take-out soup business in Manhattan on West 55th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Just like in the sitcom, his soups were known for their excellent quality, but Yeganeh was also famous for the unusual way he treated his customers. Instead of calling him a "Nazi", local patrons called him a terrorist, presumably because they knew Yeganeh was born in Iran, not Germany. Yeganeh was so angered by the episode (season seven, episode six, "The Soup Nazi"), that he forbade the use of the "N word" in his restaurants. Even the slightest reference to this show would push his buttons (it can be seen in an interview he did with CNN). So when some cast members and writers from this show bravely visited the restaurant after the episode aired, Yeganeh claimed that the show had ruined his life.
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It was originally intended that Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus') formidable father, famous author Alton Benes, of whom Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and George (Jason Alexander) are terrified, be a recurring character, but in an odd case of life imitating art, Lawrence Tierney really did frighten and intimidated the other cast members that it was decided he should never return.
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In the first episode, "Good News, Bad News", the first conversation was between George Costanza and Jerry about a button. In season nine, episode twenty-two, "The Finale", when they were sitting in jail, the last conversation they had was about the button.
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John O'Hurley (Peterman) recalls attending a friend's 40th birthday party and being recognized at the buffet line. A man came up to him to say "that would be grounds for dismissal.", one of his J. Peterman lines. During their conversation, O'Hurley learned that this guy was not only a fan of Seinfeld but a fan of the real J. Peterman catalogue, too. He would actually read the over-the-top item descriptions to his wife in bed. He thanked O'Hurley for finally giving him a voice to use for the catalogue readings. The fan was none other than Tom Hanks.
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Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) says "Hello, Newman" seventeen times in the entire series.
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Jason Alexander originally based his portrayal of George on Woody Allen, which is why he wore glasses. When he realized that George was actually based on Larry David, he began basing his performance on David's mannerisms.
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In the episode where Elaine dates a man named Joel Rifkin (season five, episode nine, "The Masseuse"). She tries to have him change his name, since Joel Rifkin is also the name of a man involved in a notorious New York City murder case. One of the initial suggestions for a new name was O.J. This episode was shot in 1993, a year before O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
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One of only three series in American history to rank number one in the ratings for its entire final network season. The other two were I Love Lucy (1951) and The Andy Griffith Show (1960).
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The puffy shirt used in season five, episode two, "The Puffy Shirt", is currently placed in the Smithsonian. A doll-sized replica was included with the fifth season DVD set.
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Jerry Seinfeld was inspired to end the show after nine seasons by The Beatles, who broke up after nine years together.
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The character of Cosmo Kramer was based on Kenny Kramer, a man who worked across the hall from co-creator Larry David. In a self-confessed move to cash in on the sitcom's popularity, Kenny Kramer formed the "Kramer Reality Tour", an officially-recognized New York City tour which visits the real-life locations often featured in the sitcom. In the 1997 season of this show, Cosmo Kramer's memoirs are published by J. Peterman as his own. Wanting to make the most of the situation, Cosmo Kramer starts a "Peterman Reality Tour", offering a tour of the real-life locations featured in the memoirs.
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Kramer's (Michael Richards') famous "I'm out of the contest!" moment was his one hundredth entrance into Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld's) apartment.
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The apartment used for exterior shots of 129 West 81st Street, New York City, New York, is not actually in New York at all, but is 757 S. New Hampshire Avenue, Los Angeles, California.
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A running gag in the show is that Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) can't act. This was actually a real concern for the shows producers. To weigh up for this, they needed strong supporting actors and actresses, hence Jason Alexander, who previously had been on Broadway.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus was pregnant while shooting part of this series. Her pregnancy was disguised with her carrying props to hide her changing body. This was parodied on The Nanny (1993), when the very-pregnant Lauren Lane mentioned them hiding Elaine "behind all these huge props" while standing in front of a poster with "Baby" on it.
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The model of the bike Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) never rides, hanging in his apartment, changes throughout the series.
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Kramer's line "These pretzels are making me thirsty" is an homage to Jeff Goldblum and his only line in Annie Hall (1977). Goldblum's line is famous in movie history for his delivery.
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The original script was called "Stand Up". It was to be a ninety-minute mockumentary about how a stand-up comedian writes his jokes based on his everyday life. It was to air in place of Saturday Night Live (1975) for one night. NBC liked the script so much that they decided to develop it into a pilot instead.
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Larry David was very adamant that every character of the lead quartet had a storyline in each episode, and he even charted it out on the writers' room, to keep close track of the plots and screentime.
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Though Larry David played George Steinbrenner, the actual George M. Steinbrenner III was filmed playing himself for use in an episode. However, the scene was never shown on the series. Steinbrenner appeared with Jason Alexander (in the part of George) in a 1996 promotional spot for MLB All-Star Game balloting.
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While they are waiting in the Chinese restaurant in season two, episode eleven, "The Chinese Restaurant", Jerry lists the many people that will be getting phone calls as a result of him being seen there. One of the included people was his sister. His sister never appeared on the show, nor is she ever referred to again.
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Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), George Costanza (Jason Alexander), and Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) each had alter-egos that they used on occasion. Jerry's was "Kel Varnsen", George's was "Art Vandelay", and Kramer alternated between "Dr. Martin Van Nostrand" and "H.E. Pennypacker".
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Lee Garlington was originally supposed to be a member of the cast, as Claire, the coffee shop waitress who gave Jerry and George friendly advice. She appeared in the pilot episode, "Good News, Bad News". But when the show was picked up, her character was dropped. According to Jason Alexander, Garlington offended Larry David by re-writing her lines.
