The Most Plausible And Sponge-Worthy 'Seinfeld' Fan Theories

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Vote up the fan theories about the show about nothing that you think are actually quite something.

For a show about nothing, there's no shortage of Seinfeld fans who think it's more about something - and they've posted their Seinfeld fan theories on the Internet to prove it. From the skeptics who think there's no way Kramer could afford an apartment in Manhattan unless he was secretly a drug dealer, to the less ~out there~, like the theories that hold Seinfeld and Friends could exist in the same universe.

Whether you're on the fence when it comes to fan theories about Seinfeld, or are totally eating them up faster than lobster bisque, there are definitely some entertaining theories at hand. So take this opportunity to vote up the Seinfeld theories you think just might be true, whether they're about Jerry's girlfriends, Kramer's side business, or George's brother.

  • 1
    766 VOTES

    The Reason Everyone Hangs Out at Jerry's Apartment

    The Reason Everyone Hangs Out at Jerry's Apartment
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    Have you ever wondered why everyone on Seinfeld was always hanging out at Jerry's apartment? Why did the main characters always seem to be playing catch up with each other's lives in every episode? This fan theory, from Redditor hotdoggstyle, may just give you the answer you've been looking for:

    "As a somewhat successful comedian, Jerry is constantly on the road touring, appearing on various late night talk shows, and is more than likely out of town for weeks at a time. His closest friends know his schedule, so when he's in town they know exactly where to find him and don't mind popping in because they haven't seen him for some time."
    766 votes
  • 2
    504 VOTES

    Jerry's 'Move' Was Actually Going Down On Someone

    Jerry's 'Move' Was Actually Going Down On Someone
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    Everyone, including George, wants to know what Jerry's special "move" is in the bedroom. According to Reddit user suugakusha, it may be as simple as oral sex if you think about the factors involved: the swirl, knuckles, and the headboard.

    "I'm pretty sure these things can all be part of adventurous oral sex.

    The swirl is the tongue, the knuckle is the finger, and the headboard is because, godd*mn, if you are doing it correctly, she might need something to hold on to."

    504 votes
  • 3
    543 VOTES

    Crazy Joe Davola Was "The Lopper"

    Crazy Joe Davola Was "The Lopper"
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    In the episode "The Frogger" Kramer alerts Jerry and Elaine to a serial killer operating in New York under the moniker "The Lopper." Apparently, he is killing people wholook like Jerry. As theorized, some people believe that The Lopper could have been Jerry's old enemy, Crazy Joe Davola.

    "The last time we see Joe Davola is in the "The Pilot" when he tries to attack Jerry in the TV studio. We never find out what happened to him. Perhaps he was arrested for his attempted assault on Jerry and sent to prison. There, Joe became increasingly angry and hostile towards Jerry. When he got out of prison, he hated Jerry so much that he started beheading anyone who looked like him."
    543 votes
  • 4
    370 VOTES

    J Peterman's Breakdown Was Caused By Elaine

    J Peterman's Breakdown Was Caused By Elaine
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    J. Peterman, Elaine's eccentric boss, suffers a breakdown during a later season and as a result moves away to Burma. One fan theory supposes Elaine and Peterman had an affair that led to Peterman's eventual mental break. According to user theluckygal, Elaine's past history with men hints towards why she would be attracted to Peterman and the reasons for his breakdown.

    "Some of the men attracted to Elaine have a past of being neurotic or they suffer breakdown after meeting her. Examples: Russell Dalrymple (NBC executive who leaves his job and dies at the sea to impress Elaine), Lloyd Braun (Mayor's campaign manager who suffers a nervous breakdown), crazy Joe Davola, David Puddy (germaphobe), etc.

    Elaine is attracted to money, fame, and men with lucrative jobs. Some of her love interests are JFK Jr., Ben (a doctor whom she helps in passing the license exam), dentist Tim Whatley, her therapist Dr. Reston, baseball player Keith Hernandez, The Maestro. She even flirted with Jerry when she found out how much money he had. J. Peterman was single and rich so there must have been some attraction. 

    Peterman makes her the head of the company when he left for Burma after his breakdown at the end of season 7, even though there were much more qualified people in his company. Jerry points out that she is not fit for the job."

    370 votes
  • 5
    311 VOTES

    Each Character Hit A Breaking Point

    Each Character Hit A Breaking Point
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    If you watched Seinfeld from it's humble beginnings as The Seinfeld Chronicles, you understand the sitcom began on a much different foot. The characters were more "normal" so to say, with less of the idiosyncrasies they became known for as the show came into itself. Reddit user Onlythefinestwilldo theorizes these changes in the characters stems from a breaking point each of them reached as the series went on. 

    • "Kramer is a shut in. Jerry mentions in passing that he hasn't left the apartment in years. He even knocks before entering Jerry's apartment in the pilot episode
    • George is hard working and confident in his mastery over understanding women. Watch the first episode and take note of how confidently George addresses Jerry's crisis around a woman's ambiguous signals
    • Elaine is conscientious. She is clearly feeling a little raw about breaking up with Jerry. She is concerned about his feelings and feels awkward talking about other men around him.

    But as the series progressed, each character underwent different setbacks and epiphanies that shape the characters they eventually became. 

    • "Kramer has an epiphany that he has nothing to lose in life. Realizing he has no connections and nothing to lose, he feels empowered to confront Rava's boyfriend and return the coveted statue. This catalyzes a life of reckless extroversion and hedonism..
    • George loses his job after acting out against his boss. He passionately defends his own dignity and is punished for it. He has a moment where he realizes that no matter how hard he tries, he is ultimately not in control of anything. Worse yet, he realizes that he will probably be most successful in the times when he cares the least - like a job where we can't quite explain what he does.
    • Elaine faces many disappointments. Despite how capable she is, she loses her dream apartment and dates a series of idiots that let her down. She concludes that the only person she can depend on is herself."
    311 votes
  • 6
    490 VOTES

    Jerry Lied About George's Frogger High Score Being Lost

    Jerry Lied About George's Frogger High Score Being Lost
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    In "The Frogger" Jerry and George revisit a pizza parlor/childhood hangout and discover that George miraculously, still holds the high score on the Frogger arcade game in the parlor. In an effort to hang on to one of his only life accomplishments, George buys the machine, but not before Jerry tells him that his score will be lost if the game is unplugged.

    However, Reddit user Nathan Gatten is suspicious of Jerry's motives here:

    "If arcade machines lose their data simply by being without power, then how the heck did it hold Georges high score for about fifteen years? New York has went through a series of blackouts since then, and no business would leave the machine running when closed.

    The thing is, Jerry lied to George so he could see how far he would go to save the frogger machine. And why would he set George in the footsteps of disaster? Simple, for entertainment value. Jerry has done this before, in fact he does this all the time."

    490 votes