This was without a doubt one of the hardest top 10 lists I ever had to make. There are so many classic episodes that it’s hard not to include all of them in here. But I do have some honorable mentions. The Pick, The Race, The Wink, The Soup Nazi, The Label Maker, The Limo, The Contest, The Seven, The Puffy Shirt, The Fusili Jerry and The Parking Garage are all fantastic episodes and it pains me not to include them, but with a top 10 list you only can go with the very best. So without further ado, here we go.
10. The Rye
“Shut up you old bag!”-Jerry
The Rye is a classic episode for many reasons, one being the very end where George is caught with the fishing pole and the Rye attached to it. The supper with the Ross’s and the Costanza’s is also very awkward and enjoyable to watch, but the fact that Frank Costanza brings back the Rye home (who does that?) and George must now fix the situation is just hilarious which makes The Rye an instant classic.
9. The Marine Biologist
“The Sea was angry that day my friends.” –George
This episode is mainly regarded as one of the best because of George’s speech at the end, where he explains how he saved the whale. The dialogue is so top notched and incredibly quotable and it’s even better when we find out it’s because of Kramer, who golfed on the beach not long before the incident. There’s also Jerry’s shirt, Golden Boy, that dies in the washing machine and is replaced with Baby Blue which makes it even more funny. Jerry convinces Elaine that War and Peace was once called War: What is it good for? Never fails to bring out the big laughs. One of the best written episodes. Classic Seinfeld from start to finish.
8. The Bottle Deposit
“What do you think the hobos are doing?”- Jerry
“I don’t know. They’re deranged.”- Newman
The Bottle Deposit is an hour-long episode and one of the best of the series. Kramer and Newman gather bottles to Michigan so they will get 10 cents instead of 5. The two go on a road trip that goes awry when Kramer’s spots Jerry’s car who has been stolen by Jerry’s crazy mechanic. This one hour episode is pure comedy genius.
7. The Junior Mint
“It’s peppermint, it’s chocolate, it’s delicious.” -Karmer
Perhaps one of the silliest and over the top episodes of the entire series, but still hilarious, Jerry and Kramer accidently drop a Junior Mint inside one the stomach of Elaine’s ex boyfriend during surgery. George buys some of the art after he believes that the man is going to die. The ex-boyfriend is however saved and George looses all his money or as he puts it “nineteen hundred dollars down the drain.” A terrific episode.
6. The Glasses
“You’re spotting dimes, you’re eating onions, I don’t know what the hell is going on!” –Jerry
George loosing his glasses and putting on swimming pool goggles is absolutely historical, but the fact that he spots Jerry’s girlfriend Amy (portrayed by Anna Gunn, who played Skylar on Breaking Bad) making out with cousin Jeffrey even though he can’t see and mistakes him for a horse makes this episode one of the best of the show’s history. Jerry gets an air conditioner, which falls flat on the same dog that bites Elaine who gets rabies. “If I ever find that son of a bithc that stole my glasses”- which makes the reveal with the glasses on the locker even more satisfying. Such a great episode!
5. The Boyfriend
“That… is one magic loogie.”-Jerry
This one-hour episode is a parody of the film J.F.K. by Oliver Stone, and boy does it pay off. Jerry and George meet Keith Hernandez and Jerry instantly has a bro crush on the baseball player while George is trying to get a job and goes out with the daughter of the unemployment’s office secretary and lies to her about Jerry’s apartment being a buisness manufacturing in latex.
Newman, who is also in the film J.F.K., is also in one of the show’s most famous scene with Kramer after Jerry explains Elaine why they both hate Keith Hernandez who they believe has spit on them after a baseball game. Ironically, Jerry points to a second spitter, just like the second shooter in the J.F.K. theory. That scene alone makes this episode one of the greatest.
4. The Smelly Car
“My car stinks is what happened. And it’s destroying the lives of everyone in it’s path.” –Jerry
The Smelly Car is perhaps the most underrated Seinfeld episode ever. It is rarely in anyone’s top 10 list. Jerry car stinks of B.O. and the stench attaches itself to everyone who goes in the car. Jerry thinks it’s an entity, while Elaine’s boyfriend can’t stand the smell. Kramer steals Susan’s girlfriend who becomes a lesbian, and George wonders if it’s their relationship that brought her there in the first place. The Smelly Car is one of the best Seinfeld episodes ever.
3. The Airport
“If you wanna make this plane you gotta run like a man, get your knees up!” -Jerry
The first episode of the series that I have ever watched, The Airport has plenty of memorable quotes and laugh out loud moments. That “I like to stop at the duty free shop,” line is genius and the way Jerry goes to first class and Elaine must suffer through coach is hysterical. Jerry meets a model while Elaine is stuck between two annoying people. George encounters a criminal “Have a nice life, sentence that is.” Probably one of George’s best quotes. Meanwhile Kramer falls down the baggage shoot and George is stuck on the plane. This is a classic episode that offers plenty of laughs from start to finish.
2. The Opposite
“Hi my name is George. I’m unemployed and I live with my parents.” -George
George’s turn is the highlight of the episode and his odd change of behavior to everyone around him is what makes this episode so timeless. Everything starts going well when he does the opposite, while Jerry realizes that he tends to break even and Elaine starts to become George. Kramer goes on tour to publish his coffee table book, but with Kramer things never go as planned. The quotable lines, as the one stated above, and the terrific transformation makes this number two on the list. The episode also marks George’s first encounter with Steinbrenner (voiced by Larry David).
1.The Diner Party
“Look to the cookie, Elaine. Look to the cookie.” -Jerry
While everybody’s number 1 will be different, it should be an episode that is re-watchable and that has non-stop laughs from the get-go to the last frame. This is my favorite Seinfeld episode ever and it has amazing moments of comedic genius. Jerry’s vomit streak. The black and white cookie. The chocolate Bobka. George’s Gortex coat. So many great quotes too. It’s the perfect Seinfeld episode to watch and re-watch over and over again. Giddy-up!
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