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The Real Reason Seinfeld’s George Had Terrible Dating Luck

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Seinfeld gained popularity by presenting its audience with unlikeable main characters whose punchlines came from awkward social interactions. Jerry was the main character supported by his quirky friends Elaine, George and Kramer. Their friendship was heavily built on their mutual dislike of others as they judged people for petty social mistakes. Toward the end of the series and after some controversy, the protagonists acknowledged that they were the real problem.

Despite the characters’ abrasiveness, they frequently dated new characters — some more memorable than others. George dated over 40 women and rarely managed to make a relationship last more than a few episodes. Susan, his on-again-off-again fiancé, was the only person to withstand George’s complicated games before she met her untimely death. His relationship patterns with her and other women in Seinfeld showcased George’s most significant issue: his self-sabotaging actions caused by his insecurities.

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Seinfeld Had George Sabotage Potentially Good Relationships


One of George’s funniest and most entertaining aspects was that he sabotaged almost all of his relationships. He even caused problems for other characters, but they often didn’t take his behavior seriously. George dated ex-girlfriends of both Jerry and Kramer while also pursuing some of Elaine’s close friends. While he ruined each of these relationships, the other three main characters still maintained their friendships with him.

George often pursued women who weren’t suitable for him, and he sabotaged relationships that seemed positive for his growth. His implausible relationship with Susan proved that point because he only wanted to be with her when she didn’t want him. That was funny because Susan was often confused by his behavior rather than harmed since she found him quirky and endearing. He’d resigned himself to marrying her after many attempts to end the relationship. He could never leave well enough alone.

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Seinfeld’s George Wanted Validation More Than Genuine Connection

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George also sought validation above connection. In Seinfeld Season 5, Episode 9, “The Masseuse,” Jerry begins dating a massage therapist named Jodi who disliked George. At the beginning of the episode, George had another girlfriend named Karen, who was attractive and crazy about him. He adored Karen until he met Jodi and realized she didn’t like him. That made him determined to change her mind.

Karen broke up with George over his obsession with Jodi; he spent most of their time together plotting ways to gain Jodi’s validation. When Jerry and Jodi eventually split, George asked Jerry if he could pursue a relationship with her. Jerry gave him the green light and George hustled to try and win her affection. “The Masseuse” was a clear example of George’s desperate need for validation, which he pursued to the point of destruction. His attempts to prove others wrong led to him ruining positive connections.

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Seinfeld Made George Into a Jerk

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Most people assumed George’s inability to maintain a relationship was simply because he was a jerk — and they weren’t wrong. He consistently chose to behave in inconsistent, unstable and unreliable ways. This went on so long that his selfishness was expected by a certain point in the series, making him more entertaining than likeable. Audiences already knew that George would sabotage his new job or relationship just to get short-term happiness or validation.

His many flaws and the flaws of his fellow cast members were part of why Seinfeld remained relevant throughout its run and after it ended. The series didn’t care about presenting protagonists that people loved. But even by that standard, George messed his romantic life more often than not, and it was usually his fault.

Seinfeld is now streaming on Netflix.

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