Jerry Seinfeld Has Perfect Explanation for Why He Doesn’t Go Back and Watch ‘Seinfeld’

by Keeli Parkey
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It’s safe to say that most die-hard fans of the mega-hit sitcom “Seinfeld” have rewatched the entire series from beginning to end on more than one occasion. Interestingly, however, someone who never rewatches the beloved show is its co-creator and star, Jerry Seinfeld.

The now 67-year-old comedian had a perfect explanation as to why he doesn’t have the urge to go back and watch the show that made him a household name. And, honestly, it’s a reason most of us can understand. He explained his reasoning during a recent interview with Fox News.

See, for Jerry Seinfeld, rewatching episodes of his famous sitcom is like looking back on photos of yourself as a youngster that you may not necessarily love as an adult. “I don’t watch the show. How often have you pulled out your high school yearbook?” the comedian shared.

Well, if you don’t want to watch “Seinfeld” again – or for the first time – the entire series is coming to Netflix. It will be available for streaming on Friday, Oct. 1. The first episode of “Seinfeld” aired on July 5, 1989, on NBC. It went on to run for 180 episodes. All of those will be available on Netflix.

The series had one of the most successful and iconic runs in the history of television. And, it gave fans such famous phrases as “No soup for you!” “Yada, yada, yada,” “Maybe the dingo ate your baby,” and “You’re an anti-dentite.”

The show also gave us “A Festivus for the rest of us,” along with its “feats of strength” and its “airing of grievances.” It also introduced us to such concepts as a “close talker,” “man hands,” a “sentence finisher,” a cologne that smells just like the beach, and even the age-old question as to whether sheets on a made bed should be tucked or not.

Jerry Seinfeld Also Explained Why His Sitcom Ended After Nine Seasons

Jerry Seinfeld and company brought the show to its end at the height of its popularity. This was a decision that many questioned at the time. During his recent interview, the comedian also explained that decision.

“I remember I was in a cab one time and the cab driver said to me, ‘Why did you stop doing that show? It was very successful.’ And I said to him, well, I was at a point we had done it for nine years and I realized I could go off the air right now and the show could be a legend. I could be a legend of the sitcom world or I could make some more money. … could risk that to make some more money. I said, what would you do? He said, ‘I’d go for legend.’ I said, Yeah, that’s what I thought. So we went for a legend,” Jerry Seinfeld also said.

He wasn’t wrong about that!

If you’re a fan of Jerry Seinfeld, you should also check out his series, “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.” In it, he and other comedians, actors, politicians, etc., share a meal and a lot of laughs. In one particularly funny episode of this series, Jerry sits down with his “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David. David also went on to create the popular HBO series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”