What more could you want from a “show about nothing?" Here's my list of the top 20 best Seinfeld episodes you should get off your a** and watch ASAP.
#20. THE BIZZARO JERRY (SEASON 8)
First up, season 8 of Seinfeld was a blast from beginning to end. And despite what most critics have to say about Larry David's departure following season 7, I like to think of it as one of the TV series' best seasons. Sure the comedy was far more fantastical and outlandish than ever before, but it remained a perfect realm for our group of oddballs to flourish in, and that's why finally having the chance to watch Elaine dabble in a "bizzaro Jerry" world was a huge payoff for Seinfeld fans.
#19. THE MUFFIN TOPS (SEASON 8)
No one can deny that Cosmo Kramer's goofball persona and wild adventures carried much of the laughs on Seinfeld. I especially loved his wild antics the most during seasons 8 and 9 where his stories were less grounded in reality and more prone to ridiculous shenanigans. A Peterman Reality Bus Tour? And just think—Kramer and his bus tour were inspired by Larry David’s real life ex-neighbor!
#18. THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW (SEASON 9)
Kramer setting up a talk show in his apartment was one thing, but Jerry dosing a woman to play with her toys? If that's not one of the funniest scenarios you've ever heard of, then you may have some serious issues. No wonder Jerry couldn't keep a girlfriend!
#17. THE ABSTINENCE (SEASON 8)
George Costanza is not just my favorite character on the Seinfeld, he's also my favorite TV character of all time, beating out the "Fresh Prince (Will Smith)" by only a narrow margin. The situations he finds himself in—and his reactions to them—evoke the majority of laughs for me throughout the series. And well, that's why George playing the smart, well put together guy—completely opposite of his neurotic and self-loathing persona—during his abstinence of sex was the perfect comedic setup for a classic episode.
#16. THE OUTING (SEASON 4)
"Not that there's anything wrong with it" is perhaps the most popular catchphrase of Seinfeld, and trust me, there are plenty to choose from. “The Outing” became an instant hit for its hilarious take on such a sensitive topic as homosexuality, so much so that it even won a GLAAD Media Award.
#15. THE RACE (SEASON 6)
"I choose not to run!" Jerry's race story gets all the props here. Him admitting to actually cheating during the race in high school was one thing, but the fact that he cheated again by getting a head start in the 2nd race paved the way for one hell of a surprisingly funny climax. Throw in an ongoing Superman theme throughout the episode and you've got the makings of one of Jerry's best character situations ever.
#14. THE MANGO (SEASON 5)
You just gotta' love Larry David. The idiosyncratic comic was successful at taking every minutia of people's daily lives and making some of the best comedic writing out of it, especially when it came to topics like men's insecurities and shortcomings. Watching Jerry and George show anxiety over their sexual performance is something that every man could relate to, and relating is the key ingredient to great comedy.
#13. THE CONTEST (SEASON 4)
It goes without saying that “The Contest” put Seinfeld on the map. Four friends sitting around a table and betting on who'd go the longest as "master of their domain?" On top of never being done before, it was a concept that was executed to comedic perfection, and mastermind Larry David even won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing a Comedy Series for the episode. What's more, who'd have ever thought that George would come out as the "winner?"
#12. THE CAFE (SEASON 3)
“The Café” really gave us a more holistic look into Jerry, Elaine and George's wacky personas. Jerry has his proud, narcissist moment in dealing with Babu, George was impulsive, slick, and dishonest about his IQ test, and though Elaine usually appeared as the most mentally stable of the group, she had no problem being mischievous in helping George. No wonder they were all thrown in jail during the finale!
#11. MARINE BIOLOGIST (SEASON 5)
“The Marine Biologist” not only consists of one of George Costanza's best character moments, but also contains one of the best comedic scenes in all of Seinfeld. You know what I'm referring to—George's hilarious monologue where he describes going out into the sea, climbing on top of a beached whale and saving it by removing one of Kramer's golf balls from its blowhole. Can you believe that Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld wrote that monologue for Jason Alexander just moments before they filmed it?
