The last three seasons of Seinfeld have some of the most iconic sequences of the entire series. Let’s relive them and mourn the death of the greatest comedy show in the history of television.
Season 7 (1995-1996)
Episode 6 (116): “The Soup Nazi”
This episode will forever be referred to as the best episode of Seinfeld, because it is inherently quotable. The Soup Nazi is one of the most infamous minor characters in any television show. One would even say he’s iconic. Nonetheless, all the hype around the episode doesn’t detract from how excellent it is. If you’ve never watched this one, well, you probably aren’t reading this article right now, so why am I even talking to you? Go away, imaginary reader. No soup for you.
Episode 19 (129): “The Wig Master”
Kramer’s sequence toward the end of the episode is something I think about once a week. Wearing Joseph’s Technicolor Dreamcoat, a women’s hat, and the Peterman walking stick, Kramer strolls through the streets of New York City as a cartoon pimp from the 1970s. But the best part is the Lil Wayne-lookalike’s reaction as he sees the large, uncool man gallanting down the sidewalk. We are all that man.
Episode 24 (134): “The Invitations”
This is undoubtedly one of the more controversial episodes of the show. Larry David’s last episode as executive producer, he ends Season 7 on a depressing note that shows the characters’ nihilism in its ugly, shining glory. In classic Seinfeld fashion, George had been trying to get Susan to leave him ever since his and Jerry’s agreement was broken (THEY HAD A PACT). In an effort to save money, George buys the cheapest wedding envelopes he can, and the toxic glue ends of killing Susan. The gang is super not bummed, and decides to go for coffee. Oh, and in 2005, TV Guide named the episode #8 as part of its “Top 100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History.”
Season 8 (1996-1997)
Episode 13 (147): “The Comeback”
I’m not exactly sure why the ocean would call George. There are clearly more shrimp in the ocean than what George ate. And it really is a shame you can’t go get Reilly at the Jerk Store anymore, since they’re out of him. I went there last week and they were still sold out. There were still plenty of Georges in the Best Sellers section, though.
Episode 19 (153): “The Yada Yada”
I’ll be honest, this episode isn’t on the list because of the titular catchphrase. Is it funny? Yeah. Is it really funny? Eh. The best part of the episode is the phrase “anti-dentite.” How many times in my life have I used “yada yada?” Not many. But all the dentists around Kansas know I’m an anti-dentite. I let them know very clearly. Dentists suck, and I hate them very much. Also, Bryan Cranston is king of the dentists.
Episode 21 (155): “The Muffin Tops”
You can tell the series has gone off the rails by this point. And no, I’m not saying that in a bad way. Jerry’s reaction when Kramer shows him his chest hair is simply hilarious, while the homeless shelter’s refusal to accept muffin stumps shows how picky we all are. I personally can’t tell too much of a difference between the top and the stump, but maybe that’s because I’m strictly a blueberry muffin guy. Also, can I get a ticket for the Peterman Reality Tour? Running all over New England to dispose of muffin stumps is the ultimate peek into Kramer’s life.
Season 9 (1997-1998)
Episode 3 (159) – “The Serenity Now”
Just remember, kids: “Serenity now, Insanity later.”
Episode 5 (161) – “The Junk Mail”
I feel for Kramer, I really do. I get way more junk mail that anything that’s actually relevant. I haven’t quite gone to the extreme of bricking up my post office box; after all, I don’t really feel like paying the repair fees. The true shining star of this episode is Wilford Brimley, who plays the postmaster general. It’s one of the strongest segments in the ninth and final season, showing the world how corrupt the U.S. Postal Service is. Hey, somebody just slipped something under my front door. …Well, I guess I have an appointment at the post office tomorrow. If I don’t return, tell the world my story.
Episode 10 (166) – “The Strike”
There was a time in my household growing up that I somehow persuaded my parents to celebrate Festivus. We purchased a Festivus Pole and had our Airing of Grievances. One year, I even invited friends over. We did the Feats of Strength that year. My “friends” held me down and tried to force me to lick my dog’s butt. I told them “THAT’S NOT IN THE EPISODE!!!” but they didn’t care. No, to them it was all fun and games, ruining a sacred religion that has been around for generations. How dare they disgrace the name of Frank Costanza and all that he has created!
End Note: No, we’re not talking about the finale. We do not speak of the finale. It didn’t happen. Go it? Good. Just go watch Seinfeld, the second-best Bryan Cranston series.