The Soup Nazi, the Chinese Restaurant and the Show About Nothing are coming to Netflix.
“Seinfeld” will be available to stream on Netflix in its entirety come October 1. All 180 episodes will hit the streaming service this fall for a new generation to enjoy the iconic ’90s NBC sitcom.
“Larry [David] and I are enormously grateful to Netflix for taking this chance on us. It takes a lot of guts to trust two schmucks who literally had zero experience in television when we made this thing,” creator and star Jerry Seinfeld, 67, joked in a statement. “We really got carried away, I guess. I didn’t realize we made so many of them. Hope to recoup god knows how many millions it must have taken to do. But worth all the work if people like it. Crazy project.”
Netflix obtained the rights for the sitcom back in 2019 in a five-year deal with Sony Pictures Television. “Seinfeld” has since found its streaming home on Hulu.
Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos explained the decision for purchasing the rights for the comedy in a press release on Wednesday.
“This is the first time we’ve taken a risk of this nature, going all-in on 9 seasons at the jump,” Sarandos said. “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.”
The show originally aired on NBC from 1989 until 1998 over the course of 180 episodes and 9 seasons.
Seinfeld starred in the series as a fictionalized version of himself along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander. The foursome portrayed a group of friends living in the big city as they simply just try to get through the daily struggles of life. Bits of the “Bee Movie” star’s comedy stand-ups are sprinkled throughout each episode.
The show garnered 10 Emmy Awards from its inception in July 1989 until its finale in 1998.