The original “show about nothing,” Seinfeld’s influence is far-reaching, from the use of its catchphrases in American lexicon to the way future sitcoms would be developed. With each episode often comprised of four self-contained storylines, the fashion in which the show was able to juggle the separate plots is perhaps more impressive than getting away with having a show be about so little. Outrageously funny, Seinfeld continues to be enjoyed to this day by thousands.
In celebration of the iconic series’ 30th anniversary, join us as we highlight our 10 favorite Seinfeld episodes of all-time. Enjoy!
10. “The Soup Nazi” (Season 7, Episode 6)
One of many episodes with a cultural reference, even amongst those that don’t watch Seinfeld (no soup for you!), “The Soup Nazi” is pure comedic gold and a series classic that remains the favorite episode for many. The term “Nazi” is an exaggeration for the excessively strict behavior the titular character expects from his patrons. The fact that the show is able to use this term as loosely as it does and in a humorous sense without malice is a testament to the strong writing and charm of the show. When Jerry’s girlfriend is unable to meet the Soup Nazi’s expectations, Jerry choosing soup over his girlfriend is simply legendary. As well, Elaine’s armoire being stolen by homosexual thugs is another element that could have been treated crudely but instead appears as inoffensive as can be. Well-acted and well-written, “The Soup Nazi” arrives during the peak of the show and continues to hold up to this day.