During its run on NBC from 1989 to 1998, Seinfeld told the stories of Jerry, Elaine, George, Kramer, and others through true-to-life experiences in New York City. As "a show about nothing," the comedy was a smashing success with viewers, esteemed as one of the best sitcoms in the history of television.
However, Seinfeld definitely had something going on when the cameras were off — and sometimes even when the cameras were on. Seinfeld fan theories abound when it comes to things like on-screen relationships, but the relationships off-screen could be just as tumultuous and dramatic at times. The entire cast of Seinfeld didn't always get along, sometimes to the point of writing characters off the show so that others wouldn't have to deal with them. There were also the fair share of cat fights, tears, lawsuits, temper tantrums, and other things that tend to plague popular television shows, including a long-running feud with Roseanne, proving every successful show has its dark secrets — even the comedies — and Seinfeld is no exception.
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Seinfeld Was Offered $5 Million An Episode To Keep The Show Going But Turned It Down
After Seinfeld told NBC officials he wanted to end the show, they made him a very sweet deal: $5 million an episode to do Season 10. But he turned it down. During his last season, Seinfeld was making $1 million per episode and figured he had made enough money off the show. He also didn't want to ruin the integrity of the series. In his mind, he had an ending for it and didn't want to needlessly stretch it.Far from nothing?
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The Actor Who Played Elaine's Dad Scared The Other Actors
Actor Lawrence Tierney played Elaine's father, Alton, on the show. His role was one that could've had much more longevity, had it not been for his strange antics on set. Seinfeld said Tierney carried a butcher knife on him while on set and generally was kind of bizarre.
The knife in his pants was actually stolen, and when he was confronted about it, he allegedly starting fake stabbing Seinfeld. "Lawrence Tierney scared the living crap out of all of us," Alexander said in an interview. While everyone parted on good terms, he was not invited back to the show.Far from nothing?
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Kramer's Popularity Became An Issue On The Set
Michael Richards's portrayal of Kramer was one that audiences loved. When Kramer would appear on set during tapings of Seinfeld episodes, the live audience would cheer and cheer and cheer. This got to be problematic and annoying for the other stars of the show, and Richards himself, as the applause was lengthy enough to mess with the rhythms of their performances and took up precious time in episodes.
As a result, the show's producers asked the audience to "refrain from clapping when Kramer entered a scene."Far from nothing?
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The Original Leading Female Role Might Have Been Cut After The Actress Gave Too Much Input
In the pilot of Seinfeld, the main female role was a character named Claire, the waitress at the diner where George and Jerry frequently ate. Claire, played by Lee Garlington, was supposed to be "the girl" on the show but, according to some, she gave Larry David too many suggestions, and he didn't like her contributions. Supposedly, Garlington told David that she "could write something better than he had," which infuriated him. So Garlington's contract wasn't renewed, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus was brought in.
Another version of the story behind why Garlington only appeared in one episode involves the network wanting a stronger female presence, one that Louis-Dreyfus brought to the table.Far from nothing?