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 or grow from their wrongdoings.
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.
Jerry Seinfeld turned down an offer from NBC that would have made him $110 million for a tenth season of the show.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Soup Nazi (Larry Thomas) is 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 (Seinfeld: The Soup Nazi (1995)), 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.
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).
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.
Jerry Seinfeld was inspired to end the show after nine seasons by The Beatles, who broke up after nine years together.
The puffy shirt used in episode 5.2, Seinfeld: The Puffy Shirt (1993), is currently placed in the Smithsonian. A doll-sized replica was included with the fifth season DVD set.
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.
In the episode where Elaine dates a man named Joel Rifkin (episode 5.9 Seinfeld: The Masseuse (1993)), 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.
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.
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.
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 did appear with Jason Alexander (in the part of George) in a 1996 promotional spot for MLB All-Star Game balloting.
Kramer's (Michael Richards) famous "I'm out of the contest!" moment was his one hundredth entrance into Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) apartment.
The model of the bike Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) never rides, hanging in his apartment, changes throughout the series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While they are waiting in the Chinese restaurant in episode 2.11 Seinfeld: The Chinese Restaurant (1991), Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) 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.
Kramer's (Michael Richards) line "These pretzels are making me thirsty" is an homage to Jeff Goldblum and his one and only line in Annie Hall (1977), a Woody Allen film. Goldblum's line is famous in movie history for his delivery.
Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), George (Jason Alexander), and 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.
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.
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.
Kramer's (Michael Richards) 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 would create numerous back-up copies of the clothing in case it was damaged during the physical comedy.
In the episode where George (Jason Alexander) thinks someone stole his glasses from the gym locker room (episode 5.3 Seinfeld: The Glasses (1993)), he is eating a bag of Rold Gold pretzels. At the time, Jason Alexander was a spokesman for the product.
Lee Garlington was originally supposed to be a member of the cast, as Claire, the coffee shop waitress who gave Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and George (Jason Alexander) friendly advice. She appeared in the pilot episode, Seinfeld: Good News, Bad News (1989). But when the show was picked up, her character was dropped. According to Jason Alexander, Garlington offended Larry David by re-writing her lines.
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, hence Jason Alexander, who previously had been an actor on Broadway.
An episode titled "The Bet", in which Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) buys a gun from Kramer's (Michael Richards) 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, Seinfeld: The Phone Message (1991).
In early versions of the pilot script, George (Jason Alexander) was originally written as a fellow stand-up comedian named "Bennett".
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).
Many plots of the early episodes were completely based on the episode writer's real-life troubles, including season one, episode three, Seinfeld: The Robbery (1990), season two, episode three, Seinfeld: The Jacket (1991), season two, episode eleven, Seinfeld: The Chinese Restaurant (1991), season three, episode seven, Seinfeld: The Cafe (1991), season three, episode nine, Seinfeld: The Nose Job (1991), and many others.
Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) girlfriend's infamous "man hands" in episode 8.3, Seinfeld: The Bizarro Jerry (1996), were actually those of James Rekart.
Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) 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.
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).
In one of the episodes, Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) 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.
Steve Vinovich, Larry Hankin, and Tony Shalhoub were considered for the role of Kramer. Hankin later played Kramer in the show within the show in season four, episode twenty-three, Seinfeld: The Pilot (1993).
Throughout the series, there are numerous references to Kramer's (Michael Richards) friend Bob Saccamano, but the character is never seen.
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.
Larry David was the original voice of Newman in season two, episode seven, Seinfeld: The Revenge (1991), but Wayne Knight redubbed the voice for syndication.
Jerry Seinfeld received five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, but never won.
The show introduced a character, "Crazy" Joe Davola, the name of an ABC executive producer.
In real life, Jason Alexander does not wear eye glasses, and the ones he wore as George were props.
ABC Entertainment executive Lloyd Braun lent his name to a character appearing in three episodes, season five, episode seven, Seinfeld: The Non-Fat Yogurt (1993), season seven, episode ten, Seinfeld: The Gum (1995), and season nine, episode three, Seinfeld: The Serenity Now (1997), and is an old childhood neighbor and nemesis of George Costanza (Jason Alexander).
Season three, episode seven, Seinfeld: The Cafe (1991), was the first episode to have applause by the studio audience as Kramer (Michael Richards) entered. Interestingly, it happened when Kramer entered the Dream Café rather than Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) apartment.
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).
