Seinfeld captivated the audience for nine seasons with many classics to choose from. What are the Top 10 episodes of all time?
It’s the show about nothing. Seinfeld premiered on NBC on July 5th, 1989, and ran until May 14th, 1998 for a total of 172 episodes. Needless to say, picking a top 10 was a tough task given how many of those episodes warrant consideration.
The show stars comedian Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes and follows their day-to-day lives living in New York City. The show won 10 Primetime Emmys and is widely considered one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.
It was difficult to narrow down 172, mostly great, episodes to the 10 best but here is the best attempt at doing so. Enjoy.
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10. The Boyfriend (S3 E17)
One of several two-part episodes during its nine-season run, Jerry questions his budding friendship with a man whom Elaine happens to also be interested in. That man just happens to be Mets star, Keith Hernandez, who has an unknowing past with Kramer and Newman.
9. The Bizarro Jerry (S8 E3)
“Jerry, George, Kramer… this is Kevin, Gene, and Feldman”
George gains entry to the “forbidden” city of models with a picture of Jerry’s new manly-hand girlfriend and the story of his recently deceased fiance, Susan. Jerry and Kramer’s relationship is strained when Kramer takes an unpaid “job” that has him up early and working late. Meanwhile, Elaine is dating a man named Kevin, the exact opposite of Jerry. In Kevin’s world, there is Gene, Feldman, and even Fargas, a friendly FedEx employee. Bizarro World.
8. The Abstinence (S8 E9)
“Yea, in six games.”
George begins to access a once dormant part of his brain once he is denied sex because his girlfriend believes she has mono. Seeing the benefits it has on George, Elaine denies intimacy to her “doctor-in-training” boyfriend only to see the opposite impact happen to her as she becomes a tad bit more simple. Perhaps the best scene of the whole episode comes with George instructing then-Yankee, Derek Jeter, how to hit.
7. The Strike (S9 E10)
“A Festivus, for the rest of us!”
Another piece of the puzzle is revealed about George’s upbringing as Frank introduces us to Festivus, his answer to the over-commercialization of Christmas. In addition, George must attempt to fool his aloof boss, Kruger, in order to convince him that The Human Fund exists.
6. The Outing (S4 E17)
“Not that there is anything wrong with that.”
An innocent joke on a pair of eavesdroppers at the coffee shop turns into the supposed outing of Jerry and George. Jerry tries to lessen the collateral damage while George sees it as an opportunity to get out of his relationship…not that there is anything wrong with that.
5. The Soup Nazi (S7 E6)
“No soup for you!”
Perhaps the most recognizable of all Seinfeld episodes, the Soup Nazi was based on a real soup vendor in New York. Jerry must decide between his girlfriend and soup, George struggles to order properly, and Elaine feuds with the eccentric restauranteur who unknowingly gives her an armoire through his friendship with Kramer.
Soup has never been so strict!
— Seinfeld (@SeinfeldTV) December 12, 2019
4. The Contest (S4 E11)
“Are you master of your domain?”
Estelle Harris makes her debut as George’s mother Estelle when she appears in a hospital room after catching her son ogling a glamour magazine. This precarious situation spurns an unorthodox contest between George, Jerry, Kramer, and Elaine to determine who is master of their domain. Of course, the episode is ripe full of temptation for the four including a naked woman across the street, a sponge bathing nurse, and JFK Jr.
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3. The Marine Biologist (S5 E14)
“The sea was angry that day.”
A small white lie from Jerry to a former acquaintance of his lands George in a position where he has to pretend to be a marine biologist. Kramer, on the other hand, is just looking for fun as he hits the beach to fire golf balls into the ocean. Naturally, the two stories intersect as George finds himself “face-to-face” with a beached Whale and an urgent need for a marine biologist.
2. The Race (S6 E10)
“I choose not to run!”
An old high school rival of Jerry reappears as the boss of his latest flame, Lois. In an episode ripe full of Superman references, Lois’ boss, Duncan Myer, the man who controls the means of operation, challenges Jerry to a race to avenge a loss from high school in which Duncan believed Jerry got a head start. Of course, Jerry did get a head start in high school and did once again when the two finally met for a re-race. And, just like in high school, no one noticed but Duncan.
— Seinfeld (@SeinfeldTV) November 12, 2019
1. The Cadillac (S7 E14)
“Look, I got a few good years left. If I want a Chip Ahoy, I’m having it.”
After the highest paying job of Jerry’s career, he surprises his father (Barney Martin) with a brand new Cadillac. However, much to his surprise, the flashy new car cause problems for Morty at the Pines of Mar Gables Phase II, where he sits as Condo Board President. Eventually, Morty is impeached as President after fellow board members accuse him of embezzling funds from the board. Meanwhile, George and Elaine concoct a lie for him to meet Marisa Tomei who, apparently is into short, stalky, funny, bald guys.
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