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Co-creator and executive producer Larry David appeared several times throughout this show. He is the voice of George M. Steinbrenner III, The Man In The Cape (Frank's divorce lawyer in season six, episode four, "The Chinese Woman"), the owner of a newsstand (in season seven, episode ten, "The Gum", he sells George gum), and the man who orders the Kosher meal (in season four, episode twelve, "The Airport"). He was also one of the last voices heard on the show, as the prisoner who yells "I'm gonna cut you!" at the end of season nine, episode twenty-two, "The Finale".
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In the episode where George thinks someone stole his glasses from the gym locker room (season five, episode three, "The Glasses"), he is eating a bag of Rold Gold pretzels. At the time, Jason Alexander was a spokesman for the product.
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Larry David based George Costanza on himself. Many of the situations into which George gets himself are based on David's real-life experiences. George was named after Jerry Seinfeld's friend Michael Costanza. George's middle name, Louis, was an homage to Lou Costello of The Abbott and Costello Show (1952), which was a major influence on this series.
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Kramer's wardrobe of mostly 1960s and 1970s clothing was not intended to make him into retro fashions, so much as to suggest that he hadn't bought clothes in several years. The pants, in particular, were always about an inch too short in order to stress this. In later seasons, appropriate clothing became increasingly difficult for producers to find, due to the combination of it getting older and older, as well as the extreme popularity of Kramer as a character, forcing them to have tailors personally make Kramer's clothing out of retro fabrics. Often, they created numerous back-up copies of the clothing in case it was damaged during the physical comedy.
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An episode titled "The Bet", in which Elaine buys a gun from Kramer's friend, was written for season two. It was not filmed, because the content was deemed unacceptable, and was hastily replaced by season two, episode four, "The Phone Message".
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The restaurant exterior belongs to Tom's Restaurant, which is the same restaurant that was immortalized in the Suzanne Vega song "Tom's Diner". It is near the Columbia University campus in Manhattan at West 112th Street and Broadway.
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Many plots of the early episodes were completely based on the episode writer's real-life troubles, including season one, episode three, "The Robbery", season two, episode three, "The Jacket", season two, episode eleven, "The Chinese Restaurant", season three, episode seven, "The Café", season three, episode nine, "The Nose Job", and many others.
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Elaine was not originally part of the series. During development, NBC expressed concern that the series would be too male-centric, and became insistent on including a regular female character. The network was also said to make the casting request as a condition for picking up the series.
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Jerry Seinfeld received five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, but never won.
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Voted the number one top television series of all time, beating out number two, I Love Lucy (1951), and number three, The Honeymooners (1955), in the list of fifty shows chosen by TV Guide editors, April 2002.
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The show's often-repeated phrase, "Yada, yada, yada", was ranked number one in TV Guide's list of TV's 20 Top Catchphrases (August 21-27, 2005 issue).
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Jerry's girlfriend's infamous "man hands" in season eight, episode three, "The Bizarro Jerry", were actually those of James Rekart.
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Larry David was the original voice of Newman in season two, episode seven, "The Revenge", but Wayne Knight re-dubbed the voice for syndication.
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Steve Vinovich, Larry Hankin, and Tony Shalhoub were considered for the role of Cosmo Kramer. Hankin played Kramer in the show within the show in season four, episode twenty-three, "The Pilot".
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Throughout the series, there were numerous references to Kramer's friend Bob Saccamano, but the character was never seen.
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The first episode, "Good News, Bad News", was watched by nearly eleven percent of American households, and received generally favorable reviews from critics, who reacted with disappointment that NBC did not order a first season. Convinced that the show had potential, and supported by the positive reviews, NBC executive Rick Ludwin managed to convince his superiors to order a four-episode first season by offering a part of his personal budget in return.
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In one of the episodes, Jerry is walking down the street with one of his buddies, and in the background, there's a building with a sign on it that reads "Kal's Signs". Jerry Seinfeld's real-life dad's name is Kal, and he made signs for a living.
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Patrick Warburton was unable to play his recurring role of David Puddy in the seventh and eighth seasons, due to his commitment to Dave's World (1993).
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In early versions of the pilot script, George was originally written as a fellow stand-up comedian named "Bennett".
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The first time Elaine's catchphrase of "get out" was introduced was in season two, episode five, "The Apartment". Julia Louis-Dreyfus actually did that shove in real life, and the moment was not in the original script.
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Elaine Benes was loosely based on Carol Leifer, a friend of Jerry Seinfeld's, whom he also used to date. She was also based on model Susan McNabb, who was Seinfeld's long-time girlfriend, and Monica Yates, whom Larry David dated.
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Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) is the only character to appear in every episode. Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) did not appear in season one, episode one, Seinfeld: Good News, Bad News (1989), season four episodes one and two, Seinfeld: The Trip: Part 1 (1992) & Seinfeld: The Trip: Part 2 (1992). Kramer (Michael Richards) did not appear in season two, episode eleven, Seinfeld: The Chinese Restaurant (1991) and season three, episode three, Seinfeld: The Pen (1991), and George (Jason Alexander) also did not appear in season three, episode three, Seinfeld: The Pen (1991).
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Kramer's first name was originally going to be "Conrad". This was planned to be revealed in a season two episode titled "The Bet", written by Larry Charles. But the episode was scrapped due to its controversial storyline, in which Elaine buys a gun. Kramer's first name was finally revealed to be "Cosmo" in season six, episode eleven, "The Switch".
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Danny DeVito, Nathan Lane, David Alan Grier, Larry Miller, Kevin Dunn, and Brad Hall were considered for the role of George Costanza.
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Elaine's dancing in season eight, episode four, "The Little Kicks", was inspired by the Saturday Night Live (1975) boss Lorne Michaels. Seinfeld writer Spike Feresten started his career as a receptionist at Saturday Night Live (1975) and has said that at a Saturday Night Live (1975) after-party, he saw Michaels dance "as if he'd never seen another human being dance before" and that he "heaved and gyrated to a rhythm only he could feel."
