When “Seinfeld” first premiered in 1989, the television show was actually called what?
The Seinfeld Chronicles
Answer: The show premiered as The Seinfeld Chronicles and originally aired on July 5, 1989. The series was renamed Seinfeld after the failure of short-lived 1990 ABC series The Marshall Chronicles. After nine years on the air and 180 episodes filmed, the series finale of Seinfeld aired on this day in 1998. It was watched by an audience estimated at 76 million viewers. Jerry Seinfeld holds the record for the “most money refused” according to the Guinness Book of World Records by refusing an offer to continue the show for 5 million dollars per episode.
“The Seinfeld Chronicles” (also known as “Good News, Bad News” or “Pilot”) is the pilot episode of the American sitcom Seinfeld, which first aired on NBC on July 5, 1989. Convinced that the show had potential, and supported by the positive reviews, NBC executive Rick Ludwin managed to convince his superiors to order a four-episode first season (the smallest order in TV history), by offering a part of his personal budget in return. The show, renamed Seinfeld, would go on to become one of the most successful sitcoms in television history.