That was a prett-y, prett-y quick 20 years. All the way back in 1990, a young comedian in a blazer, blue jeans and sneakers teamed up with a crotchety old cuss and produced nine seasons of pop culture gold. Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David spun everyday that-happened-to-me-isms into one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. They let us know that the jerk-store wasn't a real comeback, taught us manners regarding a double-dipped chip and taught us that we didn't have to celebrate Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanza for Festivus was for the rest of us. But the show's real brilliance was in how it treated the relationships of four uptight, self-centered New Yorkers trying to find one person who is just good enough for them. Here are the top twenty Seinfeld relationship moments:
Man hands. Jerry has a problem with an otherwise perfect woman: man hands.
Alcohol. Before Jamie Fox can sing about it, Jerry surmises that nearly all of the population is undateable and we have alcohol to thank for anyone getting together.
"I'm not the one going to hell." Despite nearly scaring a priest to death as a New Jersey Devils fan, David Puddy is, indeed, a Christian, much to Elaine's chagrin. (Click here for vid.)
Real and spectacular. Rather than leaving well enough alone, Jerry had to know if his lady's were real. They are and they're spectacular. (A little background from this video):
Abstinence makes George smarter. George's lady gets mono(nucleosis) and he's off sex. Somehow it makes him supernaturally smart as he's not preoccupied with making whoopee. It turns out to work backwards for women. (Click here for vid.)
Schindler's List. Because he's living with his parents, Jerry and his girlfriend can't get any alone time. They have to make out in the most heart-wrenching film of the last 20 years
"That's it we're back together." Puddy and Elaine have an on-again, off-again relationship. Sometimes on, off and then on, but just for two hours, in the same day. (Enjoy one of many breakups, nobody beats the wiz.)
Co-stanza! Speaking of catchphrases, George attempts to leave a lasting memory by saying "Costanza" in the same tone as the "By Mennen" jingle. He also introduces the technique of leaving something behind as an excuse to see someone again. (Click here for vid.)
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