This classic sitcom has a surprising abundance of funny episodes.
Seinfeld has become one of my favorite sitcoms. Like I’ve said, there are many episodes that are hysterical, and the characters have problems. I have seen about 120 episodes.
It’s funny enough to binge-watch, as very few shows fit that category. The only other two shows that I have binge-watched as much as “Seinfeld” are “SpongeBob SquarePants”, and “Friends”.
However, this is not a show where you have to watch it in order, you can select episodes and still be extremely entertained. In fact, I would recommend you not watch it in order, because the first 4 seasons are inconsistent.
The seasons I mentioned have many episodes that are so boring, they are hard to sit through. They have a few exceptions, but even then they aren’t usually “great” episodes. It doesn’t get consistently funny until Season 5, and the hilarity continues even in Season 9, which is also the final season.
Season 1 would be the weakest season, because they lack the chemistry between the characters, and they also lack good scripts. Season 5 and 7 are the best seasons because they have the most funny episodes, like “The Puffy Shirt”, “Marine Biologist”, “The Hamptons”, “The Opposite”, “The Soup Nazi”, “The Invitations” and many others.
My favorite episode is “The Chicken Roaster”, from Season 8, because of Kramer’s protests against Kenny Rogers Roasters and how he changes his mind about it. But the funniest part is when Newman spits out the steamed broccoli. “The Butter Shave” is my second favorite, because not only does Kramer sunburn himself, Newman tries to cook him and eat him.
However, like I’ve said, there are also weaker episodes. “The Chinese Restaurant” is one of the weaker ones. The storyline sounds funny, but it’s just slow-moving and hasn’t aged well. “The Contest” is perhaps one of the most overrated episodes, because it lacks laugh-out-loud humor and it has a crude subject matter. Literally, the only two funny parts in that episode were when Kramer didn’t make it for 3 minutes and declares he’s out, and when George’s mom is at the hospital, requesting food, and George throws Tic-Tacs. Otherwise, it’s just stupid innuendoes avoiding what they’re talking about.
My favorite character is Cosmo Kramer, because of his physical humor, consistency, and wacky personality. But he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. He has more funny storylines than the others.
Newman is surprisingly my second favorite, because he’s devious. He’s more mean-spirited than the others. He cracks me up every time I see him on screen. One of his best moments is when he gave Jerry fleas and he scratches himself, but when Jerry turns around he stops. That episode is called “The Doodle”, from Season 6.
My third favorite is George Costanza, because he fails at getting the ladies, he has humorous rants, and he’s a loser. He doesn’t have much common sense either. Even when he is with a woman who actually likes him, he does something stupid to get out of it.
My other favorite characters include Elaine, because of her control-freak personality, Jerry, because he’s sarcastic and dumps his girlfriends for stupid reasons and George’s father, Frank Costanza, because he screams a lot and has an unhinged personality. Basically every character in this show has something wacky about them.
Now, the parents guide starts:
Positive Messages: The only reason I’m writing about this section, is because admittedly, the characters are not the best role models.
Violence: Nothing to worry about, it’s just comic violence.
Sex: There are definitely some sexual references, but not as frequent as Friends. Most episodes don’t go over the top, but here are the ones I would avoid:
One of the episodes I mentioned earlier, “The Contest (Season 4, Episode 11)”, is about nothing but George playing with himself in front of his mother, and the 4 main characters have a contest to see how long they can go without doing it, despite the temptations. In fact, unlike every other episode, there’s no subplot in this one. They don’t say the word or describe it explicitly, but it is still one I would avoid.
“The Mango (Season 5, Episode 1)” is another one I wouldn’t recommend. It could’ve been a great episode, if they would’ve focused more on the subplot with Kramer taking a bite out of a mango and sending it back to the fruit store, but unfortunately that lasts for only 4 minutes of the episode. The crudeness of the episode is about something sexual with Jerry and Elaine, specifically the “O” word, and this time they repeat the word over and over again.
“The Outing (Season 4, Episode 17)” talks about homosexuality throughout the episode and also says the line “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
“The Sponge (Season 7, Episode 9)” is mostly about a birth control device that Elaine wants to use with her boyfriend. However, unlike “The Mango”, they still spend a quite generous amount of time with a humorous subplot about Kramer going to the AIDS walk and refusing to wear a ribbon.
There are also episodes that go borderline:
“The Fusilli Jerry (Season 6, Episode 21)” has a storyline about Puddy doing a “sex move” on Elaine, and I skipped through a lot of it. But the funny subplot was when Kramer has a bad word on his license plate, and is later not ashamed of it.
“The Pick (Season 4, Episode 13)” has a huge plot about Elaine sending out a Christmas card revealing one of her nipples. But the funny subplot about Jerry itching the side of his nostril
“The Hamptons (Season 5, Episode 21)” is not as bad as the previous ones, and it is also one of my favorite episodes. Jerry, Elaine, and Kramer talk about watching George’s girlfriend topless. You can see the bare back of the girl but they don’t show much. When to skip is from after Kramer says “Yo-yo-ma”, to after the girl walks away, because there is also some rude language. Another scene to skip is when George, Jerry and Elaine all talk about “shrinkage”, which is what happens to the male private part after it goes in the water, which is also a run-on joke in the episode. But there’s plenty of other subplots about the ugly baby and Kramer stealing the caged lobsters, and it also has some great one-liners.
There’s another episode called “The Secretary (Season 6, Episode 9)”, where George hires a secretary, and there are two scenes to skip, when they have sex (no nudity), and after Jerry and George talk about it a little. But the rest of the episode is fine.
Language: The “a” word and “b” word are used infrequently. There is also some bleeped language.
Substance Abuse: Nothing to worry about.
This is a show I would recommend for 14 and up, because they would find it funnier than younger kids, and they can handle the content. Also, to find my personal rankings on the best episodes, there are two lists on listchallenges.com, with links down below:
Top 10: https://www.listchallenges.com/top-10-funniest-seinfeld-episodes
Another Top 10: https://www.listchallenges.com/another-top-10-funniest-seinfeld-episodes