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(Mental Floss)   Twenty-five years ago this week, Seinfeld made its debut on NBC. Can you name the 25 future stars who appeared on the show? Yes, they're spectacular   (mentalfloss.com ) divider line
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2014-07-05 09:41:33 AM  
Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list
 
2014-07-05 10:00:51 AM  
Every last one of them, rabid anti-dentites.
 
2014-07-05 10:20:31 AM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list

 
2014-07-05 10:23:00 AM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.


Yeah, same thought here.  Maybe not yet famous, but well known enough.  Rob Schneider (can't stand him), was already on SNL at the time, for example
 
2014-07-05 10:30:44 AM  
Also, I live in Iowa and lost power for 2 days and still haven't gotten cable back. I rummaged through my old DVD archives and puller out my complete Larry Sanders collection. That's kept me going for three days now.

How does that show not get consideration as one of the finest comedy series of all time? I just binge watched the final season and (even though it's 16 years old) was farking hilarious.

Seinfeld was on the final episode which aired to weeks after the final Seinfeld episode.
 
2014-07-05 10:30:47 AM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list


And I'd hardly call many of these people "stars."

This writer seems to have completely missed the joke that Spader, who was a massive star at the time, was appearing in a bit part.
 
2014-07-05 10:31:12 AM  

RyansPrivates: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Yeah, same thought here.  Maybe not yet famous, but well known enough.  Rob Schneider (can't stand him), was already on SNL at the time, for example


Same with Marcia Cross, who apparently got her big break on Desperate Housewives. While I wouldn't know her name off the top of my head, I'd know her from pretty big roles before Seinfeld.
 
2014-07-05 10:31:54 AM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list



Priven was on Larry Sanders before he was on Seinfeld, and he had say anything, one crazy summer and lucas in the can.
 
2014-07-05 10:32:47 AM  
On Seinfeld: Garrett had a successful stand-up career and had even performed on  The Tonight Show with Jimmy Carson before his  Seinfeld debut, where he played Tony, the mechanic who was deeply dedicated to his craft.


Mental Floss be slippin'
 
2014-07-05 10:36:16 AM  
Dude. Breaking Bad trifecta. Awesome.
 
2014-07-05 10:36:34 AM  
Megan Mullally, anyone?
 
2014-07-05 10:37:14 AM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Also, I live in Iowa and lost power for 2 days and still haven't gotten cable back. I rummaged through my old DVD archives and puller out my complete Larry Sanders collection. That's kept me going for three days now.

How does that show not get consideration as one of the finest comedy series of all time? I just binge watched the final season and (even though it's 16 years old) was farking hilarious.

Seinfeld was on the final episode which aired to weeks after the final Seinfeld episode.


This is how a test the credibility of a TV critic -- if they're doing a top 10 list and Larry Sanders isn't on it, then they don't know what they're talking about.
 
2014-07-05 10:40:31 AM  
Who banged their way through NYC better, Jerry Seinfeld or Ted Mosby?
 
2014-07-05 11:01:06 AM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list


To be fair, the whole talk show thing lent itself better to guest spots.
 
2014-07-05 11:03:46 AM  
Whar Warburton?
 
2014-07-05 11:04:17 AM  

ladodger34: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list

To be fair, the whole talk show thing lent itself better to guest spots.


Admittedly, but still.....the list on the Larry Sanders show is pretty amazing.
 
2014-07-05 11:05:51 AM  

Bedstead Polisher: Same with Marcia Cross, who apparently got her big break on Desperate Housewives. While I wouldn't know her name off the top of my head, I'd know her from pretty big roles before Seinfeld.


Although she did other things before that, I think you could argue that Cross got her big break as the wacko adultress on Melrose Place.
 
2014-07-05 11:09:34 AM  
If you want stars before they became famous watch The Twlight Zone.
 
2014-07-05 11:22:47 AM  

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: If you want stars before they became famous watch The Twlight Zone.


