This July 5th marks the 25th anniversary of the "Seinfeld" series premiere. The sitcom is considered one of the best shows of all time and its contribution to comedy, pop culture, and the TV landscape as a whole since its inaugural episode is pretty much unparalleled over the past few decades.
We all remember phrases like "yada, yada, yada," might recall Jerry was a Superman fan, and know that the show was filmed in LA and not New York City, where it took place. But there are some little-known tidbits even the biggest fans of the series might not be aware of.
Here are 25 facts you should know about "Seinfeld":
1. "Seinfeld" wasn't part of NBC's 1989 fall lineup. The show got a summer premiere date -- July 5, 1989.
2. It was originally titled "The Seinfeld Chronicles," but got "the old switcheroo" because ABC was already planning a series called "The Marshall Chronicles."
3. Elaine (Julie Louis-Dreyfus) did not appear in the pilot.
4. Festivus, the holiday Frank Costanza observes instead of Christmas, is totally a real thing. Dan O'Keefe, a writer on the show, celebrated as a kid as early as 1966.
5. Naturally, Festivus became popular after the episode "The Strike" brought it to the world's attention in 1997. Go out and buy your festivus poles now, because you totally still can!
6. Seinfeld was the first show to command more than one million dollars per minute for advertising.
7. Frank Sinatra died on the same day of the show's finale, which was May 14th, 1999.
8. The character Newman was originally supposed to be a suicidal African-American man.
9. Megan Mullally and Rosie O'Donnell read for the part of Elaine.
10. Steve Buscemi, Nathan Lane and Danny DeVito were all considered for George.
11. Co-creator Larry David instituted a "no hugging, no learning" policy for the show, meaning no characters could gain moral lessons from their actions.
12. In "The Frogger" (an episode where George tries to get an old Frogger machine from a pizza place), the arcade game displays the initials of top scorers. Frogger machines keep high scores, but they do not display initials.
13. Jerry Seinfeld was offered a 10th season, but turned it down because he wanted to follow in the footsteps of The Beatles -- the band broke up after 9 years.
14. Seinfeld admitted on a Reddit AMA that his two favorite episodes were "The Rye" and "The Pothole." He said of "The Rye": "We got to shoot that at Paramount Studios in LA which was the first time that we thought, 'Wow, this is almost like a real TV show.' We hadn't felt like a real TV show, the early years of the TV show were not successful."
15. Jerry says "Hello, Newman" 15 times throughout the series. His mom (Liz Sheridan) says it once.
16. In the final moments of the season finale, Jerry mentions the placement of George's shirt buttons -- a nod to the conversation the pair had in the series premiere. This prompts George to ask, "haven't we had this conversation before?"
17. The exterior shot for Jerry's apartment was actually filmed in Los Angeles.
18. Jason Alexander (George) doesn't wear glasses.
19. Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander never won Emmy acting awards, despite being nominated numerous times.
20. In the show's first episode, Kramer is referred to as Kessler.
21. George mentions he has a brother, although we never meet him.
22. The TV Land network shut off during the "Seinfeld" series finale to honor the series. They instead aired a still of a closed door with hand-written notes that read, "We're TV Fans so... we're watching the last episode of Seinfeld. Will return at 10pm et, 7pm pt."
23. A spinoff for Kramer's lawyer Jackie Chiles (Phil Morris) was in development, but it never got off the ground!
24. Co-creator Larry David was the voice behind Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
25. Suzanne Vega's song "Tom's Diner" is about the real life "Tom's Restaurant" -- an Upper West Side establishment that served as the exterior for Monk's Cafe, the diner the characters frequented.
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