10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “Seinfeld”

Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander in "Seinfeld." Photo by NBC TV/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock (5885737c)

Seinfeld is often described as “a show about nothing.” Regardless, it was one of the most watched TV shows of the 90s. It follows the events and lives of Jerry Seinfeld and his friends. All 180 episodes have a light plot, describing everyday life and situations in New York. But before you go and re-watch this awesome show, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Seinfeld.

The Seinfeld Chronicles

The show was initially called The Seinfeld Chronicles, and it did not receive positive feedback from the audience when it piloted. “The show about two guys in laundromat can’t be funny” – oh how wrong they were.

George Costanza’s Wardrobe

The clothing for George was deliberately smaller in size to enhance George’s role of being perpetually annoyed and less cool.

Elaine’s Father

Elaine’s father, Alton Benes, should have been a recurring role in the show; however, everyone on the set, including the produces, were really scared of him.

Seinfeld’s Obsession

Seinfeld is obsessed with number 9, hence why the show started on at 9 p.m., premiered in 1989 and ended after 9 seasons.

Real Life Kramer

Cosmo Kramer was based on a real-life character named Kenny Kramer, who was even paid $1,000 for the use of his last name on the show.

Elaine Was Almost Fat Shamed

When actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus became pregnant, Jerry suggested that the 8th season should be about Elaine getting fat. Julia burst into tears, and the idea was traded in for merely hiding her pregnancy behind baggy clothes.

Kramer’s Entry

The crew had extra door hinges on standby in case Kramer broke the door during his hectic entry scenes in Jerry’s apartment.

Killing Off Susan

George’s fiancée Susan was killed off bizarrely because the cast had a hard time to establish chemistry with actress Heidi Swedberg.

The Role Of George

Paul Shaffer was originally offered the role of George before Jason Alexander. Seinfeld told Shaffer that there is no audition and the part is his, but he never responded.

Newman’s First Name

Throughout the show, Newman’s first name is never revealed. In one episode, he gives out a business card, but it only contains his last name.