Elaine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is loosely based on Carol Leifer, a friend of Jerry Seinfeld's, whom he also used to date. She is also based on model Susan McNabb, who was Seinfeld's long-time girlfriend, and Monica Yates, whom Larry David dated.
Rosie O'Donnell, Patricia Heaton, Mariska Hargitay, Jessica Lundy, Amy Yasbeck, and Megan Mullally auditioned for the role of Elaine.
Danny DeVito, Nathan Lane, David Alan Grier, Larry Miller, Kevin Dunn, and Brad Hall were considered for the role of George.
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).
Kramer's (Michael Richards) 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 (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) buys a gun. Kramer's first name was finally revealed to be "Cosmo" in season six, episode eleven, Seinfeld: The Switch (1995).
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.
In the first show, Seinfeld: Good News, Bad News (1989), Kramer's (Michael Richards) last name was Kessler. Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) is 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.
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.
Throughout the run of the series, Kramer (Michael Richards) rarely says "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, Seinfeld: The Subway (1992) Season four, episode five, The Wallet Part 1, Season five, episode two, Seinfeld: The Puffy Shirt (1993) Season five, episode four, Seinfeld: The Sniffing Accountant (1993) Season eight, episode eleven, Seinfeld: The Little Jerry (1997) Season eight, episode seventeen, Seinfeld: The English Patient (1997).
With the exception of episode 1.3, Seinfeld: Male Unbonding (1990), and episode 6.14, Seinfeld: Highlights of a Hundred (1995), every episode started with the word "The".
We learn Kramer is a military veteran in episode 9.14, Seinfeld: The Strongbox (1998). Michael Richards, who plays Kramer, is also a veteran, having been drafted in 1970 and serving for two years in Vietnam.
During the entire series run, Kramer's (Michael Richards) source of regular income is never revealed.
Elaine Benes, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was named after Terry Benes, a friend of Larry David.
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.
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".
Phil Morris planned to star in a spin-off as Jackie Chiles, but the project was stalled.
Although Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) cousin Jeffrey is mentioned several times throughout the series (always by Uncle Leo (Len Lesser)), he never appeared on the show (although he does appear in a deleted scene on the DVDs).
Episode 1.0, Seinfeld: Good News, Bad News (1989), was watched by nearly 11% 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.
The first time Elaine's catchphrase of "Get Out" is introduced is in episode 2.5, Seinfeld: The Apartment (1991). Julia Louis-Dreyfus actually does that shove in real life and the moment was not in the original script.
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).
Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) dancing in episode 8.4, Seinfeld: The Little Kicks (1996), was inspired by the Saturday Night Live (1975) boss Lorne Michaels. Seinfeld writer Spike Feresten started his career as a receptionist at SNL and has said that at a SNL 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."
Tony Shalhoub auditioned for the role of 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.
In his autobiography, Paul Shaffer claimed to have turned down the role of George. He was offered the part due to his resemblance to Larry David, upon whom the character is based.
The famous Seinfeld fictions (George's (Jason Alexander) pseudo career as an architect, the fictional importer and exporter, and the fictional Art Vandelay) are introduced in season one, episode two, Seinfeld: The Stakeout (1990).
Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and George (Jason Alexander) mention having siblings seasons 2 and 3, but neither are ever seen or mentioned again.
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 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 episode 4.11 Seinfeld: The Contest (1992).
In addition to Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) having a sister who is only mentioned once (in season two, episode eleven, Seinfeld: The Chinese Restaurant (1991)), George (Jason Alexander) has a brother who is mentioned only twice in the series: season three, episode fifteen, Seinfeld: The Suicide (1992), (his brother impregnated a woman named Pauline) and season three, episode six, Seinfeld: The Parking Garage (1991) (George's father, mother, and brother never pay for parking). Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) 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, Seinfeld: The Phone Message (1991) (he blurted out secret business information on an answering machine).
In season four, episode six, Seinfeld: The Watch (1992), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is 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.
Newman (Wayne Knight) was originally written as the African-American son of Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) landlord. William Thomas Jr. was cast, and a scene featuring him was filmed, but it was deleted. Tim Russ also auditioned for the role.
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.
In Seinfeld: The Bizarro Jerry (1996) during the scene in Kevin's (Tim DeKay) apartment, you can see "Bizarro Superman" in the background.
