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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 5, 1989
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
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79

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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 125 Ratings

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  • Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan
  • Summary: This is a show about nothing; however, for a show about nothing, this show has many complex plots, sub-plots, is very well written and put together. So much so that until the public caught onto the series, the television critics were responsible for helping to keep it alive. The critics further went on and made the series victorious in every category it was eligible for in the 1st Annual American Television Awards. Seinfeld has also won a few Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award for 1992 and many more. Many of the early episodes were based on the life experiences of series co-creator, Larry David. Stories such as The Stock Tip and The Jacket really happened, as did many others. Across the hall from Larry lived a man named Kenny Kramer, who aside from the physical comedy aspects, lives the life of TV Kramer. Find out all about him at the real Kramer's web site. Some aspects were based on Jerry's life. Jerry's real address in NYC when he was struggling comic was 129 W. 81 St., this is the address used for his building in the series. In the series, Jerry lives in apartment 5A, Kramer in 5B. Viewer Jason Dean Vaupel notes that in a couple of episodes of the second season, Jerry lives in apartment 3A. And Newman's apartment has usually been 5E, but viewer Jeff Holland notes that it sometimes is 5F and that 5E was rented out to someone else as already noted in the episode, The Conversion. Their building is called The Shelley according to viewer Kipp Teague whose discerned that from the awning on the building. However, that building is actually located in Los Angeles, the building at the real address in NYC is much different. Jeff Holland also notes that The Shelley has no visible fire escapes, but there is one outside of Jerry's window. Other aspects are composite of both lives. For example, Elaine's character is half based on Jerry's ex-girlfriend Carol Leifer. Carol joined the production staff in the 5th season. An ex-girlfriend of Larry David's, named Monica Yates, whose father was a noted writer in the other half of the Elaine equation. Larry David once wore a suede jacket that got wet while meeting her father. Another viewer, Bobby Bank, notes that a tribute to Jerry's father is seen in occasional episodes. Jerry's father, named Kal, worked in the sign business, so occasionally in the background you may see a sign that says Kal's Signs. Bobby stated in a trade magazine for the sign industry called Signs of the Times that he... Quote:
    had the pleasure of meeting and working with Kal in the early 70s when we were producing Jewelite (Bobby's company) letters for him. I remember Kal saying, 'Bobby, you should meet my son Jerry. He's a real funny guy.'

    Viewer Robert Buchanan also reminds me that it is ironic that Jerry's father's name is Kal, and Superman's real Kryptonian name is Kal-El.

    Most every episode takes place in Jerry's apartment; however, there are (of course) a few exceptions: The Chinese Restaurant, The Pen, The Parking Garage, The Subway, The Limo, The Airport, The Movie, The Hamptons, The Merv Griffin Show & The Dealership. While no activity occurs there, an empty apartment is shown in The Puerto Rican Day.

