The WORST Episodes of Seinfeld

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2019

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.

The Highlights of 100 (2)

#1 - The Highlights of 100 (2)

Season 6 - Episode 15

Jerry introduces a program that shows highlights from the first 99 episodes of a "show about nothing."

star 6.88
228 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Peter Mehlman
The Highlights of 100 (1)

#2 - The Highlights of 100 (1)

Season 6 - Episode 14

Jerry introduces a program that shows highlights from the first 99 episodes of a "show about nothing."

star 7.10
341 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Peter Mehlman
The Dog

#3 - The Dog

Season 3 - Episode 4

Jerry is watching an unruly dog, for a fellow airline passenger who's sick in a hospital somewhere in Chicago. Jerry, can't leave his apartment, that leaves George and Elaine alone together. They find they have little to say to each other without their conversational third, Jerry; so they talk about him. Kramer tries breaking up with his girlfriend. Jerry can't locate the dogs owner, who was released from the hospital, some time ago.

star 7.41
834 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David
Male-Unbonding

#4 - Male-Unbonding

Season 1 - Episode 4

Jerry tries to "break-up" with his obnoxious childhood friend but his pathetic weeping leads Jerry to give him another chance. Elaine helps Jerry come up with excuses to avoid him.

star 7.49
1,169 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld
The Stake Out

#5 - The Stake Out

Season 1 - Episode 2

Jerry meets an attractive woman at a party but by the time she leaves, he has only learned where she works. Jerry stakes out the mystery woman's office with George so that he can "casually" bump into her.

star 7.51
1,517 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld
The Clip Show (a.k.a. The Chronicle) (2)

#6 - The Clip Show (a.k.a. The Chronicle) (2)

Season 9 - Episode 22

More clips are seen and finally the closing minutes feature a series of bloopers and a musical montage that features the song "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by the band Green Day, from their 1997 album Nimrod.

star 7.51
230 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Darin Henry
The Finale (2)

#7 - The Finale (2)

Season 9 - Episode 24

The videotape Kramer made is played for the jury. When the NBC executives arrive, George forgets about the trial for a moment and complains loudly about the plane. The prosecution begins to call their witnesses and each will do more to break down the characters of the foursome. First, the arresting officer is called to the stand, followed by the victim. Then the prosecution begins to call a variety of familiar faces. Starting with the elderly woman that Jerry stole the marble rye from. The virgin, Marla, is called to the stand and she tells the court about the foursome's contest. Further testimony is given by the bubble boy. The woman who needed a handicapped spot. The doctor who was on duty the night Susan died. Sidra, the woman with no implants. Mr. Bookman, the library cop. George's former girlfriend Robin, whose apartment caught on fire. The security guard from the parking garage. A detective from when Kramer was dressed like a pimp. The low-talker tries to testify (only she can't be heard). Steinbrenner talks about calzone and George's communism. The man who runs the cockfights. The pharmacist who sold Elaine a case of contraceptive sponges. A co-worker tells about Elaine's Christmas card. Mr. Pitt tells about when Elaine tried to kill him with a pillow. The soup nazi takes the stand and finally Babu Bhatt returns to the US to tell about the cafe and his deportation. They are "very, very, bad." Rivera Live reports that the jury is in deliberation. Meanwhile, the foursome speculates on life in prison. Estelle tries to bribe the judge to be lenient on George if he's found guilty. A montage of activity is shown while the jury is in deliberation, that includes people we didn't see testifying like the Rabbi, Wilhelm, Keith Hernandez, Bania, Peterman, Puddy, Newman, Mr. Lippman, Poppie, Mr. Ross browsing for a handgun and ends with Jackie Chiles "cross-examining" Sidra outside the courtroom. The jury comes back. Jerry asks Elaine what she was going to say to him on the plane as it was crashing. She responds, "I always loved U-United Airlines." The jury returns a verdict of guilty. The foursome shows no remorse as they are sentenced to a year in jail, for doing "nothing." Jackie testifies to Jerry about Sidra's lack of implants. As the foursome sits in a prison cell, Jerry comments about the second button on George's shirt. A conversation they had nine years earlier on the 5th of July 1989. Jerry closes with a prison-based monologue.

star 7.52
317 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Larry David
The Stock Tip

#8 - The Stock Tip

Season 1 - Episode 5

After George receives a stock tip, he and Jerry take the financial plunge. Elaine and her allergies battle her boyfriend's cats. Meanwhile, Jerry's weekend getaway with his new girlfriend proves to be a relationship killer.

star 7.55
1,099 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld
The Seinfeld Chronicles

#9 - The Seinfeld Chronicles

Season 1 - Episode 1

The very first episode. Jerry is ecstatic that a woman he met on the road is coming to stay with him in New York. George and Kramer weigh in on how Jerry should best approach the situation.

star 7.56
2,005 votes
Directors: Art Wolff
Writers: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld
The Baby Shower

