Seinfeld: Season 4 (1992 - 1993)

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Season 4
Seinfeld

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The show about nothing tries on an overarching plot for a change and yields a riotous satire on television in the process, further solidifying its claim as master of the sitcom domain with observant humor mined from the mundane and uncomfortable.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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Air date: Aug 19, 1992

Picking up where the third season finale left off, the fourth season opener is the first episode of a two-parter set in Los Angeles. Jerry and George trek to the Golden State for Jerry's appearance on The Tonight Show and to look for Kramer, who left in to fulfill his dreams of becoming an actor. While there, George has problems getting the hotel chambermaid to make his bed the way he likes it and Jerry screws up his standup act on The Tonight Show. Meanwhile, a female producer is found murdered with Kramer's screenplay in her possession, making the police suspect that he is the infamous "Smog Strangler." Actors Corbin Bernsen, George Wendt, and Fred Savage make guest appearances as themselves. The Trip, Part 1 originally aired August 12, 1992.

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Air date: Aug 19, 1992

The second half of a two-parter that began with the show's fourth-season opener, this episode continues the gang's adventures on the left coast, finding Kramer oblivious to the fact that he is wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department for suspicion that he is the infamous "Smog Strangler," and Jerry and George attempting to clear his name with the authorities. While riding in the back of a police cruiser, Jerry and George end up discussing tipping etiquette with a recently arrested perpetrator. Clint Howard, brother of Parenthood and Apollo 13 director Ron Howard, guest stars. "The Trip, Part 2" originally aired August 19, 1992.

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Air date: Sep 16, 1992

When Jerry and George get the opportunity to pitch a sitcom to executives at NBC, George comes up with the familiar idea of proposing a "show about nothing." After their meeting, George decides to ask out one of the executives. Meanwhile, Kramer is kicked in the head by Crazy Joe Davola after Kramer neglects to invite him to a party and Newman receives a speeding ticket. This episode marks the first appearance of Heidi Swedberg as Susan, George's long-term, ill-fated girlfriend. Airing September 16, 1992, "The Pitch" was originally the first half of the hour-long third episode of the show's fourth season. The episode was later split in two for syndication. The second half is "The Ticket."

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Air date: Sep 16, 1992

In order to get out of a speeding ticket, Newman makes up a story that he was speeding home to stop his friend from committing suicide and enlists Kramer to be that friend. Things don't go as expected when Kramer begins experiencing side-effects from his kick to the head by Crazy Joe Davola. Meanwhile, despite Kramer having vomited on Susan, Jerry and George get another meeting with the executives at NBC. Heidi Swedberg and Bob Balaban guest star. Airing September 16, 1992, "The Ticket" was originally the second half of the hour-long third episode of the show's fourth season. The episode was later split in two for syndication. The first half is "The Pitch."

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Air date: Sep 23, 1992

When his parents come to town, Jerry finds himself combating several annoyances. First, Uncle Leo shows up with the watch that he found in the trash, the same watch that the Seinfelds had given Jerry and he subsequently threw away for not keeping correct time. Then, after a doctor's visit, Jerry's father Morty becomes convinced that his wallet has been stolen. Meanwhile, George attempts to negotiate a deal with the executives at NBC, only to have it blow up in his face. Originally airing September 23, 1992, "The Wallet, Part 1" was the fifth episode of the show's fourth season and the first in a two-parter that continued the following week.

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Air date: Sep 30, 1992

The watch fiasco with Uncle Leo continues, as Jerry attempts to buy the watch from him to avoid problems with his parents. Meanwhile, Elaine brings Kramer along to act as her new boyfriend so she can break up with her current boyfriend, who also happens to be her shrink. Later, she runs into Crazy Joe Davola, and, unaware of his nickname and reputation, begins dating him. Bob Balaban, Barney Martin, and Liz Sheridan guest star. Originally airing September 30, 1992, "The Wallet, Part 2" was the sixth episode of the show's fourth season and the second in a two-parter that began the previous week.

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Air date: Oct 7, 1992

Jerry, Elaine, George, and Susan set off to spend a weekend at a cabin owned by Susan's parents. Along the way, they end up making a stop so Jerry can meet a young fan who has a medical condition that confines him to a plastic bubble. Once there, George gets in a heated game of Trivial Pursuit with the boy. Meanwhile, the uninvited Kramer makes it to the cabin, where he decides to enjoy a cigar. Brian Doyle-Murray guest stars as the bubble-boy's father, a Yoohoo delivery man. Originally airing October 7, 1992, "The Bubble Boy" was the seventh episode of the show's fourth season.