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In real life, Jason Alexander does not wear eye glasses, and the ones he wore as George were props.
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The show introduced a character, "Crazy" Joe Davola, the name of an ABC executive producer.
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One of the first successful sitcoms to have extensive segments filmed outdoors.
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Jason Alexander has stated that, in addition to Larry David, his performance as George was also inspired by Jackie Gleason's performance as Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners (1955).
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We learn Kramer is a military veteran in season nine, episode fourteen, "The Strongbox". Michael Richards is also a veteran, having been drafted in 1970 and serving for two years in Vietnam.
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ABC Entertainment executive Lloyd Braun lent his name to a character appearing in three episodes, season five, episode seven, "The Non-Fat Yogurt", season seven, episode ten, "The Gum", and season nine, episode three, "The Serenity Now", and is an old childhood neighbor and nemesis of George Costanza.
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Rosie O'Donnell, Patricia Heaton, Mariska Hargitay, Jessica Lundy, Amy Yasbeck, and Megan Mullally auditioned for the role of Elaine Benes.
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Morty Seinfeld (Jerry's father) was originally played by Philip Bruns for one episode, then by Barney Martin for the rest of the series run.
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Season three, episode seven, "The Café", was the first episode to have applause by the studio audience as Kramer entered. Interestingly, it happened when Kramer entered the Dream Café rather than Jerry's apartment.
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The character of Lloyd Braun (George's childhood neighbor, and rival) was played by two different actors, first Peter Keleghan then, four years later, Matt McCoy.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, and Jerry Seinfeld had a superstitious ritual they completed before the taping of every episode. They gathered in the set of Jerry' bathroom and placed their hands on top of each others and as they released them they would all make a quick, very loud yelping sound. The group called this "The Circle of Power". This gesture made it into a couple of episodes, including season four, episode eleven, "The Contest".
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In the first episode, "Good News, Bad News", Kramer's last name was Kessler. Jerry was heard saying Kessler exactly the same way as he does Kramer. This was because Kenny Kramer would not allow his name to be used on the show, unless he was allowed to play Kramer. Eventually Kenny Kramer's list of demands were met, and the name Kramer was used.
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In a season three episode, George can be seen wearing a baseball shirt that says "Broadway Bound". Jason Alexander appeared in a play of this name by Neil Simon during its original New York City run.
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Jerry and George mentioned having siblings in seasons two and three, but neither are ever seen nor mentioned again.
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During the entire series run, Kramer's source of regular income was never revealed.
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Throughout the run of the series, Kramer rarely said "Yes". Nearly all of his positive responses are slang variations ("Yup", "Yeah!", "Giddyup", et cetera). Six episodes where he does actually say "Yes" are: season three, episode thirteen, "The Subway", season four, episode five, "The Wallet: Part 1", season five, episode two, "The Puffy Shirt", season five, episode four, "The Sniffing Accountant", season eight, episode eleven, "The Little Jerry", and season eight, episode seventeen, "The English Patient".
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At Jerry Seinfeld's high school, Massapequa High School on Long Island, there was a teacher named Mr. Bevilaqua, he was the wrestling coach there. In one of the episodes, Jerry had a race that was officiated by Mr. Bevilaqua.
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Bob Balaban played an NBC network executive who approved a sitcom pilot to be called "Jerry". Balaban was chosen because of his resemblance to NBC executive Warren Littlefield, the man who allowed Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David to produce this show's pilot. Balaban also played Littlefield in The Late Shift (1996).
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Elaine Benes was named after Terry Benes, a friend of Larry David.
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With the exception of the pilot episode, "Good News, Bad News", season one, episode three, "Male Unbonding", and season six, episode fourteen, "Highlights of a Hundred", every episode started with the word "The".
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In retrospect, most critics and fans agree that season two, episode eleven, "The Chinese Restaurant", is the first episode to truly embody the concept of "a show about nothing". Interestingly, the NBC executives overseeing the series hated the episode exactly because nothing happened and held it back to broadcast towards the end of the season believing that the episode was weak.
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In his autobiography, Paul Shaffer claimed to have turned down the role of George Costanza. He was offered the part due to his resemblance to Larry David, upon whom the character was based.
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Although Jerry's cousin Jeffrey was mentioned several times throughout the series (always by Uncle Leo (Len Lesser)), he never appeared on the show (although he appeared in a deleted scene on the DVDs).
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In season eight, episode three, "The Bizarro Jerry", during the scene in Kevin's (Tim DeKay's) apartment, you can see "Bizarro Superman" in the background.
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Robert Schimmel auditioned for the role of George Costanza.
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Phil Morris planned to star in a spin-off as Jackie Chiles, but the project was stalled.
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The famous Seinfeld fictions (George's pseudo career as an architect, the fictional importer and exporter, and the fictional Art Vandelay) were introduced in season one, episode two, "The Stakeout".
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Tony Shalhoub auditioned for the role of Cosmo Kramer, and many years later, Michael Richards was considered for the title role on Monk (2002). Richards passed and Shalhoub took the role. Richards won three Emmys for playing Kramer, while Shalhoub also won three Emmys for playing Monk.
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Newman (Wayne Knight) was originally written as the African-American son of Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld's) landlord. William Thomas, Jr. was cast, and a scene featuring him was filmed, but it was deleted. Tim Russ also auditioned for the role.
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As Larry David states on the DVD, the character of Elaine's father, the gruff war vet and author Alton Benes, was based on the late writer Richard Yates, who was the father of his former girlfriend Monica Yates, and author of the novel "Revolutionary Road".
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Michael Richards auditioned three times for the role of Cosmo Kramer. Then-NBC President, the late Brandon Tartikoff, was present for the final one.
