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  • S 9 : Ep 25

    The "Seinfeld" Story

    Aired 11/25/04

  • S 9 : Ep 24

    The Finale (2)

    Aired 5/14/98

  • S 9 : Ep 23

    The Finale (1)

    Aired 5/14/98

  • S 9 : Ep 22

    The Clip Show (2) (a.k.a. The Chronicle (2))

    Aired 5/14/98

  • S 9 : Ep 21

    The Clip Show (1) (a.k.a. The Chronicle (1))

    Aired 5/14/98

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Wayne Knight


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  • show Description
  • 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= 1moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2424)

    • Jerry: Let's face it, a date is a job interview that lasts all night. The difference between a date and job interview is not many interviews is there a chance you'll end up naked at the end.

    • Jerry: I swear, I have absolutely no idea what women are thinking. I don't get it, okay? I… I… I admit, I, I'm not getting the signals. I am not getting it! Women, they're so subtle, their little… everything they do is subtle. Men are not subtle, we are obvious. Women know what men want, men know what men want, what do we want? We want women, that's it! It's the only thing we know for sure, it really is. We want women. How do we get them? Oh, we don't know 'bout that, we don't know. The next step after that we have no idea. This is why you see men honking car-horns, yelling from construction sites. These are the best ideas we've had so far. The car-horn honk, is that a beauty? Have you seen men doing this? What is this? The man is in the car, the woman walks by the front of the car, he honks. E-eeehh, eehhh, eehhh! This man is out of ideas. How does it…? E-e-e-eeeehhhh! "I don't think she likes me." The amazing thing is, that we still get women, don't we? Men, I mean, men are with women. You see men with women. How are men getting women, many people wonder. Let me tell you a little bit about our organization. Wherever women are, we have a man working on the situation right now. Now, he may not be our best man, okay, we have a lot of areas to cover, but someone from our staff is on the scene. That's why, I think, men get frustrated, when we see women reading articles, like "Where to meet men?" We're here, we are everywhere. We're honking our horns to serve you better.

    • George: Ho ho ho, "Had to"? "Had to come in"? Jerry: Yeah, but… George: "Had to come in" and "maybe we'll get together"? "Had to" and "Maybe"? Jerry: Yeah! George: No…no…no, I hate to tell you this: you're not gonna see this woman.

    • George: Listen, your stuff has to be done by know, why don't you just see if it's dried? Jerry: No, no, no, don't interrupt the cycle. The machine is working, it, it knows what it's doing, just let it finish. George: You're gonna over dry it. Jerry: You, you can't over dry. George: Why not? Jerry: Same as you can't over wet. You see, once something is wet, it's wet. Same thing with dead: like once you die you're dead, right? Let's say you drop dead and I shoot you: you're not gonna die again, you're already dead. You can't over die, you can't over dry.

    • Clair: Trust me George, no one has any interest in seeing you on caffeine.

    • George: What, it was purple, I liked it. I don't actually recall considering the button! Jerry: Oh you don't recall? George: Uh no, not at this time. Jerry: Well senator I'd just like to know what you knew and when you knew it.

    • Jerry: If you've got a t-shirt with blood stains all over it maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem right now.

    • Kramer (Kessler): You got any meat? Jerry: Meat? I don't, I don't know, go… hunt!

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    Notes (547)

    • This episode was nominated for the Casting Society of America's 1991 Artios for "Best Casting for TV-Pilot".

    • The character Kessler/Kramer was nominated for the 2005 TV Land Award for "Favorite Nosy Neighbor".

    • Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards (Kramer/Kessler) also worked together in the 1984 TV movie The Ratings Game.

    • According to "Notes about Nothing" Kramer wasn't originally in the pilot episode.

    • Jason Alexander will be receiving the "And" credit.

    • This episode's title was originally known as "Good News, Bad News."

    • The show was supposed to be an hour-and-a-half documentary to fill in for SNL about how a comedian gets his material and would be called "Stand-Up". Jerry never actually wanted a sitcom but he got one and was then called "The Seinfeld Chronicles" then to just "Seinfeld".

    • Not only did Julia Louis Dreyfus not appear in this pilot episode, but she was unaware that it existed. In fact, up until the time of the DVD release, she had never seen it.

