The BEST Episodes of Seinfeld

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: NBC

Jerry Seinfeld is a very successful stand-up comedian, mainly because the people around him offer an endless supply of great material. His best friend is George Costanza, a bald, whiny loser who craves the kind of success Jerry has but is never willing to do what it takes to get it. Jerry's neighbor Kramer often barges into his apartment and imposes onto his life. In the second episode Jerry's former girlfriend Elaine Benes comes back into his life, and the four of them are able to form a friendship together. The episodes were rarely very plot-heavy, focusing more on mundane conversations and situations that could be found during everyday life in New York.

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The Contest

#1 - The Contest

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 18, 1992

George's mother throws her back out when she falls down after catching him doing "you know." When George says he'll never do it again, Jerry challenges him to a contest of self-denial, when he accepts, Elaine and Kramer want in on the action, or rather the lack of it.

star 8.49
2,012 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David
The Soup Nazi

#2 - The Soup Nazi

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 2, 1995

While on their way to the "soup place" Elaine finds an antique armoire she wants. George makes a mistake while trying to get his soup from the "Soup Nazi." Elaine isn't allowed to move her armoire into her building, so Kramer offers to watch it for her, out on the street. George and Elaine discuss how annoyed they are by Jerry's sweet-talking with his current girlfriend, especially their calling each other "Schmoopie." Elaine makes an ordering error in front of the "Soup Nazi," gets on his bad side and is banned for a year. In broad daylight and in Kramer's presence, two "tough" guys come along and take Elaine's armoire. Kramer relates the story of the armoire to the "Soup Nazi," who says he has an armoire in the basement that Kramer can have. Jerry's girlfriend makes a faux pas in the "soup place" and Jerry disavows any knowledge of her. George confronts Jerry and reminds him about their pact. George and Susan see Jerry and his girlfriend at the diner and they begin to compete against each other. Susan appreciates that George is finally showing his feelings in public. Kramer gives Elaine the armoire and tells her where he got it. Elaine goes to thank the "Soup Nazi" but gets even further on his bad side. Jerry discovers the armoire contains the "Soup Nazi"'s recipes and Elaine takes them for her final confrontation with the "Soup Nazi."

star 8.41
1,769 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Spike Feresten
The Opposite

#3 - The Opposite

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 1994

George comes to the realization that he should try to do the opposite of everything, so he does, his luck changes and everything begins to go his way including getting a girlfriend, a job with the Yankees and moving out of his parents' house. Things begin to be unlucky for Elaine after she buys a box of "Jujyfruits." Kramer appears on Regis & Kathie Lee to promote his coffee table book. Rachel wants to break up with Jerry and he readily agrees, because his luck has been "even Steven." Elaine's eating of "Jujyfruits" causes Pendant Publishing to go under, and later she realizes that she and George have traded places.

star 8.31
1,671 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Andy Cowan, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
The Outing

#4 - The Outing

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 11, 1993

No thanks to Elaine, Jerry must work hard to prove he is straight when a college reporter mistakenly reports that he and George are gay, "not that there is anything wrong with that." Things really get out of hand when the article is picked up by the New York Post.

star 8.27
1,480 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry Charles
The Cheever Letters

#5 - The Cheever Letters

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 28, 1992

Jerry and George begin to work on the pilot for the series they pitched to NBC. Jerry says the wrong thing while "messing" around with one of Elaine's co-workers. George & Susan tell her father about the cabin fire, he becomes distraught and letters saved from the fire soon explain why. Kramer goes to the Cuban Embassy in search of cigars and makes a deal.

star 8.12
1,575 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Elaine Pope, Larry David, Tom Leopold
The Boyfriend (2)

#6 - The Boyfriend (2)

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 12, 1992

George tries two more approaches with the unemployment officer. Kramer gets Jerry to accompany him to see a former neighbors' new baby, "you got to see the baby." Though he's gone out with Keith once, does that mean he must help him move. Elaine and Keith are hitting it off until he pulls out a cigarette. George wants to sleep with a really tall woman. Keith supports the "second spitter theory." Jerry and Elaine both breakup with Keith and George might get his wish.

