The oral history of Seinfeld’s ‘The Contest’

Vulture:

Twenty-five years ago, on November 18, 1992, the quintessential episode of the quintessential New York sitcom, Seinfeld, aired on NBC for the first time.

That episode was called “The Contest,” and pitted its four principal characters, Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), George (Jason Alexander), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Kramer (Michael Richards), against each other in a battle of wills to see who could abstain from masturbating for the longest period of time. Famously, the bet and its ramifications were discussed extensively throughout the half hour, without the word masturbation ever being uttered.

I was never a huge Seinfeld fan but this has got to be the single funniest episode I ever saw.



  • John Kordyback

    Shawn, are you the master of your domain?

  • Mo

    I tried and tried, but despite some very clever ideas, I just couldn’t like this show.

    • John Kordyback

      It was no Barney Miller…

      • Mo

        Great bass work on the music for each, though, yeah?

        • John Kordyback

          Holy spurious correlation Batman!

          • Mo

            And…. scene.

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  • Always loved the show – and such a great episode. Watching some reruns recently and genuinely surprised how well it holds up and how little it seems to have dated for whats now a 25 yr old show.

    • Mo

      Obnoxious characters who ruin New York City for everyone else are kind of eternal. 😉