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Greatest TV Pilots: Cheers ‘Give Me A Ring Sometime’ – the definitive sitcom pilot

1 July 2013 10:53 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cheers Season 1, Episode 1 ‘Give Me A Ring Sometime’

Written by Glen Charles & Les Charles

Directed by James Burrows

Aired 9/30/1982 on NBC

Every time I watch the Cheers pilot, I’m always amazed at just how low-key it is. ‘Give Me a Ring Sometime’ doesn’t try to get anybody’s attention with flashy characters or some convoluted premise: as the cold open suggests, this is just another day  at a bar in Boston, where an ex-baseball player serves his friends and lends his ear to the working man. It’s suck a quiet, unassuming scene, it’s no surprise that it didn’t draw in a huge audience for the second episode (or the entire first season, really). As Sam prepares the bar for work, a clearly underage kid comes in and tries to order a beer with a military ID. Sam can see the it coming a mile away, »

- Randy

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'The Sopranos' and 'Seinfeld' top WGA's 'TV 101' list of best-written series ever

3 June 2013 6:36 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The Sopranos was named the best-written show in television history by the Writers Guild of America, edging out an eclectic collection of some of the most beloved and admired series. Members of the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) voted online for the 101 Best Written TV Series, with David Chase’s iconic “family” drama topping Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, and M*A*S*H*.

“At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers »

- Jeff Labrecque

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‘The Sopranos’ Leads WGA List of Top TV Series

2 June 2013 11:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).

On the other end of the list was a three-way tie between the original NBC “Late Night with David Letterman,” FX’s “Louie” and HBO’s intense prison drama “Oz.”

The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.

The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:

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The Sopranos

HBO

Created by David Chase

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Seinfeld »

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