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25 Years after the original premiere of Seinfeld in the summer of 1989, Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur have decided that it’s time to go back to podcast about nothing.

In this episode, Rob and Akiva discuss a number of topics from the original Seinfeld premiere including:

  • What are the key differences between this original pilot and the future episodes of Seinfeld to come?
  • What do Rob and Akiva think of the female waitress that is in the Elaine role in the pilot played by Lee Garlington?
  • Why is George so concerned with drinking decaf?
  • What are some of the major differences in George and Kramer Kessler’s character?
  • Why is the woman that Jerry is trying to date potentially the worst person in the entire world?
  • How is the stand-up comedy integrated in to the episode differently than the ways it was used in the future episodes?
  • What are the things that are different about Jerry’s apartment?
  • What piece of advice does George give that he will be able to use several seasons down the line in the series?
  • How does Rob utilize Jerry’s laundry advice about “once you’re wet, you’re wet” in his real life?

Let us know if you’re excited for a Seinfeld podcast here on Post Show Recaps.  This is the first recap podcast we’ve done for a non-current show and we want to make sure this is something you want on this site and on the Post Show Recaps podcast.  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Be sure to check out our next Seinfeld Post Show Recap discussing episode #2, The Stakeout

Look for the Seinfeld Recap ONLY podcast feed to make it’s debut on iTunes sometime later this week.

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  • Kos

    Good stuff. As a big fan of Seinfeld, I’m 100% in favor of these podcasts (though I’m not sure covering the entire first season is necessary, as it’s weak in comparison to the others). My three favorites that I hope make the top 25:

    3. The Implant
    2. The Opposite
    1. The Contest

  • Matt Geoghegan

    Absolutely we need more of these. This should be very fun to listen to. However, Akiva does get a lot wrong about the show it seems

  • Thomas Mullaney

    My 2 favourite shows of all time are Survivor and Seinfeld. I’ve been a religious RHAP listener since Nicaragua and with the (hopefully many) Seinfeld recaps, it looks like I’m gonna listen to a lot of Post Show Recaps too. Giddy up!

  • Paolo S.

    The great thing about Seinfeld is it’s amazing syndicated run. Being born in ’93 and having been able to watch every single episode solely on re-runs says a lot about the show and how it’ll probably transcend generations to come. LOL not to mention im a canadian resident! I’d love to hear more podcasts if people are on board especially the early classics like the restaurant & parking lot episodes.

  • Sam P.

    Please continue making these! Seinfeld is my favorite show of all time.

  • Scott Kannady

    Great show! Please make more.

  • waggenx2

    Yes yes yes yes please! I love Seinfeld as much as Survivor and this first podcast episode was entertaining and I imagine it will get more so when we hit the best episodes.

    A podcast about nothing was a good name btw.

  • @Wharfrat1625

    This was a blast. Id love to hear you guys go back through the series. It truly is a a classic, and I for one haven’t revisited it in years and would take this as a great excuse to go back a re-watch.. Keep em coming!

  • prett77

    Finally got to listening to this podcast. Solid start. I’ll enjoy hearing more. Rather than doing every episode that leads up to the vote, I suggest you do one podcast per season, then do a top 25 vote, and then do one podcast on each of the top 25.

    • toast

      Do them all. It can take years to get through them. I’m cool with that.

  • John Davis

    seen every episode many many times. Love this idea and what you guys are doing here. Bravo. #Aboutnothing

  • John Davis

    In future shows how about you read a few trivia questions from the Seinfeld Trivia Game?

  • toast

    You absolutely have to do this. We need a Seinfeld podcast.

  • Eart

    Rob, it’s great that you’re doing a Seinfeld podcast. All the Seinfeld references you put in your other podcasts (that your co-host often misses) always make me crack up.

    Of course, Seinfeld was on the short list of my ideas for the individual Patreon podcast, so now I’ll have to think of another idea. Maybe we’ll just spend the 30 minutes talking about Ovaltine.

  • Alex G

    This was a great podcast, and I am eagerly awaiting more of them!

    Also, if anyone wants to check this out between podcast episodes, there’s:

  • cburger

    This podcast could have used an Alan Sepinwall type to provide historical television context and background information on Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. Was “Roseanne” or “Cheers” mentioned at all during the show? I’ve listened many times to Rob talk about “Survivor” in a larger historical sense, and he always mentions “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” and its influence on television as a whole and “Survivor” in particular. That element is missing here.

    Akiva needs a fact-checker.

    Sorry if I sound like Claire the waitress. Overall, I very much enjoyed the analysis of the episode. Rob had some great observations.