#10 - The Baby Shower

Season 2 - Episode 10

Elaine needs to use Jerry's apartment to hold a baby shower for a woman that once dated George. George reflects that she was "unequivocally the worst date of my life." Jerry has to go out of town for a show, so he lets Elaine use the apartment. Kramer sells Jerry on the idea on getting an illegal cable hookup. The party begins. The cable guys come to install the hookup. Jerry's show gets canceled, so he returns to the apartment with George (who's prepared to confront the bad date). Jerry is the victim of his own confrontation.

star 7.56
892 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry Charles
The Robbery

#11 - The Robbery

Season 1 - Episode 3

Jerry is robbed after Kramer fails to close the apartment door. Elaine talks Jerry into looking at a fabulous apartment in the hopes that she can then have Jerry's place. Things are further complicated when George decides he wants the new place too.

star 7.56
1,282 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Matt Goldman
The Junk Mail

#12 - The Junk Mail

Season 9 - Episode 5

Jerry's childhood friend "Fragile" Frankie promises to get Jerry a new car because of a show he did for Frankie's car dealership. George prepares for his weekly call to his parents. Kramer plans his revenge on a company because of the over abundance of catalogs they've sent him in the past month. Elaine is back with Puddy, but meets the man of her dreams at the diner and plans to keep Puddy in reserve until she finds out if the new guy can "handle the workload." Kramer gets deluged with more catalogs and plans to stop the mail. George's parents cut him short on his weekly phone call. Jerry gets a van and not the Saab he'd hoped for. Frankie reminds him of the childhood dream they had where they got a van a toured the country. George pops in on his parents and reminds his parent's they didn't call him back, but they have to leave right away. Kramer bricks up his mailbox, but that doesn't stop his mail from being delivered. Jerry plans to sell the van; Kramer helps him out with the ad copy that cites interesting trades considered. Kramer goes to the post office to permanently cancel his mail. Newman confesses to him that no one really needs their mail but that there is a greater conspiracy at work. George demands to know what's going on with his parents; they tell him they are cutting him loose. George isn't ready for abandonment; he plans to date his cousin as a means of getting his parents involved in his life. Jerry determines that the appeal Elaine finds in her new boyfriend comes from some old commercial that he appeared in. Kramer wants Jerry's van and offers Anthony Quinn's old tee shirt as an interesting trade. Elaine wants Puddy back, but is rejected by him. Kramer uses the van to launch his anti-postal campaign. George's cousin is into their relationship; however, George schemes to have his parents catch him making out with her. Kramer is captured and enlightened by the postmaster general. Elaine's boyfriend gets his second piece of good news in one day, his TV career has been revitalized and she is taking him back. Jerry must sell the van after seeing what they saw.

star 7.57
601 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Spike Feresten
The Suicide

#13 - The Suicide

Season 3 - Episode 15

Elaine needs to fast before an x-ray, so she tries stuffing herself three days before the test. After his neighbor Martin tries suicide, Jerry is hit on by his girlfriend, Gina, while at the hospital. A psychic warns George to cancel his vacation to the Cayman Islands, but never can tell George why. Jerry becomes worried when Newman (a friend of Martins) sees him with Gina. Elaine starts hallucinating from hunger. Everything hinges on a Drake's coffee cake.

star 7.57
730 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Tom Leopold
The Trip (1)

#14 - The Trip (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1

With Elaine in Europe, Jerry asks George to accompany him on a trip to LA and The Tonight Show; while there they will try to locate Kramer. While auditioning, Kramer must deal with the advances of an older female landlord (an actress who hasn't worked since 1934) and get someone in Hollywood to read his script treatment. A body is discovered; the victim, a young woman, was strangled. Kramer meets a woman at an audition and he gives her a copy of his script. Jerry loses the correct phrasing for some new jokes and George tries to get Lupe, the chambermaid, to make his bed just right. At The Tonight Show, George disturbs the guests and Jerry bombs. The woman Kramer gave the script to is strangled and his script is found in her possession. Kramer's face is shown on the news as the prime suspect for the "Smog Strangler," a serial-killer.

star 7.59
797 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry Charles
The Understudy

#15 - The Understudy

Season 6 - Episode 24

George and Jerry are suspected by the cast and Kramer of deliberately injuring Bette Midler during a softball game, giving Jerry's girlfriend, Bette's understudy, a chance to perform. Kramer becomes Bette's personal assistant. Elaine gets George's father to translate for her when she suspects that her manicurist has made some obvious snide remarks in a foreign tongue. While crying about losing her manicurists, Elaine meets the owner of a catalog, J. Peterman, and gets herself a new job.

star 7.61
516 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Marjorie Gross, Carol Leifer
The Ex-Girlfriend

#16 - The Ex-Girlfriend

Season 2 - Episode 1

George has doubts about his current relationship that he broke off. Elaine is curious about a relationship that she has with a guy in her building that has degenerated over the past two years. Jerry is reluctantly drawn into George's ex-relationship when he picks up some books left at her apartment. Although he wants to break it off with her, she has this "psycho-sexual" hold over him and he becomes worried about what George might think if he lets this relationship develop. Elaine confronts the guy in her building and Jerry's relationship maybe in jeopardy when his girlfriend sees his act.

star 7.63
1,351 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld
The Truth