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For awhile, NBC stunted with having an interconnected storyline, or character crossover between their New York City set sitcom block which aired on Thursday nights. Seinfeld was the only one of the shows which refused to take part.
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In addition to Jerry having a sister who was only mentioned once (in season two, episode eleven, "The Chinese Restaurant"), George has a brother who was mentioned only twice in the series: season three, episode fifteen, "The Suicide", (his brother impregnated a woman named Pauline) and season three, episode six, "The Parking Garage" (George's father, mother, and brother never pay for parking). Elaine has a sister, Gail, who she visits in St. Louis, and who she calls after she sends Gail's son her exposed nipple Christmas card. Elaine also mentions a brother-in-law (presumably Gail's husband) in season two, episode four, "The Phone Message" (he blurted out secret business information on an answering machine).
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Heidi Swedberg (Susan) initially thought she was going to be playing Cosmo Kramer's love interest. It wasn't until midway through the fourth season that she realized it would be George Costanza, not Kramer.
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In season four, episode six, "The Watch", Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) was asked by Joe Davola (Peter Crombie) if he knows her from somewhere, and she answers with a joke that he probably recognizes her because her face is sculptured on Mount Rushmore, alongside the U.S. Presidents, instead of Roosevelt's face. In 2015, a poster was released for the fourth season of Veep (2012) that showed the face of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) sculptured on Mount Rushmore, but it appeared instead of Jefferson's face.
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Initially there was a plan to turn Cosmo Kramer into a millionaire, but this was discarded. Had it gone ahead, it would've explained how he was able to live so comfortably without having steady employment.
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In Jerry's apartment, he has a picture on the wall of a black Porsche 911 catching air going over a hill. In real life, Jerry Seinfeld is an avid Porsche fan and collector.
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Kramer's first name of Cosmo was not revealed until the show's sixth season. The revelation, and some promotional hype surrounding it, was criticized by some at the time for being too gimmicky, or unnecessary.
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Newman was the only major character known by just one name.
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Over the course of the entire series, Cosmo Kramer entered Jerry's apartment almost four hundred times.
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Jerry Stiller played George's dad. Ben Stiller (Jerry's real-life son) is married to Christine Taylor, who guest-starred on the show as Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriend.
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Jerry's apartment number switches from 411 to 3A to 5A. In earlier episodes, where the whole exterior of Jerry's building is visible, his apartment is clearly on the third floor. But in one episode, Jerry suggests that a bus stop on the corner is ten floors down.
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It was originally planned for Elaine Benes to be an eye doctor.
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Bette Midler, Raquel Welch, Jon Voight, Marisa Tomei, Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee Gifford, Keith Hernandez and Pat Cooper are some of the celebrities who appeared as themselves, but though mentioned several times, Woody Allen and Ted Danson never appeared.
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In season three, episode six, "The Parking Garage", George was leaning up against a car with the license plate BIF725. Jerry often referred to George as "Biff". This is an homage to Jeff Loman from Death of a Salesman, to whom Jerry compared George in another episode.
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Ranked number eleven on Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).
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Although Jerry used Apple computers throughout the series, he had various IBM-PC Microsoft office products (Word, Excel, MS windows) on his desk next to his computer.
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Kramer sublet Paul Buchman's (Mad About You (1992)) apartment.
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There was enough material recorded for season nine, episode twenty-two, "The Finale", to fill three half-hour episodes. In the end, the full show ran fifty-five minutes, the longest episode in the show's nine-year history.
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Alec Berg (Mark DeCarlo) a character that Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) said has a great John Houseman name, was the name of a producer on this show, Alec Berg.
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In Massillon, Ohio, there is a restaurant called "Kosmo", named after Cosmo Kramer. The restaurant sign features a pencil sketch of Cosmo Kramer. One of the menu items is called the "Newman", which is a meatball sandwich. The famous picture of George Costanza posing half naked in his underwear is hanging up in the ladies' room.
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In the series finale, Cosmo Kramer suggests that he, George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Jerry Seinfeld do a musical such as "Bye, Bye, Birdie" or "My Fair Lady". Jason Alexander starred in Bye Bye Birdie (1995) as Albert Peterson.
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Michael Richards is the only one out of the four cast members who is not Jewish.
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The building used for the exterior shots where Elaine works is 600 Madison Avenue in Manhattan, between 57th and 58th streets.
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Sir Paul McCartney was a massive fan of this show and wanted to appear in an episode. For unknown reasons, the writers didn't make it happen.
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Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld's) apartment number is 5A. Cosmo Kramer's (Michael Richards') apartment number is 5B. Newman's (Wayne Knight's) apartment is 5E.
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Several movies can be seen on Jerry's stereo shelf, including Child's Play 2 (1990) and Wayne's World (1992) in the later seasons.
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We find out in season three, episode four, "The Dog", that Elaine Benes has lived in New York City since 1986.
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Jerry tells a polygraph examiner that his address is 129 West 81st Street.
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In the 1970s, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld worked together on the New York comedy club circuit. In 1980, he joined the ABC for their Saturday Night Live (1975) knock-off, Fridays (1980), where he worked alongside Michael Richards (Cosmo Kramer). In the mid 1980s, he was hired as a writer on Saturday Night Live (1975) and met Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine Benes). Jason Alexander (George Costanza) was the only regular Seinfeld cast member he hadn't met before.
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During the sixth season, NBC executives shared the original test results for the pilot episode with the supporting cast for the first time. The reviews from test audiences in late October 1989 were less than encouraging. They thought George Costanza was a "loser" and a "wimp", that Jerry's everyday life was "boring" and his character "powerless", "dense", and "naive", and that Kessler (Cosmo Kramer's original name), although sometimes "mildly amusing", was also underwhelming. They found the storylines a distraction from the stand-up segments which was the only part those familiar with Jerry's brand of comedy liked. Their overall view of the performance of that first show: "weak".
