Season 1 title

Season 1 Title card (from The Stake Out)

Season 1 was the very first season of Seinfeld. The Season featured only 5 episodes, very rare for a television series. The Season consisted of the pilot episode along with 4 other produced episodes. Due to the size of the season, Season 1 and Season 2 were released on DVD as a box set.


Originally entitled The Seinfeld Chronicles, the pilot episode was met with poor reviews, and NBC decided not to pick up the show. Believing the series had potential, NBC executive Rick Ludwin ordered four episodes about a year after NBC's rejection. The first of these aired on May 31, 1990. When the pilot was first repeated on July 5, 1990, it received a rating of 13.9/26, which means 13.9 percent of households were tuned in at any given moment; additionally, 26 percent of all televisions in use at the time were tuned into this program. 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 after by advertisers. This gave NBC an incentive to keep broadcasting the show. "The Stake Out" was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award. TV Guide ranked it the twenty-second greatest television season of all time, being one of four of the series' entries on the list.


Cast Members in Every Episode

Other Cast Members


# Title Directed By
Written By
Air Date
01 The Seinfeld Chronicles "The Seinfeld Chronicles" Art Wolff
Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld
July 5, 1989
When Jerry gets a phone call from a woman he met out of town, "Kessler" (known as Kramer in all later episodes) and George weigh on the situation. Elaine was not in the first episode.
02 The Stakeout "The Stake Out" Tom Cherones
Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld
May 31, 1990
Jerry meets a woman at a party but only finds out where she works leading Jerry and George to "stake" her out at her building.
03 The Robbery "The Robbery" Tom Cherones
Matt Goldman
June 7, 1990
Jerry is robbed after Kramer leaves the door open causing Jerry to find a new apartment which George becomes jealous of.
04 Male-Unbonding "Male Unbonding" Tom Cherones
Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld
June 14, 1990
Jerry tries to end a friendship with a childhood friend with a little help from his ex-girlfriend, Elaine Benes. Kramer wants to open a make-your-own pizza shop.
05 The Stock Tip "The Stock Tip" Tom Cherones
Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld
June 21, 1990
George gets a stellar stock tip which he advises Jerry to invest in. Jerry goes on a official first date with Vanessa.

DVD Releases

  • Region 1: November 23, 2004
  • Region 2: November 1, 2004
  • Region 4: October 18, 2004
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