star 8.09
945 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David, Larry Levin
The Bizarro Jerry

#7 - The Bizarro Jerry

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 1996

Kramer uses a bathroom in an office building and just begins working there. He is "TCB." Elaine sets Jerry up with a friend who is very beautiful, but she has "man hands." George uses a picture of her and passes her off as his dead finance Susan; that gets him into the "Forbidden City" where high priced models hang out. Elaine meets Kevin and some of his friends; they are the exact opposite of Jerry, George and Kramer. With Kramer working, George inside the walls and Elaine hanging out with Kevin, Jerry begins to feel alone.

star 8.08
1,507 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: David Mandel
The Hamptons

#8 - The Hamptons

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired May 12, 1994

Everyone makes a trip to the Hamptons to "see the baby" and enjoy the weekend. George's girlfriend goes topless and everyone sees her chest before he does. "The baby" is the most hideous thing they've ever seen. Elaine is confused when a handsome doctor refers to her as "breathtaking" - the same term he later uses to describe the baby. Kramer finds a filled lobster trap. Jerry's girlfriend sees George naked, after he's just gotten out of the pool, so something isn't as it should be.

star 8.07
1,411 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Carol Leifer, Peter Mehlman
The Tape

#9 - The Tape

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 1991

George is excited about a new potential baldness cure that was discovered in China. While listening to a tape of his previous nights show, Jerry hears the voice of a mysterious woman who talks dirty into his tape recorder and everyone becomes excited by the voice. Elaine shines in an entirely new light for George when he is let in on her secret, she's the voice. He is later driven crazy when she plays around with him while goofing around in front of Kramer's new video recorder. George tries the bald cure. Kramer searches for the jacket.

star 8.04
1,959 votes
Directors: David Steinberg
Writers: Bob Shaw, Don McEnery, Larry David
The Marine Biologist

#10 - The Marine Biologist

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 10, 1994

Jerry meets an old college classmate who asked about George, whom Jerry says is now a "marine biologist." An infuriated Russian writer tosses an electronic organizer belonging to Elaine out of a limousine that hits a passerby on the head. Kramer struggles with his golf swing and sand. While walking along the beach, George is called on to use his marine biology skills to save a whale.

star 8.04
1,432 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Charlie Rubin, Ron Hague
The Puffy Shirt

#11 - The Puffy Shirt

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 23, 1993

George is forced to move in with his parents. He gets a job as a hand model and becomes obsessed with keeping his hands safe. Kramer's girlfriend, who designs clothes and talks with a real low voice, asks Jerry a question that he politely answers yes to. He agrees to wear one of her new puffy pirate shirts on a Today Show appearance he is making.

star 8.04
1,663 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David
The Barber

#12 - The Barber

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 1993

George is uncertain about whether his job interview was successful or not, so he decides to go into the office and act like an employee while the boss is on vacation. Jerry is reluctant to dump his old barber even when he is given a real bad haircut. Kramer arranges to get him a clandestine haircut at the apartment of his barber. Newman is charged by Jerry's barber to get a sample of Jerry's hair when he suspects foul play.

star 8.02
1,593 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Andy Robin
The Switch

#13 - The Switch

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 5, 1995

Elaine lets a potential employer borrow Mr. Pitt's tennis racket, but the injury suffered may ruin her chances, especially when she must get his racket back. Jerry's girlfriend never laughs, but he meets her roommate who does, so Jerry decides he would like to make "the switch." George's model girlfriend may be bulimic. He needs proof, so he meets Kramer's mother, who's a bathroom matron. While there he finds out Kramer's first name, Cosmo. Kramer decides it is time to be himself and begins to use his first name. George has the perfect plan for "the switch," a menage a trois.

star 8.02
1,409 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Bruce Kirschbaum, Sam Kass
The Invitations

