Seinfeld

Season 1 Episode 1

The Seinfeld Chronicles

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 05, 1989 on NBC
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The Seinfeld Chronicles
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Jerry is excited that a woman he met on the road is coming to visit him in New York. However, he has a tough time discerning whether her intentions are romantic or platonic.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Incredible pilot

    9.5
    We get to see how Jerry deals With girlfriends, and how unhappy George is about them. Elaine is stuck in the middle.
  • good start

    10
    I love Seinfeld but the pilot was average. With a small but weak plot. Also no Elaine which was odd. Kramer was still good as usual but a little different. The one downfall to the pilot was too much stage time. Its good but only a little is ok. Too much was in the pilot. The comedy was weak. It was nice to see how the style of the show would be. The intro to the chacaters were done well. The odd things were different apartment. The resturant was different also. It was a ok start but could of done better.

    In the end average start to a great show.moreless
  • The show had to start somewhere...

    9.0
    Every show has it's ups and downs. The writers try to see what does and doesn't work. Trial and error has it's place in every show. No pilot is perfect, and this one is no different. The comedic conversations with the waitress that are never to be seen again, the lack of the full future cast (Elaine) as they haven't really been created yet. The rest of the first season is about the same, although it's still entertaining (even though you rarely ever see these episodes aired on television anymore). But hey, for a very small budget and extremely low expectations when it first started, The Seinfeld Chronicles have come a long way.moreless
  • So boring.

    6.5
    I am glad that I was only a year old when this pilot aired. If I began watching it then, I probably never would have continued watching due to the fact that Seinfeld's pilot episode was as boring as it was unfunny. I am surprised that it wasn't axed completely after that. But I must say that it wasn't completely bad. I liked the introduction Kramer and George. The thing that bothered me is how boring the first season was compared to the later ones. Overall, this wasn't a very good episode and barely passed on my scale. In other words, not good. Thank you.moreless
  • As huge of a Seinfeld fan I am, I won't lie. The pilot could have been better.

    7.0
    There are a lot of things that separate this pilot episode apart from the others. This is also a very tough episode to rate for me because Seinfeld is one of if not my favorite show of all-time. Anyways, this episode wasn't horrible, they introduced Jerry, George, and Kramer well and had a pretty good story line. I mean, this episode right here really defines "The show about nothing" because nothing really does happen in this episode, or at least nothing important. I mean, it had a little story to it, but they really had to have one to introduce the characters.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • 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.

    • This is in addition to the one about Kramer not being out of the building for 10 years. The Pilot aired in 1989. This means that Kramer supposedly has not left the building since 1979. However, in episode 34 - The Boyfriend (1), Newman and Kramer tell Jerry and Elaine about the time Keith Hernandez spit on them after a Mets/Phillies game. When, you ask? June 14th, 1987.

    • In this episode, Jerry states that Kramer hasn't been out of the building in ten years. How would Jerry know that? According to the episode "The Betrayal", Jerry has only lived in this apartment building for 11 years and if Kramer hasn't left the building in ten years (from the time this episode was made), that means Kramer has lived there much longer than Jerry has, and Jerry REALLY has no proof of Kramer not being out of the building in ten years. Kramer could have simply TOLD Jerry that, but in all factuality, Jerry cannot prove this. (Pierce15)

    • [fou_original] In the first scene, pay attention to Jerry's shirt. Albeit consistently unbuttoned, the top part of his shirt subtly opens and closes between takes.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • 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!

    • Jerry: Women know what men want,men know what men want. What do we want? We want women!

    • George: (to Jerry) I can't believe you want to bring in an extra bed for a woman who wants to sleep with you. Why don't you bring in an extra guy too?!

  • NOTES (22)

    • 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.

    • The episode title is "The Seinfeld Chronicles" on the Season 1&2 DVD.

    • Initially aired on a Wednesday as a one-time special.

    • There are two versions of this episode: the Original Pilot Version and the Revised Pilot version. Both are included on the Season 1&2 DVD.

    • The series does not have an opening credits sequence. Instead, the lead actor credits play out over a scene. Now commonplace in sitcoms and drama series, this was considered a novelty in 1990 and sparked a debate over the future of opening credits in TV series.

    • On the Superman outfit, George is seen in a later episode, "The Summer of George," loafing in red sweatpants and blue t-shirt/sweatshirt.

    • Jerry had a different apartment number in this episode.

    • Lee Garlington (Claire) was supposed to be part of the original cast, as the friendly waitress who gave advice to the boys about their daily lives (hence why she was in the opening credits, and not Pamela Brull, who played a bigger role in this episode) but was dropped because she was considered boring.

    • In this episode, George advises Jerry that with women you should never go by your instincts, but always do the opposite. He admits not doing so himself, but later follows this tactic to perfection in "The Opposite."

    • The sweatpants are red and the sweatshirt is blue!

    • In this episode, the coffee shop Jerry and George go to is not Monk's. The exterior shot reads "Pete's".

    • Even in the pilot episode, there is a Superman reference. When Jerry sits down to watch TV, he is wearing a bright blue pair of sweatpants, and a bright red sweatshirt.

    • In the first scene of this episode, Jerry comments George about the button on his shirt. He repeats this same comment in the last scene of the last episode! [Editor's Note: Yes, as I mention in the description of the final episode.]

    • In the TV Guide entry for this episode, his character is credited as Hoffman. I assume that this is the way it appeared in the script somewhere along the way. There were probably a number of name changes for this character, while Kenny Kramer was deciding whether or not his name could be used.

    • In this episode, Jerry refers to Kramer as Kessler, because we later learn in "The Betrayal" this was the name on the buzzer for Kramer's apartment. This also discounts the fact that Kramer has sublet the apartment from Paul Buchman from Mad About You in an episode of that series that aired after "The Virgin." I suppose that Buchman could have sublet the apartment to someone named Kessler before Kramer had moved in. As strange as Kramer can be, perhaps he thought it best to not let anyone know he lived there and never changed the name.

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