Originally on NBC (30 mins)
Premiered July 1, 1989
Show Category: Comedy
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...
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
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
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