Heidi Swedberg (Susan) initially thought she was going to be playing Kramer's (Michael Richards) love interest. It wasn't until midway through the fourth season that she realised it would be George (Jason Alexander), not Kramer.
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.
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.
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.
In the series finale, Kramer (Michael Richards) suggests that he, George (Jason Alexander), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld) do a musical such as "Bye, Bye, Birdie" or "My Fair Lady". Jason Alexander, who plays George, starred in Bye Bye Birdie (1995) as Albert Peterson.
Kramer's (Michael Richards) 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.
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.
Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) 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.
In season three, episode six, Seinfeld: The Parking Garage (1991), George (Jason Alexander) is leaning up against a car with the license plate BIF725. Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld) often refers to George as Biff. This is an homage to Jeff Loman from Death of a Salesman, to whom Jerry compared George in another episode.
Newman, played by Wayne Knight, was the only major character known by just one name.
Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) tells a polygraph examiner that his address is 129 West 81st Street.
In Massillon, Ohio, there is a restaurant called Kosmo, named after the Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) character. 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 (Jason Alexander), posing half naked in his underwear, is hanging up in the lady's room.
Although Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) uses Apple computers throughout the series, he has various IBM-PC Microsoft office products (Word, Excel, MS windows) on his desk next to his computer.
Alec Berg, played by Mark DeCarlo, a character that Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) says has a great John Houseman name, is the name of a producer on the show, Alec Berg.
The building used for the exterior shots where Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) works is 600 Madison Avenue in Manhattan, between 57th and 58th streets.
A testament to the show's influence was the word "sponge-worthy", the catchword from episode 7.9, Seinfeld: The Sponge (1995), being used later in a Budweiser commercial.
Michael Richards auditioned three times for the role of Kramer. Then-NBC President, the late Brandon Tartikoff, was present for the final one.
Over the course of the entire series, Kramer (Michael Richards) entered Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) apartment almost 400 times.
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.
Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) apartment number is 5A. Kramer's (Michael Richards) apartment number is 5B. Newman's (Wayne Knight) apartment is 5E.
Several movies can be seen on Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) stereo shelf, including Child's Play 2 (1990) and Wayne's World (1992) in the later seasons.
As Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) 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.
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 films, New York Stories (1989) and Radio Days (1987).
As for acting Emmys, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus won awards, while nominations went to Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Jerry Stiller, Bill Erwin, Judge Reinhold, Marlee Matlin, Larry Thomas, and Lloyd Bridges.
We find out in Seinfeld: The Dog (1991) that Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has lived in New York City since 1986.
Ron Howard's brother, Clint Howard, played the role of the car thief in episode 4.2. Seinfeld: The Trip: Part 2 (1992). Their father, Rance Howard, made two appearances in the series - episodes 5.3, Seinfeld: The Glasses (1993), and 7.20, Seinfeld: The Bottle Deposit (1996).
Director Tom Cherones and writer Larry Charles both left the show after season five.
In retrospect, most critics and fans agree that the episode "The Chinese Restaurant" in Season Two is the first episode to truly embody the concept of "a show about nothing". Interestingly, the NBC execs 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.
Initially there was a plan to turn Kramer (Michael Richards) 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.
In Seinfeld: Male Unbonding (1990), the character Elaine is sleazily hit on by Jerry's unstable "friend", Joel (Kevin Dunn ). Twenty-two years later, Kevin now plays the role of Ben Cafferty in the show Veep (2012), as an advisor to the title character Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Paul McCartney was a massive fan of the program and wanted to appear in an episode. For unknown reason, the writers didn't make it happen.
Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) middle name is Marie. George's (Jason Alexander) middle name is Louis. Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) real first name is Jerome and his middle name is Allen.
In the 1970s, Larry David & 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 (Kramer). In the mid-80s, he was hired as a writer on SNL and met Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine). Jason Alexander (George) was the only regular Seinfeld cast member he hadn't met before.
