Famously, the bet and its ramifications were discussed extensively throughout the half hour, without the word masturbation ever being uttered. More importantly, it was the episode that got people really talking about Seinfeld. Suddenly, this was becoming a show you had to see if you wanted to get the jokes your co-workers were repeating in the break room the next morning.
These days, The Walking Dead can spill as many intestines as it wants, but many issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity are still considered taboo in the realm of prime-time programming. In it, the four main characters stage a bet to see who can go the longest without, you know, [whispers] masturbating. It also shows how, after it aired, it felt more like a burst of energy than a lightning rod.
By 's standards it seems almost adorable—so tame and normal. It's something our president would probably talk about on the phone to a war widow at this point and no one would bat an eye. But inwhen Seinfeld aired the episode "The Contest," masturbating was still a pretty taboo thing to talk about on TV.
Written by series co-creator and current Bernie Sanders lookalike Larry David, the episode is all about self pleasure, arousal and stimulation. And I mean the entire episode is all about sexual solitaire, not just a stray joke or one plot. This laser-focused episode kicks off when a mortified George Jason Alexander tells his friends a tale of horrific embarrassment.
George meets the rest of the gang at Monk's and admits that his mother "caught him," resulting in her falling over in shock and being admitted to the hospital. The gang makes fun of George, and they decide to have a bet to see who can go the longest without masturbating. The next day, Kramer notices a woman across the street walking around her apartment completely naked.
The "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" cast took on one of the most infamous episodes in comedy television — masterfully — on Thursday night's clip-show. Thursday's latest episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" took a surrealist turn and things got weirder before they got normal. The "Always Sunny" episode is a clip show, and eventually devolves into a line-by-line recreation of a very popular and infamous "Seinfeld" episode, "The Contest," which had the cast competing on who could go the longest time without masturbating.
Email address:. The Contest received just 31 complaints, coined one of the finest euphemisms in popular culture, and broke ground for frank sex comedy on mainstream TV. Throughout its nine-season run, death, birth control and psychological abuse all came under its comedic gaze, woven into episodes with natural ease.
Sign in. See the list. Title: The Contest 18 Nov After George's mother catches him alone in a somewhat embarrassing situation, Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer stage a contest to see who can last the longest without any sexual gratification.
Suffice it to say, the episode never made it to air. But due to a recent article in the New York Post —we now know about a second controversial script that never saw the light of day. That episode was all about race.