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The Best Boss Elaine Ever Had On Seinfeld

While the four main characters on "Seinfeld" were the pillars of the series, its secondary characters were pivotal to its success. For nine seasons, Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), George (Jason Alexander), and Kramer (Michael Richards) interacted with some enigmatic side characters. These were usually significant others and parents, but a third group was filled with some of the best secondary characters in the series.

The "Seinfeld" bosses were quite the bunch, but they were mostly connected to Elaine and George. Jerry was self-employed, and Kramer really never worked — unless you include his H&H Bagel stint and mixup at Brandt-Leland. George and Elaine's bosses became staples of the series, with each bringing their unique charm. George had quite an assortment of bosses, including George Steinbrenner (Larry David), Mr. Kruger (Daniel von Bargen), Mr. Wilhelm (Richard Thomas Herd Jr.), and Sid Farkus (Patrick Cronin).

Elaine also had a fun group of employers, which included Mr. Pitt (Ian Abercrombie) and the mild-mannered Mr. Lippman (Richard Ronald Fancy). However, when it comes to her best boss ever, there's only one deserving of the title.

J. Peterman reigns supreme as Elaine's best boss

As if there was any competition, Jacopo (J.) Peterman is Elaine's best boss ever on "Seinfeld." He might be the best boss on the series, thanks to his poetic quips and uncanny line delivery that only John O'Hurley could offer. Peterman shows up late in the series, with his first appearance in the Season 6 finale ("The Understudy"). Elaine begins her work with the J. Peterman Catalog at the beginning of Season 7, and one of the best characters is born.

Peterman oozes charisma and has a storytelling ability unlike any other. It's impossible not to laugh at his one-of-a-kind lines like "This dry air is curing me like a black forest ham," and "The toll road of denial is a long and dangerous one. The price? Your soul." His world-traveling escapades never left him without a story, which always somehow connected to an article of clothing for the catalog. He was also rather unpredictable, with the audience never knowing what he might do next. He leaves the United States for Myanmar, putting an unsuspecting Elaine in charge of the catalog. We also discover he lives in a terribly drab apartment and seems to have the most boring at-home life despite his amazing tales. Never knowing what Peterman might say or do next was his best quality, and O'Hurley executed the part to perfection.