#14 - The Invitations

Season 7 - Episode 24 - Aired May 16, 1996

As the big day grows nearer, George and Susan order their invitations. Susan lets him choose the cheap ones. George tries to think of a way out. Elaine suggests smoking and Kramer suggests a pre-nuptial agreement. Jerry, thinking of a single future with Kramer, nearly gets hit by a car but is saved by his female equivalent, Jeannie. Jerry thinks he is in love with Jeannie. Kramer tries to cash in on a bank's offer of a $100 if one of their tellers doesn't say hello. Is "Hey," hello? George tries the suggestions and strikes out. Susan begins preparing the invitations. Jerry makes a decision. Susan passes out while licking envelopes. Jerry proposes marriage; later he has second thoughts. George finds Susan and the gang meets him over at the hospital, where George gets the news, he's out. Free at last, George makes another attempt at Marisa Tomei.

star 8.01
1,155 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Larry David
The Jimmy

#15 - The Jimmy

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 16, 1995

The guys play a game of basketball with "the Jimmy," a man who talks about himself in the third person. Jimmy sells odd shaped training shoes and George is an interested investor. Fresh from the gym, he attends a Yankees meeting about thefts, during which he sweats profusely. Jerry goes to the dental office and discovers they now carry Penthouse in the waiting room. Elaine gets tickets to a benefit for the AMCA (Able Mentally Challenged Adults) featuring Mel Torme, the "Velvet Fog." Elaine tries to meet a handsome guy at the gym, but instead talks with "the Jimmy," who makes the date for himself. On a follow-up visit to the dental office, Jerry feels the dentist and his hygienist may have lived out a fantasy during his time in the chair, the type of thing you might read in Penthouse. Kramer has a visit to the dentist complete with Novocain, later while wearing a pair of Jimmy's shoes, winds up getting a him a seat at the main table of the benefit.

star 7.99
1,371 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Andy Robin, Gregg Kavet
The Bubble Boy

#16 - The Bubble Boy

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 7, 1992

Jerry's girlfriend, Naomi has a laugh that sounds like "Elmer Fudd sitting on a juicer," and when she hears George's message to Jerry, she breaks up with him. So instead, Jerry asks Elaine to accompany him on a trip to a cabin in the mountain with George and Susan. Kramer isn't invited. Jerry agrees to a side trip to visit a sick fan, a "Bubble Boy." George gets into a fight with the "Bubble Boy" over the correct answer to a Trivial Pursuit question. Kramer and Naomi also make the trip to the cabin and get the fire started.

star 7.99
1,606 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry Charles, Larry David
The Race

#17 - The Race

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 15, 1994

Through his current girlfriend, Lois, Jerry meets an old rival, who suspects that he cheated in a high school race and he wants a rematch with Jerry to prove he was faster. Elaine is put on a "blacklist" for Chinese food delivery and finds out her boyfriend is a Communist. George responds to a personal ad in a Communist newspaper while at work, when Steinbrenner hears about it, he wants to see George in his office. Through his friend Mickey, Kramer becomes a department store Santa, who later spouts out Communist propaganda.

star 7.99
1,450 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Larry David, Max Pross, Sam Kass, Tom Gammill
The Pothole

#18 - The Pothole

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 20, 1997

Elaine wants to have some Chinese food delivered, but lives just outside the delivery zone. In order to fool the delivery man, she pretends that the janitor closet in the building across the street is her apartment. The trouble is the landlady mistakes her for the janitor. Kramer joins the "adopt a highway" program, but his methods are a little unorthodox. Jerry's new girlfriend uses a toothbrush that had fallen into the toilet, which causes him more trouble than he could have imagined. George loses his keys, and by the time he finds them, they're buried at the bottom of recently filled pothole.

star 7.98
1,230 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Daniel O'Keefe, Steve O'Donnell
The Parking Garage

#19 - The Parking Garage

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 1991

Everyone separates to try to find the car in a huge parking garage. Jerry needs to use the bathroom so he finds a place to go and gets busted. Elaine tries to get help from people passing by. George joins Jerry in getting busted. Kramer is wearing "the jacket," and forgets where he put down the air conditioner he was carrying and causes George to be really late for his parent's 47th anniversary.

