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20 Fun Facts on Seinfeld’s 25th Anniversary

Seinfeld, which debuted on July 5, 1989, turns 25 years old today. In honor of the series’ anniversary, here are 20 fun facts about the show about nothing:

1. The majority of the series was shot at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA.

2. Jerry’s address is mentioned in the show as 129 W. 81st St., though in an error, his apartment building exterior says 757.

3. The character of George Costanza was based off of co-creator/producer, Larry David.

4. There was only one episode without George (season 3, episode 3, “The Pen”).

5. Larry David’s former neighbor Kenny Kramer was initially paid $1,000 to allow the use of his name. After the series ended, he began touring as the host of Kramer’s Reality Tour and Kramer’s Reality Road Show.

6. The name Costanza comes from Jerry’s former friend Mike Costanza, who sued Jerry, Larry David, and NBC for $100 million, citing defamation and invasion of privacy. Costanza lost the case, but has since written a book entitled “The Real Constanza” in which he claims that the character is based entirely off of his life. After looking into it further, I’m officially calling BS.

7. Larry David, though not credited, voiced the role of Yankee’s owner George Steinbrenner, a boxing referee, a subway announcer, Saddam Hussein, and a soap opera director.

8. Wale is a major fan of Seinfeld and has featured Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld on some of his tracks.

9. Jerry Seinfeld’s obsession with the number nine played a factor in his decision to end the series after nine seasons.

10. Seinfeld’s top five favorite episodes are “The Boyfriend,” “The Pothole,” “The Contest,” and “The Yada Yada.”

11. The character of Newman does not have a first name.

12.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member of SNL from 1982 to 1985. She and Larry David met when he worked there as a writer from 1984 to 1985.

13. The exterior shot of “Monk’s,” the cafe where the characters spend much of their time, is actually Tom’s Restaurant on Manhattan’s upper west side. Tom’s has been family owned since the 1940’s and is still open to this day.

14. Seinfeld received an award from the American Academy of Dermatology in 1998 for the season 9 episode “The Slicer,” for promoting skin care awareness.

15. In 180 episodes the series only had seven directors.

16. Jason Alexander (George Costanza) is the only cast member who ever directed an episode.

17. Seinfeld was shot before a live studio audience, and during the height of Kramer’s popularity audience members had to be asked to not clap for so long because it would disrupt the comedic pacing of the scenes.

18. When the show began, Jerry’s stand-up scenes were an essential part of each episode. As the plot-lines became more complex and dense, the stand-up scenes were used less and less until they were completely cut out by the end of season 7. It wasn’t until the series finale (episodes 23-24 of season 9) that the segment appeared again.

19. After the show ended Larry David obtained a $1.7 billion syndication deal.

20. The final conversation between George and Jerry in the season finale is almost the exact conversation that began the series. Their discussion was simply about a t-shirt button.

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