I am going through all the McGyvers eps and ever other ep is holy shiat was that? Rush to imdb... Well I'll be.
 
2014-07-05 11:49:35 AM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Also, I live in Iowa and lost power for 2 days and still haven't gotten cable back. I rummaged through my old DVD archives and puller out my complete Larry Sanders collection. That's kept me going for three days now.

How does that show not get consideration as one of the finest comedy series of all time? I just binge watched the final season and (even though it's 16 years old) was farking hilarious.

Seinfeld was on the final episode which aired to weeks after the final Seinfeld episode.


I think the "Survey says no" debacle didn't help in main-streaming the show. Plus it was on cable and Seinfeld was broadcast. So the exposure wasn't enough to let people judge it.

That being said, it is one of the best ever.

"Penis vagina penis vagina penis vagina"

"Geez, I thought I had a hairy ass"

"It was a back tooth, Hank"

"Nunca. Nunca in seis anos..."

and so many, many more.
 
2014-07-05 11:54:46 AM  

schemy: Whar Warburton?


Seriously.  List fails without him.
 
2014-07-05 12:41:25 PM  

ladodger34: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list

To be fair, the whole talk show thing lent itself better to guest spots.


If you were a 'guest' on Sanders, you were already well famous.
This list is ostensibly about future stars who appeared on a show in bit parts before they were stars.
 
2014-07-05 12:55:06 PM  

sirrerun: ladodger34: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list

To be fair, the whole talk show thing lent itself better to guest spots.

If you were a 'guest' on Sanders, you were already well famous.
This list is ostensibly about future stars who appeared on a show in bit parts before they were stars.


Yup, and I seem to recall that Seinfeld and Friends both got to be shows that were 'Hip' for established stars to get guest on later in their runs.
 
2014-07-05 12:59:10 PM  
The list is missing one pretty successful guy -- Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony winner (one for acting, one for playwriting) Tracy Letts.

Probably best known to any Farkers who know him as the writer of "August: Osage County" and "Killer Joe."

He was in the Festivus episode, no less.
 
2014-07-05 01:02:04 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: RyansPrivates: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Yeah, same thought here.  Maybe not yet famous, but well known enough.  Rob Schneider (can't stand him), was already on SNL at the time, for example

Same with Marcia Cross, who apparently got her big break on Desperate Housewives. While I wouldn't know her name off the top of my head, I'd know her from pretty big roles before Seinfeld.


I can't believe they didn't mention Melrose Place, I'll always remember her from that.
 
2014-07-05 01:16:15 PM  
There was this guy on Seinfeld that did crazy bit parts I think his name was Larry David.  Did he ever do anything else?
 
2014-07-05 01:17:12 PM  
Or what about the guy that shot his eye out?
 
2014-07-05 01:26:55 PM  

baufan2005: There was this guy on Seinfeld that did crazy bit parts I think his name was Larry David.  Did he ever do anything else?


I think he did Steinbrenners voice.

Last I heard of him
 
2014-07-05 01:55:31 PM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list


well, yeah. they all had the good sense not to tell Larry his ass looked big.  hey now!
 
2014-07-05 02:00:15 PM  
Or what about the guy that shot his eye out?

that was Ralphie
 
2014-07-05 02:06:57 PM  
What about Jami Gertz as Erika, the phone sex girl? I realize she was pretty well-known before Seinfeld, but since the list-maker violated that criteria on their own, she should probably be on there ahead of some of the others.
 
2014-07-05 02:43:01 PM  
I binge-watched a bunch of "Murder, She Wrote" a few months ago on Netflix and parsed the formula pretty well.

* If you were old on that show, you were a former star. (Wayne Rogers, Ricardo Montelban, Cyd Charisse, Jose Ferrer)
* If you were young on that show, you were a future star. (Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Joaquin Phoenix, Jackie Earle Haley)

Furthermore:

* If you were associated with a science fiction or fantasy TV series, you were the murderer: (Adrian Paul, Kate Mulgrew, Dean Stockwell)
* If you were associated with a sitcom, you were a friend of Jessica (Tom Bosley, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers) and usually the Red Herring: (Neil Patrick Harris, Jeff Conaway)

More a rule of thumb, though; there was some crossover (William Christopher played the killer; LeVar Burton played a Red Herring). But it happened often enough to be noticeable.

