|Celebrating Festivus 2 (Photo credit: M. Keefe)|
There are few sitcoms that have the longstanding, audience-captivating, funny-bone-tickling aperture that Seinfeld possessed. Most sitcoms are short lived, indeed. Many freshman and sophomore comedies quickly come to an end as soon as they have arrived; after getting the ratings axe from the major networks that purchase the rights to air them. However, Seinfeld was not such a short lived endeavor. In fact, it ended up being one of the most popular – and quite possibly original, funniest and profitable– sitcoms of all time. And it’s won more awards than most other shows in the history of television.
How much do you really know about Seinfeld? Find out with these outlandishly off-kilter facts that will jar your memory.
- The show as actually called the “The Seinfeld Chronicles” to begin with. But that title was later shortened to just “Seinfeld,” in lieu of a show being canceled previously by ABC called: “The Marshall Chronicles.”
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus scored the role of Elaine. However, before she was awarded that leading role, a few other female actresses tried out for it, including: Patricia Heaton, Megan Mullally and Rosie O’Donnell, who all read for this part.
- In the pilot for the show, Kramer’s name was changed to Kessler because Larry David did not yet own the rights to use the name of Kramer.
- The siblings of Jerry and Elaine were never seen on the screen or in the show.
- Newman was originally intended to be a suicidal African-American, but Larry David later changed that to the Newman we all know and love (or hate).
- The show has won an amazing 10 Primetime Emmy Awards.
- It was nominated for 68 Primetime Emmy Awards overall.
- The show’s beginning and end revolved around the discussion of a button on a shirt.
- It was the first television series in history to garner a whopping $1-million per minute for advertising slots.
- The series finale attracted 76-million viewers, approximately 58% of all viewers for that night, making it the third most watched finale in the history of TV.
- The final episode aired the very same day that Frank Sinatra passed away: May 14th, 1998.
- Come the end of the series, the show made NBC more than $200-million per year in net revenue.
- NBC begged Jerry to come back for one more season, offering him an unprecedented $5-million per episode, which he turned down.
- Festivus was not unique to the show. It was actually created in 1968 by a Reader’s Digest editor as a joke.
WATCH: The Story of Festivus
Learn about the history of Festivus and where the line, “A Festivus for the rest of us” actually came from in the show. This hilarious video provides the moniker for this infamous holiday that was made famous by Jerry Seinfeld’s hit comedy show. If you love Seinfeld, this clip will stir up a holiday chuckle or two, for sure.
The holidays are just around the corner. What better time than to get in gear with your Seinfeld A Festivus for theRest of Us Green Adult T-shirt, and show the world that you’ve got your own funny little holiday.