Seinfeld: Season 5 (1993 - 1994)

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After an incident involving a mango, Kramer finds himself banned from his favorite fruit market and in search of an alternative way of getting produce from the store. He enlists Jerry to help, but things don't go as planned. Meanwhile, Georgebegins to experience some sexual dysfunction and Jerry tries to convince Elaine to give him another chance when she reveals that she faked all of her orgasms when they dated. Lisa Edelstein, Leonard Termo, and Veralyn Jones guest star. Trivia buffs may wish to note that when the show originally aired, one of the writers was credited as Buck Dancer. In syndication, this credit was changed to the owner of the pseudonym, Larry David. Originally airing September 16, 1993, "The Mango" was the show's fifth-season opener.

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Air date: Sep 23, 1993

George gets a dose of humility when he finds himself forced to move back in with his parents. However, things start looking up for him when someone notices his blemish-free hands and hires him as a professional hand-model. Meanwhile, Jerry finds himself in an embarrassing predicament when he unknowingly agrees to wear a silly, puffy shirt, designed by Kramer's "low-talker" girlfriend, on the Today Show. Wendel Meldrum, Deborah May, and Bryant Gumble guest star. Originally airing September 23, 1993, "The Puffy Shirt" was the third episode shot for the show's fifth season, despite being the second one shown.

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Air date: Sep 30, 1993

The trouble starts in this episode when George has his glasses stolen. Kramer recommends an optometrist friend, and while they're in the store, Elaine is bitten by a dog, thereby rendering her afraid of all canines. To top things off, George becomes convinced that he saw Jerry's cousin and girlfriend kissing on the street, despite the fact that he wasn't wearing his glasses. Timothy Stack, Anna Gunn, and Rance Howard guest star. Originally airing September 30, 1993, "The Glasses" was the second episode shot for the show's fifth season, despite being the third one shown.

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Air date: Oct 7, 1993

When Jerry, Kramer, and Newman run into their mutual accountant at Monks, they take note of the fact that he has a habit of sniffling an awful lot and become convinced that he is spending their money on a drug habit. Meanwhile, George interviews for a job as a brassiere salesman and Elaine can't stand her new boyfriend's overuse of exclamation points. Guest starring John Kapelos, Christa Miller, and Patrick Cronin, "The Sniffing Accountant" originally aired October 7, 1993,and was the fourth episode of the show's fifth season.

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Air date: Oct 14, 1993

When Jerry and Elaine are asked to be godparents, they are a little uneasy with the duties involved, mainly the requirements surrounding the baby's bris. At the same time, Kramer becomes convinced that a man he sees at the hospital is the result of a scientific experiment crossing a human with a pig. Calling back to Jerry and Elaine's story line, a scene in which Kramer attempts to rescue the pig-man is reminiscent of one from Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. Meanwhile, once again, George finds himself in a predicament over a parking spot. Guest starring Charles Levin, Debra Mooney, and Tom Alan Robbins, "The Bris" originally aired October 14, 1993,and was the fifth episode of the show's fifth season.

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Air date: Oct 28, 1993

While at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Jerry falls for a line judge who, as it turns out, is deaf. When the two begin dating, it couldn't be more convenient for George, who enlists the woman to read the lips of his ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, Kramer tries his hand as a line judge and Elaine finds herself in a predicament with a limo driver. Guest starring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, Linda Kash, and Christopher Darga, "The Lip Reader" originally aired October 28, 1993, and was the sixth episode of the show's fifth season.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1993

When Kramer invests in a non-fat frozen yogurt shop, Jerry likes the stuff so much he blurts out the F-word in front of a friend's young son, who, in turn, begins to use the word incessantly. But the yogurt may be too good to be true when Jerry and Elaine report that they've been gaining weight. Fearing he's made a bad investment, Kramer takes the yogurt to be tested in a lab, where he begins an affair with one of the scientists. Maryedith Burrell, Peter Keleghan, and John Christian Graas guest star and New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appears uncredited as himself. Originally airing November 4, 1993, "The Non-Fat Yogurt" was the eighth episode shot for the show's fifth season, despite being the seventh one shown.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1993

The title of this episode refers to Jerry's childhood barber, about whom he feels too guilty to stop patronizing even despite the awful haircuts he receives. As an alternative, Kramer offers up his barber, who works out of his apartment. Meanwhile, when George leaves a job interview unsure whether or not he got the position, and the interviewer goes on vacation, he decides to start going into the office everyday, even though he has no idea what his duties are. Antony Ponzini, David Ciminello, and Michael Fairman guest star. Originally airing November 11, 1993, "The Barber" was the seventh episode shot for the show's fifth season, despite being the eighth one shown.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1993

When Jerry begins dating a professional masseuse, he's excited with the idea of constant free massages. But his elation doesn't last long when he comes to the realization that she doesn't seem to have any plans to offer him any back rubs. To make matters worse, George can't get over the fact that the masseuse doesn't like him and when he tries extra hard to impress her, it causes problems with his own girlfriend. Meanwhile, Elaine's new boyfriend decides to change his name because of a famous serial killer with the same moniker, but the lovers are unable to agree on a new name for him. Jennifer Coolidge of Best in Show and the American Pie movies guest stars as Jody the masseuse. Originally airing November 18, 1993, "The Masseuse" was the ninth episode of the show's fifth season.

