Jerry Seinfeld to Present the National Museum of American History with “Puffy Shirt” from the Acclaimed Television Sitcom “Seinfeld”

November 17, 2004
In a special donation ceremony on Nov. 18, Jerry Seinfeld, star and co-creator of the hugely popular “Seinfeld” television series, will present the legendary “puffy shirt” from his TV series to the National Museum of American History. The museum will also receive an original script from episode #66 - “The Puffy Shirt” episode. The shirt will go on view Nov. 24 in the museum’s “Icons of Popular Culture” display, alongside Jim Henson’s Kermit the Frog puppet, and Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” "Seinfeld" premiered on NBC on July 5, 1989 and focused on the urban world inhabited by its four principal characters: Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer, played, respectively, by Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards. “Seinfeld” changed the landscape of TV forever, was the No. 1 Nielsen-rated series on television when it went off the air in 1998. The long-running show was nominated for 68 Emmy® Awards, winning a total of 10, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. TV Guide ranked it No. 1 on its list of “50 Greatest Shows of All Time.” Syndicated by Sony Pictures Television, Seinfeld still scores the highest rating of any off-net sitcom on television, airing on both broadcast stations and TBS, with ratings higher than some series currently airing on the networks. Seinfeld has been renewed for a third cycle, keeping the show on the air through 2011. The episode titled, “The Puffy Shirt,” originally aired at the start of the show’s fifth season. In it, Jerry unwittingly agrees to wear the pirate-like shirt for an appearance on the Today Show, after being asked by Kramer’s “low talker” girlfriend. The shirt was designed by the show’s costumer, Charmaine Simmons. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The National Museum of American History traces American heritage through exhibitions of social, cultural, scientific and technological history. Collections are displayed in exhibitions that interpret the American experience from Colonial times to the present. The museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Dec. 25. For more information, visit the museum’s Web site at http://americanhistory.si.edu or call (202) 633-1000.