Jerry Seinfeld’s web series will be returning with a seven-episode fifth season premiering on November 6th. Great old cars and entertaining, often revealing, conversations with some of the greatest comedy legends are the hallmarks of this unique show. In honor of CICGC’s return, here are seven of our favorite past episodes.
Season 1: Larry David/1952 Volkswagen Beetle
Supposedly, the vintage car selected for every episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is picked by Seinfeld to fittingly mesh with the guest’s history or personality. In the premier episode, Seinfeld takes his old friend Larry David for coffee in a split window, azure blue Beetle—the perfect car, says Seinfeld for anyone who believes humility is in short supply. When David proffers his funny, Costanza-esque theory that his marriage may have ended because his ex-wife disliked that he stopped drinking coffee, the show plays out like an episode from the famous ’90s sitcom the famous duo created.
Season 1: Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks/1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II
A longtime enthusiast of classic automobiles, Seinfeld always takes the opening scenes in every episode of CICGC to playfully point out some of the things that make the car he’s driving so special—when trying to turn around in the middle of the road in a Rolls, Seinfeld says it has a “turning radius of 42 feet.” After that, coffee and a meal with legendary comedian Carl Reiner turns into a TV dinner with Reiner and longtime pal Mel Brooks. Through the laughter and reminiscing, you see two old friends who haven’t lost their edge and have a great love for each other. That and the spontaneous feel of the episode—like Seinfeld and his crew are just going with the flow and letting the cameras run—makes the episode one of the best.
Season 2: Don Rickles/1958 Cadillac Eldorado Seville
In this episode featuring Don Rickles, Seinfeld drives an ultra rare Gleneagles green Cadillac Eldorado —a car Seinfeld calls “a mobile version of Las Vegas”—to pick up the 88-year-old comedic legend. Highlights of this show include Rickles, still as feisty as ever, using his “raw funny” when reminiscing about working three shows a night in Vegas in the 1950s, late nights with his close friend Frank Sinatra and funny interactions he recalls with everyone from Billy Graham to President Ronald Reagan.
Season 3: Louis C.K./1959 Fiat 600 Jolly
You’ll not see many examples of this particular two-cylinder, coral-orange Fiat (less than 200 were ever built), so for that reason alone this episode of CICGC is worth a look. Add to that the comic genius of standup Louis C.K. and the show just might be the best one Seinfeld’s produced so far. The most hysterical part of the show comes when Louie recounts how he once ran his boat aground with his daughters within earshot of a Harlem park full of heckling onlookers.
Season 3: Patton Oswalt/ 1981 Delorean DMC-12
This episode is great because it’s not afraid to show a reality known to every classic car owner—when these cars we love breakdown (and they will), you can bet it’s going to be at the most inopportune time. After Seinfeld is rescued by a car service and offers his opinion on why Delorean’s dream may not have panned out, he and Oswalt travel to a trendy California coffee shop to discuss their theories on how one might kill Superman.
Season 3: George Costanza and Newman/1976 AMC Pacer
Seinfeld and Jason Alexander visit a familiar New York restaurant and take on their beloved sitcom screen personas in this short episode. Fun to see is how much the interior of the now iconic Tom’s Restaurant has changed (while Seinfeld and Constanza’s banter hasn’t). The brief appearance of Wayne Knight, a.k.a. Newman, is the comic icing on the cake.
Season 4: Jon Stewart/ 1968 AMC Gremlin/ 1978 AMC AMX
What is “the sound of virginity”? In this episode, Jon Stewart offers an answer based on personal experience. In this salute to the American Motor Car Company, you get to listen in on two funny, rich guys reminiscing about their youth, particularly Stewart who offers a hysterical story about his prom night. The setup for the story includes an AMC Gremlin, a cat named Mr. Jinx and a bunch of 50-pound bags of lime a young Stewart used for aiding traction in the car.