For “a show about nothing,” Seinfeld certainly had a lot of somebodies weaving in and out of its fictional Upper West Side universe.
For every one of the sitcom’s main foursome, there were practically dozens of agitated relatives, annoyed ex-boyfriends and girlfriends, beleaguered shopkeepers, bad dates, celebrity drop-bys and put-upon coworkers. (There were even nice “opposite” versions of Seinfeld, George and Kramer — the “Bizarro Jerry” crew.) In fact, when we talk about our favorite Seinfeld episodes or quote our favorite lines, many of them revolve around the nut cases, nasty New Yorkers and “no soup for you!” villains who entered in the main characters’ orbit: Hey, remember the one with the “close talker”? Or the one where Kramer’s girlfriend has the “Jimmy legs”? “So my ex-boyfriend came over last night, and yada yada yada, I’m really tired today.” “Elaine, you gotta have a bayyy-beeeee!”
So we’ve assessed and assembled the 100 greatest Seinfeld characters, and ranked them in order of their significance to the Seinfeldverse, their overall hilarity factor and our own personal preferences. Yes, Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer are here — and so are the soup nazis, the library cops, the bubble boys and the horny dentists who make the series so endlessly re-watchable. Sit back, grab some Junior Mints and enjoy.
Best-known episode: “The Bizarro Jerry”
Superman fans will tell you that there exists a place called “Bizarro World,” where everything is the exact opposite of the Man of Steel’s adopted home. (“Up is down, down is up, he says hello when he leaves and goodbye when he arrives.”) It’s from this alternate Earth that Elaine’s ex-boyfriend Kevin apparently hails — where, because he’s reliable and considerate, he’s the “Bizarro Jerry.” The parallels don’t stop there: Kevin hangs out with his friends Gene (bald, bespectacled) and Feldman (lanky, eccentric) in an apartment that’s the mirror-image of Jerry’s. Eventually, Elaine finds herself kicked out of Kevin’s up-with-people universe; as for “Bizarro Jerry,” his shiny, happy sitcom seems to go on without her, complete with lots of hugging and learning. DAVID FEAR
99. Rebecca DeMornay
Best-known episode: “The Muffin Tops”
The violent clerk at Housing Works Thrift Shop has a movie-star name and a charitable job. But do not make her mad. She rages at Elaine in “The Muffin Tops” for donating stumps to the homeless shelter, and makes a deal with George in “The Bookstore”: “You get your toilet book out of here, and I won’t jump over this counter and punch you in the brain!” Actress Sonya Eddy is better known to General Hospital fans as nurse Epiphany Johnson. But this Rebecca DeMornay is no relation to the real-life Hollywood actress, most famous for deflowering Tom Cruise in Risky Business. ROB SHEFFIELD
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