15 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About 'Seinfeld'
Everybody’s favorite “show about nothing,” is widely regarded as the best television series of all time (and for good reason). Seinfeld was not only hilariously clever and true to life, but its groundbreaking tone and subject matter helped set the trend for modern sitcoms.
Like many of you, we assumed we knew everything there is to know about our four favorite buddies from New York. However, after some research, we realized how wrong we were. The crazy facts we discovered about this show are jaw-dropping. So, grab a Festivus pole and your favorite puffy shirt, because these facts are absolutely “sponge-worthy.”
1. The building the producers of the show used as Jerry’s New York apartment isn’t even located in New York! The apartment we see in those classic exterior shots is actually located in Los Angeles.
2. Casting Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine wasn't an easy choice. She had to compete with other talented actresses like Patricia Heaton, Megan Mullally, Rosie O’Donnell and Mariska Hargitay who also auditioned for the role.
3. Even though it seemed like it happened every episode, Jerry only says “Hello, Newman” a total of 16 times throughout the entire run of the show.
4. The TV Land Network pulled all their programming when the Seinfeld finale aired back in 1998. In its place, they broadcast a picture of a closed door. Talk about respect!
5. Jason Alexander is the only actor of the main cast to never win an Emmy. He does, however, have a Tony Award.
6. At one point, the other actors complained about the amount of applause Kramer would receive from the studio audience. They claimed it was wrecking the pacing of their scenes. It became such an issue, directors literally had to ask the audience to refrain from applauding so much.
7. The building used in exterior shots of the gang’s go-to coffee shop (Monk’s Cafe) is actually Tom’s Restaurant located in Manhattan. Coincidentally, that same establishment was the subject of the popular Suzanne Vega song, “Tom’s Diner.”
8. NBC had plans to make a spin-off focusing on the character, Jackie Chiles.
9. Famous curmudgeon and Seinfeld co-creator, Larry David, implemented a “no hugging, no learning” policy. He never wanted the show to get too sentimental, and he never wanted any of the characters to learn from their mistakes.
10. Paul Shaffer revealed in his autobiography that he turned down the part of George Costanza.
11. The character of Newman was originally supposed to be the son of Jerry’s African-American landlord. They even shot a scene with him, but it was ultimately deleted.
12. In one episode, Elaine tries to convince her boyfriend to change his name because it’s the same as an infamous New York City murderer. One of the first names she suggests to him is O.J. This particular episode was shot in 1993, a full year prior to O.J. Simpson being accused of murder. Spooky, huh?
13. The actual puffy shirt from the classic “The Puffy Shirt” episode has its own place in the Smithsonian.
14. The Beatles, who split up after nine years, inspired Jerry Seinfeld to end his iconic show after nine seasons.
15. The initial script was titled “Stand Up” and it wasn’t even meant to be a show! It was originally supposed to be a mockumentary showing how a comic finds inspirations for jokes from his day-to-day life. It was scheduled to air in lieu of a Saturday Night Live episode. However, the executives at NBC loved the script so much, they decided to turn it into a show. The rest is history.
We were simply blown away by all these cool Seinfeld facts, but we want to know what you thought. Which was your favorite? Are there any we missed? Feel free to share your thoughts, feelings and opinions with us in the comment section.