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Air date: Dec 9, 1993

When George brings a woman back to his parents' house and claims that it's his, he ends up getting grounded for having sex in their bed and for giving Elaine his father's copy of TV Guide. While on the subway, the magazine attracts a strange man to Elaine. Meanwhile, Jerry's "kitschy" gift of a cigar store Indian gets him into trouble with his Native American girlfriend, and Mr. Lippman is impressed with Kramer's idea for a coffee table book about coffee tables that turns into a coffee table. Kimberly Norris, Sam Lloyd, and Carissa Channing guest star. Originally airing December 9, 1993, "The Cigar Store Indian" was the tenth episode of the show's fifth season.

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The misadventures of Jerry Seinfeld and his friends continue in this fifth series of Seinfeld, which sees George move in with his parents.

Critic Reviews for Seinfeld Season 5

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The best seasons of Seinfeld spiral out from the middle, and that's just all there is to it.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In the world of finely tuned, character-driven sitcoms, the creators of Seinfeld remain masters of their domain.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[An] more unmissable seasons of comic perfection.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The final two episodes of Seinfeld season five are so good, they should really be a show onto themselves.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

These middle-of-the-run seasons were among some of the best comedy that television has produced... Cannot forget "The Marine Biologist" episode, which has perhaps the best comedic payoff in the history of television.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

You can randomly pick out any season five episode and find at least one of the show's classic moments.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The beauty of Season 5 - which can also be said for Seinfeld overall - is that you can drop in on any episode and enjoy it without having seen the one preceding it.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seinfeld: Season 5

  • Dec 08, 2017
    "Well let's start the insanity." Taking over the coveted Cheers timeslot, Seinfeld became the anchor for NBC's comedy lineup in its fifth season. Despite the tremendous success of last season's season long story-arc, the show returns to a conventional episodic format; though there are a few continuing story threats, such as George moving back in with his parents and Kramer writing a coffee table book. On the other hand, with the success of last season's "The Contest," the humor gets even more risqué with talks about faking, pulling "it" out, and shrinkage. Also, the show experiments with end credit scenes (as opposed to Jerry's standup). Featuring "The Puffy Shirt," "The Lip Reader," "The Marine Biologist," "The Raincoats," and "The Opposite," the writers keep the laughs coming and introduce several new recurring characters, including Poppy, Mickey, and George's father (recast as Jerry Stiller). Additionally, the list of guest stars is quite impressive, and features Lisa Edelstein, Marlee Matlin, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Al Roker, Jami Gertz, Courteney Cox, Judge Reinhold, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Regis Philbin. With the full support of the network behind it, Seinfeld gets even more outlandishly hilarious in its fifth season.
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  • Apr 15, 2016
    Season 5 of Seinfeld is very much the second and final transitional season of the show's run after Season 3. By the Fall of 1993, Seinfeld was one of the top-rated shows in America, and after a season-wide story arc, Jerry Seinfeld and Co. had a huge mountain to eclipse and in a way they did but also didn't. Whereas Season 4 had fantastic episodes with recurring characters such as the NBC execs, Crazy Joe Davola, and "The Drake", it always had the overall arc of Jerry and George working on the NBC Pilot hanging over it, and driving the season forward. With Season 5, the show goes back to fully being a "show about nothing" with the episodes themselves returning to individual entities. Likewise, Larry David is able to try stories which weren't able to be done before, and the result is complete hilarity. Aside from "The Mango" and "The Glasses" there is not a single weak episode which is something that is more difficult than many realize. Seinfeld's fifth season is not only the midway point of the series, but where the series itself shifts into the dynamic present for the rest of the show's run. As a lifelong Seinfeld fan, I can cite a few favourites of mine being "The Raincoats," "The Hamptons," "The Bris," The Fire," & of course, "The Barber." It's quite simple really: for anyone who likes 90s sitcoms, seasons 4 through 9 of Seinfeld are must-sees. Season 5 is simply the start of the show's golden era which would end up lasting until the show's finale.
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2020
    Best season of the best sitcom ever?
  • Jul 16, 2018
    Seinfeld season 5 has fewer running subplots than season 4, but follows some of fans' favorite characters, such as George's parents. It also has iconic episodes such as "The Sniffing Accountant," "The Lip Reader," "The Marine Biologist," "The Fire," "The Opposite."
  • May 04, 2017
    This was a great series. It was very funny.
  • Dec 29, 2015
    This show is amazing!!!!!!!! .

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