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Top 5 Underrated Episodes of Seinfeld

Updated on July 27, 2014
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It's not a far stretch to say that Seinfeld is indisputably the least underrated show in sitcom history, having created classic episodes that changed the format of comedy. Episodes like “The restaurant”, “The Parking garage”, and “The Soup Nazi” come to mind. However, while many episodes are lauded for their story lines and one line zingers, there are several episodes that are forgotten and don’t get the praise they deserve (or at least I don’t think so). In any case, here is the list for your liking, or as I already anticipate, your disliking. Feel free to leave your own list on the comments section!

5. The Jacket: Season 2- Ep. 3

We never get to learn too much about Elaine’s family or background before moving to New York City. In this episode we meet her stoic, distant war veteran father who is also a prominent author. It begins with Jerry buying an expensive suede jacket and wears it in the middle of winter, (big no no). He decides to wear the jacket for a dinner with Elaine, her father, and George. Most of the episode takes place in the hotel lobby where George and Jerry are getting the third degree burn from Mr. Benes. The discomfort seethes out of the screen and I always cringe a bit when I watch it. That’s what makes it great. When I can feel the characters’ pain it makes it a better experience when I watch a show. While it might not be considered the best episode of the long running show, it still is commendable.

4. The Subway: Season 3 – Ep. 13

Watching Elaine slowly loose her sanity while her train is stuck in train “traffic” continues to be one of my favorite scenes in Seinfeld history. I think I enjoy it so much because I’ve been caught in that same situation plenty of times. Seinfeld had the ability of expressing the craziness of NYC unlike any other show. Whether it was being stuck in a dingy train like a can of sardines, looking for parking in the city, trying to get to JFK airport in 15 minutes, or preferring uptown over downtown, it really did a great job of creating a realistic setting for its characters. At least for prime time network television.

3. The Pen: Season 3- Ep. 3

“STELLLLAAAAAAAA”

Getting stuck in a senior citizen community for a whole weekend with your ex-boyfriend’s parents is certainly not the way anyone would want to spend their vacation. But it does make for great comedy. In this underrated episode, Jerry and Elaine go down to Florida to celebrate Morty's award ceremony, and plan on going scuba diving. Their plans go awry and both Jerry and Elaine are miserable. By the time the award ceremony comes along, Jerry has to wear glasses to conceal his two black eyes and Elaine is so drugged up on pain killers that she reenacts the ending scene of A streetcar named Desire. This episode had everything in it save George and Kramer. Nonetheless, it holds nothing back.

2. The Kiss Hello Season 6- Ep. 16

“Nobody wants you here! Nobody!”

In this episode, Kramer wants to recreate a utopian society where everyone knows everyone... Yea, I don’t know whose idea of a utopian society that is, but it’s certainly not Jerry’s cup of tea and I don’t blame him. Not only does everyone in the building now know each other, he is forced to the kiss hello. However, his contempt for the kiss hello leads him to become an outcast from the rest of “Mr. Roger’s” neighbors. There is also a great storyline with Elaine and her friend the physical therapist with the 50’s hairdo. It’s a great episode packed with punch lines.

And drumroll! My pick for the best underrated episode goes to the Crazy Joe Davola-centric episode.

1. The Opera: Season 4-Ep. 9

“I like to invite intruders”

Crazy Joe Davola is perhaps my favorite minor recurring character in Seinfeld world. I don’t know why he stopped showing up in later seasons, and was totally forgotten by the last season. In “The Opera” his character crossed boundaries of creepy psychotic stalker that Facebook stalkers of today couldn’t compare to. The whole episode had an uneasiness about it that was very different from the carefree nonsensical storylines that the show was used to and eventually became notorious for as seasons progressed. I absolutely love the scene with Elaine and Davola in his apartment, as it was able to deliver hilarity and fear very well. Whenever I feel cornered by someone, I have the tendency to randomly say "I'm a dayyyyy person" and spray pepper spray in their face before running away. Love this episode or I’ll have Crazy Joe Davola put the kibosh on you!

There you have it! My list for the top 5 underrated episodes of Seinfeld. Do you have your own list? Do you think these episodes are actually overrated? Let me know!

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      Jeph Maystruck 24 months ago from Regina, SK

      Agree with you completely! Though I do love more Seinfeld episodes in general you picked some winners here! Ever try Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"?!? It's the best!!!

      Cheers!

      Jeph

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      Cory A. Bradford 3 years ago from United States

      Great list, I recently made a list of the best episodes of Seinfeld and after reading your list I wish I would have included "The Opera." It's such a great episode and the whole crazy Joe Dovola thing is hilarious. I also love the part when Joe asks Kramer if he's still afraid of clowns. Kramer's reply is priceless!

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      Alex deCourville 4 years ago

      Good list, though I would have also included The Voice. That episode is hilarious.

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      Dennis 4 years ago

      The Opera! Great pick. One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes. Also great to see The Jacket. Loved your list.

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      Maria-Arg 5 years ago from New York City

      First Colony: Yes, that scenes was funny. I believe her father said something like "You're not walking with me and my daughter looking like that." Great scene.

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      First Colony 5 years ago

      You left out the best part of "The Jacket": after it gets wet and Jerry has to turn it inside out. The lining is red and white striped and looks like some sort of carnival barker or circus ringmaster. The look on Elaine's father's face upon seeing him wear it this way is priceless.

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      Maria-Arg 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for commenting Billy! I love Seinfeld, it always gets me through a tough day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great show this was! Thank you for the heads up on these great episodes. I will tune in this evening to watch them now that you have endorsed them.

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      Maria-Arg 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you for taking time to read and comment!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Nice article, welcome to HubPages

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      Maria-Arg 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey, thanks for commenting! Yes, Seinfeld is awesome. I can watch it til this day and it still makes me laugh. The "puffy shirt" and "not gay" episodes are classics! love 'em.

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      mhope324 5 years ago from Ypsilanti, Michigan

      I LOVE Seinfeld too. Got me through crazy sad times. Anyway, all of those shows are great, I think every episode is great, Larry David is a genius, pure and simple. My all time favorite episode is the "Not Gay" episode, where Jerry and George are mistakenly thought of as a couple when they're not : "We're not gay...not that there's anything wrong with that!" and George responding, "No...of course not!" Pure classic television. My other favorite is the "Puffy Shirt" where Jerry screams to Kramer, "but I don't wanna be a pirate!" Genius!! Any hoo, great writing, and welcome to Hub pages!