#10. THE BOYFRIEND (SEASON 3)
This two part series was one of the early Seinfeld episodes that hit all the right marks. Each character's story arc was funny, every plot weaved into one another, there was a great supporting cast, and it left a few legendary quoteables like "Who's this chucker?", "Nice game pretty boy", "That is one magic loogie", and "And you want to be my latex salesman?" Definitely one of the best Seinfeld episodes ever written!
#9. THE PUFFY SHIRT (SEASON 5)
"But I don't want to be a pirate!" Isn’t it crazy that the actual puffy shirt Jerry wore is held in the Smithsonian? That's right, you can't refute that Seinfeld just had that much of an impact on American entertainment. And once again, the most laughs for me came from George's misery. He suffered from moving in with his parents, found success by becoming a hand model, then felt misfortune again when he was pushed hands first into a hot iron, effectively ruining his short lived triumphancy. George's misery was my bliss!
#8. THE AIRPORT (SEASON 4)
Jerry and Elaine's experiences at the airport covered both the parts we hate about flying and the fantasy flight we all wish we'd have. What's more, George getting pulled into the restroom by the criminal he berated just moments before, and Kramer running at the side of the airplane as it lands were not just classic scenes in Seinfeld's history, but were also pivotal instances early on in the series that solidified Seinfeld as a quirky and unconventional comedy sitcom.
#7. THE PARKING GARAGE (SEASON 3)
In my opinion, “The Parking Garage” was the first episode that catapulted Seinfeld to super stardom. Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine locked onto one miserable location the entire show was the perfect setup for great situational comedy—much like “The Chinese Restaurant” episode—and it not only set the tone for just how zany their characters could be under dire conditions, but it also established the infamous comedic "punch" that would happen at the end of many episodes to come. Again, God bless Larry David!
#6. THE BUTTER SHAVE (SEASON 9)
Oh boy, “The Butter Shave” was the primetime episode of season 9. At this point—the last season of the show—although Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine's personas remained relatively the same at heart, their encounters, adventures, and situations had become even more preposterous than ever before. Shaving with butter? Fake being handicap to get extra perks at work? Who came up with this stuff!?
#5. THE PACKAGE (SEASON 8)
Ah, “The Package”; yet another fantastic Seinfeld episode that hit the nail on absolutely EVERYTHING. Each character's plot was painstakingly hilarious, though the main laughs for me came from George's wild antics, and with special help from Newman's involvement. The final scene where Newman exposes George's naughty photos just as "Photoshop Sheila" walks in was the icing on the cake!
#4. THE HOT TUB (SEASON 7)
Again, if you've ever wondered why our group lands themselves in jail during the finale, the events that unfold throughout “The Hot Tub” were exactly why. Despite all the efforts that Elaine, Jerry, and even Kramer made to get Jean Paul to New York Marathon on time, he still ended up late to the event, and to top it off, he wound up spilling smoldering hot coffee on himself after mistakenly grabbing a cup from Kramer during the race. Lock "the bastards" up and throw away the key!
#3. THE ENGAGEMENT (SEASON 7)
I don't think there's any TV character that's ever experienced so many misfortunes like that of a Mr. George Costanza. Episode after episode, Seinfeld's "short, stocky, slow witted bald man" becomes the butt of life's cruel jokes, and yep, it's funny as hell! Seeing George lament his decision to marry Susan right after finding out Jerry broke up with his girlfriend for "eating her peas one at a time" was the ultimate "disaster scenario" for his neurotic persona, and it sure paved the way for some great comedy in the following episodes.
#2. THE LITTLE KICKS (SEASON 8)
It may be #2 on my list of all-time favorite Seinfeld episodes, but “The Little Kicks” was definitely one of the best episodes ever to air on the series. Memorable scenes, strange acquaintances, wild antics, bizarre adventures; all the ingredients to pull off a classic Seinfeld episode!
#1. THE TAPE (SEASON 3)
And my favorite episode of Seinfeld goes to (drum roll please) … “The Tape!” I could watch “The Tape” 5x in a row and still laugh at EVERY major scene. No kidding, it’s just that funny. I loved every moment of George’s reactions to Elaine once he discovered that she produced the tape, including a scene where he pads his forehead with a napkin after Elaine suggest taking a shower at Jerry’s, and when he hastily takes a big deep breath out the car window after dropping Elaine at her house.