If a sitcom can be judged by the number of catchphrases it inserts into the pop-culture lexicon, then "Seinfeld" must be one of the most successful in TV history.

Sure, "Cheers" had "Norm!" and "Friends" had "We were on a break!" But the "show about nothing" outdoes them all: "Master of your domain," "He's spongeworthy," "No soup for you!" "Maybe the dingo ate your baby," "I'm Art Vandelay. I'm an importer-exporter," "You double-dipped the chip!" "Get out!" and, of course, "Yada, yada, yada."

On Tuesday, fans looking to relive their favorite Seinfeld moments can do just that when the first three seasons of the beloved sitcom become available on DVD for the first time. (And a retrospective with the cast airs on Thursday at 9:59 p.m. on NBC.)

The first "Seinfeld" DVD four-disc set contains 18 episodes that make up the first and second seasons. Included are several episodes that rarely get aired in syndication -- such as "The Stakeout," which explains Jerry's history with Elaine and introduces George's alter ego, Art Vandelay. An alternate version of the 1989 pilot also is included.

The second four-disc DVD set has the 22 episodes of the third season. Highlights include "The Truth," chronicling George's attempts to help Jerry with his tax woes, and "The Library," featuring Philip Baker Hall as the dogged library cop tracking down Jerry's long-overdue copy of "Tropic of Cancer."

Both DVD sets have audio commentaries on selected episodes, cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes materials and never-before-seen outtakes. They also boast "Notes About Nothing," an interesting extra that can displays facts, trivia information and production notes on the bottom of the screen as the episodes run.

True "Seinfeld" fans can get all eight DVDs in a special gift set that comes with "Monk's Diner" salt and pepper shakers, "Seinfeld" playing cards, and a script with handwritten notes by writer and co-creator Larry David.

No word yet on when later seasons of "Seinfeld" will come to DVD -- not that there's anything wrong with that.


Columbia Tri-Star

Seasons 1 and 2 -- $49.95;

Season 3 -- $49.95; Gift set -- $119.95; available Tuesday.


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