The best episodes of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’, ranked
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee – the show that features vintage cars, funny conversations, and a lot of caffeine – is back on Netflix this month. Speaking to Variety about the hit Netflix comedy, creator Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) described how the show is like an “art project”:
It’s not about money. It’s not about exposure. It’s just an art project with cans of Play-Doh, and I think people know that. I don’t want to plug anything. I’m not trying to help your career. I don’t want you to help my career. Let’s just do this for the pure thing of it.
The formula has certainly worked so far, with season ten reportedly featuring some of Seinfeld’s fave guest stars so far, including Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Dave Chappelle (Chi-Raq), and the late Jerry Lewis (The King of Comedy). In light of the show’s return, we’re taking a look at and ranking the best episodes so far.
George Costanza (Jason Alexander): S3E6 “The Over-Cheer”
Who didn’t delight at the sight of Seinfeld reuniting with his former Seinfeld co-star Jason Alexander? Especially since the pair carried out the episode as their on-screen personas. Reminding us that the show has not lost any of its observational comedy, the pair pick apart a Super Bowl invitation and bicker (in true Seinfeld style) about nothing much at all.
Margaret Cho: S8E2 “You Can Go Cho Again”
In an episode that touched upon more serious issues, the notorious C.H.O. grabs coffee at LA’s Highland Cafe with Seinfeld in a 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport. The comedian discusses how she’s a survivor of sexual abuse and how she uses trauma in her act. As Paste pointed out, “it’s this personal side of her comedy that drew Jerry to her in the first place.”
Tina Fey: S3E5 “Feces are My Purview”
Seinfeld is joined by American comedy treasure Tina Fey as the pair drive a 1967 Volvo 1800S to Harlem’s Floridita Restaurant and provide the laughs with their chalk and cheese double act. It’s inspiration you’ll get from this episode, as Fey discusses her ambitions and goals and makes us all realize we’ve done nothing worth writing about in our lives.
Jim Carrey: S6E3 “We Love Breathing What You’re Burning, Baby”
Jim Carrey joins Seinfeld in a 1976 Lamborghini Countach with several stops along the way, including a visit to Carrey’s studio. This episode is great if you miss the old-style Carey and his crazy, animated antics.
Chris Rock: S2E6 “Kids Need Bullying”
Seinfeld and comedy legend Chris Rock share their views on parenting, relationships, and comedy, while they cruise along in a 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400S on their way to Allendale Eats in Allendale, NJ. As the title suggests, this is no after school special.
Larry David: S1E1 “Larry Eats a Pancake”
It would make sense that Seinfeld chose his TV show co-creator Larry David to join him in an episode that funnily enough plays out like a 90s sitcom.
The pair travels in a 1952 Volkswagen Beetle to John O’Groats in Los Angeles for a hot beverage (not necessarily coffee) where Larry reveals his theory that his marriage ended because his ex-wife disliked that he stopped drinking coffee. Seinfeld quips, “It’s a miracle we ever got any work done, because nobody can waste time like you and me.” Oh yeah, and Larry eats a bite of a pancake. Shock, horror!
Barack Obama: S7E1 “Just Tell Him You’re the President”
Because who doesn’t want to see former POTUS Barack Obama join Seinfeld to take a drive around the White House grounds in a 1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray? The episode is pure genius and while you might argue that Obama’s not a comedian, he damn well is if his car-based quips are anything to go by. God bless America!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: S6E1 “I’ll Go If I Don’t Have To Talk”
As you’d probably predict, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Seinfeld’s reunion spelled a lot of reminiscing about old jokes from the show – the two are so comfortable with each other that Louis-Dreyfus has no issue calling Seinfeld out for his BS, telling him: “I think you can be nice. You’re nicer than Hitler.” High praise indeed!
Judd Apatow: S8E3 “Escape From Syosset”
King of comedy Judd Apatow joins Seinfeld at the 101 Coffee Shop in Los Angeles to “talk comedy like your jock college roommate would talk sports.” Apatow reveals how and why he got into comedy and discusses their mutual friend – the late, great Garry Shandling. Speaking of whom . . .
Garry Shandling: S7E4 “It’s Great That Garry Shandling Is Still Alive”
As an old friend of Seinfeld, Garry Shandling – known for the groundbreaking sitcoms It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show – is at the center of this heartwarming episode, made eerie by the title, as Shandling starred in it roughly two months before his untimely death.
Even creepier, the discussions are very death-heavy, with Garry even joking: “You have to die in your 60s before they say, ‘He was young!’” Heartbreaking and heartwarming all in one, this episode is a stunning tribute to one of the comedy greats.