What were we talking about again?
 
2014-07-05 02:43:42 PM  
i486.photobucket.com

"Who?"
 
2014-07-05 02:45:27 PM  
What about Jennifer Coolidge? It's her very first acting credit!
 
2014-07-05 02:47:42 PM  

peasandcarrots: I binge-watched a bunch of "Murder, She Wrote" a few months ago on Netflix and parsed the formula pretty well.

* If you were old on that show, you were a former star. (Wayne Rogers, Ricardo Montelban, Cyd Charisse, Jose Ferrer)
* If you were young on that show, you were a future star. (Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Joaquin Phoenix, Jackie Earle Haley)

Furthermore:

* If you were associated with a science fiction or fantasy TV series, you were the murderer: (Adrian Paul, Kate Mulgrew, Dean Stockwell)
* If you were associated with a sitcom, you were a friend of Jessica (Tom Bosley, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers) and usually the Red Herring: (Neil Patrick Harris, Jeff Conaway)

More a rule of thumb, though; there was some crossover (William Christopher played the killer; LeVar Burton played a Red Herring). But it happened often enough to be noticeable.

What were we talking about again?


I hate that show. Everywhere that woman goes, somebody gets killed. biatch should just stay home.
 
2014-07-05 03:01:33 PM  

Parachute Test Platoon: What about Jennifer Coolidge? It's her very first acting credit!


#15
 
2014-07-05 03:14:50 PM  
Tim Roberts from Breaking Bad - Hanks go-to guy. The APD detective who drops off Gale's file at his house....he was in The Doorman episode. He's the guy who, after the couch was stolen says, "Where's the doorman?"
 
2014-07-05 03:29:24 PM  
Overrated show about nothing.
 
2014-07-05 05:41:06 PM  

MFAWG: sirrerun: ladodger34: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list

To be fair, the whole talk show thing lent itself better to guest spots.

If you were a 'guest' on Sanders, you were already well famous.
This list is ostensibly about future stars who appeared on a show in bit parts before they were stars.

Yup, and I seem to recall that Seinfeld and Friends both got to be shows that were 'Hip' for established stars to get guest on later in their runs.


data.whicdn.com
 
2014-07-05 06:00:21 PM  
They missed Peter Dinklage.  FAIL.
 
2014-07-05 06:45:34 PM  

Giltric: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Pretty sure some of these folks were already pretty famous (Spader? Seriously?), but it was kind of fun seeing a compilation of folks who were on the show.

Check out the celebs who were on Larry Sanders that ran during the same time as Seinfeld. Ten times the size of this list


Priven was on Larry Sanders before he was on Seinfeld, and he had say anything, one crazy summer and lucas in the can.


I get them mixed up.  I'll google in a minute, but in my head Gary Shandling had two shows.  Gary Shandling show, Larry Sanders show, the Tonight Show, all blend together to me now.  Anyway, I always liked his stuff, and the women on his shows were smoking hot.
 
2014-07-05 08:00:19 PM  

Saiga410: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: If you want stars before they became famous watch The Twlight Zone.

I am going through all the McGyvers eps and ever other ep is holy shiat was that? Rush to imdb... Well I'll be.


Are you Selma or Patty?
 
2014-07-05 09:19:50 PM  

BilltheThrill: Who banged their way through NYC better, Jerry Seinfeld or Ted Mosby?


Trick questiom ; Ted Dansen
 
2014-07-05 10:26:17 PM  

Miss Stein: They missed Peter Dinklage.  FAIL.


I didn't know that. Wow.
 
