Netflix won an all-out bidding fight with numerous streaming outlets, including Hulu, for the rights to Seinfeld a little over two years ago, after winning an all-out bidding war with multiple streaming outlets, including Hulu, where the show has been streaming since 2015. Despite the fact that the Hulu arrangement expired on June 23, 2021, Seinfeld has yet to be released on Netflix, leaving fans without a chance to view the show. That concludes George’s Summer.
Fortunately, that is about to change in the near future. Seinfeld will premiere on Netflix on October 1, according to a new announcement video published on the Netflix Is A Joke Twitter account, and the streamer is playfully labeling it “This Fall’s Hottest TV Show.”
Netflix is really having fun with this, via a press release:
Netflix will release 180 episodes of ‘Seinfeld,’ a situational comedy created by rising New York comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, who wrote for one season of Saturday Night Live.
The show wrapped up production in May of 1998 and will be released in its entirety on Netflix on October 1, 2021.
The 180 episodes of the sitcom, which are bookended by Seinfeld’s stand-up material, explore the comic’s everyday life as he navigates his relationships with a talented ensemble cast that includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Troll, Family Ties), Michael Richards (UHF, Fridays), and Jason Alexander (Troll, Family Ties) (Pretty Woman).
“This is the first time we’ve taken a risk of this nature, going all in on 9 seasons at the jump,” said Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos. “But Jerry has created something special with this sitcom that nobody has ever done. I truly think he and Mr. David have enormous futures ahead of them and I’m thrilled Netflix could be the home for them to grow their fanbases.”
While Seinfeld hasn’t been off the air, that hasn’t stopped it from making headlines. After thirty years, the classic comedy is still a pop culture powerhouse, and almost every recognizes it’s iconic slap bass theme song, which almost never saw the light of day. In a recent interview, Seinfeld composer Jonathan Wolff revealed that NBC hated the show’s theme music because it was “annoying” and almost had it killed. However, this did not sit well with Seinfeld creator Larry David who loved the theme for exactly that reason, of course.
“Larry, he loves annoying!” Wolff told Yahoo. “He lives for annoying! That’s his primary goal in life.”