Seinfeld is easily among the greatest TV shows to ever hit the airwaves. Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer are arguably the most popular sitcom characters of all time, and every sitcom that’s come since has been measured against Seinfeld’s monumental success.
Originally airing on NBC, the show starred and was co-created by the great Jerry Seinfeld. Often called “a show about nothing,” the simple premise of a comedian in New York hanging out with his friends became one of the defining cultural forces of the 1990s. The wildly popular comedy series ran nine seasons, from 1989 to 1998, so there are a ton of episodes to watch.
Right now there are only a couple streaming platforms where you can watch the episodes, but quite a few places online where you can buy whole seasons, or just individual episodes if you prefer. Due to the show’s continued popularity in the 21st Century, Seinfeld continues to be a hot commodity on streaming platforms, and the show makes news whenever it switches over to a new service.
Best way to watch Seinfeld (1989-)
There are only two subscription-base platforms where you can stream Seinfeld episodes right now—Hulu and the TBS app. We strongly recommend using Hulu to watch Seinfeld over the TBS app. The first reason is that Hulu currently carries all 9 seasons of the show on-demand, while the TBS app only has a few episodes available at a time.
The second reason is that the TBS app requires you to sign in with a cable service provider login in order to to watch full episodes, and if you’re a cordcutter, then you probably don’t have a cable TV subscription. On the other hand, Hulu offers access to every episode with monthly subscriptions starting at $5.99 per month. You can also sign up for Hulu with no ads for $11.99 per month. If you want live-streaming TV on top of Hulu’s video-on-demand library, it costs $64.99 per month or $70.99 per month with no ads. But it’s important to note that Seinfeld will be leaving Hulu for Netflix in 2021.
All the ways to watch Seinfeld online
While Hulu is currently the best way to watch Seinfeld online, the streaming service will lose the rights to the show later this year. After that, the show will stream on Netflix, who have confirmed that they will pick up the show for their library but have yet to make any official announcement on the exact date, as of March 2021.
TBS currently holds the TV rights to air Seinfeld, so you can catch Seinfeld on TV streams with any subscription that includes TBS live-streaming. But that too is changing this year. ViacomCBS will be the new owner of Seinfeld’s TV rights, so viewers can expect to see Seinfeld episodes broadcast on ViacomCBS-owned channels and platforms sometime in 2021.
|Streaming service||Starting Price|
|Hulu (until June)||$5.99/mo.|
|Netflix (starting 2021)||$8.99/mo.|
|TBS (until later this year)||Requires cable TV subscription|
Right now the two spots to stream Seinfeld episodes on-demand are Hulu and the TBS app. Let’s take a closer look at what each platform offers viewers who want to watch Seinfeld episodes without waiting for them to air on TV.
Seinfeld streaming on-demand at Hulu
Until late this year, Hulu is your best bet for watching Seinfeld episodes on-demand. This service comes with a wide range of subscription packages to choose from, and you can watch every single episode in the 9 seasons of the show on-demand. Subscriptions to Hulu range from $5.99 per month (on-demand with ads) to $70.99 per month (on-demand + live TV with no ads).
Seinfeld streaming on-demand at the TBS app
The TBS app currently allows viewers to stream only a few different episodes on-demand from all the seasons, but you won’t be able to stream any full seasons. You’ll also need a cable TV subscription to access the on-demand episodes. This option is also going this year, with Seinfeld TV rights moving over ViacomCBS in 2021.
Renting vs. buying Seinfeld
Viewers interested in renting episodes or seasons of Seinfield might have a hard time finding a service that offers the show as a rental, but there are quite a few options available for those who want to buy digital copies of episodes, seasons or even the whole show. Even when Seinfeld changes streaming platforms and TV networks later this year, these options should still be available.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is Amazon’s digital video store, and it offers SD and HD options for digital video purchases. You can purchase individual episodes of Seinfeld in SD for $1.99 each or episodes in HD for $2.99 each. Amazon also offers full seasons of the show for $19.99 each. You will need an Amazon account to make the purchase.
Google Play includes a number of different streaming options, including HD, 4K UHD & HDR. It’s unclear what format the Seinfeld episodes come in, but you can purchase individual episodes for $1.99 each, or you can buy an entire season for $19.99. All purchases require having an account.
The iTunes Store features a ton of great video and music options, many at a lower price for bulk purchases. You can choose between SD and HD streaming video options with iTunes. It costs $2.99 for HD episodes of Seinfeld or just $1.99 an episode for SD. If you don’t want to worry over purchasing single seasons or episodes, this service also gives you the option to buy the whole series (seasons 1-9) for $99.99. You’ll need an iTunes account before buying anything.
Vudu is another service with lots of buying options to choose from, and this service offers video in SD and HDX. You can buy single episodes in SD for $1.99 each or $2.99 for HDX episodes. Each season of Seinfeld is offered at $19.99 each, or you can opt for the whole series for $99.99, which is a significant discount over buying seasons individually. This too requires an account.
The final cut
If you want to watch the whole Seinfeld series front to back, then Hulu is easily your best option right now. The video-on-demand streaming service offers a free trial, so you don’t have to pay upfront. And if you don’t mind commercials, the service will only cost $5.99 per month, but you always switch over to the ad-free version Hulu for $11.99 per month. The live TV add-on increases the monthly subscription cost a lot, but you don’t need it if you’re just interested in streaming Seinfeld.
But if you want to watch using Hulu, you should do so sooner rather than later, because it looks like Seinfeld will be leaving Hulu halfway through the year. There’s no set date announced yet for when Seinfeld will appear on Netflix, but it should be sometime within 2021. Seinfeld is a classic and influential sitcom everyone should check out at least once.