2014-07-05 10:58:43 PM  

NathanAllen: BilltheThrill: Who banged their way through NYC better, Jerry Seinfeld or Ted Mosby?

Trick questiom ; Ted Dansen


i291.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-06 12:09:55 AM  

peasandcarrots: I binge-watched a bunch of "Murder, She Wrote" a few months ago on Netflix and parsed the formula pretty well.

* If you were old on that show, you were a former star. (Wayne Rogers, Ricardo Montelban, Cyd Charisse, Jose Ferrer)
* If you were young on that show, you were a future star. (Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Joaquin Phoenix, Jackie Earle Haley)

Furthermore:

* If you were associated with a science fiction or fantasy TV series, you were the murderer: (Adrian Paul, Kate Mulgrew, Dean Stockwell)
* If you were associated with a sitcom, you were a friend of Jessica (Tom Bosley, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers) and usually the Red Herring: (Neil Patrick Harris, Jeff Conaway)

More a rule of thumb, though; there was some crossover (William Christopher played the killer; LeVar Burton played a Red Herring). But it happened often enough to be noticeable.

What were we talking about again?


This is big. This could mean something.
 
2014-07-06 12:13:09 AM  

knbwhite: I get them mixed up. I'll google in a minute, but in my head Gary Shandling had two shows. Gary Shandling show, Larry Sanders show


Literally "It's Gary Shandling's Show" (Showtime)
and
The Larry Sanders Show (HBO)
 
2014-07-06 12:36:39 AM  

kronicfeld: Miss Stein: They missed Peter Dinklage.  FAIL.

I didn't know that. Wow.


To be fair, he's easily overlooked.
/Sorry
 
2014-07-06 02:22:23 AM  

soseussme: peasandcarrots: I binge-watched a bunch of "Murder, She Wrote" a few months ago on Netflix and parsed the formula pretty well.

* If you were old on that show, you were a former star. (Wayne Rogers, Ricardo Montelban, Cyd Charisse, Jose Ferrer)
* If you were young on that show, you were a future star. (Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Joaquin Phoenix, Jackie Earle Haley)

Furthermore:

* If you were associated with a science fiction or fantasy TV series, you were the murderer: (Adrian Paul, Kate Mulgrew, Dean Stockwell)
* If you were associated with a sitcom, you were a friend of Jessica (Tom Bosley, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers) and usually the Red Herring: (Neil Patrick Harris, Jeff Conaway)

More a rule of thumb, though; there was some crossover (William Christopher played the killer; LeVar Burton played a Red Herring). But it happened often enough to be noticeable.

What were we talking about again?

I hate that show. Everywhere that woman goes, somebody gets killed. biatch should just stay home.


My wife watches a British show that pops up on PBS from time to time called 'Rosemary and Thyme'. They are gardners/crime solvers. It's quite strange that a murder always pops up, no matter where the job is.

Likewise, my FIL likes watching 'In the Heat of the Night'. I told my wife that Sparta, MS seems like a dangerous place. There was a freaking murder in that town every week for 7 seasons.
 
2014-07-06 03:25:08 AM  

peasandcarrots: I binge-watched a bunch of "Murder, She Wrote" a few months ago on Netflix and parsed the formula pretty well.

* If you were old on that show, you were a former star. (Wayne Rogers, Ricardo Montelban, Cyd Charisse, Jose Ferrer)
* If you were young on that show, you were a future star. (Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Joaquin Phoenix, Jackie Earle Haley)

Furthermore:

* If you were associated with a science fiction or fantasy TV series, you were the murderer: (Adrian Paul, Kate Mulgrew, Dean Stockwell)
* If you were associated with a sitcom, you were a friend of Jessica (Tom Bosley, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers) and usually the Red Herring: (Neil Patrick Harris, Jeff Conaway)

More a rule of thumb, though; there was some crossover (William Christopher played the killer; LeVar Burton played a Red Herring). But it happened often enough to be noticeable.

What were we talking about again?


You...you need to get out more.
 
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