Nick Hall

Serenity Now, 8 Best Frank Costanza Moments on Seinfeld | Man of Many

The most bizarre and oddly inspiring Frank Costanza moment is, of course, the story of Festivus. The airing of grievances and the oversized pole; it’s a true icon of absurdist television and somehow a scene all of us with batshi*t crazy parents can relate to.

1. Festivus for the Rest of Us

Not exactly one moment, but a montage of many, Serenity Now might be our favourite Seinfeld quote of all time. In a Season 9 episode, Frank is instructed to use the mantra ‘Serenity Now’ when he feels his rage escalating. Instead of calming him, the phrase usually results in some glorious unhinged carnage.

2. Serenity Now

This is one that hits close to home for pretty much everyone. There is always one of your classmate’s parents that your mother and father seem to unequivocally despise, for no good reason other than competition. For Frank Costanza, this was the Seinfelds. The rivalry between him and Morty was always one of the best parts of the show, typified by the great Del Boca Vista episode.

3. Competition with the Seinfelds

Taking a leaf out the Apocalypse Now playbook, Frank retells the story of his wartime tragedy. As a cook in the war, Frank inadvertently gives half his platoon food poisoning, causing him to stay out of the kitchen for good. The incredible, dramatic monologue is perhaps one of the best Frank Costanza moments on Seinfeld.

4. Frank’s Food Poisoning PTSD

Forever on edge, Jerry Stiller’s Frank Costanza is never one to back down from a fight, even if there isn’t one on offer.

5. You Want a Piece of Me? You Got It.

Perverse and confused, Frank Costanza’s take on how chickens mate is utterly hilarious and sadly familiar. Everyone has had a confusing conversation with a grandparent that goes exactly like this.

6. Who’s Having Sex with the Hen?

Another one that reeks of teenage embarrassment, Frank Costanza’s willingness to give up his swim trunks for his sweet Georgey would be wholesome if it wasn’t delivered with such intensity.

7. His Swim Trunks

Frank’s unburdening of his Korean affair is as unhinged as he is. The awkwardness of the translation followed by Elaine’s disgust makes this one of the best Frank Costanza moments on Seinfeld.

8. Frank Translates Korean

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