updated 07/02/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/05/2014 AT 8:00 AM ET
The very first episode of Seinfeld was broadcast July 5, 1989.
There’s a lot of digital ink to be spilled over the show’s legacy and impact, but let’s face it: The moment you saw that S-word in the above headline, your mind immediately recalled two things – the show’s theme and about a half-dozen of your favorite lines.
Given that Seinfeld has reached an age where most people come to realize that a little advice from someone with experience can go a long way, it might be appropriate round up some of the show’s best pearls of wisdom, seasoned with bits of trivia, per the Internet Movie Database. Use it wisely.
Every episode of the series – except “Male Unbonding” – begins with the same “The + [Element of Episode’s Plot]” construction. This was apparently done because Jerry Seinfeld didn’t want the writers to spend too much time thinking of witty titles.
Seinfeld turned down an offer from NBC that would have made him $110 million for a 10th season of the show.
Jerry says “Hello, Newman” only 15 times in the entire series.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s character Elaine doesn’t appear in the pilot. She didn’t even know the episode existed until it was released as part of the DVD box set in 2004.
Jerry is the only character who appears in the complete series. Elaine is absent from “The Seinfeld Chronicles” and “The Trip (Parts 1 and 2),” Kramer doesn’t show in “The Chinese Restaurant” and “The Pen,” and George sits out “The Pen.”