5 underrated Seinfeld episodes to watch on Netflix

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 3: (NO U.S. TABLOID SALES) Jason Alexander as "George" with co-stars Estelle Harris and Jerry Stiller on the set of Seinfeld during the final days of shooting on April 3, 1998 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 3: (NO U.S. TABLOID SALES) Jason Alexander as "George" with co-stars Estelle Harris and Jerry Stiller on the set of Seinfeld during the final days of shooting on April 3, 1998 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images) /

Seinfeld has finally arrived on Netflix! Fans waited years for this to happen, although the hit TV series was available to stream on Hulu for the past several years.

All nine seasons of Seinfeld dropped on the streaming platform on Oct. 1, 2021. With every episode available, how do you pick which ones to watch?

We have already covered the nine best Seinfeld episodes to watch. So, now, let’s take a look at some of the most underrated episodes of the series.

Underrated Seinfeld episodes

“The Fire”

“The Fire” (season 5, episode 19) includes probably George’s worst act–pushing kids and an old lady with a walker down to escape a fire before them.

In the episode, George is dating a single mom, and while attending her son’s birthday party at their apartment, he notices a fire in the kitchen. After his deplorable act, he does the most George thing possible and defends his action by saying he was taking the lead when questioned by a police officer.

The episode also features a hilarious monologue by Kramer when he describes saving the severed pinky toe of his current girlfriend, and Elaine’s coworker. Tying in the storylines, it is revealed the pinky toe was severed when Jerry showed up to heckle her at work. This followed an incident the previous night when she heckled him during his standup set at a club.

The episode also features Marvel director Jon Favreau in one of his early acting roles as Eric the clown.

“The Pen”

“The Pen” (season 3, episode 3) follows Jerry and Elaine as they visit his parents in Del Boca Vista. As with most Florida retirement communities, all hell breaks loose during their visit. Jerry compliments a pen owned by one of Morty’s neighbors and his arch-nemesis. After rebuffing the offer to take the pen, the Seinfelds are called entitled.

This episode features several hilarious scenes. First, his parents pretend like it is not hot when asked to turn on the air conditioning. Next, Elaine throws her back out because of a poorly placed bar in a convertible sofa bed. This results in Elaine showing up high on muscle relaxers at a dinner honoring Morty. After a scuba diving accident, Jerry shows up to the event donning sunglasses.

This is the only Seinfeld episode that does not include Jason Alexander.

“The Heart Attack”

“The Heart Attack” (season 1, episode 3) details George’s healthcare adventures after he thinks he has suffered a heart attack–he did not. Rather than pay the hospital bill to get his tonsils removed, Kramer convinces him to see a holistic healer. Jerry tags along purely for the comedy material. The end result is George turning purple.

On the way to the hospital, the two paramedics get into a fight. After an off-camera fight outside the ambulance, only one paramedic gets back in. He later gets into an accident after yelling at Kramer, George and Jerry.

This is one of the few episodes where an internal monologue is heard–this happened much more frequently in early seasons. One memorable quote is from Jerry at the holistic healer’s apartment. “And you’re not a doctor, but you play one in real life.”

“The Old Man”

“The Old Man” (season 4, episode 18) centers around Jerry, George and Elaine as they become volunteers. They are tasked with spending time with senior citizens.

George is fired by the man he spends time with after going on a tangent remarking that the man is crazy for not fearing death. The man remarks, “time is too short to waste on you.”

Jerry meets the man he is spending time with, only to get accused of conspiring with the man’s housekeeper, who does not speak English, of trying to rob him blind. Kramer and Newman later convince Jerry to let them take the records the man wants to throw out to resell–their latest scheme.

Elaine spends time with a woman with a “football-shaped goiter jutting out the side of her neck”. She also claims to have had a passionate affair with Gandhi.

Overall, this episode is filled with laughs and plays into each character’s strengths well. The episode also features strong performances from the one-off characters introduced.

“The Cafe”

“The Cafe” (season 3, episode 7) introduces the memorable character, Babu Bhatt. Opening a new restaurant is hard. Apparently, it is even harder when you take the advice of Jerry Seinfeld.

Jerry tries out a new restaurant nearby that is run by the charismatic owner, Babu. Jerry convinces Babu to close down and reopen featuring only Pakistani food. He claims this will help them stand out.

Several weeks later, it reopens. Jerry soon discovers that he may have made himself an enemy with his advice. In the second storyline, Elaine helps George cheat on an IQ test administered by his current girlfriend. Things do not go well for Elaine, or George.

This is one of the first instances of the show introducing a strong one-off character that is memorable and adds to the plot.

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