Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Pitch 

NBC executives ask Jerry to come up with an idea for a TV series. George decides he can be a sitcom writer and comes up with "nothing." Kramer trades a radar detector for a helmet, and later Newman receives a speeding ticket.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jerry Seinfeld
... Elaine Benes
... Cosmo Kramer
... George Costanza
... Newman
... Russell Dalrymple
... Susan Ross
... Stu Chermack
Peter Crombie ... 'Crazy' Joe Davola
... Uncle Leo (credit only)
... Cop #1 (credit only)
... Cop #2 (credit only)
... Judge (credit only)
... Dr. Reston - the Psychiatrist
Peter Blood ... Jay Crespi


After finishing his stand up act at the Improv Station, Jerry is approached by two men from NBC who say they would like him to think about a TV show based on his stand up routine. George suggests several ideas to him and then comes up with the answer: he should do a show about nothing. NBC has a bit of trouble with the idea but George takes a liking to one of the executives, Susan. Kramer meanwhile swaps his radar detector with Newman for his helmet. He doesn't tell him it doesn't work leading Newman to get a speeding ticket. Jerry just happens to mention to Joe Davola that Kramer is having a party. He doesn't take the fact that Kramer failed to invite him very well. Written by garykmcd

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16 September 1992 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The scene where one of the NBC execs says he really liked Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) bit about a parakeet flying into a mirror, is mirrored in episode 3.4, Seinfeld: The Dog (1991), as Jerry actually does this bit over the end credits. See more »


Just following the moment Kramer (Michael Richards) calls Newman (Wayne Knight) "Mojambo", you can see Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) laughing and struggling keep a straight face. See more »


Susan Ross: What's the premise?
Jerry Seinfeld: Well, as I was saying, I would play myself, and... as a comedian living in New York, and I have a friend and a neighbor and an ex-girlfriend, which is all true.
George Costanza: Yeah, but nothing happens on the show. You see, it's just like life. You know, you eat, you go shopping, you read, you eat, you read, you go shopping.
Russell Dalrymple: You read? You read on the show?
Jerry Seinfeld: Well, I don't know about the reading. We didn't discuss the reading.
Russell Dalrymple: All right, tell me about the stories. What kind of stories?
George Costanza: Oh, no...
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References The Elephant Man (1980) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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The real beginning of Season 4
24 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

As I said on my review of The Trip I believe that The Pitch/The Ticket is the actual start of Season 4. The Trip felt like a part of a mini series that began with The Keys and ended with Season 4 two part nightmare.

Getting specific with The Pitch/The Ticket, I think this is the perfect start of the season. Being an hour episode (and one of the best in that format) you are given the time to get invested in the arc about Jerry and George writing a sitcom. If they had done the same plot in a half hour episode it would have felt rushed and if they had done half of the plot it would have felt disjointed.

The side story is Kramer and Newman's trade and eventual team up to get Newman out of a legal problem. Wayne Knight is absolutely fantastic in this episode fomenting further on that he is one the best supporting characters in the show. His chemistry with Michael Richards is unbelievable in this episode and their scene in court is priceless.

Along the episode we get a lot of seinfeldisms mainly from the Jerry and George story. Like the "salsa" bit, Jerry screwing it up by telling Davola about Kramer's party, Jerry's telephone talk with TMI, George getting upset because Susan asked him to pay for the vest, Jerry and Uncle Leo's situation. It's the kind of social commentaries we love about the show.

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