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The Parking Space 

Coming from an outing to a flea market in New Jersey, Elaine and George damage Jerry's car when George drives over a large pothole. When they get to his apartment they conveniently find a ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Lee Arenberg ... Mike
Jay Brooks Jay Brooks ... Sid
Maryedith Burrell ... Mother
Shannon Cochran ... Sheila
Zachary Charles Zachary Charles ... Angry Man
Michael Costanza Michael Costanza ... Truck Driver (as Michael A. Costanza)
Mik Scriba ... Cop #1 (as Mike Scriba)
Stan Sellers ... Cop #2
John Christian Graas John Christian Graas ... Matthew
Peggy Lane ... Bystander #1 (as Peggy Lane O'Rourke)
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Coming from an outing to a flea market in New Jersey, Elaine and George damage Jerry's car when George drives over a large pothole. When they get to his apartment they conveniently find a parking space right in front of Jerry's building. As George tries to back in however, someone tries to take the spot by driving in nose first. With neither car able to park, it leads to an all day argument. Elaine meanwhile has to come up with a story about the damage to the car. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1992 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The scenes that take place on the street were really filmed outdoors. The studio audience was seated in a large set of bleachers behind the camera crew. As the day wore on, the darker lighting of the later scenes is a result of the filming taking place much later in the day. See more »

Goofs

Right before George was about to park a car, it was shown that they were in a wide street, with (at least) 3 lanes in their direction. So, later when George and Mike were arguing about the parking space, it doesn't make any sense that a truck driver wouldn't be able to pass around them. See more »

Quotes

Mike Moffit: Man, that Michael Jordan is so phony.
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"What did you do to my car?"
17 December 2008 | by Max_cinefilo89See all my reviews

In the second-to-last episode of its third season, Seinfeld gets dangerously close to crossing the line in terms of how freaking stupid the show's random subjects can get. Needless to say, no concern is necessary: The Parking Space is as excellent as any other thing ever concocted for the series, and this is only Season Three - the real gems appear in the next one.

It all begins with an offhand remark by Kramer (who else?), who tells Jerry his friend Mike said something about him (Jerry, that is) being a "phony". Then Elaine borrows the comedian's car and comes up with an outrageous story about teenage vandals when it starts making funny noises. And last but not least, the second half of the episode is entirely vehicle-centric, as George and the aforementioned Mike argue about a parking space and the whole neighborhood (including Jerry and - ha ha - Newman) joins in on the conversation to provide their view on parking "etiquette".

Being a licensed driver myself, I know how hard it can be to find an empty spot (especially a legal one) to leave your car in, but even that could have made it hard to believe such a mundane topic could have been the narrative center of a large chunk of a TV episode. As always, the gamble pays off because of what the characters say: things that are believable and delightfully surreal at the same time. Plus, Wayne Knight appears. That's never a bad thing.


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