The WORST Episodes of Seinfeld

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 24, 2020

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 - Aired Feb 2, 1995

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

star 6.79
419 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Peter Mehlman
The Bottle Deposit (2)

#2 - The Bottle Deposit (2)

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired May 2, 1996

Wilhelm is delighted with the job George did on the project; however, he has no idea what he did or how he did it. The detective on the case thinks he's found Jerry's car, damaged beyond recognition. It's not, and later Jerry's mechanic calls him from the car. Kramer spots Jerry's car in Ohio. Steinbrenner calls George into his office about the project report and has him committed. Kramer ditches the cans, bottles, mailbags and Newman in pursuit of Jerry's car. Newman finds a farmer's house, complete with the proverbial daughter. The mechanic throws the clubs and bag at Kramer's truck, allowing him to get away. Deena is happy to see that George is getting the help he needs. Peterman is stunned when he finally gets the clubs, "Elaine, I never knew Kennedy had such a temper."

star 7.21
523 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Andy Robin, Gregg Kavet
The Highlights of 100 (1)

#3 - The Highlights of 100 (1)

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 2, 1995

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

star 7.28
647 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Peter Mehlman
The Seinfeld Chronicles

#4 - The Seinfeld Chronicles

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 5, 1989

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 7.35
3,595 votes
Directors: Art Wolff
Writers: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
The Stake Out

#5 - The Stake Out

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 31, 1990

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 7.35
2,982 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
The Bookstore

#6 - The Bookstore

Season 9 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 9, 1998

Kramer "hangs-out" more than usual at Jerry's place. Jerry spots Uncle Leo shoplifting. George takes a large book into the bathroom with him. Kramer and Newman plan to implement Kramer's idea for running a rickshaw service in the city. Elaine is at the annual Peterman party, where everyone is anxious to know if she is going to dance again and when. She ends up getting drunk and making out at a table with another man.

star 7.39
1,164 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Darin Henry, Marc Jaffe, Spike Feresten
The Trip (1)

#7 - The Trip (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 12, 1992

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 7.40
1,608 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry Charles
Male-Unbonding

#8 - Male-Unbonding

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 14, 1990

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 7.43
2,405 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
The Robbery

#9 - The Robbery

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 7, 1990

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 7.43
2,498 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Matt Goldman
The Dog

#10 - The Dog

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 9, 1991

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 7.44
1,711 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David
The Busboy

#11 - The Busboy

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 26, 1991

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 7.48
1,710 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
The Cartoon

#12 - The Cartoon

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 29, 1998

Kramer's brutal honesty gets Jerry in trouble with Susan's old college roommate, Sally Weaver. Elaine obsesses over the meaning of a cartoon that appears in The New Yorker. Elaine and later Kramer comments that George's new girlfriend looks a lot like Jerry. In fact Kramer says "just because they look-a-like, that doesn't mean you're (George) secretly in love with Jerry." Jerry confronts Kramer's frankness. Sally claims that Jerry has ruined her life, she's quitting the business, Jerry can't have that on his conscience, he talks her back into the business. Kramer makes an important life decision, the only way to keep his mouth shut, is to stop talking. Before he finally stops talking, Kramer's constant references to the looks of George's girlfriend, drives George out of Jerry's apartment. Elaine goes to The New Yorker to seek an explanation for the cartoon. Discovering that the editor didn't understand the cartoon either, he liked the kitty. Sally opens her new one woman show about "Jerry Seinfeld- the Devil." Elaine's complaint, gets her the opportunity to do her own cartoon for the magazine. Jerry confronts Sally about the content of her show. Newman is her biggest fan; finally, he can see a "show that is about something." Kramer discovers the disadvantages of not talking. George worries about why he really likes his girlfriend. A clip of Sally's show appears on channel 9 news, it features Jerry's latest confrontation with her. Elaine works all-night on her first cartoon, it is okay, but it is not the gem that Elaine thinks it is. Jerry calls Sally and the message he leaves on her answering machine appears in her show as well. Later the lawsuit he filed appears in her cable special. Jerry decides to cut off all communication with Sally. Elaine's first comic appears in The New Yorker. Peterman thinks it is a great cartoon, until he realizes it is a Ziggy and he can prove it -- "Quick Elaine, to my archives." George and his girlfriend discuss their relationship, unt

star 7.49
1,208 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Bruce Eric Kaplan
The Friars Club

