Seinfeld: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets
Seinfeld has gone down in history as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms ever made! It ran on NBC for nine seasons from 1989 to 1998 and was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, who also starred as a fictional version of himself. The show took place predominantly in his apartment in New York City, and followed Jerry’s life, as well as the lives of his close friends who’ve now become iconic TV characters, George Costanza, Elaine Benes and neighbor Cosmo Kramer. It’s been 20 years since the show ended, so here’s a look back at 10 behind the scenes secrets from the show!
10. The Susie
In season 15, episode 8, George has an answering machine message of himself singing to the theme song from “The Greatest American Hero.” The idea came from writer, Jeff Schaffer who knew a girl with a message exactly like that. In their brainstorming meetings the staff would laugh about it all the time. “For two weeks, that’s how we started every kind of brainstorming session — listening to this girl’s message. Then somebody said, ‘We’ve got to do this as a story. We’ve gotta give it to George,'” said writer Spike Feresten. When it went to air, they left a message on the woman’s machine and said, “Watch ‘Seinfield’ tonight!”
9. Writing Julia Louis-Dreyfus Pregnancy into the Show
When Julia Louis-Dreyfus became pregnant with her second child in season 8, Seinfeld wanted to find a way to write it into the show. One day he approached her when she was about four months pregnant, and according to Louis-Dreyfus, suggested Elaine just gets fat for that season. Not surprisingly, this upset Louis-Dreyfus a lot! In a round table interview with all the cast members, she said she broke down crying and the idea was immediately scrapped and instead they strategically hid her belly behind boxes or baggy clothes.