The Seinfeld Chronicles" - Season 1 Episode 1 (Pilot) of Seinfeld Premiers
"The Seinfeld Chronicles" (also known as "Good News, Bad News" for syndication or even "Pilot") is the pilot episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld.
The pilot, the first of the 180 Seinfeld episodes, was written by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, and was directed by Art Wolff. It originally aired on July 5, 1989, and was re-broadcast July 5, 1990, after the show had been picked up as a series. The pilot guest stars Pamela Brull.
When first broadcast, the pilot was watched by nearly 11% of American households. These ratings were high enough to secure the show's first season. Seinfeld later went on to become one of the most successful sitcoms ever.
The pilot episode features several differences to the rest of the series. The character of Cosmo Kramer is named "Kessler". Elaine Benes does not appear in the episode. Jerry and George eat at "Pete's Luncheonette" as opposed to Monk's Cafe. The character of Claire the waitress (Lee Garlington) was originally planned as a regular but was dropped.