Seinfeld - Season 1
Season one of Seinfeld, an American television series created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, began airing on July 5, 1989, on NBC. Originally called The Seinfeld Chronicles, its name was shortened to Seinfeld after the pilot to avoid confusion with another sitcom called The Marshall Chronicles. The season finale aired on June 21, 1990.
Seinfeld - Season 1
A Seasons 1 & 2 DVD box set was released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in the United States and Canada on November 23, 2004, thirteen years after it had completed broadcast on television. In addition to every episode from the two seasons, the DVD release features bonus material, including deleted scenes, animatics, exclusive stand-up material, and commentaries. With only four episodes after the pilot, season one of Seinfeld is one of the smallest sitcom orders in television history.
Castle Rock Entertainment produced Seinfeld and Columbia Pictures Television and Columbia TriStar Television distributed the series. Seinfeld was aired on NBC in the US. Larry David was the main show runner, the person who is responsible for the day-to-day operations, for this season, and one of the producers. Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld wrote most of the season, with Matt Goldman writing episode three, "The Robbery". The season was directed by Art Wolff and Tom Cherones.
The pilot was met with poor responses from test audiences, and NBC decided not to pick up the show. Believing it had potential, NBC executive Rick Ludwin ordered four episodes about a year after NBC's rejection. The first aired on May 31, 1990. When the pilot was first repeated on July 5, 1990, it received a rating of 13.9/26, meaning that 13.9% of households were tuned in at any given moment; additionally, 26% of all televisions in use at the time were tuned into it. These ratings were high enough to secure a second season. NBC research showed that the show was popular with young male adults, a demographic sought by advertisers, giving NBC an incentive to continue the show. The episode "The Stake Out" was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award.
Retrospective reception of the season has been positive. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 76% approval rating with an average rating of 8.1/10, based on 29 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Seinfeld's first season lays out the template for the show's unique style, effectively outlining the hugless, lesson-free humor that would later make it an oft-imitated classic." On Metacritic, it received a weighted mean score of 78/100, indicating "generally favorable reviews." TV Guide ranked it the twenty second greatest television season of all time, being one of four of the series's entries on the list.
The first season of Seinfeld only has five episodes and they feel very bare-bones when compared to the rest of the series. There isn't a lot going on in the personal lives of Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer, and the characters and storylines aren't as hilarious and quirky as in later seasons.
While some pop culture fans enjoy watching a series from the beginning, others suggest skipping an early season that isn't quite as well-done. There are many reasons why Seinfeld fans can forget the first few episodes of this popular '90s sitcom, but it has some positive aspects as well.
The same thing can't be said for the first season. None of the five episodes are particularly hilarious, compelling, or memorable. It would be fair to say that many fans might not be able to recall any of the storylines, as it didn't feel like the show had really found its footing yet.
The first season of Seinfeld is good because it introduced the unique, loveable dynamic between these two characters. They were super involved in each other's lives and they always overanalyzed recent dates or social interactions. These moments are some of the funniest on the show as they're equal parts cynical and optimistic. They also feed over each other, so if George is upset about his love life, Jerry wonders about his own and vice versa, like when they say that they're "kids" and should settle down.
If fans of Seinfeld want to see where George's scheming started, they can watch the first season episode "The Stock Tip." George makes $8,000 after he hears a stock tip and puts $5,000 into the market. The friends get worried when the source is hospitalized and the stock isn't worth so much anymore. While Jerry invested $2,500 and is out of luck, George manages to come out on top. This is classic George.
People can definitely skip the first season of the show because there are no storylines that focus on Elaine, and she isn't a huge part of it. She only shows up in the second episode and she's introduced as Jerry's ex-girlfriend. It wouldn't be until the second season that fans were given more information and details about her character. Most fans who rewatch the first season will be left wanting more Elaine scenes.
Kramer is a staple of the sitcom, famous for his physical comedy and bursting into Jerry's place. He also has a lot of ideas, some brilliant and some that don't seem logical at all. The first season of the show is great because it introduces fans to the grand ideas that he comes up with throughout the series.
It's always great when Jerry and the gang are in a location other than New York City since they spend a lot of time in Jerry's apartment or at Monk's. A perfect example is the season 3 episode "The Pen" when Jerry and Elaine visit his parents in Florida. No one could forget when Elaine hurt her back sleeping on an uncomfortable sofa bed.