Seinfeld: Season 8 (1996 - 1997)

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Air date: Sep 19, 1996

George (Jason Alexander) is willing to get over the death of his fiancée, Susan, but her parents have other ideas as Seinfeld begins its eighth season. Also, Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) renews his acquaintance with the "woman whose name rhymes with a body part." Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is left in charge of the office when Peterman (John O'Hurley) goes to Burma. And Kramer (Michael Richards) becomes a truly "towering" figure when he learns karate.

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Air date: Sep 26, 1996

George (Jason Alexander) is worried that the lawyer for the Susan Ross Foundation thinks he murdered Susan; and later, George has trouble with a "faulty" tape recorder. Kramer (Michael Richards) consults Newman (Wayne Knight) when he falls in love with Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) new girlfriend, Pam (Kim Myers). And when Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) announces she doesn't want to become a mother, she starts the ball rolling for a series of planned vasectomies, beginning with her boyfriend and ending with...Newman?

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Air date: Oct 3, 1996

Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) makes the acquaintance of Kevin (Tim DeKay) and his friends, who turn out to be the "bizarro" versions of Jerry, George, and Kramer (and catch that unicycle). As for the genuine articles: Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) is bothered by the "man hands" of his girlfriend. George (Jason Alexander) earns passage to the "Forbidden City," hangout of all the beautiful supermodels. And Kramer (Michael Richards) is labeled "TCB" when he starts working in the office building where he had previously used the bathroom facilities.

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Air date: Oct 10, 1996

There's only one way to describe the dancing talents of Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus): "Sweet Fancy Moses!" In other developments, Kramer (Michael Richards) is inveigled into making a bootleg tape of a first-run movie, but it is Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) who contributes those little auterist touches. And George (Jason Alexander) suddenly becomes irresistible to a woman named Anna (Rebecca McFarland) -- and all because Elaine has labeled him a "bad seed."

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Air date: Oct 17, 1996

Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) goes to great lengths to peek at her diagnosis after visiting a doctor about a rash. Refusing delivery of a package with no return address, Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) is faced with a charge of mail fraud -- and worse still, a "basic instinct" moment with Newman (Wayne Knight). Kramer (Michael Richards) urges George (Jason Alexander) to act upon the "fact" that a photo clerk has including a sexy picture of herself in a batch of photos. And Uncle Leo's (Len Lesser) stove explodes.

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Air date: Oct 31, 1996

Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) is impressed by the fact that his current girlfriend has a mentor -- but less than impressed when he discovers that the mentor is none other than his comedy bête noire Kenny Bania (Steve Hytner). Unable to fire an employee, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) lives to regret her moment of weakness. Kramer (Michael Richards) organizes the first Jewish Singles Night at Newman's Knights of Columbus Hall, relying upon George's father, Frank (Jerry Stiller), for cooking advice. And George (Jason Alexander) pretends to be blind to get free books on tape.

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Air date: Nov 7, 1996

Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) receives several royalty checks for an appearance on Japanese TV -- each coming to the munificent sum of 12 cents. This sets Kramer (Michael Richards) to thinking that maybe some Japanese TV executive might be interested in Jerry's concept of "a show about nothing" -- which may or may not explain why Kramer has a hot tub installed in his apartment. Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) hopes to hit it off with her new boyfriend, Brett (James Patrick Stuart), who loves designer furniture and the song "Desperado" -- in that order. And George (Jason Alexander) hires some carpet cleaners -- actually troubleshooters for a religious cult -- to work on the offices at Yankee Stadium.

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Air date: Nov 14, 1996

Kramer (Michael Richards) switches apartments (and several other things) with Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) when he is kept awake by a huge neon sign promoting Kenny Rogers Roasters. Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has to go to the end of the earth -- or at least to Burma -- to get her expense account okayed. Jerry manages to get an old friend fired from his job, but this works out to the benefit of the "plot." And George (Jason Alexander) hopes that a big hat will help him land a second date with an attractive saleswoman.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1996

Ordered to abstain from sex during the six weeks that his girlfriend is recovering from mono, George (Jason Alexander) finds that he has developed hyper-intelligence. Conversely, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) grows progressively stupider while helping out her boyfriend, an aspiring doctor. Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) has to develop a two-hour act for an appearance at a junior high school. And Kramer (Michael Richards) transforms his apartment into a non-PC smoking lounge -- and ultimately seeks out the counsel of Jackie Chiles (Phil Morris) when the tobacco has an adverse effect on his looks.

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Air date: Dec 19, 1996

Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) finds several bags of Newman's mail in his storage lockup. Kramer (Michael Richards) uses a sick dog to get free cold medication for himself -- and ends up exhibiting a number of disturbing doglike tendencies (he even tries to "tell us something," Lassie style!) George (Jason Alexander) schemes to wrest a choice apartment away from a survivor of the 1956 Andrea Doria disaster. And Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) loses her latest boyfriend because she has a "big head." (And don't forget the fork in the forehead).

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The misadventures of Jerry Seinfeld and his friends continue in this eighth series of Seinfeld, where Elain writes Peterman's biography.

Critic Reviews for Seinfeld Season 8

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Seinfeld is still definitely a show I love watching, I think Elaine is at her funniest here, and the new tone isn't necessarily bad-it's just different.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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Any argument that Seinfeld ran out of gas in its final two Larry David-less years is not entirely without merit, but it doesn't hold up to an episode like "The Little Kicks"... The physical brilliance of Julia Louis-Dreyfus... cannot be overstated.

Aug 27, 2019 | Full Review…

This season had the difficult task of handling the aftermath of Susan Ross' death on the show. The season managed to avoid letting things get too grim, but a bit too much focus was given to that storyline.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Remarkably unplagued by bad episodes. At the time Larry David had departed from the show, leaving everything in Seinfeld's hands, and yada, yada, yada, we got one of the wackiest and one of the best seasons.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Not only has the quality of Seinfeld declined precipitously, but -- like so many other shows that came before -- Seinfeld refuses to go out with dignity while it's still somewhere near the top of its game.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

"Seinfeld" is the opposite of a bad breaker-upper.

Sep 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

While moments occasionally veer off into caricature (like Jerry's werewolf-ish reaction to a shaved chest in "The Muffin Tops"), the episodes on the whole have aged well.

Aug 31, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seinfeld: Season 8

  • May 19, 2020
    It's still the one!!
  • Nov 13, 2018
    Without Larry David, Seinfeld gets a little unhinged in season 8. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as they delve into some unusual and hilarious story lines, like Elaine befriending Bizarro Jerry, or Jerry and Kramer switching apartments and personalities. It gets to an uneven start with George "mourning" the loss of Susan, but the season is one of the funniest overall.
  • Dec 29, 2015
    This show is amazing!!!!!!!!

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