12 Funny Facts about 'Seinfeld'

The gang of "Seinfeld" is reuniting for the first time since the show went off the air, and yada, yada, yada... "Extra" has some little-known tidbits about the hilarious cast and show!

12 Facts about 'Seinfeld'

No Hugs, No Lessons

“Seinfeld” is known as a show about nothing — and “No Hugs No Lessons” was the Seinfeld producers’ mantra.


“Seinfeld” was set in New York City’s Upper West Side, but was shot mainly in Los Angeles.

Top Show

“Seinfeld” led the Nielsens in its sixth and ninth seasons and finished among the top two (along with NBC’s “ER”) — every year from 1994 to 1998.

Pricey Product Push

“Seinfeld” became the first television series to get more than $1 million a minute for advertising — a fee previously commanded only by the Super Bowl.


"Seinfeld" has won 10 Primetime Emmy Awards, and was nominated for 68 Emmys. The wins include Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Michael Richards (1993, 1994, 1997), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1996) and Outstanding Comedy Series (1993).

The Nominees Are...

Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander never won an Emmy for their roles on the show, but were nominated multiple times: Seinfeld was nominated 5 times for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series (1992-96) and Alexander 7 times for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1992-98).

Ol' Blue Eyes Connection

The final episode of Seinfeld aired on the same day that Frank Sinatra died — May 14, 1998.

Finale Fan Base

The final episode enjoyed a huge audience, estimated at 76 million viewers (58 percent of all viewers that night), making it the third most-watched finale in television history, behind “M*A*S*H” and “Cheers.”


By the end of its final season it was reported that the show generated about $200 million a year in pure profit for NBC — who supposedly offered Jerry Seinfeld $5 million an episode to continue for just one more season.

From TV to DVD

On November 6, 2007, “Seinfeld: The Complete Series” was released on DVD. The final season and the complete series set included a 2007 reunion of the four main cast members and Larry David.

The Gang in High-Def

“Seinfeld” was shot on 35 mm film, allowing later reruns to be broadcast in HD.


Early in March 2009, it was announced that the “Seinfeld” cast would reunite on Larry David’s HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”