Jerry Seinfeld had a hard time choosing his favorite episode of the 90s sitcom Seinfeld when asked in an online forum, so he picked six.
The comedian’s namesake series aired for nine seasons, beginning in 1989. Over the years, he and co-stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander created some of the most iconic storylines and jokes in sitcom history.
What’s interesting, but not uncommon, is that Jerry hasn’t watched his series since it concluded in 1998. While talking on Access Hollywood in 2016, he likened past projects to his high school yearbook and said, “When you have a very intense, intimate experience with something, and you get through it, then you can’t. You just can’t [revisit it].”
Despite going over two decades without catching any of the 173 Seinfeld installments, Jerry still remembers the six he enjoyed most, however—The Marine Biologist, The Pothole, The Yadda Yadda, The Contest, The Rye and The Soup Nazi.
Jerry Seinfeld Prefers the Episodes that Starred Him
Jerry talked about his favorite Seinfeld episodes during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session in 2015. Initially, he said, “I liked the ones that I was in. I felt I brought a certain something to it.” (He was in all of them if you missed the joke). But then he got down to it and detailed what he loved about some of the chosen few.
When it came to The Pothole, Jerry recalled how “fun” it was to “set Newman on fire.”
“He screamed, ‘Oh, the humanity,’ like from the Hindenburg disaster. It’s one of my favorites,” he laughed.
The Marine Biologist holds a special place in his heart because he thinks it’s the best story idea he had throughout the entire series. Jerry co-wrote Seinfeld with Larry David.
The Season 5 episode saw George pretending to be a marine biologist. While acting as a fraud, he found a golf ball that Kramer had hit from shore stuck in a whale’s blowhole.
“Believe it or not, we were doing both of those stories without seeing any connection that Kramer was gonna hit golf balls at the beach, and George was gonna be pretending to be a marine biologist. And it was in the middle of the week that it suddenly hit me of a way to connect the two stories,” he explained. “So, I think that’s probably the best joke I ever thought of on the series.”
In all, Jerry Seinfeld was simply proud of his entire 10-time Primetime Emmy winner, though. So choosing his favorite episodes felt like choosing a favorite child.
“I love when people say “regift” or “giddyup”, or “yadda yadda,” he shared. “The real and spectacular…I was a very big fan of the show.”
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