15 ‘Seinfeld’ Easter Eggs Hidden in Other TV Shows, Movies and Video Games
With how ubiquitous Seinfeld is, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that numerous other TV shows, movies and video games have referenced it in many different ways. Sometimes, it’s subtle, like a throwaway line or Easter egg; other times, it’s totally overt, like in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Here are just 15 examples of times other media referenced Seinfeld…
President Seinfeld in ‘Superman & Lois’
In the CW show Superman & Lois, Jerry Seinfeld becomes president, as there was recently a passing reference to “President Seinfeld.” It’s hard to know what President Seinfeld’s platform would be, though you’ve got to figure Bobcat Goldthwait isn’t doing well in that reality.
Lots of Stuff in ‘Family Guy’
There are many Seinfeld references in Family Guy. One of the best is found in Season Four’s “Jungle Love,” which is when Peter becomes the ruler of a South American country. Among the many indignities he puts the indigenous people through is making them reenact episodes of Seinfeld.
The Working Titles on Marvel’s Spider-Man Movies
Director Jon Watts must be a big Seinfeld fan because all three of his recent Spider-Man movies have featured Seinfeld references as their working titles. Spider-Man: Homecoming’s working title was “Summer of George,” and Spider-Man: No Way Home’s was “Fall of George.” For his third film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, he went with Frank Costanza’s famous catchphrase “Serenity Now.”
Apparently this tradition is ongoing in the MCU, as the upcoming, Anthony Mackie-led Captain America: Brave New World was shooting under the title “Rochelle Rochelle,” a reference to the fake movie of the same name in Seinfeld.
A Newman Shout-Out in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
In the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, a couple of bad guys are having a conversation about a loathsome co-worker named “Newman.” One of them even gives their best Jerry-saying-Newman impression during the interaction.
Freakazoid’s Worst Enemy Loves Newman
Speaking of Newman, in an episode of Freakazoid, Freakazoid’s arch-nemesis, The Lobe, enjoys watching Seinfeld, showing particular affinity for the equally-evil Newman.
Kramer on ‘Mad About You’
In an episode of Mad About You, Kramer appears, and we learn that Paul Reiser’s character used to live in Kramer’s apartment.
The Jerk Store in ‘Halo’
At least a couple of different characters throw out George’s “Jerk Store” insult in the Halo series.
Dan’s Diner on ‘iCarly’
At the beginning of Season Five of iCarly, the cast visits New York and goes to a place called “Dan’s Diner,” which is a dead-ringer for Monk’s in Seinfeld.
‘The Contest’ Reenactment in ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was originally pitched to FX as “Seinfeld on crack,” and much of the show’s patter is Seinfeldian in nature. Its most obvious tribute to Seinfeld is probably from Season 13’s “The Gang Does a Clip Show” when they reenact a scene from “The Contest.”
Lots of Stuff, Apparently, in ‘The Big Bang Theory’
I have never watched The Big Bang Theory, nor will I ever watch The Big Bang Theory. But from what I found online, there are multiple Seinfeld references in it. I don’t know what they are, but if you’re curious and, unlike me, you can stand more than 15 seconds of that show without wanting to ingest Drano, you can find out about them here.
Watching ‘Seinfeld’ on ‘The Critic’
While elitist film critic Jay Sherman is far too good to watch Seinfeld, his son is seen enjoying the show in an episode of this brilliant but short-lived cartoon.
A Viral ‘Zootopia’ Fan Comic Occurs in Jerry’s Apartment
So, there’s this viral webcomic about the characters from Zootopia that centers around a conversation about abortion after the two main characters from the film have sex. If all of that doesn’t already explode your brain, it inexplicably takes place in Jerry’s apartment.
Jerry Seinfeld on ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’
Mike Judge does a pretty decent “What’s the deal with…” parody on an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head.
Dale Gribble Loves ‘Seinfeld’
“Y’all catch the Seinfeld show last night?” Dale asks Hank, Bill and Boomhauer in a fantastically dry moment from King of the Hill. The highlight of the exchange is when Boomhauer describes the show and calls Jerry, George and Kramer, “Them dang ol’ New York boys.”
Season Seven of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
Obviously, Curb Your Enthusiasm is filled with references to Seinfeld, subtle and unsubtle alike. The very best Seinfeld moment occupied all of Season Seven, when Larry David reunites with the gang to put together a reunion show as a ploy for Larry to win back his ex-wife.
The entire season is hilarious and they even handle Michael Richards’ notorious meltdown in a very funny way. It’s the closest thing we’ll ever get to a mulligan for that terrible finale, unless, or course, Jerry Seinfeld’s recent cryptic comments turn out to be something more exciting than another lame Super Bowl commercial.