  • homertownie

    I like the idea of a Seinfeld podcast, but of course you can’t do them for each episode. Right?

    There are a million websites ranking “episodes”, so I am not sure there is much value in that.

    I don’t think you should rank the episodes, because it is the “story line / bit / skit ” that everybody remembers, not the whole episode. For example, the “Soup Nazi” bit is iconic and hilarious, but the rest of the episode is not that great. Other episodes have up to 4 great bits in them, which makes a much better “episode”, but you can’t ignore the greatness of the “Soup Nazi”. Most people don’t even remember which bits went together into one episode.

    One of the things that makes Seinfeld great is how much humor they packed into one episode. Most sitcoms have one or two bits per show, only one of which was good. Seinfeld quick cut 3-4 good to great bits per show. For example, in one episode Seinfeld had four very good to great bits in it — “Bizarro Jerry”, “Man-hands”, “Kramer works a job without being hired”, and “Gorgeous Women have their own secret world”. You probably remember all those bits, but nobody remembers they were in the same episode.

    But other approaches also make sense. The “whole episode waiting for a table at a Chinese Restaurant” and “whole episode told in reverse order” were not so funny in themselves, but they marked interesting story telling in television.

    The “not that there is anything wrong with that” and “not wear the ribbon” is probably the best balanced political commentary on gay rights issues in many decades — way before their time, but still funny in their time. The dwarf actor, ripping TV network selection of sitcoms, NYC to Florida connection, and retirement home politics, were also way before their time.

    I think it would be interesting to hear some podcasts about how the series developed over time, some podcasts ranking characters, some podcasts ranking bits/story lines, some podcasts ranking catch phrases, some podcasts ranking Jerry’s girlfriends and the reasons he broke up with them, some podcasts on how Seinfeld changed TV, etc. The final episode of Seinfeld deserves a re-look, especially in terms of later series finales since then.

    So I guess my suggestion is not a single format, definitely not episode by episode or season by season, but unique ways at looking at the Seinfeld show.

  • Suzi!

    So glad you’re doing this!

  • Crystal

    Yay!! Please keep doing these – one for every episode!! 😉

  • NRChandler

    Please continue to podcast about my favorite show! I’m completely commited to watch along with you guys. I own the whole set, so I’m raring to go!

  • chelsea_1905

    This is HUGE! Love Seinfeld and hopefully there’s enough of an audience that we can get many, many more episodes.

  • toast

    What amazed me is that there isn’t already a Seinfeld podcast out there.
    People choose to talk about all sorts of trivial nonsense in the podosphere, but something as important as Seinfeld has been missed.

    It’s just not right.

  • Robert Penner

    Really enjoyed this podcast; please keep it coming. It would be great if you could dig into which story lines were based on real events in Larry or Jerry’s lives. I went on Kenny Kramer’s Reality Tour in 2001 and gleaned a lot, though many details escape me now.

  • Snuffeldjuret

    My 3 most favorite shows ever are Star Trek, Seinfeld and Survivor (The three big S’s), so immensely happy today listening to this podcast as well as hearing you geek out about Enterprise model names =). I would listen to and thoroughly enjoy every single podcast even if you did as many as one for each episode!

  • CaveChicken

    For the last 15 years or so, Seinfeld’s always been an easy show to put on around dinner time for something light and fun to watch. I have probably seen each ep 5 – 10 times over the years. This first episode doesn’t give too much to talk about, but there are some classic episodes that would be fun to hear recapped. I like the idea your co host put out for a name…Seinfeld: a Podcast about Nothing

  • David Mansfield

    Very entertaining podcast, I was in stiches when Rob continually bagged Laura. The only other Laundry episode I can think of was in the Marine Biologist with Golden boy & Baby Blue (though he never actually went there) oh and just for a bit of fun here is Jerry’s girlfriend’s rated 1-50.

  • Ronda Mansfield

    I loved this! Please keep ’em coming.

  • magnumpi

    seinfeld is my favorite show ever

    i like this

  • Hornacek

    During the first wrong number phone call Jerry gets, the caller is looking for the person who used to live there, and Jerry makes a comment indicating that he has just moved into the apartment. Does this fit into the timeline in the backwards-episode where it shows Jerry first moving in and telling Kramer to come over whenever he watns?

    This also means that he and Kramer have just recently met, making a contrast to his friendship with George, which we later learn goes back to high school.

    Also loved the scene where Jerry goes into the bathroom leaving George and Kramer to make small talk. At this point the two of them need Jerry – they’re both friends with him, not with each other.