Bob Sacamano is a fictional friend of Kramer (Michael Richards). He is never seen but is 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: 2.8 Seinfeld: The Heart Attack (1991) (due to malpractice in a hernia operation now sits in a chair by the window repeating "My name is Bob") 3.2 Seinfeld: The Truth (1991) (was once in a mental institution where electroshock therapy had no effect) 3.16 Seinfeld: The Fix Up (1992) (works in a condom factory & gives Kramer defective condoms 5.3 Seinfeld: The Glasses (1993) (once contracted rabies) 7.19 Seinfeld: The Calzone (1996) (once was Kramer's house guest for a year & a half) 8.6 Seinfeld: The Fatigues (1996) (throws a party but Elaine gets the invitation late) 8.8 Seinfeld: The Chicken Roaster (1996) (once sold replica Russian hats made of nutria in Battery Park) 8.14 Seinfeld: The Van Buren Boys (1997) (Kramer is on the phone with him when he realises he has to return a pair of pants, but while wearing them on the way to return them, falls into a puddle, ruining them) 9.15 Seinfeld: The Wizard (1998) (Bob's father provides poorly-made "Willard" tip calculators) 9.20 Seinfeld: The Puerto Rican Day (1998) (made a fortune through coming up with the idea of the rubber band for toy paddles with the ball & rubber band)
Signs in Frank's (Jerry Stiller) 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
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 episode 9.20, Seinfeld: The Puerto Rican Day (1998). At one point, security had to be increased because of death threats.
There was enough material recorded for episode 9.22, Seinfeld: The Finale (1998), to fill three half-hour episodes. In the end, the full show runs 55 minutes, the longest episode in the show's nine-year history.
The first DVD releases of the show (November 23, 2004) were the first DVDs to be released under Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's new name, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) has a copy of the computer game Red Baron (1990) next to his Mac.
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.
In episode 9.8, Seinfeld: The Chicken Roaster (1996), Kramer (Michael Richards) lies in Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) 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 the chicken he was chewing into it. In real life, Richards is a vegan.
One of the very few long running TV roles for Jerry Stiller in which his wife and comedy partner Anne Meara does not make at least one guest appearance with him.
Jerry Seinfeld has stated he credits the phrase "These pretzels are making me thirsty" from episode 311, Seinfeld: The Alternate Side (1991), as the first of Seinfeld's many catch-phrases.
Michael Costanza, the friend of Jerry Seinfeld's who was the basis for the character of George (Jason Alexander), had a cameo appearance in episode 3.22, Seinfeld: The Parking Space (1992).
Doris Roberts, from Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), was considered for the role of Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) mother.
Roger McDowell appeared as himself in episodes 3.17 Seinfeld: The Boyfriend (1992) & 3.18, Seinfeld: The Boyfriend (1992). 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 very public problems at the time. Keith's other friend & teammate, McDowell, got the job instead.
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 (Jason Alexander) was a "loser" and a "wimp", that Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) everyday life was "boring" and his character "powerless", "dense" and "naive" and that Kessler (Kramer's original name) (Michael Richards), although sometimes "mildly amusing", was also underwhelming. They found the story lines 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".
Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and George (Jason Alexander) had both parents on the show, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) had only a father, and Kramer (Michael Richards) had only a mother appear. Uncle Leo, played by Len Lesser, was Helen Seinfeld's (Liz Sheridan) brother.
The late Charles Durning, Carl Reiner, Edward Asner, Abe Vigoda, and Alan Arkin all auditioned and failed to land the role of Frank Costanza.
The fake J. Peterman's first name is Jacopo which was taken from the name of a pizza joint writers Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer used to order from all the time.
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.)
In the episode "the gum" in Season 7, the name of the cashier of Monks Diner is revealed to be Ruthie Cohen. This is the actresses real name.
The pilot episode, Seinfeld: Good News, Bad News (1989), 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 6 shows. The renamed 'Seinfeld' lasted 9 years.
Jerry Seinfeld drew some of his material from Laurel and Hardy (Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy), but has always maintained Abbott and Costello (Bud Abbott & Lou Costello) were the biggest influence on him.
Only one consistent trait of Kramer's (Michael Richards) character remained after the pilot. His constant appearances in Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) apartment. His dog mysteriously disappears, he's no longer agoraphobic, his Reverend Jim mannerisms were dropped and his hairstyle changed dramatically.
Any time Kramer (Michael Richards) supports "anti-authority" views, that's the work of Larry Charles who does believe in those "alternate truths".
In episode 5.1 Seinfeld: The Mango (1993), Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) is seen wearing a blue & white Queens College T-shirt, and in episode 5.8 Seinfeld: The Barber (1993) he wears a cap from the same college. In real life Jerry 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/songwriter Paul Simon.
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 & image and requested he stop. Of course Cochran was later found guilty of beating his wife and represented O.J. Simpson on his double murder trial.
Throughout season eight, a new magnet can be seen on Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) fridge. It's a miniature reproduction of the cover of Action Comics #1, the comic book that introduced Superman.
