Larry David has finally revealed his favorite Seinfeld episode of all-time. David co-created the hit sitcom with comedian Jerry Seinfeld back in 1989. While the show lasted for nine seasons and 180 episodes, David wasn't there the whole time, after leaving on friendly terms before season 8 started. He did come back to help write the series finale in 1998, which really isn't anybody's favorite episode of Seinfeld. With that being said, there was more than enough for David to choose from.
Larry David reunited with Seinfeld stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander for a voting benefit on Friday evening. The trio discussed their favorite episodes and shared behind-the-scenes anecdotes, while also taking questions from viewers. When it comes down to picking a favorite Seinfeld episode, David, Louis-Dreyfus, and Alexander had a hard time, but many fans will probably agree with David's choice of The Contest from season 4. You can read what he had to say about the iconic 1992 episode below.
"This one, I didn't even put on the board because I didn't want them asking. I just wanted them to come and see the read-through. [When they did,] I had worked myself up into a lather because the read-through really went great. I was watching [the network executives] and I couldn't tell how much they liked it. But I was ready to pack the whole thing in if they didn't let us do this show: 'I'm quitting. I'm quitting. I'm gonna quit.' Fortunately, they didn't say a word. I was shocked."
The Contest finds Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer betting how long each one of them can go without masturbating. However, the word is never uttered once during the entire episode. Julia Louis-Dreyfus said, "When we were making this episode, I was convinced we were going to be shut down. I was convinced that the network was going to come in and say, 'This is not going to work out.'" The hard work paid off, as it earned Larry David an Emmy and it topped TV Guide's list of the 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.
Jason Alexander marveled at Larry David's choice for the best Seinfeld episode of all time. He says, "No one was going near a subject like this, but here's what's so subversively wonderful about the show - Elaine's in the contest! And she doesn't win!" Julia Louis-Dreyfus responded by stating, "It's a very important cultural moment for that reason... It's a very feminist point of view, and kind of critical I think, looking back on it." Larry David went on to say The Contest was a turning point for the sitcom. He explains.
"That show changed something about how we were perceived in television land. It really catapulted us to another place. It moved us to another level, I think. And the show got much more popular after that episode."
As for who truly won The Contest, Larry David believes that Jerry is the true master of his domain. "George throws out a line, he says he cheated. So, I guess, then Jerry won it," he says. Julia Louis-Dreyfus chose The Soup Nazi as her favorite episode, which is another fan-favorite, while Jason Alexander went with the equally classic Marine Biologist episode. In order to watch the benefit, head over to Act Blue and make a small donation.