Seinfeld (season 8)

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Seinfeld (season 8)
Region 2 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network NBC
Original release September 19, 1996 – May 15, 1997
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Season eight of Seinfeld, an American comedy television series created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, began airing on September 19, 1996, and concluded on May 15, 1997, on NBC.


Seinfeld was produced by Castle Rock Entertainment and distributed by Columbia Pictures Television and Columbia TriStar Television (now Sony Pictures Television) and aired on NBC in the US. The executive producers were Jerry Seinfeld, George Shapiro, and Howard West with Tom Gammill and Max Pross as supervising producers. Bruce Kirschbaum was the executive consultant.[1] This season was directed by Andy Ackerman.

The series was set predominantly in an apartment block on New York City's Upper West Side; however, the eighth season was shot and mostly filmed in CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California.[2] The show features Jerry Seinfeld as himself, and a host of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, which include George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Cosmo Kramer, portrayed by Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards, respectively.[3]

The departure of Larry David from the production and writing team led to Seinfeld himself taking almost complete creative control of the show. As a result, the show began to remove itself from the 'show about nothing' format it had begun life as, and took a far more absurdist, surreal stylistic turn. Regardless of the change, the show still stood at the top of the ratings for the entire season.[4] It is also notable as being the first season where Jerry Seinfeld's stand-up routines are not present. Seinfeld cites that this is due to him being too busy writing episodes to create additional stand-up material.[5]

Due to Julia Louis-Dreyfus's off-screen pregnancy, her character had to spend the latter half of this season hiding her belly behind furniture and laundry baskets.


