We were crestfallen to learn that iconic American comic actor Jerry Stiller passed away this week, aged 92.
While Jerry had established himself as a comic genius in the ’60s and ’70s as one half of the duo Stiller and Meara (with wife Anne Meara) and as a fine actor with turns in the likes of Hairspray and The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, there is one role that Jerry will always be remembered for – Frank Costanza in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld.
There are few sitcom characters as memorable as George’s dad so, in that spirit here are our favourite episodes featuring the one and only Frank Costanza. Oh, and you can catch the entire series on Stan so, why not make a festivus of it?
1. The Strike (Season 9 Episode 10)
There is a lot of comedy gold in this iconic episode, but it is Frank Costanza’s concept of Festivus that really sends this one into the hilarity stratosphere.
Jerry, Elaine and Kramer become fascinated with the idea after learning of the bizarre holiday, which includes the traditional feats of strength and airing of grievances, from George.
The episode culminates in a Festivus dinner that quickly erupts into comedic anarchy thanks largely to Stiller’s impeccable comic timing.
2. Serenity Now (Season 9 Episode 3)
To say that Frank Costanza has anger management issues would be an understatement. In this episode he is advised by his doctor to chant “serenity now” in an effort to keep calm.
However, this zen-like mantra quickly becomes a battle-cry for Frank who at the same time decides to start an at-home computer sales business with his long-suffering and underachieving son George.
3. The Fatigues (Season 8 Episode 6)
When Kramer volunteers to run a Jewish singles mixer, he asks Frank to help with the catering after finding out he was a cook in the Korean war.
However Frank is initially reluctant due to an unpleasant wartime incident in the mess tent that left him with a severe case of shell shock – the re-enactment of which is one of the finest moments of the whole series.
Unable to stomach his wife Estelle’s bland cooking anymore, Frank eventually declare “I’m back, baby,” and agrees to cater the mixer. Hilarity ensues.
4. The Doorman (Season 6 Episode 17)
It was always a laugh riot when George Costanza shares screen time with Kramer and their quirky relationship is highlighted in this classic.
Frank moves in with George after separating from his wife and George makes the unpleasant discovery that his father has rather large breasts, he confides in Kramer fearing the condition may be heriditary.
However, Kramer sees this as a golden opportunity and sets about starting. business with Frank selling male bras or…Mansseires….or is it the Bro?