#17 - The Truth

Season 3 - Episode 2

George's relationship with a former IRS worker may ease Jerry's tax audit worries- until she becomes his former girlfriend. She wants to know why, so he tells her the truth, this was after he gave her Jerry's tax records. Elaine sees far too much of Kramer, he's dating her roommate; in return he saw far too much of her, in fact all of her. George tries to get Jerry's tax records back, but he finds she gone into a depression clinic.

star 7.64
1,014 votes
Directors: David Steinberg
Writers: Elaine Pope
The Stranded

#18 - The Stranded

Season 3 - Episode 10

Jerry & Elaine go to a party with George, while there they send signals to each other to get out of bad party conversations. Afterward, George abandons them there, when he leaves with a co-worker he has a chance with. Jerry & Elaine keeping the hosts up real late, while waiting for Kramer to come and pick them up. The host later takes Jerry up on his offer to drop by when he is in the city, just as Jerry is leaving. He stays in Jerry's apartment for the evening and parties with Kramer and a lady of the evening. Later George pays the price for his romance in the workplace (he must quit) and he tries to shoplift at the drug store where he says they still owe him ten dollars.

star 7.64
772 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Matt Goldman
The Soul Mate

#19 - The Soul Mate

Season 8 - Episode 2

George thinks the foundation lawyer thinks he might have killed Susan, Jerry suggests using a method employed by Jerry Lewis to find out. Kramer falls for Jerry's girlfriend and he consults Newman for advice. Elaine's friends insist that she have a baby, she'd rather not and meets a man who shares her ideals. George leaves a running tape recorder in his brief case at the next board meeting and leaves the room. He returns to find the briefcase damaged and the tape stopped. Newman gets in the middle of Jerry and Kramer's relationship with Pam; he bribes Jerry in hopes to find out more about his obsession, Elaine. Meanwhile, her new boyfriend gets a vasectomy to show her how committed he is to not having children. The guys find out Pam isn't interested in having children and they line up for their own vasectomies. George gets to the bottom of what happened to his briefcase.

star 7.65
652 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Peter Mehlman
The Friars Club

#20 - The Friars Club

Season 7 - Episode 18

George is happy because he has a three-month reprieve. The wedding is delayed until June (just in time for the end of the May sweeps and a cliffhanger!). Meanwhile he is also excited because Jerry is going to go out with Susan's best friend. He envisions their friendship in the future as being "Gatsby"-like. Jerry is trying to get into the Friars Club, but loses a jacket he "borrowed" for dinner there, at a performance of comedic jugglers that was "worked on" by Susan's friend. Kramer tries to duplicate the sleeping patterns of Da Vinci and falls asleep at some inopportune moments; one of which puts him put in the Hudson River. Peterman hires a deaf employee and Elaine suffers the consequences, when she gets loaded with some of his work. Trying to see how deaf he really is, Elaine comes on to him, which Peterman overhears and tries to help out their budding relationship.

star 7.65
531 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: David Mandel
The Busboy

#21 - The Busboy

Season 2 - Episode 12

George inadvertently meddles in the life of a busboy, by getting him fired. He tries to rectify things; however, he winds up compounding them by losing the busboy's cat. Elaine discovers that a week is much too long to have a houseguest. She does everything in her power to get him out. The busboy's life is saved and made for the better after his involvement with George, until he meets Elaine's houseguest.

star 7.65
837 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld
The Clip Show (a.k.a. The Chronicle) (1)

#22 - The Clip Show (a.k.a. The Chronicle) (1)

Season 9 - Episode 21

Jerry, Elaine, George & Kramer plan to go to the movie, but Jerry takes out a little time to look at nine years of memories. Featuring relationships (getting in & out), etc.

star 7.66
363 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Darin Henry
The Library

#23 - The Library

Season 3 - Episode 5

The library asks Jerry about a book he checked out in 1971 and never returned, so Jerry looks up an old girlfriend for his defense against a library cop. George thinks the homeless man he'd seen outside the library is a former high school gym teacher that he got fired. Kramer has his eye on a librarian. Elaine worries about her career when her boss hates the recommendations she made.

star 7.66
899 votes
Directors: Joshua White
Writers: Larry Charles
The Doorman

#24 - The Doorman

Season 6 - Episode 18

The doorman in Mr. Pitt's building causes trouble for Jerry who was only trying to be nice. Kramer robs George on the street for some German tourists. George's father is living with him and when he removes his shirt, George and Kramer see that he has breasts. So, Kramer develops a new undergarment for males ("The Bro" or "The Manssiere") that will alleviate this problem. Jerry offers his soiled couch to replace the one that was stolen while he was "on duty."

star 7.68
561 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Tom Gammill, Max Pross
The Masseuse

#25 - The Masseuse

Season 5 - Episode 9

Elaine meets a man who's perfect except his name is the same as a notorious serial killer. Jerry is frustrated when he can't get his girlfriend, who's a masseuse, to give him a massage, even Kramer is a customer. George is obsessed when Jerry's girlfriend doesn't like him, so he tries extra hard to get her to like him, much to his own girlfriend's dismay.

star 7.69
657 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Peter Mehlman