The Seinfield episode, “The Contest” where the four main characters see who can go the longest without masturbating, never once contained the word “masturbation” and won an Emmy for achievement in writing.

The Oral History of Seinfeld’s ‘The Contest’

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Twenty-five years ago, on November 18, 1992, the quintessential episode of the quintessential New York sitcom, Seinfeld, aired on NBC for the first time. That episode was called “The Contest,” and pitted its four principal characters, Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), George (Jason Alexander), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Kramer (Michael Richards), against each other in a battle of wills to see who could abstain from masturbating for the longest period of time. Famously, the bet and its ramifications were discussed extensively throughout the half hour, withou… Continue Reading (11 minute read)

8 thoughts on “The Seinfield episode, “The Contest” where the four main characters see who can go the longest without masturbating, never once contained the word “masturbation” and won an Emmy for achievement in writing.”

  1. Edwunclerthe3rd

    George what are you doing? My God!

  2. Raising_some_Cain

    i am definitely not the master of my domain

  3. hecknowewontgo

    *WHY, GERORGE?! WHY?!*

  4. junto80

    The writers had a lot of great moments like this. My personal favorite is when Kramer takes over the Hansom Cab and takes George’s in-laws for a ride through the park. Kramer had fed the horse Beef-a-rino and the horse was farting the entire ride. They never once said the word “fart” or any other euphemism. There was never any fart sounds. Just Kramer and George’s in-laws making “horrible smell faces”. It was brilliant!

    Edit: changed handsome cab to hansom cab

  5. rockytoptennessee

    The episode of Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia where they recreate this scene is hilarious. Especially with how both Dennis and Mac are Jerry

    https://youtu.be/fCwI3KDGtRk

  6. faceintheblue

    I was nine or ten when this episode aired. I knew it was about something sexual, but I did not understand the specifics at all.

  7. slicePuff

    My mother had a Glamour magazine…

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