Larry David reveals his favorite ‘Seinfeld’ Episode!
It’s really difficult to pick your favorite Seinfeld episode. Apart from the relatively weak first season, the rest of the show is a testament to pure comedy and iconic characters. It’s hard for any fan to disagree with any of your choices since so many of their episodes are iconic. And so, Larry David decided to pick one episode as his favorite. And it is one that millions of fans would agree on.
Back in the 90s, Seinfeld changed how people saw sitcoms. They even made an episode where all the cast members would compete against each other to see who would last the longest without “pleasuring” themselves! “The Contest,” as the episode was aptly named, is one of the most memorable episodes of Seinfeld. And during a virtual fundraiser, Seinfeld co-creator/writer/showrunner/producer/occasional cameo-maker called it his favorite.
How Larry David was afraid the executive would reject “The Contest”
Larry David was not alone at the fundraiser. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander also joined him. Their main purpose was to gather more funds for the Texas branch of Democrats, as Texas could be a swing state for the first time since 1976. There, David and the other cast members reminisced on how difficult it was to maneuver and make “The Contest” a reality. They all tried what they could to keep the idea hidden from the NBC executives, and it was not easy. David said:
This one, I didn’t even put on the board because I didn’t want them asking. I just wanted them to come and see the read-through. [When they did,] I had worked myself up into a lather because the read-through really went great, I was watching [the network executives] and I couldn’t tell how much they liked it. But I was ready to pack the whole thing in if they didn’t let us do this show: ‘I’m quitting, I’m quitting, I’m gonna quit.’
And quitting Seinfeld was a threat that Larry David pretty much made on a regular basis. They even made a joke about it in the show, when George Costanza (Alexander) raged at NBC executives who threatened his “artistic integrity”. Ironically, Costanza was the show’s version of Larry David. And it makes complete sense now.
“The Contest” changed Seinfeld forever
In “The Contest,” George told Jerry, Elaine (Louis-Dreyfus), and Kramer (Michael Richards) how his mother got injured as she saw George “jacking his bean-stalk”. As a result, George said he would never do “that” again, to which all the others laugh. As a result, all four of them placed bets on who would last the longest without jacking their pecker.
And luckily for Larry David, he had no reason to be anxious about the executives. They loved it as they never used the m-word once during the entire episode. And it gave a massive spike to their ratings as well. Back in 2018, David said:
That show changed something about how we were perceived in television land. It really catapulted us to another place. It moved us to another level, I think. And the show got much more popular after that episode.
After this episode, the show moved to Thursday night and crossed 20 million viewers for the first time. It was the beginning of Seinfeld’s greatness. Do you agree with Larry David’s choice of his best episode? Which episodes do you love the most? Let us know in the comments below.