#13 - The Friars Club

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 7, 1996

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 7.51
1,122 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: David Mandel
The Baby Shower

#14 - The Baby Shower

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 16, 1991

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 7.51
1,792 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry Charles
The Couch

#15 - The Couch

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 1994

Elaine begins to date the guy who delivers Jerry's new couch. Kramer plans to start the pizza business he thought of back in "Male Unbonding" with Poppie. George joins a book club, but tries to rent the movie so he can bluff his way through the meeting. Jerry and Elaine's discussion of the abortion issue causes trouble for Poppie, Elaine's relationship & Jerry's new couch. George spends the evening with the family that has rented the film.

star 7.52
1,381 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Larry David
The Bottle Deposit (1)

#16 - The Bottle Deposit (1)

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired May 2, 1996

George doesn't hear the details on an important project that Wilhelm wants him to champion. Peterman wants Elaine to bid on a set of golf clubs at the Kennedy auction, her ceiling is $10,000; however, she gets into a bidding war with Sue Ellen, the Oh Henry! candy heiress. Consequently, she spends a bit more than she was authorized. Newman finds the missing ingredient to make it cost effective in Kramer's scheme to collect used pop bottles and cans and take them to Michigan where the refund is doubled. Jerry takes his car to a mechanic, who's fanatical about car care. Elaine meets Jerry to get the golf clubs out of his car, but the mechanic, distraught over Jerry's negligence, steals it. Kramer and Newman collect their bottles and cans and hit the road in a mail truck.

star 7.53
1,014 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Andy Robin, Gregg Kavet
The Junk Mail

#17 - The Junk Mail

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 1997

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

star 7.53
1,296 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Spike Feresten
The Suicide

#18 - The Suicide

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 29, 1992

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 7.53
1,445 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Tom Leopold
The Glasses

#19 - The Glasses

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 1993

George's glasses are stolen and he needs a new pair, so he goes to see Kramer's friend to get a thirty percent discount; all Elaine gets is bitten by a dog and then she becomes afraid of them. While not wearing his glasses, George thinks he sees Jerry's girlfriend kissing Jerry's cousin and Jerry tries to figure out if it's true.

star 7.55
1,682 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Max Pross, Tom Gammill
The Jacket

#20 - The Jacket

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 6, 1991

Jerry buys a real expensive new suede jacket with a colorful inner lining. George has a song from Les Miserables that he just can't get out of his mind. Kramer is supposed pickup a magician friend's doves, and needs someone to help him for two minutes; Elaine takes on the job. Kramer promises she'll get "a lift" to the hotel where Jerry and George are meeting her and her father, Alton Benes, an author cut from Hemingway cloth. Jerry and George suffer while waiting with Elaine's father. When it begins to snow, Jerry turns his new jacket inside out, to protect it, but Alton Benes doesn't want to be seen on the street with him.

star 7.55
2,198 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
The Wife

#21 - The Wife

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 17, 1994

A girlfriend poses as Jerry's wife so she can get a dry cleaning discount. George uses the shower at the health club as a bathroom and is afraid of being turned in after being seen. Elaine is getting mixed signals from a male friend who may be interested. Kramer's getting ready to impress his girlfriend's parents.

star 7.55
1,268 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Peter Mehlman
The Stock Tip

#22 - The Stock Tip

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 21, 1990

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
2,070 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
The Finale (2)

#23 - The Finale (2)

Season 9 - Episode 24 - Aired May 14, 1998

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

star 7.57
562 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Larry David
The Stranded

#24 - The Stranded

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 27, 1991

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 7.57
1,526 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Matt Goldman
The Soul Mate

#25 - The Soul Mate

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 1996

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 7.57
1,295 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Peter Mehlman