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    Trivia (1035)

    • Kramer was called "Kessler" because the real Kramer (Kenny Kramer, not Michael Richards) did not want his name to be in the show. After the pilot, Jerry said to Larry that the name had to be Kramer, because it just sounded funnier, so after a lot of work it finally became Kramer. The coffee shop in which Jerry and George are was not intended to be implied [by viewers] as "Monk's". It has been said that Monk's and Pete's are two totally different shops. That explains why we never see the waitress, Claire, again. (Taken from "Notes About Nothing") The character of Elaine was not cast as of this episode. After the pilot NBC said to Jerry and Larry that they could make four more episodes, but only if they bring in a female character into the cast.

    • Notice that when Jerry's door is open in this episode, there is no door or apartment for Kramer across the hall. It's just a wall with a Cuba picture.

    • Correction to the microphone wire goof, that cannot be a microphone because if it was he would have a big thing in the back of his pants like they do on talk shows. They use boom mics that go above the actors in tv sitcoms.

    • A note on the white lab, I don't think that's Jerry's dog because Kramer takes responsibility for it. When it goes into the bathroom, Kramer says, "Ah, he's getting a drink of water," as if it's his or he's watching it for somebody. Plus, Kramer is with the dog when it enters Jerry's apartment.

    • It was reported that this episode was the least/lowest watched (rating wise) episode in all of NBC's television history.

    • Response to Kramer: Chances are Jerry was making a joke, but when Jerry actually make that comment, Kramer becomes a little uneasy, as if Jerry believes that it's true, but Kramer knows otherwise.

    • This is the 1st episode, we might as well count the way the apartment looked and everything else as goofs. They were just experimenting to get the feel right.

    • In an early episode, George mentions that he has a brother. In later episodes, he mentions that he is an only child.

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    Allusions (234)

    • Jerry: You would still wanna move in here? Elaine: Yes! You don't understand. I'm living with Ethel Merman without the talent. Ethel Merman was an American singer/actress who was often referred to as "The Grande Dame of the Broadway stage". She was best known for her musical theatre performances, but Merman also appeared in a number of TV shows from the 1950s to 1980s.

    • Jerry: Where did you come from? When Jerry asks George this question, George makes a strange hand-clapping. That motion is a reference to the TV-show "I Dream Of Jeannie".

    • Elaine: My apartment is the Actors Studio. The Actors Studio is a membership organization teaching method acting to professional actors. Founded in 1947 and located in New York City, it aims at developing and refining the actors’ skills in an experimental environment. A subsequent television program was derived from it, called “Inside the Actors Studio” and providing in-depth interviews with actors, directors and other artists.

    • Jerry says "He'd clunk our heads together like Moe." This is a reference to The Three Stooges.

    • George: Remember how Quayle looked when Bentsen gave him that Kennedy line? George is referring to the now famous line "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy", spoken by american democratic vice-presidential candidate Senator Lloyd Bentsen to republican vice-presidential candidate Senator Dan Quayle during the 1988 vice-presidential debate.

    • Jerry (to Donna, about her friends who also like the Docker's commercials) Boy, I bet you got a regular Algonquin Round Table there. The Algonquin Round Table was a celebrated group of New York City writers, critics, actors and wits. Gathering initially as part of a practical joke, members of "The Vicious Circle," as they dubbed themselves, gathered for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until roughly 1929. At these luncheons they engaged in wisecracks, wordplay and witticisms that, through the newspaper columns of Round Table members, were disseminated across the country.

    • Jerry: What do you do when a neighbor is making, like, a lot of noise at three o'clock in the morning? I mean, can you knock on someone's door and tell them to keep it down? You're really altering your whole self-image. I mean what am I, Fred Mertz now? Fred Mertz is a character from the sitcom I Love Lucy that aired from 1951 to 1957. The role of Mertz was played by William Frawley.

    • Jerry: (to Kramer, as he rounds up George and Elaine to show them the statue) What's the big hubbub, bub? This is a phrase used on a number of classic cartoon shorts of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, used by such characters as Bugs Bunny, Droopy Dog, and a short man from the draft board trying to catch Daffy Duck for service during WWII.

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  • Fan Reviews (558)
  • Hilarious!

    By TheGoldenAge1, Sep 08, 2015

  • The funniest and wittiest and best TV show in history!

    By jimgriffin, May 22, 2015

  • Laugh over and over again

    By pickleheaf, Mar 20, 2015

  • Simple the best

    By sremnes, Dec 05, 2014

  • best show ever made !

    By jerrycooper, Mar 25, 2014

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