A so-called “show about nothing,” Seinfeld follows the lives of four narcissistic, neurotic New Yorkers unable to form lasting relationships or ever be happy. They include fastidious stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld; Jerry’s pint-sized, rage-filled best friend, George Costanza; Jerry’s ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes; and Jerry’s eccentric neighbor, Cosmo Kramer; along with a wide and varied supporting cast including colleagues, family members and an endless stream of romantic partners.
July 5, 1989-May 14, 1998 (nine seasons, 180 episodes) on NBC
All nine seasons are available on DVD.
Seinfeld is one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, and is often cited as the greatest TV show ever produced. Part of its legend is that it didn’t do well in the ratings at first, debuting during the summer of 1989 as The Seinfeld Chronicles and barely getting picked up for a full season. With the fourth season, ratings started to rise in conjunction with the critical acclaim, and by the sixth season it was the top show on TV. Co-creator Larry David left after Season 7, and the producers chose to end the show after the ninth season, with a finale that was the third most watched in TV history.
Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld
Jason Alexander as George Costanza
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes
Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer
Seinfeld was created by longtime friends Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David as an extension of Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy act, and many of the characters were based on people they knew. David served as executive producer for the first seven seasons, and Seinfeld took over for the final two seasons after David left.