Seinfeld Turns 30: Compiling the Best Advice About Everything from the Show About Nothing
The premiere was three decades ago, but the wisdom remains eternal
The very first episode of Seinfeld was broadcast July 5, 1989.
There’s a lot of digital ink to be spilled over the show’s legacy and impact, but let’s face it: The moment you saw that S-word in the above headline, your mind immediately recalled two things — the show’s theme and about a half-dozen of your favorite lines.
Given that Seinfeld has reached an age where most people come to realize that a little advice from someone with experience can go a long way, it might be appropriate to round up some of the show’s best pearls of wisdom, seasoned with bits of trivia, per the Internet Movie Database. Use it wisely.
Every episode of the series — except “Male Unbonding” — begins with the same “The + [Element of Episode’s Plot]” construction. This was apparently done because Jerry Seinfeld didn’t want the writers to spend too much time thinking of witty titles.
Seinfeld was reportedly inspired to end the show after its ninth season by The Beatles, who broke up after nine years together.
Seinfeld turned down an offer from NBC that would have made him $110 million for a 10th season of the show.
Michael Costanza, Jerry Seinfeld’s friend whom George is named after, filed a $100-million lawsuit against Seinfeld, Larry David and NBC, citing invasion of privacy and defamation of character and asking for damages. The case was dismissed.
Jerry says “Hello, Newman” only 15 times in the entire series.
Initially, Jason Alexander thought the show “didn’t have a chance.” (A particularly George-ian sentiment.) He told Jerry that “the audience for this show is me, and I don’t watch TV.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s character Elaine doesn’t appear in the pilot. She didn’t even know the episode existed until it was released as part of the DVD box set in 2004.
The costume department reportedly gave Michael Richards clothing that was one size too big for him, fitting Kramer’s eccentric looseness. Conversely, Alexander was given clothing too small for him, to make George look uncool and uncomfortable.
Jerry is the only character who appears in the complete series. Elaine is absent from “The Seinfeld Chronicles” and “The Trip (Parts 1 and 2),” Kramer doesn’t show in “The Chinese Restaurant” and “The Pen” and George sits out “The Pen.”
Food was practically its own character in the show, providing a launching pad for Jerry’s musings and all kinds of drama between the characters. How well do you know the food of Seinfeld?