10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Seinfeld’

During its glorious nine seasons, His field has established itself as one of America’s most popular sitcoms and earned a reputation as a household name. Many may not be aware of the impact His field had on TV. The famous “Show About Nothing” changed our perception of what was acceptable as an entertaining show, and that the rooting for the self-involved characters on the show is more understandable than you might think.

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His field is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms of all time. Many publications such as The Washington Post and weekly entertainment, included it in their list of the best television shows of all time. An estimated 76.3 million viewers watched the last episode of His field, which broke the record in 1998 as the sixth most watched entertainment event of all time. Needless to say, His field revolutionized television and has become an important part of American culture.


Jerry’s Puffy Shirt is located in the National Museum of American History

In the second episode of season five, Kramer’s fashion designer friend convinced Jerry to wear the famous white puffy shirt for his appearance on the Today Show, causing him great embarrassment. The shirt has since become one of the show’s most associated and memorable items.

in honor of the show, Jerry Seinfeld donated the iconic costume piece to the Smithsonian at the National Museum of American History to display alongside other pop culture artifacts such as Mr. Rogers’ sweater (from The neighborhood of Mister Rogers) and the Sesame Street Sign.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus almost didn’t become the female lead on “Seinfeld.”

It may be strange to imagine His field without Elaine Benes (Julia Louis Dreyfus) because she’s such an integral part of the show. Many may be surprised to learn that Louis-Dreyfus wasn’t the original choice for the female lead on the show.

The makers of His field had originally thought of going with Claire (Lee Garlington), the pilot’s waitress, instead take on the female lead.

The opening music was different for each episode

The opening music for His field is such an integral part of the show and something most viewers wouldn’t even think twice about once it’s on. While it may sound like they were all cut from the same track, music composer Jonathan Wolff admits he made each of them individually because he would base them on Seinfeld’s monologue for that particular episode.

In conversation with Vice In 2015, Wolff shared that he would “build each monologue based on that list, that computer printout of his voice and what he said how long it was, … It was a little bit more labor intensive than most other shows because I had to do that opening.” repeat every time. But it was worth it. He created new material. As long as he creates new material, I will do the same and I will create with him.”

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Jason Alexander threatened to leave the show after being kicked out of an episode

Out of His fieldOf the 172 episodes, there is only one in which Jason Alexander – who plays George Costanza – does not appear in an episode called “The Pen”. Since Jerry Seinfeld is the only character on Seinfeld to have appeared in every single episode, it’s understandable why Alexander panicked that being written out of an episode could mean he could be written out of the series entirely and permanently.

“If you do this again, make it permanent,” Alexander said LarryDavid in a 2013 interview with The Television Academy. “If you didn’t need me here every week…I’d just as soon walk back home.” While some might find Alexander’s reaction overblown, it was certainly effective given that he’s starred in every single His field follow since.

The Real Costanza has sued Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David for $100 million

Creators Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld have always maintained that Alexander’s character, George Costanza, was based on David’s character himself. But Seinfeld’s former boyfriend, Michael Costanza, is suing Seinfeld, David and NBC for $100 million over allegations that his likeness was used on the show. Although the court still sided with Seinfeld and David, it didn’t stop Costanza from writing a book with the title The real Seinfeld (as narrated by the real Costanza)who claims he is the basis for the world famous comedy character.

In his book, Costanza compared himself and George Costanza, noting that “George is bald. i am bald George is stocky. i’m stocky George and I both went to Queens College with Jerry. George’s high school teacher gave him the nickname “Can’t Stand You”. Mine also. George had a soft spot for bathrooms and parking lots. I also.”

Kenny Kramer was paid $1,000 for using his name

Kind of true His field Fan would note that in the pilot episode of the series, Cosmo Kramers (Michael Richards) was called Kessler because Larry was David’s real ex-neighbor, Kenny KramerHe was reluctant to have his name used on the show. But finally, after ScreenRantKenny Kramer changed his mind and was only paid $1000 for having his name used on the show.

But since then, Kramer has benefited in other ways, such as with his Kramer’s Reality Tour, a bus tour that lets you do it His field Fans walk around and look at different ones His field Locations. Kramer’s Reality Tour is now in its 22nd year. David and Seinfeld even took inspiration from it and parodied it in one of the episodes of His field, where Cosmo Kramer tries to do a bus tour of the city (but to no avail).

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Lawrence Tierney was to have a permanent role

The actor Lawrence Tierney, who played Elaine’s father’s father, Alton Benes, was originally slated to have a permanent role on the show. According to the cast, they decided to drop him from the show because of his dangerous behavior on set. Everyone on the set felt uncomfortable when Tierney took a knife off the set and slipped it into his jacket.

When confronted about this, Tierney replied that he was trying to make a joke and be funny, and then pulled the knife out of his jacket and impersonated the infamous Psycho Scene. Jason Alexander remembered watching the director Tom Cherones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, telling them, “…that means we’re in the land of the sick now… we’re in really scary territory.”

Susan Ross was intentionally written out of the show

The Death of George’s Fiancé Susan Ross (Heidi Swedberg), whose cause of death was licking the poison glue off cheap poultices, may have seemed abrupt and perplexed to many His field Viewers. Many years later, Jason Alexander finally revealed why that was the case: Neither cast member had comedic chemistry with Heidi Swedberg and always felt their timings never matched. In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Alexander admitted, “I couldn’t figure out how to play her… your instinct to make a scene where there was comedy, and mine, always failed.” And she would do something, and I would say, ‘Okay, I see what she’s going to do – I’m going to adapt to her.’ And I would adapt, and then it would change.”

Later, when Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus shared a few scenes with Swedberg, they finally understood why Alexander always struggled and complained about doing scenes with her. However, Alexander later clarified that he had nothing against the actress and was angry with himself “for retold this story in any way that would detract from it” as it was never his intention.

The Soup Nazi was based on a real person

One of the most famous characters from His field is undoubtedly the soup Nazi. Many may find it hard to believe that a chef would act like this, but Soup Nazi was based on a real soup chef, Al-Yeganeh. In an interview with CNN, Yeganeh calls Seinfeld “a clown” and his use of the “N-word – the Nazi word – is a disgrace.”

When CNN interviewer Yeganeh says, “You’re famous because of him,” Yeganeh instead replied, “No. He became famous because of me. I made him famous.” Yeganeh hates being associated with her His field so much so that he banned the comedian from his soup stand. That means no soup for you, Seinfeld!

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“No hugs, no study” policy

Larry David had one thing in mind when he and Jerry Seinfeld wrote the show: that as the creators and writers of the show and the characters it featured, they needed to maintain a “no hugging, no learning” motto throughout the series from the show. This policy meant they should avoid any sentimentality or situations that would suggest it was time for the characters to change or grow.

In conversation with The AtlanticDavid expressed why he decided to do this: “A lot of people don’t understand that His field is a somber show… When you examine the premises, terrible things happen to people. they lose jobs; someone breaks up with a stroke victim; someone said they need a nose job. That is my sensitivity.”

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