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus wanted Mary Tyler Moore to play Elaine Benes' mother.
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Seasons one, two, and eight are the only ones that don't have a two-part episode.
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As Jerry is a huge Superman fan, and in almost every Seinfeld episode, there is some reference to Superman. Sometimes it's just a sticker or statue in Jerry's apartment.
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Signs in Frank's (Jerry Stiller's) billiard room include: If they don't have a pool hall in heaven, then I'm not goin'. Pool is not a matter of life and death. It is much more important than that. The life of the Pool Hustler is Hell... But somebody's got to do it. RACK 'EM Pool Hall Professional & Amateur Hustlers Keep your butt and butts off the table! Cold Beer Always, Snacks Sometimes
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Aside from the four stars, Liz Sheridan (Helen) is the only recurring cast member to make at least one appearance in all nine years of the show.
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In season one, episode four, "Male Unbonding", Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is sleazily hit on by Jerry's unstable "friend", Joel (Kevin Dunn). Kevin played the role of Ben Cafferty on Veep (2012), as an advisor to the title character Selina Meyer, played by Louis-Dreyfus.
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Beginning in the third season, the Seinfeld logo changed slightly each season. Season eight had a black-and-white checker design around the title because Jerry Seinfeld believed this was going to be the final season of the series. It was meant to resemble the checkered flag at an auto racing event, which signifies the final lap.
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Jerry Seinfeld said that he credits the phrase "These pretzels are making me thirsty" from season three, episode eleven, "The Alternate Side", as the first of Seinfeld's many catchphrases.
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Michael Costanza, the friend of Jerry Seinfeld, who was the basis for the character of George Costanza, had a cameo appearance in season three, episode twenty-two, "The Parking Space".
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Director Tom Cherones and writer Larry Charles left the show after season five.
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Barney Martin has said he heard from several fans of the series who were Jewish commenting on how his portrayal of Jerry's father Morty reminded them of their own father. This is despite the fact that in real life, Martin was an Irish Catholic gentile.
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Elaine's middle name is Marie. George's middle name is Louis. Jerry's real first name is Jerome, and his middle name is Allen.
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Jason Alexander initially auditioned by videotape for the role of George Costanza, and did a Woody Allen impression, not knowing that George was based on co-creator Larry David. Incidentally, David had small roles in two of Allen's movies, New York Stories (1989) and Radio Days (1987). David also had the lead role in Whatever Works (2009).
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In season nine, episode eight, "The Chicken Roaster", Kramer lies in Jerry's bed eating chicken and wiping his greasy hands on the sheets. Off-camera, there was a bucket next to Richards, and between takes he would spit out the chicken he was chewing. In real life, Richards is a vegan.
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Doris Roberts, from Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), was considered for the role of Jerry's mother.
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Jerry has a copy of the computer game Red Baron (1990) next to his Mac.
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When Jerry Seinfeld performed his series of "I'm Telling You For The Last Time" concerts at the Bensonhurst Theatre in 1998, a small group of protesters turned up across the street every night condemning him for doing season nine, episode twenty, "The Puerto Rican Day". At one point, security had to be increased because of death threats.
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The first DVD releases of this show on November 23, 2004 were the first DVDs to be released under Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's new name, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
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One of the few long-running television roles for Jerry Stiller in which his wife and comedy partner Anne Meara did not make at least one guest appearance with him.
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Cosmo Kramer mentioned three unseen friends. Bob Sacamano, Lomez, and Jay Remenshneider.
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Ron Howard's brother, Clint, played the role of the car thief in season four, episode two, "The Trip: Part 2". Their father, Rance, made two appearances in the series - season five, episode three, "The Glasses", and season seven, episode twenty, "The Bottle Deposit".
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Only one consistent trait of Cosmo Kramer remained after the pilot. His constant appearances in Jerry's apartment. His dog mysteriously disappeared, he's no longer agoraphobic, his "Reverend Jim" mannerisms were dropped, and his hairstyle changed dramatically.
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In season five, episode one, "The Mango", Jerry is seen wearing a blue and white Queens College t-shirt, and in season five, episode eight, "The Barber", he wears a cap from the same college. In real life, Seinfeld is an alumnus of that school. In 1976, he graduated from the theatre and communications program. Other famous students include porn legend Ron Jeremy, comedians Joy Behar and Ray Romano, and singer and songwriter Paul Simon.
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Roger McDowell appeared as himself in season three, episode seventeen, "The Boyfriend" and season three, episode eighteen, "The Boyfriend". Initially, the creators wanted Darryl Strawberry to appear, but Keith Hernandez, his Mets teammate, didn't think that it was a good idea, considering Strawberry's public problems at the time. Keith's other friend and teammate, McDowell, got the job instead.
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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.
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Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and George (Jason Alexander) had both parents on this show, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) had only a father, and Kramer (Michael Richards) had only a mother appear. Uncle Leo (Len Lesser) was Helen Seinfeld's (Liz Sheridan's) brother.
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While Jason Alexander never won an Emmy Award (nominated six times) for playing George, he's the only one of the four main performers to have won a Tony Award. He won a Best Actor in a Musical award for "Jerome Robbin's Broadway" in 1989, the same year this show started.
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Charles Durning, Carl Reiner, Edward Asner, Abe Vigoda, and Alan Arkin all auditioned and failed to land the role of Frank Costanza.
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In season seven, episode ten, "The Gum", the name of the cashier of Monks Diner is revealed to be Ruthie Cohen. This is the actresses real name.
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Throughout the first eight seasons, the theme music played during Jerry's stand-up had to be re-recorded each week in order to match up with Jerry's set-ups and punchlines.