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date [6] Prod.
code [7]
U.S. viewers
135 1 "The Foundation" Andy Ackerman Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer September 19, 1996 (1996-09-19) 801 33.7[8]
While George would rather forget his fiancee Susan's tragic demise, Susan's parents want to keep her memory alive by creating a foundation. Jerry reunites with Dolores (aka "Mulva") from The Junior Mint. J. Peterman has a nervous breakdown and leaves Elaine in charge, and Kramer becomes a martial arts expert.
136 2 "The Soul Mate" Andy Ackerman Peter Mehlman September 26, 1996 (1996-09-26) 802 33.2[9]
Kramer falls for Jerry's girlfriend and goes to Newman for advice. Elaine tells her friends she does not want a baby after her woman friends convince her to. George thinks the foundation lawyer assumes that he killed Susan.
137 3 "The Bizarro Jerry" Andy Ackerman David Mandel October 3, 1996 (1996-10-03) 803 31.6[10]
Elaine has new friends who are opposites of Jerry, George and Kramer. Jerry dates a woman who has "man hands." George uses a picture of Jerry's date to meet attractive women. Kramer uses a bathroom in an office building and begins working there.
138 4 "The Little Kicks" Andy Ackerman Spike Feresten October 10, 1996 (1996-10-10) 804 32.2[11]
Elaine holds a party for her co-workers where she loses respect when they see her dance. Jerry and Kramer go to the movies with a friend who makes bootleg tapes.
139 5 "The Package" Andy Ackerman Jennifer Crittenden October 17, 1996 (1996-10-17) 805 30.1[12]
George finds out that the woman at a photo store is looking at his pictures. He tries to impress her by getting Kramer to take seductive pictures of him. Jerry refuses delivery of a package with no return address. Elaine tries to retrieve her medical records when she begins having problems with her doctor due to her attitude.
140 6 "The Fatigues" Andy Ackerman Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin October 31, 1996 (1996-10-31) 806 30.3[13]
Jerry is interested when he learns that his girlfriend has a mentor. George prepares to give a speech on risk management. Elaine prepares to fire a co-worker but instead promotes him when she approaches him.
141 7 "The Checks" Andy Ackerman Steve O'Donnell and Tom Gammill & Max Pross November 7, 1996 (1996-11-07) 807 32.0[14]
Elaine learns her new boyfriend has some obsessive behaviors. Jerry keeps receiving checks from a guest appearance on Japanese television. Kramer warns George that his carpet cleaners are part of a religious cult.
142 8 "The Chicken Roaster" Andy Ackerman Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer November 14, 1996 (1996-11-14) 808 34.1[15]
A Kenny Rogers Chicken restaurant opens across from Jerry's apartment with very bright neon lights. Kramer cannot sleep because of the light and seeks solace at Jerry's where he becomes addicted to the chicken by Newman. Elaine begins using the J. Peterman expense account. George tries to score a second date with a saleswoman by leaving a large hat at her house.
143 9 "The Abstinence" Andy Ackerman Steve Koren November 21, 1996 (1996-11-21) 809 34.4[16]
George's girlfriend has infectious mononucleosis, so they will not be able to have sex for at least 6 weeks. Jerry agrees to make an appearance at his former junior high's career day. Elaine meets a doctor who does not have a license yet. Kramer smokes in the coffee shop and is asked to leave.
144 10 "The Andrea Doria" Andy Ackerman Spike Feresten December 19, 1996 (1996-12-19) 810 29.7[17]
Jerry takes Kramer to his self storage space where they learn Newman has been hoarding mail. George becomes excited about a new apartment he is about to move into. Elaine is set up on a blind date who has a hard time breaking up with people.
145 11 "The Little Jerry" Andy Ackerman Jennifer Crittenden January 9, 1997 (1997-01-09) 811 34.5[18]
Kramer gets a pet rooster he names "Little Jerry Seinfeld". George visits a woman's prison where he does not see what he had expected. Elaine discovers her boyfriend once had a full head of hair and convinces him to grow it back. A store owner exposes Jerry's bad check currently on display which raises much discussion.
146 12 "The Money" Andy Ackerman Peter Mehlman January 16, 1997 (1997-01-16) 813 37.3[19]
Jerry's parents sell their Cadillac to a neighbor in order to give Jerry some money. Jerry quickly buys back the car but remains stuck in Florida when he does not have money to return home. George's parents announce they are moving to Florida which the Seinfelds object to. Elaine returns to her old position at work.
147 13 "The Comeback" David Owen Trainor Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin January 30, 1997 (1997-01-30) 812 33.5[20]
George has trouble thinking of a retort to one of his co-workers. Jerry buys a tennis racket believed to be used by a pro. Elaine and Kramer discuss employee picks at the video store. Kramer creates a living will.
148 14 "The Van Buren Boys" Andy Ackerman Darin Henry February 6, 1997 (1997-02-06) 814 33.8[21]
Everyone seems to have a problem with Jerry's new girlfriend whom he sees as "perfect". George interviews students for the foundation's first academic scholarship. Elaine is asked to ghostwrite the autobiography of J. Peterman. Kramer has a run-in with infamous "Van Buren boys".
149 15 "The Susie" Andy Ackerman David Mandel February 13, 1997 (1997-02-13) 815 32.0[22]
Elaine creates an alter ego named "Susie" who co-workers believe is actually real. Jerry's friend who once considered him a "phony" becomes a bookie. George avoids his girlfriend by screening his phone calls.
150 16 "The Pothole" Andy Ackerman Steve O'Donnell and Dan O'Keefe February 20, 1997 (1997-02-20) 816 33.8[23]
Kramer adopts a piece of a highway after he complains about a very large pothole. Jerry's girlfriend (Kristin Davis) uses a toothbrush that was once dropped in the toilet. George brags about a new key ring given to him by George Steinbrenner.
151 17 "The English Patient" Andy Ackerman Steve Koren March 13, 1997 (1997-03-13) 817 31.3[24]
Elaine hates a movie that everyone else seems to love. Jerry is challenged by one of his father's neighbors to a series of physical challenges leading the old man to the hospital. A woman mistakes George for her boyfriend.
152 18 "The Nap" Andy Ackerman Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin April 10, 1997 (1997-04-10) 818 32.2[25]
George creates a desk he can sleep in at work after having trouble sleeping. Jerry has his kitchen remodeled. Elaine's boyfriend worries about her back and buys her a mattress. Kramer begins swimming in the East River after becoming restricted at a community pool.
153 19 "The Yada Yada" Andy Ackerman Peter Mehlman and Jill Franklyn April 24, 1997 (1997-04-24) 819 31.6[26]
George's girlfriend uses a particular phrase constantly. Jerry isn't big on his dentist's joke on being Jewish.
154 20 "The Millennium" Andy Ackerman Jennifer Crittenden May 1, 1997 (1997-05-01) 820 29.3[27]
Kramer makes plans for New Year's 2000 and wonders what the future may be like. Elaine gets bad service at a store and begins shopping at a similar store. George tries to get himself fired from the Yankees. Jerry learns he is on his girlfriend's speed dial.
155 21 "The Muffin Tops" Andy Ackerman Spike Feresten May 8, 1997 (1997-05-08) 821 31.1[28]
Elaine tells Kramer that stories he sold to Peterman were published in his autobiography. Elaine's old boss, Mr. Lippman, steals her idea for a muffin shop. Kramer then decides to create a "Peterman Reality Tour." Jerry starts shaving his chest hair for his new girlfriend. George pretends to be a tourist in order to go out with a woman.
156 22 "The Summer of George" Andy Ackerman Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer May 15, 1997 (1997-05-15) 822 29.8[29]
George decides to take the summer off when he learns he can receive severance pay. Jerry and Kramer attend the Tony awards where Jerry brings a date who he fears has a boyfriend at home. Kramer fills seats at the awards and pretends to accept an award with a cast ensemble.


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