Seinfeld: Season 1 (1989 - 1990)

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Critic Consensus: Seinfeld's first season lays out the template for the show's unique style, effectively outlining the hugless, lesson-free humor that would later make it an oft-imitated classic.

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Air date: Jul 5, 1989
2
Air date: May 31, 1990
3
Air date: Jun 7, 1990
4
Air date: Jun 14, 1990
5
Air date: Jun 21, 1990

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This first series of Seinfeld follows the American comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his misadventures in New York.

Cast

Jerry Seinfeld
as Jerry Seinfeld
Jason Alexander
as George Costanza
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
as Elaine Benes
Michael Richards
as Cosmo Kramer
Lynn Clark
as Vanessa
Ted Davis
as Dry Cleaner
Anita Wise
as Waitress
Barney Martin
as Morty Seinfeld
Len Lesser
as Uncle Leo
Richard Fancy
as Mr. Lippman
Bob Balaban
as Russell Dalrimple
Heidi Swedberg
as Susan Biddle Ross
Estelle Harris
as Estelle Costanza
Jerry Stiller
as Frank Costanza
Danny Woodburn
as Mickey Abbott
Bryan Cranston
as Dr. Tim Whatley
John O'Hurley
as J. Peterman
Phil Morris
as Jackie Chiles
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Critic Reviews for Seinfeld Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

The jokes are still razor-sharp, undimmed, even on second, third or fourth viewing.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

'Seinfeld's' gentle humor is easy to take. Unlike other current comedians, such as Andrew Dice Clay or Sam Kinison, Seinfeld isn't angry: He's more awed by the wonder of it all.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…
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Somehow, despite each of the four's unpleasant personality characteristics -- no one in the petty, selfish quartet is in any way an ideal role model -- their continuing follies are delightfully appealing.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The Seinfeld/David humor came from observation of the ridiculousness around them and they made it work extremely well.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's clear from the outset that the Seinfeld team has a rapport and a formula that works given enough time, but these episodes are rough. The timing is a little off, the banter is stilted, and the characters are all much more toned down.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The sitcom stuff, though fairly standard, is likable and bouncy enough, but the snatches from Seinfeld's act bump this comedy up a notch.

Jan 23, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Seinfeld, which began tentatively in 1989, is an anomaly, one of those rare step-changes in entertainment that owes absolutely nothing to anything that came before it.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

As a show, one of Seinfeld's main strengths is its deft, meticulous, complicated plots that dovetail elegantly by the end of the episodes, but it seems David & Seinfeld hadn't gotten that quite down yet.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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It's obvious that Seinfeld and co-creator Larry David are attempting to be creative. Perhaps the effect would have been better if Garry Shandling hadn't done it more effectively years ago.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite a certain inertia in the character of sitcom Jerry, ''Seinfeld'' is an affably amusing show, thanks in large part to the shrewd observations of stand-up Jerry.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seinfeld: Season 1

The first (Short) season of seinfeld contains the seeds of what would later become a great show, but is still not quite formed. The pilot, particularly, isn't funny outside seinfeld's stand-up routines. The acting in the early episodes is stiff, as is much of the writing, which seems to be trying too hard to be funny. The season starts to find its stride in its fifth and final episode. Luckily the show would go on, the characters would develop, and much comedy would come from situational and character-driven situations.

A well loved comedy sitcom for good reason.

I think the first episode is an unaired pilot, and I'm surprised it's got a title and is so well known and seen. Anyway, the show is fine. This is a short season of 5 episodes and it was a fine introduction. I saw everyone's favorite clips and never found them too funny so I never thought I was a very big fan, but then my dad showed me an entire episode (I think the first full episode I'd seen) and it was fine, I was surprised at how enjoyable, relatable, and funny it was. This season is fine and a decent start to a series that I'll probably check out at least one more season, because Season 2 only has 12 episodes.

Thankfully, the legacy and later seasons of Seinfeld has helped sooth the cold hard truth that the show's first season was just an honest-to-god horrid affair to watch over 25 years later.

Kal X. A Super Reviewer

NBC brings comedian Jerry Seinfeld's stand-up comedy stylings to television with a 5 episode first season of his self-titled sitcom Seinfeld. Co-created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, the show follows the antics of a fictional version of Jerry as he and his friends deal with life in New York City. The series uses a unique episode structure that integrates excerpts from Seinfeld's real stand-up shows; but they don't always connect with the episode's story. However, the chemistry between the cast is incredibly good and gives the show a vibrant energy. Despite the limited number of episodes, Season 1 of Seinfeld delivers a lot of laughs and shows the potential to turn into something great.

Dann M Super Reviewer

I don't think there is anything quite like this show. I will never get tired of it.

The worst season of a great show.

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