    First Telecast: July 5, 1989

    Last Telecast: May 14, 1998

    Episodes: 180 Color Episodes + 1 Special

    Ratings History
    Season 1= Not in the Top 30
    Season 2= Not in the Top 30
    Season 3= Not in the Top 30
    Season 4= 25
    Season 5= 3
    Season 6= 1
    Season 7= 2
    Season 8= 2
    Season 9= 1
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Joss Whedon, J. Michael Straczynski, Ann Donahue
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jul 5, 1989
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Feb 21, 2013
    100
    This is just the kind of amusingly off-center comedy now missing from NBC's lineup, one of those rare, delightful meshings of concept, cast and execution, with producer Tom Cherones providing inspired direction. Nothing is forced. [31 May 1990, p.F9]
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Feb 21, 2013
    83
    The weakest aspect of Seinfeld is a wacky next-door neighbor played by Michael Richards. Richards is doing little more than an impersonation of Christopher Lloyd's Jim on Taxi, and he ought to cut it out.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Kubasik
    Feb 21, 2013
    80
    Seinfeld's gentle humor is easy to take. Unlike other current comedians, such as Andrew Dice Clay or Sam Kinison, Seinfeld isn't angry: He's more awed by the wonder of it all. [13 May 1990, p.13]
  4. Reviewed by: John Engstrom
    Feb 21, 2013
    80
    The writing - so thankfully different from the hammering rhythm of most sitcoms - comes from Seinfeld and Larry David ("Saturday Night Live"). [31 May 1990, p.C5]
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Feb 21, 2013
    80
    One weak link is fellow stand-up comic Michael Richards as Seinfeld's wacky neighbor. He isn't wacky or neighborly enough; it just doesn't work. But he's in the minority where "Seinfeld" is concerned. You may not convulsively guffaw, but you're bound to convincingly smile. Here's one that worked out just right.
  6. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 21, 2013
    80
    Funny. The characters, even the hip comic star, become likable very quickly. Despite yourself, you'll be laughing before the first commercial. [31 May 1990, p.C11]
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 21, 2013
    40
    Lacking much in the way of attitude, the show seems obsolete and irrelevant. What it boils down to is that Seinfeld, likable as he may be, is a mayonnaise clown in a world that requires a little horseradish. [31 May 1990, p.3D]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jun 4, 2012
    10
    Seinfeld is hands down the best comedy series that ever lived. Most people would agree with me that it completely changed the way comedies were done as well as being one the funniest shows you could ever watch. Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David are geniuses! Go. Watch. This. Show. Every Episode. Expand
  2. Aug 16, 2011
    10
    This show is absolutely the best sitcom ever made, EVER! Larry David is a mastermind, as well as Jerry Seinfeld. These two men are possibly the two funniest men alive. Their jokes are rediculously funny and satirical, as we as the viewers can relate to the situations characters such as George Costanza find themselves in, because it is about "nothing" and just extremely trivial things, that keep you laughing and laughing until you pass out. It is so funny because it takes everyday situations and uses characters such as George to make fun of these funny and interconnected situations of everyday life. As well as throwing in Jerry's smart jokes, Elaine's sexy personality, as well as Kramer and his classic door entrances and extremely rediculous ideas, you have yourself an excellent television show which is definitely the best show I've ever seen and will probably ever watch on television. Anyone who does not love this show should be ashamed at their lack of sense of humour. Expand
  3. Jan 12, 2011
    10
    Funniest show I've ever seen, bar none. I can still watch the re-runs over and over. I use a phrase or analogy from the show it seems like every day at work. I think an under-appreciated aspect of this show is all the star (or at the time soon to be star) cameos. Courtney Cox, James Spader, Jane Leeves, Kathy Griffin and Teri Hatcher to name a few. Also hardly any cussing needed so can even watch with kids in the room without cringing too much. Most of the sexual humour while obvious was subtle at the same time. Expand
  4. Feb 12, 2013
    10
    This show is a classic. The comedy keeps working perfectly even after 20 years. The impact that this show has had in the popular culture is outstanding and the characters are just memorable. Seinfeld is unique and it has never been able to replicate as it happened with Friends and the formula that a lot of shows started copying. Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2012
    10
    One of the best shows of all time. Classic.
  6. Aug 18, 2010
    10
    This show is the best show ever! (That is not animated). Also their jokes are SO halarious, I needed to buy more seasons of this show!! Even the theme song is entertaining!! I need to see it more and more! Even though the show is about nothing, it means everything to everybody! A BEST SOLID 10/10! Expand
  7. Dec 29, 2012
    7
    I actually do like many of the Seinfeld episodes, but I feel the show as a whole is overrated. The first season was atrocious. And I couldn't stand the Jerry character, nor his parents. All three were so uninteresting and not amusing. Elaine and George make the show. They're both genuine and crazy (and genuinely crazy). Kramer tries way too hard, but in his own way he makes his eccentricity convincing and usually comical. Was it a very funny show? Yes, usually. But is it deserving of 10 stars? No, I think it sits behind other great comedy sitcoms such as Friends. Expand

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