In Seinfeld: The Pothole (1997), the audience learns that Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) lives on the south side of West 86th St.
Carol Leifer is a writer & producer on the show. Leifer & Jerry Seinfeld dated prior to Seinfeld, and she was the basis for Elaine. She has three cameos during the series, in episodes 6.16, Seinfeld: The Kiss Hello (1995), 7.7, Seinfeld: The Secret Code (1995), and 7.22, Seinfeld: The Secret Code (1995).
Michael Richards (Kramer) & Larry David previously worked together on Fridays (1980).
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 makes an appearance in the episode 6.17, Seinfeld: The Doorman (1995), as The Doorman.
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 setups and punchlines .
Since her appearance on the show, Athena Massey, who played Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) pea-picking girlfriend in episode 7.1, Seinfeld: The Engagement (1995), (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.
In Seinfeld: The Bizarro Jerry (1996), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus ) is friends with Kevin, played by Tim DeKay, who is the exact opposite of Jerry. 12 years later, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tim DeKay's characters are dating in The New Adventures of Old Christine: Rage Against the Christine (2008). This time, Christine (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) wants to prove that her boyfriend (played by Tim DeKay) is psychotic.
Co-creator of the series Larry David was given a $20,000 bonus by Castle Rock and was promoted to executive producer for his work on episode 1.2, Seinfeld: The Robbery (1990).
In real life a couple of porno films have been inspired by the show. The Bet is an adult version of episode 4.11, Seinfeld: The Contest (1992). Another adult film to have been made is titled "Heinfeld."
A The Three Stooges calendar is seen hanging on the wall next to Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) kitchen throughout the first season.
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 Seinfeld. That's how Lloyd Braun (played by Peter Keleghan) became a character in episode 5.7, Seinfeld: The Non-Fat Yogurt (1993).
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.
David Mandel, a writer on the series, described writing a Seinfeld episode as "the modern equivalent of a Shakespeare sonnet".
One summer, Jerry Seinfeld and some of the writing staff would go 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, AKA "Schmoopie", in episode 7.6 Seinfeld: The Soup Nazi (1995). Jerry paid for the damages.
The series Dharma & Greg (1997) once gave a nod to Seinfeld 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 Seinfeld.
For the majority of the series, Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) apartment number is 5A (and is shown at least once as 3A). This apartment number is indicated in black letters and numbers on the apartment door. However, in episode 1.3, Seinfeld: Male Unbonding (1990), Jerry's apartment number is 411, indicated in gold-colored metal numbers next to the door. Something else, also gold-colored metal, is mounted on Jerry's door instead.
The same year Jason Alexander began portraying George, he won a Tony Award for his work in Jerome Robbins' Broadway.
A picture of Jerry Seinfeld father can be seen on the wall next to his apartment door.
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.
Amazingly, this mega-hit series won the Emmy for best comedy series only once in its 9-year run.
Seinfeld was nominated for the 2004 TV Land Award for Favourite Instrumental Theme Song.
Initially there wasn't a bedroom set for Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) apartment. One was made for the second season. This explains why Jerry's bed is in his front room for one scene in episode 1.1, Seinfeld: The Stakeout (1990).
Before becoming a writer for TV, 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 Seinfeld until its second season as during the first season he was writing for The Arsenio Hall Show (1989).
Episode 8.22 was inspired by true events. Writer Alec Berg had a crush on actress Dylan Tays, who plays Jerry's blonde girlfriend in episode 7.19, Seinfeld: The Calzone (1996). 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 story line in the season eight finale, Seinfeld: The Summer of George (1997).
The character of Rabbi Kirschbaum is named after writer Bruce Kirschbaum and evolved from a sketch on Fridays. Bruce Kirschbaum & 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.
"The Mom and 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 film. Jon Voight starred as himself in one episode, Bob Balaban starred in multiple episodes as an NBC executive, and Dustin Hoffman is mentioned in an episode, where an acquaintance of Elaine makes a bet whether he had starred in Star Wars.
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's mother, Judith LeFever Bowles, and Judith's second husband, L. Thompson Bowles.
Matthew Perry's (Chandler in Friends (1994)) stepfather, Keith Morrison, plays the role of a newscaster in two episodes: 4.1 Seinfeld: The Trip: Part 1 (1992) and 4.2 Seinfeld: The Trip: Part 2 (1992).
