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25 Facts You May Not Know About Seinfeld

Updated on November 17, 2014

Seinfeld Stars

Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Drefus, Michael Richards
Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Drefus, Michael Richards | Source

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#1.

The original plan for Seinfeld was to be a 90-minute mockumentary about how a stand-up comedian obtains his jokes from life. The script was titled "Stand Up" and was going to replace a night's episode of Saturday Night Live, but NBC loved it and preferred it be a pilot.

#2.

The show was not filmed in New York where it took place, but in Los Angeles. Not too shocking or uncommon, but I like to think it all happened in The Big Apple!

#3.

"Festivus", the holiday George and his family celebrate on December 23rd was actually celebrated by one of the show's writers, Daniel O'Keefe, as a child (begun by his father). The made-up holiday almost seems real due to the large Seinfeld fan following!

#4.

Both Jason Alexander and Michael Richards were provided with improperly fitted clothing to give their characters a sense of who they were. George's clothing was one size too small for an "uncool" look, while Kramer's was too big to make him seem care-free.

#5.

The computer in Jerry's apartment is only used twice.

Boy, these pretzels are makin' me thirsty.

-Kramer ("The Alternate Side")

#6.

Kramer is called by a different K name, Kessler, in the pilot. It's later "cleared up" when Kramer corrects Jerry.

#7.

Kramer's character is based on a real-life man named Kenny Kramer, known by co-creator/writer Larry David. Richards and Kramer had not met before Richard's role. Kenny Kramer gives "reality tours" of Seinfeld-based locations in New York City, just like Cosmo Kramer does in "The Muffin Tops" episode!

#8.

George Costanza is also taken from real life inspiration, Jerry's college friend. The real Costanza tried suing Larry David, NBC and Jerry Seinfeld for defamation of character and violation of privacy. From the similarities of George's character, he tried to claim damages, but the case didn't go in his favor.

#9.

Elaine is not in the pilot episode. In that episode, Claire, the waitress at Monk's Café, was intended to be the female character for the series. Elaine took her spot when the show was OK'ed for a full season. Louis-Dreyfus didn't know about the pilot until the DVD set came out in 2004!

#10.

"Not that there's anything wrong with that" was not originally scripted for the episode "The Outing". Jerry decided to include it for social acceptance reasons.

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#11.

Steven Spielberg admitted to watching Seinfeld in attempts to rid his depressive feelings while working on the movie Schindler's List.

#12.

Jerry plays in all 180 episodes, making him the most reoccurring cast member. George plays in all but one ("The Pen"), so it's very close!

#13.

When any of the characters lean out of Jerry's windows, they do so freely, yet on the exterior shots of the building you may notice insect screens in the windows.

Bonus Fact: The exterior building is one in Los Angeles, across from a Taco Bell.

#14.

Kramer entered Jerry's apartment in his wacky manner a total of 284 times.

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#15.

The "Soup Nazi" is based on a Manhattan take-out soup restaurant owner named Al Yeganeh. He's displeased with the nickname (even though it brought him positive attention), and did not accept Jerry's apology. Jerry isn't allowed in his restaurant.

#16.

Jerry utters the phrase "Hello Newman" only 15 times throughout the whole series. (Seems like much more to me!)

#17.

There's a debate about continuous, inconspicuous Superman references, including color schemes, paraphernalia in Jerry's apartment, and dialogue used. Some believe there's even a reference in each episode! Jerry is a fan of Superman, so it would make sense.

#18.

When Kramer's popularity increased, the live studio audience had to be told to tone it down as they were clapping so loudly and excessively upon his entrance. The cast didn't particularly enjoy it as it interfered with their timing.

#19.

There was a "no hugging, no learning" policy for the show, set by Larry David. He was opposed to it containing moral lessons or sentimentality and didn't want the characters to learn from their mistakes and do better.

#20.

A second version was created of the episode "The Non-Fat Yogurt". In it, George's pretend arm spasms is caught by Lloyd Braun. (This episode was to be shown if Mayor Dinkins was re-elected.)

#21.

Jason Alexander didn't have much hope for the show before it aired, explaining to Jerry, "...the audience for this show is me, and I don't watch TV."

#22.

Each episode title is "The ____" , the blank replaced with something from that episode (except for one, "Male Unbonding") because Jerry didn't want time to be wasted by the writers deciding on a clever name.

#23.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was pregnant during filming and the show concealed it with large props. The Nanny referenced this occurrence when Lauren Lane was pregnant.

#24.

The "man hands" that Jerry's girlfriend had in the episode "The Bizarro Jerry" were actually the producer's hands.

#25.

Why Seinfeld lasted 9 seasons: NBC offered Jerry a tenth season for $110 million, but he declined, wanting to be like The Beatles, who lasted 9 years before splitting.

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      2 years ago

      @Thomas J McCabe Thanks for reading and commenting, much appreciated!

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      Thomas J McCabe 2 years ago from Hartford, Connecticut

      Hi H,

      Great article about a great show!

      When Seinfeld was airing in prime-time, I did not watch the show. But in the year 2000 I started watching the reruns every night here in Hartford.

      As the years progressed, I have gotten into the program more and more. Almost 15 years later and I still watch Seinfeld almost every night. Believe it or not, on my phone answering machine message, I ask callers to name their favorite Seinfeld character.

      Your hub is highly informative and entertaining. Yada, yada yada.

      Bravo.

      Thomas