TV | April 10, 2021 5:31 am

Reddit Users Explain Why Jerry Seinfeld’s Apartment Building Literally Could Not Exist

A recent thread delves into the problematic layout of Jerry's fictional apartment

Pictured: (l-r) Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes  (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Pictured: (l-r) Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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The apartments we see on TV are often unrealistic in that they’re too large or in highly expensive neighborhoods, making them unattainable for a character in real life based on what we know about their job and expect their salary to be. But as a recent Reddit thread points out, Jerry Seinfeld’s famous Upper West Side apartment on Seinfeld was unrealistic in a completely different way: its design is physically impossible.

As Reddit user PixelMagic points out via the handy image below, Jerry’s front door is at an angle pointed to his kitchen, meaning the hallway from which we often saw Kramer burst in couldn’t actually exist there without Jerry’s kitchen jutting into it.

Some concerned social media users have suggested that perhaps the hallway curves or turns, but scenes from the show have always implied a straight hallway ending with a wall to the left of Jerry and Kramer’s apartments, and some episodes have shown another apartment unit directly next to Kramer’s. Of course, the real explanation here is that none of this exists because Jerry’s apartment (and yes, the surrounding hallway) were actually just sets designed specifically for the show, which filmed in Los Angeles. So yes, the hallway is physically impossible, but perhaps it was most convenient for blocking and camera setups, and there are better subjects for internet pedantry than the dimensions of a make-believe apartment building.