Throughout the series Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) dates three actresses who go on to star in Desperate Housewives (2004). Teri Hatcher Teri Hatcher played the role of Sidra in episodes 4.19 Seinfeld: The Implant (1993), 4.23 Seinfeld: The Pilot (1993), and 9.22, Seinfeld: The Finale (1998). Brenda Strong played the role of Sue Ellen in episodes 7.12 (Seinfeld: The Caddy (1996), 7.20 Seinfeld: The Bottle Deposit (1996), 8.9 Seinfeld: The Abstinence (1996), and 9.8 Seinfeld: The Betrayal (1997), and Marcia Cross played Dr Sara Sitarides in episode 9.7, Seinfeld: The Slicer (1997).
The characters of Elaine and Kramer are not Jewish, but in real life, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is.
In Seinfeld: The Money (1997), Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) 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 is 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).
Susan Ross, played by Heidi Swedberg, worked for NBC, but after she gets fired, we're never told what her job is.
George (Jason Alexander) references the Home Alone (1990) films in episode 4.20, Seinfeld: The Junior Mint (1993). Notable actors from those films who have appeared on this series include Rob Schneider, Bill Erwin, Larry Hankin and Mark Beltzman.
During the first season, despite being a Mets fan, a Yankees cap can be seen on Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) bookcase.
There are two errors in the end credits of two season three episodes. In episode episode 3.1, Seinfeld: The Note (1991), Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) dentist friend, Roy (Ralph Bruneau), is erroneously referred to as Lloyd, which was the character's original name.. In episode 3.5, Seinfeld: The Library (1991), Sherry Becker (Cynthia Szigeti), Jerry's high school crush, is mistakenly listed as Sandy.
Elaine Pope was the first female writer on the show to have a script turned into a proper episode. Seinfeld: The Truth (1991) was the second episode of the third season. Pope previously worked with Larry Charles, Larry David and Michael Richards on Fridays (1980).
Kramer (Michael Richards) enters Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) apartment nine times in the first season.
Was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the "Best of Television 1996" at position #2 in their year end review issue dated December 23, 1996.
Jane Leeves initially auditioned for the role of Rava, a chain-smoking Finnish author in episode 2.6, Seinfeld: The Statue (1991). The part of Rava was given to Nurit Koppel and Leeves was later cast as the virgin Marla for four episodes.
Bill Erwin who played Sid in episodes 4.18 Seinfeld: The Old Man (1993) & 4.23 Seinfeld: The Pilot (1993), played a character named Kramer in a The Twilight Zone (1959) episode, The Twilight Zone: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (1961). Donald Bishop, who played (Dr Allenwood in episode 4.19, Seinfeld: The Implant (1993), played a character named Kramer in a Baretta (1975) episode, Baretta: The Sky Is Falling (1977).
Kevin Dunn, Jerry's "self-involved", obnoxious friend Joel in episode 1.3 Seinfeld: Male Unbonding (1990), is the brother of Nora Dunn from Saturday Night Live (1975). He originally auditioned for the role of George.
Disc one of the box set contains a couple of errors in the Notes About Seinfeld feature. In episode 1.1 Seinfeld: The Stakeout (1990), it is noted that John Mellencamp dropped the "Cougar" from his name in the mid-1980s. This is false - he drop it until 1981 to coincide with the release of his album "Whenever We Wanted." For episode 1.3 Seinfeld: Male Unbonding (1990), Andy Kaufman's surname is twice misspelled with two "f"s instead of one.
Brian George (Babu Bhatt from Seinfeld: The Cafe (1991) and Seinfeld: The Visa (1993)), Armin Shimerman (Stan from Seinfeld: The Caddy (1996)) and Sab Shimono (The Japanese Executive from Seinfeld: The Checks (1996)) all appeared in Blind Date (1987), together in the same scene. Timothy Stack (Dwayne from Seinfeld: The Glasses (1993)) also appeared in the same film.
In a list appearing Spectrum issue #22, dated April 2000 of the best TV series of the 1990s, John Thorne ranked this show as #5.
Three guest stars have worked with director John Landis. David Naughton (who appeared in the episode Seinfeld: The Red Dot (1991), worked with Landis on An American Werewolf in London (1981). Peter Riegert (who appeared in Seinfeld: The Finale (1998)) and Mark Metcalf (who appeared in Seinfeld: The Maestro (1995)) worked with Landis on National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Oscar (1991).