'Seinfeld' 25th anniversary: The 10 best episodes

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:52 PM ET

What’s the deal with time? Ever notice how it passes so quickly?

Somehow it’s been 25 years since Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer came into our homes, with Saturday marking the quarter-century anniversary of the debut of Seinfeld.

No television series has had as many memorable, pop culture-defining episodes as this seminal sitcom, so it’s tough to honour the show’s birthday by selecting just 10 of the best. But we tried.

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If you’re angry that your favourite was left out of this list, just remember… serenity now!

The Contest

The gang holds a competition to see who can go the longest without being, um, the master of their domain. From a naked woman in the apartment across the street to John F. Kennedy, Jr., temptations abound.

The quote: “I’m out.”

The Puffy Shirt

Misunderstanding Kramer’s low-talker of a girlfriend, Jerry unwittingly agrees to wear a puffy shirt on The Today Show. It’s the big new look in men’s fashions!

The quote: “But I don’t wanna be a pirate!”

The Junior Mint

While watching Elaine’s ex-boyfriend undergoing surgery, Jerry shoves Kramer’s hand when Kramer tries to offer him a Junior Mint, and the candy lands in the patient’s body. Jerry also tries to deduce the name of the woman he’s dating, recalling only that it rhymes with a female body part.

The quote: “Mulva?”

The Hamptons

During a weekend in the Hamptons to see a friend’s (very ugly) baby, Jerry’s girlfriend accidentally walks in on a naked George. Having just got out of a cold swimming pool, George feels his endowments were not seen in their best – or fullest – form.

The quote: “It shrinks?” “Like a frightened turtle.”

The Soup Nazi

Manhattan’s best soup shop is run by a fiendishly meticulous chef who requires his customers to follow strict rules when ordering. Elaine is banned from the shop, but gets revenge when she finds the Soup Nazi’s recipes in an old armoire.

The quote: “No soup for you!”

The Yada Yada

George’s new girlfriend shortens stories – and leaves out important information – with “yada yada yada.” Jerry’s dentist, Tim Whatley (Bryan Cranston), converts to Judaism and immediately starts making Jewish jokes, causing Jerry to respond with dentist jokes.

The quote: “You’re a rabid anti-dentite.”

The Merv Griffin Show

Kramer finds the discarded set from The Merv Griffin Show in a dumpster and turns his apartment into a talk show. Meanwhile, George accidentally kills urban wildlife, Jerry drugs his girlfriend in order to play with her toys and Elaine falls victim to a ‘sidler’.

The quote: “He’s gonna sidle me right out of a job.”

The Jimmy

An obnoxious guy at Jerry and George’s gym only refers to himself in the third person, leading to considerable confusion when he hits on Elaine. Tim Whatley (Cranston, again) runs an adults-only dentist office, and a sweaty George is accused of stealing.

The quote: “Jimmy might have a compound fracture! Jimmy’s going into shock!”

The Marine Biologist

Jerry sets George up with a woman by telling her that George is a marine biologist. George ends up saving a beached whale whose blowhole was obstructed by a golf ball Kramer had hit into the ocean.

The quote: “The sea was angry that day, my friends. Like an old man trying to send back soup at a deli.”

The Opposite

After coming to the conclusion that every decision he makes is wrong, George decides to do the opposite of whatever his instincts tell him to do, meeting with great success. Elaine, meanwhile, becomes the new George, with a string of failures and mishaps.

The quote: “Elaine, bald men with no jobs and no money who live with their parents don’t approach strange women.”

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