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Air date: Oct 28, 1992

When George and Susan break the news to her father about his cabin being burned down (inadvertently by Kramer's Cuban cigar in the previous episode), he reacts even worse than expected. His malaise is later revealed to be the result of his fear that his love letters from author John Cheever burned with the cottage. Meanwhile, Jerry goes too far while talking dirty in bed with Elaine's secretary, and Kramer sets out on a search for more Cuban stogies. Viewers may wish to note that Warren Frost and Grace Zabriskie, the actors who portray Susan's parents, also appeared together on David Lynch's Twin Peaks. Originally airing October 28, 1992, "The Cheever Letters" was the eighth episode of the show's fourth season.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1992

Elaine finally realizes that her new beau, "Crazy" Joe Davola, is off his rocker, although she and Jerry have yet to put two and two together to discover that they have the same menace in their lives. Both situations come to a head when they attend a performance of the opera +Pagliacci and Crazy Joe shows up in a full clown get-up. Meanwhile, George tries to scalp Susan's unused ticket for the opera. Peter Crombie and Heidi Swedberg guest star. Originally airing November 4, 1992, "The Opera" was the ninth episode of the show's fourth season.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1992

George finds himself in a Catch-22 when he realizes that while his sitcom-writing job is a good way to pick up women, if he cheats on Susan, he'll lose the job. Meanwhile, Jerry becomes interested in an old flame who reveals herself to be a virgin, but Elaine makes things difficult by giving her the low-down on the behavior of the post-coital male. Guest starring Frasier's Jane Leeves as Marla the virgin, this episode was co-written by brothers Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, who would go on to write and direct such films as Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary. Originally airing November 11, 1992, "The Virgin" was the tenth episode of the show's fourth season.

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The misadventures of Jerry Seinfeld and his friends continue in this fourth series of Seinfeld, where Jerry and George attempt to make a TV show pilot for the channel NBC.

Critic Reviews for Seinfeld Season 4

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Barring an unlikely outbreak of hugging and learning, this remains one of the few shows worth making it a point not just to turn on but to stop everything to watch.

Sep 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Quite aside from the fact that, snicker for snicker, belly laugh for belly laugh, it's probably the funniest show on television, Seinfeld is also one of the purest of all TV-viewing pleasures.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: b+ | Full Review…

I knew it already, but watching the whole of season four over the last couple of months has reinforced for me just how incredible a season of TV it is. There's no dud episode, there are so many great recurring characters...

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A growing level of acerbic confidence that ramped up the high concepts.

Jul 6, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's [the] second storyline that takes the most turns in Larry David and Peter Mehlman's witty script, filled with amusing detail.

Feb 15, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Seinfeld was famously dextrous in the ways it was able to talk about sex with remarkable frankness while still completely avoiding all of the language land mines... "The Contest" is a master class in this kind of thing.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

["The Contest"] is still great 25 years later, an example of boundary-pushing comedy writing that feels fresh... This is an episode all about delayed pleasure that is pleasing from beginning to end.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The fourth season of Seinfeld is the crown of the series for two reasons. The first is that is gave us a legendary episode that instantly cemented itself in pop culture history. Secondly, it featured the show's best and most daring story arc.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Season four is Seinfeld at its funniest and most inventive. Nearly every episode is a timeless classic and the meta storyline with Jerry's fictional show is nothing short of brilliant.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The 1992-93 season was when things all came together for Seinfeld, so much so that the show's fourth season should be considered the best season any sitcom has ever had.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The [season] that established Jerry Seinfeld as the Master of His Domain and hooked the nation on a show about nothing.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Each hour in Season 4 pokes fun at the nature of television in general and, specifically, getting a TV show made, so it's got plenty of in-jokes for people in the biz. But there's also a lot to like outside of the main storyline.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seinfeld: Season 4

  • Aug 16, 2017
    Seinfeld finally breaks out as NBC's premier comedy in its fourth season, delivering some of the show's best and most iconic episodes (not there's anything wrong with that). In a rather daring move, the show attempts a parody of its own real-life creation by having a season long arc following Jerry and George as they pitch and develop a sitcom pilot for NBC. Featuring such classic episodes as "The Trip," "The Bubble Boy," "The Contest," "The Outing," and "The Pilot," the writers make a concerted effort to get creative and take the show to new places. There are also a number of guest stars featured, including Corbin Bernsen, George Wendt, Clint Howard, Brian Doyle-Murray, Denise Richards, Teri Hatcher, and Jeremy Piven. Incredibly funny, Season 4 of Seinfeld moves the series into the more surreal, yet the laughs "are real and they're spectacular!"
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  • Feb 09, 2016
    Let there be light! After three seasons which can only hope to be described as mediocre at best, Seinfeld rips into full form with a 24-episode season in which the legend is born and blossoms over a year full of Junior Mints, Airports, Virgins, Crazy Joe Davola sightings, and of course a Contest to end all contests. This is the season where the "show about nothing" became the "sitcom to end all sitcoms."
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2020
    Seasons 4-6 were some of the funniest sit com episodes ever. The other seasons were hit and miss.
  • Apr 08, 2020
    I wanna meet the 3 guys who didn't like this season!
  • May 31, 2018
    Seinfeld Season 4 is something of a bridge between the grounded seasons 1-3 and the more ludicrous plots starting in Season 5. Season 4 has a number of memorable subplots, such as the conclusion of Kramer's jacket and the production of the TV show about nothing, "Jerry." The season gets off to a somewhat weak start, resetting the series after Kramer went off to California at the end of Season 3. The Season finds its stride in the third episode. From there, there are a number of classics, such as "The Bubble Boy," "The Contest," "The Implant," "The Smelly Car."
  • May 04, 2017
    This was the best series of the comedy show. It had some very funny ideas. Top quality.
  • Dec 29, 2015
    This show is amazing!!!!!!!!

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