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The pilot episode, "Good News, Bad News" is also known as "The Seinfeld Chronicles". NBC requested that the show's title be shortened to simply "Seinfeld". This was done to avoid confusing it with another 1990 sitcom called The Marshall Chronicles (1990) on ABC. That show was described as Woody Allen meets The Wonder Years (1988). It lasted six shows. The re-named "Seinfeld" lasted nine years.
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Jerry Seinfeld drew some of his material from Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, but has always maintained that Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were the biggest influence on him.
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Carol Leifer was a writer and producer on this show. Leifer and Jerry Seinfeld dated prior to this show, and she was the basis for Elaine Benes. She had three cameos during this show: in season six, episode sixteen, "The Kiss Hello"; season seven, episode seven, "The Secret Code"; and season seven, episode twenty-two, "The Invitations".
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Any time Kramer supports "anti-authority" views, that's the work of Larry Charles, who believes in those "alternate truths".
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Bob Sacamano is a fictional friend of Cosmo Kramer. He was never seen, but was the source of many bizarre anecdotes. Larry Charles has stated that Sacamano was a real-life friend, although the two fell out shortly after the character was first introduced. Throughout the course of the series, he was referenced in the following episodes: season two, episode eight, "The Heart Attack" (due to malpractice in a hernia operation now sits in a chair by the window repeating "My name is Bob"). season three, episode two, "The Truth" (was once in a mental institution where electroshock therapy had no effect). season three, episode sixteen, "The Fix Up" (works in a condom factory and gives Kramer defective condoms). season five, episode three, "The Glasses" (once contracted rabies).-. season seven, episode nineteen, "The Calzone" (once was Kramer's house guest for a year and a half). season eight, episode six, "The Fatigues" (throws a party, but Elaine gets the invitation late). season eight, episode eight, "The Chicken Roaster" (once sold replica Russian hats made of nutria in Battery Park). season eight, episode fourteen, "The Van Buren Boys" (Kramer is on the phone with him when he realizes he has to return a pair of pants, but while wearing them on the way to return them, falls into a puddle, ruining them). season nine, episode fifteen, "The Wizard" (Bob's father provides poorly-made "Willard" tip calculators). season nine, episode twenty, "The Puerto Rican Day" (made a fortune through coming up with the idea of the rubber band for toy paddles with the ball and rubber band).
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A testament to this show's influence was the word "sponge-worthy", the catchword from season seven, episode nine, "The Sponge", being used in a Budweiser commercial.
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Throughout season eight, a new magnet could be seen on Jerry's refrigerator. It's a miniature reproduction of the cover of Action Comics #1, the comic book that introduced Superman.
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In season eight, episode sixteen, "The Pothole", the audience learns that Elaine Benes lives on the south side of West 86th St.
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Michael Richards and Larry David worked together on Fridays (1980).
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Larry Miller, a stand-up comedian, as well as a close friend of Jerry Seinfeld, was considered for the role of George Costanza before the role was given to Jason Alexander. Miller made an appearance in season six, episode seventeen, "The Doorman", as The Doorman.
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The fake J. Peterman's first name was "Jacopo", which was taken from the name of a pizza joint from which writers Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer used to order all the time.
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Since her appearance on this show, Athena Massey, who played Jerry's pea-picking girlfriend in season seven, episode one, "The Engagement" (the one who insisted on eating her peas one at a time), is on record as saying that she now eats her peas with a spoon.
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The name of the diner the gang frequents is Monk's.
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No one ever ate a toasted bagel in any episode. They were always "raw".
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In season eight, episode three, "The Bizarro Jerry", Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus ) is friends with Kevin (Tim DeKay), who is the exact opposite of Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld). Louis-Dreyfus' and DeKay's characters are dating in The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006) season four, episode nine, "Rage Against the Christine". This time, Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) wants to prove that her boyfriend (Tim DeKay) is psychotic.
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Co-creator Larry David was given a $20,000 bonus by Castle Rock Entertainment and was promoted to executive producer for his work on season one, episode two, "The Robbery".
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Larry David and his entertainment lawyer had a bet over a friendly game of golf. David's victory allowed him to use his lawyer's name in an episode of this show. That's how Lloyd Braun (played by Peter Keleghan) became a character in season five, episode seven, "The Non-Fat Yogurt".
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A picture of Jerry Seinfeld's father can be seen on the wall next to his apartment door.
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Matt Drudge worked for three years in the early 1990s at the CBS Studio Center merchandise store, which was near the area where the show's interiors were taped, where audiences who attended tapings could buy store-related memorabilia. He used his fortuitous position to start his own website, The Drudge Report, where after rooting around in some garbage cans on the lot, he revealed how much Jerry Seinfeld was making doing his own sitcom.
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One summer, Jerry Seinfeld and some of the writing staff went outside to hit baseballs in the CBS Radford Studios parking lot while in pre-production. There weren't many cars in the lot at the time, so it wasn't a big deal. But one day, a ball crashed through the window of one such parked car. Seinfeld found out that the car belonged to Alexandra Wentworth, who was later cast as Sheila, a.k.a. "Schmoopie", in season seven, episode six, "The Soup Nazi". Jerry paid for the damages.
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Dharma & Greg (1997) once gave a nod to this show by having an episode where the main characters planned on having sex in a public space, thinking they'd never be caught as everyone was indoors watching the series finale of this show.
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Throughout this show, Jerry dated three actresses who appeared in Desperate Housewives (2004). Teri Hatcher Teri Hatcher played the role of Sidra in season four, episode nineteen, "The Implant", season four, episode twenty-three, "The Pilot", and season nine, episode twenty-two, "The Finale". Brenda Strong played the role of Sue Ellen in season seven, episode twelve, "The Caddy", season seven, episode twenty, "The Bottle Deposit", season eight, episode nine, "The Abstinence", and season nine, episode eight, "The Betrayal", and Marcia Cross played Dr. Sara Sitarides in season nine, episode seven, "The Slicer".
