Seinfeld, the Emmy Award-winning comedy series,
stars Jerry Seinfeld as a stand-up comedian whose life in New York
city is made even more chaotic by his quirky group of friends who
join him in wrestling with life's most perplexing, yet often trivial
questions. Seinfeld, described as "the show about nothing", explores
the mundane situations in life which provide humour when viewed
from afar: things like waiting in line, searching for a lost item,
or the trials and tribulations of dating.
"NBC asked if I had any ideas for
a show, and I said no. They sent me away to think about it. Then,
a month or two later, I bumped into Larry David (co-creator/executive
producer/writer) at one of the clubs in New York and I was telling
him about the meeting. We were walking around near one of those little
Korean fruit stands that they have in New York, buying some late
night groceries, and we were making fun of some of the products there.
Larry said, "You know, this is what the show should be: just two
comedians making fun of stuff, walking around talking. That was the
premise we started with." – Jerry Seinfeld on the birth of Seinfeld.
The pilot of the show called "The
Seinfeld Chronicles", written by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David,
began in 1989. It ran on NBC for the year on Thursday nights after
the hit TV show "Cheers". Since 1990 was the last season
of "Cheers", and the producers at NBC had to find a new
show to replace the popular time slot of Thursday nights at 9:00,
the NBC producers decided that "Seinfeld" would be a big
enough hit to be able to take the spot of "Cheers". After
being renamed to "Seinfeld" in 1990 so then it wouldn't
conflict with another TV show title, it ran right up until the end
of the show in May of 1998 at 9:00 on Thursday nights.
In the summer of 1997 Jerry Seinfeld
announced to NBC and to the world that the 1998 season would be the
last ever season of the show. People were shocked about the announcement.
Many thought that it was too early to end the show. But in Jerry
Seinfeld’s mind, and in the minds of the rest of the cast, it was
time to end it. The main reason given by Jerry Seinfeld for ending
the series is that he wanted to "go out in style" and end the show
when it was still popular. He didn’t want to end the show at a time
when it wouldn’t be remembered, and the 1998 season was a season
that was just as popular as the rest which would definitely be remembered.
The final episode of Seinfeld aired
on May 14th of 1998. It was the most long awaited sitcom finale ever,
with the largest number of viewers of any other sitcom finale ever.
Beating out other popular finales such as Cheers and MASH, with over
50 million viewers. The people involved in the taping of the final
episode had to sign an oath to say that they wouldn’t speak of the
show at all until it aired.
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A brief Seinfeld history:
JULY 5, 1989: Pilot
airs on NBC; it is called "The Seinfeld Chronicles."
MAY 31, 1990: First regular episode
airs; Elaine is introduced.
JUNE 21, 1990: Fifth and final
episode of season is aired.
JAN. 23, 1991:
Series returns as second-season
JAN. 30, 1991: "The
Pony Remark" introduces
APRIL 4, 1991: Elaine
shrieks "Get Out!" for
the first time.
APRIL 18, 1991: Newman
is heard for the first time.
JUNE 26, 1991: 17th
and final episode of season.
SEPT. 18, 1991: First
full season of series kicks off
with "The Note."
JAN. 29, 1992: Newman
is seen for the first time.
FEB. 12, 1992: First
hourlong episode, "The Boyfriend," featuring
Keith Hernandez, Newman and a
parody of "JFK."
MAY 6, 1992: Season-ending
episode features Kramer on "Murphy
AUG. 12, 1992: Season
begins with two-parter that puts
Kramer, George and Jerry in Los
SEPT. 16, 1992: The
character of Susan Ross makes
NOV. 18, 1992: The
phrase "master of your domain" makes
its debut in "The Contest."
FEB. 11, 1993: Another
catch phrase that spread along the phone lines of America: "Not that
there's anything wrong with that."
MARCH 18, 1993: The
world meets "Mulva" in "The
MAY 20, 1993: Season
ends with the pilot for a failed
sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld.
NOV. 4, 1993: Rudolph
Giuliani appears in an episode
linked to the New York City mayoral
election, which occurred two
FEB. 24, 1994: Kramer's
friend Mickey makes his debut.
MAY 19, 1994: George
lands a job with the Yankees,
while Elaine loses her publishing
SEPT. 22, 1994: The
debut of Mr. Pitt.
NOV. 17, 1994: Actor
Jon Voight makes an appearance,
APRIL 27, 1995: Dave
Puddy makes his first appearance.
MAY 18, 1995: Bette
Midler appears in "The Understudy";
J. Peterman makes his debut.
SEPT. 21, 1995: George
and Susan get engaged.
NOV. 2, 1995: "No
soup for you!" -- "The
Soup Nazi" makes his appearance.
JAN. 25, 1996: Series
offers an O.J. Simpson parody,
with Jackie Chiles hollering
in court: "If the bra fits,
you must acquit."
FEB. 8, 1996: Hourlong
episode ends with a "Nixon" parody.
MAY 16, 1996: Susan
Ross dies from licking envelopes.
SEPT. 19, 1996: Eighth
season opens without co-creator
Larry David, the real person
MARCH 13, 1997: Lloyd
Bridges makes his debut as Izzy
APRIL 24, 1997: "Yada,
Yada, Yada", A catchphrase on phone answering service messages was spawned.
SEPT. 25, 1997: Ninth
and final season begins.
NOV. 20, 1997: The
backward episode airs.
DEC. 25, 1997: Seinfeld
announces the demise of the show.
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