It stars Jerry Seinfeld playing "Jerry Seinfeld", a character based largely on himself, and is set predominantly in an apartment block in Manhattan's Upper West Side (see Geography of Seinfeld).It features an eclectic cast of characters, mainly Jerry's friends and acquaintances such as Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), George Costanza (Jason Alexander) and Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards).How Jerry Seinfeld Changed Modern Comedy With Seinfeld Are You a Seinfeld Trivia Whiz? Notable only for the following bit of trivia: Lawrence Tierney, who plays Elaine's cranky father, Alton Benes, attempted to steal a butcher knife from the set and mock-threatened Seinfeld with the very real prop when caught in the act. This episode also features the first appearance of Ping, the recurring Chinese-food-delivery-guy character who suffers a bike accident after an encounter with Elaine in "The Virgin." 164. Larry David specifically wrote this episode to satisfy NBC brass's continued demands to get Jerry and Elaine back together, and it's easy to see why the writers’ room was eager to split them up shortly thereafter. Jerry dates a woman who has the surname "Chang" but isn't actually Chinese, which turns into a (possibly accidental) examination of racial stereotypes. " Elaine says when Jerry says he "loves Chinese women." Jerry disagrees, but jokes about Confucius and conflating s now come off as especially dated. Take This Superfan Quiz Talking to the Seinfeld Writer Behind ‘Yada Yada Yada’ and ‘Double-Dipping’ Breaking Down the Multi-Billion-Dollar Seinfeld Economy In the interest of both helping novices prioritize and reminding veterans about forgotten jewels, we've ranked every episode in the series from worst to best. An episode so racially offensive that NBC had to apologize upon its airing, the second-greatest crime that "The Puerto Rican Day Parade" commits is simply not being funny enough. After four seasons spent using George's homophobia as a character flaw, the show wholeheartedly embraces gay panic as a plot device to a nonsensical, largely unfunny degree. "The Deal" packs at least one comedic punch — Jerry's birthday gift of 2 cash to Elaine — but this brief rom-com digression (which includes a seemingly out-of-character coffee-shop convo between Jerry and George about Elaine's sexual prowess) disrupts the considerable creative gains made at this point in the series. The introduction of the story arc where George's parents consider getting a divorce — complete with a cameo from a cape-wearing Larry David, as Frank Costanza's lawyer — provides more laughs than the titular woman. This is mostly a comedown episode following George's rushed engagement to Susan. Elaine singing "Witchy Woman" to her unamused boyfriend Brett is an inspired moment. What begins with George bungling a pilot deal with NBC after staring at the cleavage of the network honcho’s daughter ends with Elaine using her cleavage to manipulate that same boss into resurrecting the deal.
All you need to know about this late-period episode is that most of the characters end up in the dump, and they deserve to be there. Lippman selling muffin tops and donating the bottoms to food banks, Jerry shaving his chest, Kramer's ultra-meta "J. An episode that builds to one specific punch line: A woman Jerry's seeing doesn't want to sleep with him because she doesn't think he's a funny comedian — and not much else. The only episode in the series without the in the title and, arguably of more importance, the introduction of Elaine — even though the episode doesn't give her much to do. Seinfeld mined some dark material over its run, but the central plot of "The Strong Box" — Kramer and Jerry dig up a neighbor's dead parrot to retrieve a key that had been fed to the bird — is impossibly, joylessly grim. Following several episodes where George and Elaine successfully scheme together, it made no sense to build a story around their inability to hang out when Jerry isn’t present. A fairly inconsequential episode about parallel parking and a weird noise in Jerry's car, “The Parking Space” is memorable for its staging: two cars, owned by George and Jerry's friend Mike, respectively, in a diagonal standoff over a spot. George's horrified reaction to his girlfriend Audrey's plastic surgery — which he talked her into — speaks to his despicable core, but there's something ultimately dissatisfying about seeing Kramer end up with her.
Written by: Larry David Directed by: Tom Cherones Broadcasted: November 18, 1992 for the first time.