20 years ago Seinfeld aired its series finale in an episode that received a polarizing response from fans and critics. But apparently it almost ended much differently.
The Hollywood Reporter ran an article reflecting on the finale and the show in general 20 years later. One of the topics that came up was how the finale was almost completely different.
According to the article, Larry David, one of the co-creators of the show who left the show a few seasons before, returned to help write the finale. Several ideas were passed around on how to end the series. One idea involved them not doing a final episode. Another would see the main characters at the famous coffee shop with nothing to say to each other. And a third idea would’ve had Jerry say, “That’s it,” and all four characters leave their separate ways.
David apparently heard about a Good Samaritan law in France and thought the idea would be funny to apply to the main characters of Seinfeld, and the idea stuck. The premise is not popular among many of the shows fans, and even Jerry Seinfeld himself has said, “We really shouldn’t have even done it.”
Of course, many people would say the actual finale for Seinfeld occurred on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm when fictional Larry David decided to create a reunion show in order to impress his ex-wife.
Unfortunately, there do not seem to be plans to bring back Seinfeld in reality.