Throughout its nine-season run from 1989 to 1998, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's sitcom "Seinfeld" upended every conceivable norm that society could throw its way. A sitcom landscape once dominated by family-oriented fare was taken over by four perennially single friends—Jerry (played by himself), George (Jason Alexander), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and Kramer (Michael Richards)—whose Manhattan-based misadventures made for some of television's most memorable moments.
It's no wonder the show still endures by way of reruns and streaming services like Netflix, which paid $500 million for the rights to "Seinfeld" for five years, starting in 2021, when Hulu's $180 million deal expired.
Frequently advertised as a show about nothing, "Seinfeld" was, in fact, quite the opposite. Specifically, the 180-episode series knit together multiple seemingly unrelated storylines to masterful effect within any given episode, ultimately leaving no subject unexplored. One might even say that "Seinfeld" was so adept at layering plots within plots—and jokes within jokes—that it can be hard to remember which joke came from which episode.
Here, Stacker ranked the 100 best "Seinfeld" episodes of all time. The list was curated using IMDb user ratings as of November 2022; if two episodes have the same rating, the number of user votes is used to break the tie. Counting down from #100 to #1, here are the best episodes from one of the most celebrated television comedies of all time.
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