10 things you probably didn't know about 'Seinfeld'

IMDb/Sony‘Seinfeld’ is one of the most celebrated shows on television.
  • “Seinfeld” first aired in 1989 and even 20 years later it’s still making audiences laugh.
  • The “Soup Nazi” is based on a real person.
  • Back during season three, Jason Alexander almost quit the show.
  • The Elaine character wasn’t in the pilot and almost didn’t even exist.
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“Seinfeld” turns 20 years old this year and this iconic comedy about nothing is still one of the most celebrated shows in television history. Any die-hard fan knows about being sponge-worthy, having man hands, and experiencing the epic summer of George – but there is still much more to learn about the comedy classic.

So we did a little digging and yada, yada, yada … these are some of the show secrets we managed to uncover.


Jerry Seinfeld apparently gave the cast a special gift after the show ended.

Recurring cast member Patrick Warburton, who played Puddy, revealed to an Australian publication that Seinfeld gifted all the cast members with Cartier watches after taping the final episode. Fittingly, “Seinfeld” was engraved underneath.


The Rye episode was based on a real event.

NBC‘The Rye’ was based on a real-life experience.

After George’s parents take back a loaf of rye they brought to a dinner party thrown by Susan’s parents, George and Jerry go to great lengths to replace it on one of the most iconic episodes in “Seinfeld” history. Believe it or not, this was based on a real-life incident experienced by a friend of writer Carol Leifer.


The theme song was different in every episode.

NBCThere are subtle changes to the theme song each episode.

Listen closely to each episode and you might catch the subtle changes in the theme song, executed by composer Jonathan Wolff.

He told Great Big Story, “I have no idea how many themes we did for Seinfeld. I knew each monologue was going to be different because [Jerry] tells different jokes, so it had to be adjustable.”


The puffy shirt is now a historical artifact.

TBSThis shirt is currently in the Smithsonian.

On episode two of season five, the infamous puffy shirt made an appearance when Kramer’s girlfriend inadvertently convinces Jerry to wear the pirate-like piece to a “Today Show” appearance. It is currently housed at the Smithsonian.


Frank Sinatra will be forever linked to the show.

As the series finale aired on May 14, 1998, the legendary crooner was being rushed to the hospital, where he later died. Some reports claimed that the streets were clear for the ambulance because much of Los Angeles was indoors watching the show.


The “Soup Nazi” is based on a real person.

NBC/Hulu‘Seinfeld’ based him off a real person.

The tyrant who terrorised his customers by invoking a strict set of rules which needed to be followed to secure his soup is based on chef Ali Yeganeh, according to Entertainment Weekly. Apparently, Yeganeh hates “Seinfeld” and his nickname.


Businessman George Steinbrenner filmed an un-aired cameo.

YouTubeSteinbrenner’s cameo fell through.

Steinbrenner played George Costanza’s boss during his stint with the New York Yankees. The role was unseen and only by name, but all that was about to change with a cameo. Per The Comeback, both Seinfeld and co-creator Larry David claim the material was so bad it was unusable but it is available to view.


Elaine almost never existed.

IMDb/SonyElaine wasn’t in the pilot.

Strange as it may seem, Julia Louis Dreyfus was not the original choice to be the main female character on the show. Per HuffPost, instead, the waitress from the pilot, Claire, was tapped. Luckily for us, Elaine was introduced when the series was picked up.


Jason Alexander almost quit the show during season three.

NBCAlexander almost walked after not being included on an episode.

After George was left out of an episode in season three, Alexander took show co-creator Larry David to task about the omission and threatened to walk, per Access Online.


Michael Richards is a man of many talents.

NBC/HuluRichards did his own diving on ‘The Friar’s Club’.

Richards is a certified diver. The skill came in handy when filming his underwater scene on “The Friar’s Club” episode. He nailed it in two takes.

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