The first episode of Seinfeld recently turned 25 years old. Here are 25 things you may not know about the series:
1. Newman is not the character with the fifth-most appearances on the show. That title belongs to Ruthie Cohen (played by Ruth Cohen), a waitress at Monk’s.
2. Lloyd Braun is named after Larry David's former lawyer and long-time friend.
3. Members of the studio audience had to be subdued during the height of Kramer's popularity as their raucous clapping interfered with Michael Richards' ability to concentrate.
4. Bob Sacameno was a real-life friend of series writer Larry Charles.
5. The real George Steinbrenner filmed a scene for the Season 7 finale episode "The Invitations".
6. Lloyd Bridges, who played Izzy Mandelbaum for two episodes of the show, passed away less than six months after his second appearance aired.
7. Michael Richards wanted nothing to do with Kenny Kramer, the man Cosmo Kramer is based on. They never met prior to Richards' playing the role of Kramer.
8. The original pitch for Seinfeld was not "a show about nothing." It was to be a documentary-style show about how a comedian gets his material.
9. An episode about Elaine buying a handgun for protection got left on the cutting room floor because according to Jerry "it just wasn't funny."
10. Kenny Kramer gives "reality tours" just as Cosmo Kramer does in the episode "The Muffin Tops."
11. Jerry's favorite episodes are "The Rye," "The Boyfriend," "The Contest," "The Yada Yada" and "The Pothole."
12. The classic quote "not that there's anything wrong with that" was not in the original script for the episode "The Outing."
13. Wayne Knight (Newman) credits Seinfeld for pushing him to take the first steps towards better health.
14. The infamous “contest” episode is based on a real contest that Larry David and Kenny Kramer had.
15. Jerry only uses the computer in his apartment in two episodes.
16. Kenny Kramer tried to gain the Democratic Party nomination for New York City mayor in 1997.
17. Sandy Baron, who played Jack Klompus on the show, was in a coma days before his last appearance on Seinfeld.
18. An alternate version of the episode “The Non-fat Yogurt” was filmed. It would have been used if Mayor Dinkins had been re-elected.
19. Michael Richards injured an extra’s foot in “The Postponement” while crawling on the floor.
20. The real Soup Nazi, Al Yeganeh, hates the Nazi label and feels that his portrayal on Seinfeld “ruined his life” (even though it has given him fame and positive recognition to this day).
21. Originally, the female character on the show was intended to be Claire, the waitress in the pilot episode.
22. Kramer made 284 sliding entrances during the course of the show.
23. Remember Elaine's dad: Alton Benes, the intimidating author? There was a reason he only appeared in only one episode.
24. Even Bill O’Reilley was a Seinfeld fan… until the end.
25. It’s still as funny as it ever was.
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