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Check out the 5 greatest ‘Seinfeld’ episodes to savor on Netflix

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“Seinfeld” repeats migrated to Netflix on Oct. 1, meaning a new generation of fans have a chance to get introduced to an American classic. But where to begin? Here are my 5 favorite episodes, in order of preference, that I first shared back in 1998.

1. “The Bubble Boy” (episode 45): George’s most unlikely and hilarious nemesis was a cranky kid forced to live in a plastic bubble. During an outrageous Trivial Pursuit game, George ends up puncturing the kid’s dome over a disputed answer (“Moors! Moops!”) and has the whole town on his tail.

2. “The Junior Mint” (episode 58): A splenectomy was never this much fun. Kramer and Jerry observe the surgery of Elaine’s former, overweight boyfriend (“Let’s go watch ‘em slice this fat bastard up”) and a piece of Kramer’s candy drops into the patient’s innards. This is also the one where all Jerry can remember about his new girlfriend’s name is that it rhymes with a female body part.

3. “The Library” (episode 22): A long-overdue copy of “Tropic of Cancer” has Jerry butting heads with a library cop (Philip Baker Hall), George confronting his mean high school gym teacher (“Can’t standya!”) and Kramer romancing a mousy librarian in an episode that’s anything but by the book.

4. “The Chinese Restaurant” (episode 16): Several episodes experimented with actual time, but none matched the ingenuity of this saga of the gang waiting not so patiently for a restaurant table. Kramer is not in this outing, a reminder that he wasn’t a major player in the early years. Note: When Jerry balks at going to a bad movie after dinner by himself, he quips, “What, am I going to make sarcastic remarks to strangers?” a possible reference to Joel Hodgson, the original host of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and co-writer of Seinfeld’s HBO special, “Stand-Up Confidential.”

5. “The Limo” (episode 35): Jerry and George assume fake names to snag a free limo from the airport, only to be mistaken for Nazis. George is more than willing to play along, if it means scoring with a comely comrade. The risky plot proves once and for all that this is a show about everything.

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