Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David made a show about nothing that will go down as one of the most influential television programs of all-time. Seinfeld is arguably the best sitcom of all-time, as the cast of Jerry Seinfeld playing himself, Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, and Michael Richards as the one and only Cosmo Kramer. The show had loads of cultural references that if you weren’t an adult in the 90s, they went right over your head. Here’s some references you may not have caught the first time around.
Serial Killer Joel Rifkin – “The Masseuse”
“Your boyfriend is a normal guy. He just happens to have the same name as one of the worst serial killers in the history of New York.”
Elaine dates a man named Joel Rifkin, who has the same name as who 17 people over a four year, mostly prostitutes he hired and brought home. He would then dismember their bodies with a chainsaw. Elaine tries to convince Joel to change his name, suggesting O.J. Seven months later, O.J. Simpson was charged with the murder of Nicole Simpson.
Ayatollah Khomeini – “The Baby Shower”
“You believe this guy? He holds a grudge like Khomeini!”
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was the leader of the Iranian Revolution and was responsible for turning Iran into the world’s first Islamic Republic. He denounced the United States in 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.
Actress Loni Anderson – “The Stakeout”
“So who’re you looking for, Sophia Loren? How about Loni Anderson?”
Sophia Loren was an iconic international sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s.
Andrea Doria – “The Andrea Doria”
“Gone. The tenant association made me gave it to this guy because he was an Andrea Doria survivor.”
“Andrea Doria? Isn’t that the one they did a song about?”
The SS Andrea Doria is an ocean liner for the Italian Line that sunk in 1956 and killed 46 people.
Last Tango in Paris – “The Junk Mail”
“Besides you had a summer ‘me’. Whitey Fisk, the guy who snuck you into Last Tango in Paris.”
“I made him up”
“So you never saw Last Tango in Paris?“
“Too bad. It was erotic.”
Last Tango in Paris is a 1972 Italian X-rated erotic drama staring a 48 year old Marlon Brando and a 19-year old Maria Schneider.