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Monk's was nominated for the 2004 TV Land Award for Favourite Greasy Spoon, and, for the 2006 TV Land Award for Most Happening Greasy Spoon Or Hangout.
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The characters of Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer are not Jewish, but in real life, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is.
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Writer David Mandel described writing an episode as "the modern equivalent of a Shakespeare sonnet."
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For the majority of this show, Jerry's apartment number was 5A (and was shown at least once as 3A). This apartment number was indicated in black letters and numbers on the apartment door. However, in season one, episode three, "Male Unbonding", Jerry's apartment number was 411, indicated in gold-colored metal numbers next to the door. Something else, also gold-colored metal, was mounted on Jerry's door instead.
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A calendar of The Three Stooges was seen hanging on the wall next to Jerry's kitchen throughout the first season.
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There are two errors in the end credits of two season three episodes. In season three, episode one, "The Note", Jerry's dentist friend, Roy (Ralph Bruneau), is erroneously referred to as "Lloyd", which was the character's original name. In season three, episode five, "The Library", Sherry Becker (Cynthia Szigeti), Jerry's high school crush, is mistakenly listed as Sandy.
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Elaine Pope was the first female writer on this show to have a script turned into a proper episode: season three, episode two, "The Truth". Pope previously worked with Larry Charles, Larry David, and Michael Richards on Fridays (1980).
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This show won an Emmy for Best Comedy Series only once in its nine-year run.
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Susan Ross (Heidi Swedberg) worked for NBC, but after she gets fired, we're never told what her job is.
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Initially, there wasn't a bedroom set for Jerry's apartment. One was made for the second season. This explains why Jerry's bed is in his front room for one scene in season one, episode one, "The Stakeout".
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Jane Leeves initially auditioned for the role of Rava, a chain-smoking Finnish author in season two, episode six, "The Statue". The part of Rava was given to Nurit Koppel and Leeves was later cast as the virgin Marla for four episodes.
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Before becoming a writer for television, Larry Charles was a stand-up comedian and also worked with Larry David and Michael Richards on Fridays (1980). He didn't join the writing staff of this show until its second season, as during the first season, he was writing for The Arsenio Hall Show (1989).
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Season eight, episode twenty-two, "The Summer of George" was inspired by true events. Writer Alec Berg had a crush on Dylan Tays, who played Jerry's blonde girlfriend in season seven, episode nineteen, "The Calzone". Over the phone, Berg convinced Tays to go to the Oscars with him. (He was writing jokes for the ceremony one year.) Unfortunately, when he went to pick her up, he found out she had a boyfriend, a photographer who wasn't too thrilled to see him. Tays had neglected to tell him about that on the phone. The incident inspired a storyline in the season eight, episode twenty-two, "The Summer of George".
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The character of Rabbi Kirschbaum was named after writer Bruce Kirschbaum and evolved from a sketch on Fridays (1980). Bruce Kirschbaum and Larry David portrayed rabbis who had their own television program called "Live & Be Well". Bruce Mahler, who played Rabbi Kirschbaum in three episodes, also worked on Fridays (1980), along with Michael Richards and writer Larry Charles.
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Season six, episode eight, "The Mom & Pop Store" ends with a scene that's a parody of Midnight Cowboy (1969), but that's not the extent of references to this particular movie. Jon Voight starred as himself in one episode, Bob Balaban starred in multiple episodes as an NBC executive, and Dustin Hoffman was mentioned in an episode, where an acquaintance of Elaine Benes makes a bet whether he had starred in Star Wars:; Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)..
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Lauren Bowles, who appeared on nine episodes in small roles (usually as a waitress), is the half-sister of Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine Benes). Bowles is the daughter of Louis-Dreyfus' mother, Judith LeFever Bowles, and Judith's second husband, L. Thompson Bowles.
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After the Seinfeld finale, The following Fall Season "Frasier" took Seinfeld's slot on Thursday nights. In fact, Season 6 Episode 1 of Frasier opens with Frasier auditioning for a TV show after being fired from his radio show, and his opening speech is a reference to the acquisition of "Seinfeld"'s slot: "Before we begin, I'd like to say how honored I am to be taking over this slot. Obviously, I have some rather big shoes to fill - my predecessor here was much beloved. But I have never been one to shrink from a challenge and I'm sure we'll enjoy many happy years here together in my new home." Which was their way of honoring Seinfeld.
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In season eight, episode twelve, "The Money", Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld's) parents explain why they want to sell the Cadillac Jerry bought them. Jerry asks "What about the Northstar system?" and Jerry's dad (Barney Martin) says "I don't think we've ever used it." Northstar was the designation of Cadillac's V8 engines of the time. Jerry was probably referring to Onstar, which is strange for a self-proclaimed "car guy" who later hosted a show titled Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012).
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A couple of porno movies have been inspired by this show: The Bet (1993) and Seinfeld: A XXX Parody (2009).
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The same year Jason Alexander began portraying George, he won a Tony Award for his work in Jerome Robbins' Broadway.
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Matthew Perry's (Chandler in Friends (1994)) stepfather, Keith Morrison, played the role of a newscaster in two episodes: season four, episode one, "The Trip: Part 1" 4.1 and season four, episode two, "The Trip: Part 2".
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This show was nominated for the 2004 TV Land Award for Favorite Instrumental Theme Song.
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George references the Home Alone film franchise in season four, episode twenty, "The Junior Mint". Notable actors from those movies who have appeared on this show include Rob Schneider, Bill Erwin, Larry Hankin, and Mark Beltzman.