star 7.98
2,029 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David
The Boyfriend (1)

#20 - The Boyfriend (1)

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 12, 1992

Jerry meets Keith Hernandez and wants to make a good impression. Meanwhile, George is out of time on his unemployment and he works harder than ever on his scheme to get a 13 week extension. He tells the unemployment office he was really close on Vandelay Industries, a company that makes latex products and whose main office is Jerry's apartment. Kramer and Newman hate Hernandez back to a time when they were allegedly spit on by him; however, Jerry supports the "second-spitter theory." Keith asks Jerry about Elaine's status. Keith makes a date with her and breaks a date with Jerry.

star 7.98
1,498 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David, Larry Levin
The Cadillac (1)

#21 - The Cadillac (1)

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 8, 1996

Jerry surprises his parents by buying them a new Cadillac, when his last job really pays well. Kramer, who now knows how much Jerry makes, says it will change their relationship. It certainly changes his relationship with Elaine, she's interested again. George reconsiders his engagement when one of Elaine's friends tells him that she could have set him up with Oscar winning actress, Marisa Tomei. The cable company wants to see Kramer and he takes the opportunity to get revenge on them. George wants to meet Marisa for a cup of coffee, even when Elaine's friend is in the hospital with a heart condition. Jack Klompus accuses Morty of embezzling funds to pay for his new Cadillac.

star 7.97
1,073 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
The Chicken Roaster

#22 - The Chicken Roaster

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 1996

George reveals a strategy to guarantee a second date with women - leaving an object behind at their place. However, this strategy gets Elaine into trouble, when George leaves behind a sable hat she shouldn't have charged to the Peterman expense account. Meanwhile, the red neon sign of a new Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurant beams directly into Kramer's apartment. Jerry and Kramer then switch apartments, and end up switching personalities as well.

star 7.97
1,502 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer
The Limo

#23 - The Limo

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 26, 1992

On a whim, Jerry and George take a limo from a passenger that Jerry knows never made it on the plane. While taking the limo they call Elaine & Kramer to join them for an event at Madison Square Garden, but it isn't the type of event they were hoping for.

star 7.96
1,516 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry Charles, Marc Jaffe
The Yada Yada

#24 - The Yada Yada

Season 8 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 24, 1997

George's girlfriend is big on using the phrase "yada yada"; Jerry says at least she is succinct. Jerry's dentist just became Jewish and he is already making jokes that make Jerry uncomfortable. Kramer and Mickey double date but they can't decide which of the women is right for them. Elaine is a character reference for a couple who is trying to adopt; a story she tells during the interview destroys all hope of adoption. George drops by Jerry's dental appointment. Mickey and Kramer continue to fight over who gets Karen or Julie. George determines that his girlfriend might be leaving out some significant details with her overuse of the phrase "yada yada." He gets her to fill in the details and discovers more than he wants to know. Jerry confesses to a priest about what he thinks about Tim's conversion. George drops by Jerry's confession. Kramer decides on the right woman and Mickey also decides to make his a commitment. Tim hears about Jerry's dental joke. After hearing Jerry's complaints about Tim, Kramer accuses Jerry of being an "anti-dentite." Elaine lobbies on behalf of Beth and Arnie and makes a sacrifice to try getting them a child. Meanwhile, Beth comes to Jerry for help when her marriage is falling apart. It does and she accompanies Jerry to Mickey's wedding where she reveals an unknown side of her personality.

star 7.96
1,344 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Jill Franklyn, Peter Mehlman
The Alternate Side

#25 - The Alternate Side

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 4, 1991

Jerry's car is stolen and the criminal picks up his car phone. George decides to take a fill-in job moving cars from one side of the street to the other; this turns into a disaster for local traffic flow. Kramer gets a chance to do a line in a Woody Allen film; "these pretzels are making me thirsty." Elaine gets tired of her 66-year-old boyfriend and when she is about to break up with him, he has a stroke.

star 7.95
1,729 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Bill Masters, Larry David