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During the first season, despite being a Mets fan, a Yankees cap can be seen on Jerry's bookcase.
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Kevin Dunn, Jerry's "self-involved", obnoxious friend Joel in season one, episode three, "Male Unbonding", is the brother of Nora Dunn from Saturday Night Live (1975). He originally auditioned for the role of George Costanza.
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Cosmo Kramer entered Jerry's apartment nine times in the first season.
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Was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the "Best of Television 1996" at position number two in their year-end review issue dated December 23, 1996.
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Disc one of the box set contains a couple of errors in the Notes About Seinfeld feature. In season one, episode one, "The Stakeout", it is noted that John Mellencamp dropped the "Cougar" from his name in the mid 1980s. This is false - he dropped it in 1981 to coincide with the release of his album "Whenever We Wanted". For season one, episode three,"Male Unbonding", Andy Kaufman's surname is misspelled twice, with two "f"s instead of one.
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Bill Erwin, who played Sid in season four, episode eighteen, "The Old Man", and season four, episode twenty-three, "The Pilot", played a character named Kramer in The Twilight Zone (1959) season two, episode twenty-eight, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" Donald Bishop, who played Dr. Allenwood in season four, episode nineteen, "The Implant", played a character named Kramer in Baretta (1975) season four, episode four, "The Sky Is Falling".
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George never gives Susan an engagement ring during their entire engagement. Susan mentions going ring shopping later in the week in "The Invitations" but it never happens. Even Jerry gives his fiancé, Jeannie, a ring. He proposes in "The Invitations", the last episode of Season 7 and in "The Foundation, first episode of Season 8, we see a flashback of when him and Jeannie break up. She hands him a ring. It's implied they were engaged for the entire summer and broke up shortly before this episode.
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Elaine lives 1/2 mile away from Jerry, Kramer and Newman, which is a 10 minute walk. Elaine lives at 16 W 75th Street. and Jerry lives at 129 W 81st Street. George's apartment is never fully disclosed but his parents address is 1344 Queens Boulevard, Queens, New York. George either lives in Manhattan or Bronx, since he worked at Yankee Stadium.
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Richard Herd, who played Mr Wilhelm, George's boss when he worked for the Yankees, was actually a fan of the Yankees arch rivals, the Boston Red Sox. Herd said he noted this to producers upon completing his audition, which resulted in some good natured ribbing.
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Brian George, Armin Shimerman, Sab Shimono, and Timothy Stack appeared in Blind Date (1987).
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In a list appearing in Spectrum Magazine issue #22, dated April 2000 of the best television series of the 1990s, John Thorne ranked this show as number five.
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Three guest stars have worked with writer and director John Landis. David Naughton worked with Landis on An American Werewolf in London (1981). Peter Riegert and Mark Metcalf worked with Landis on National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Oscar (1991).
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Elaine Benes jokes about hiring someone to "rub out" some cats because of her allergic reaction to them. Later, in season seven, episode one, "The Engagement", she hires Newman to get rid of a dog that is barking and keeping her up all night.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Susan Ross, George Costanza's fiancée, was killed off because the cast found it very difficult to work with Heidi Swedberg. According to Jason Alexander, while they liked Swedberg personally, Alexander was having difficulty playing his scenes with her. Julia Louis-Dreyfus joked about killing her, which gave Larry David the idea to kill her character.
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In episode 9.15, Seinfeld: The Wizard (1998), in which Kramer (Michael Richards) options his coffee table book for a movie and moves to Florida, several newspaper headlines are featured as he runs for condo council president. In smaller print on these pages, other headlines read "Larry David Gets Hole in One", "Larry David Injures Elbow", and "Larry David Never To Play Golf Again". Larry David is one of the show's creators.
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In episode 5.2, Seinfeld: The Puffy Shirt (1993), George (Jason Alexander) tells Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) that his mother, Estelle (Estelle Harris), has never laughed, ever. Later in the episode the point is proven when Jerry attempts to tell her a joke and she's not interested. But in episode 7.15, Seinfeld: The Shower Head (1996), Estelle laughs at Jerry's joke: "Actually I'm drunk." Maybe this is her first time laughing ever.
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Episode 2.2, Seinfeld: The Pony Remark (1991), provides the first sign of evidence of Kramer's (Michael Richards) gambling addiction with his bet with Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) about the 'Levels'.
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It's revealed in episode 7.2, Seinfeld: The Postponement (1995), that Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is not Jewish.
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The following characters testify against the group:

There were also others who testified in deleted scenes:
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Episode 4.16, Seinfeld: The Shoes (1993), saw Seinfeld move from its regular Wednesday time slot to Thursday, airing after Cheers (1982), which was in its final season. The main four characters appeared in a segment that aired during the Super Bowl, advising viewers of the change. There were fears that new viewers of the show would be unaware & confused by the story of Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and George's (Jason Alexander) NBC pilot, but the popularity of the show turned out to be higher than ever.
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Jerry's father makes a comment that his plane tickets are super savers and non refundable. In season 4 episode 12 (The Airport) Kramer buys super savers without knowing they are not refundable which upsets George. Jerry's father also tries to get a doctor to write him a note stating he had a death in the family to receive a discount on airfare. In season 4 episode 19 (The Implant) George does the same thing after his girlfriend has a death in the family.
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Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is not revealed to be a book editor until season two.
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Actor Marty Rackham first appeared as an LAPD officer in episode .2, Seinfeld: The Trip: Part 2 (1992). He appears also in episodes 5.4, Seinfeld: The Sniffing Accountant (1993), 5.21, Seinfeld: The Opposite (1994), and finally 6.13, Seinfeld: The Scofflaw (1995), as an author and boyfriend of Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
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