The regulars of the Boston bar Cheers share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name.
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The lives of the disparate group of employees and patrons at a Boston watering hole called Cheers over eleven years is presented. Over much of this period, Sam Malone, a womanizing ex-Boston Red Sox pitcher and an alcoholic, owns the bar, its purchase and this life which was his salvation from his alcoholism which was largely the cause of the end of his baseball career. He ends up having a love-hate relationship with intellectual Diane Chambers, who he hires as a waitress and whose cultured mentality is foreign to anyone else in the bar. He also has an evolving relationship with Rebecca Howe, who managed the bar for the Lily Corporation which bought it from Sam, but whose outward business savvy belied the fact that she was a mess of a woman who was struggling to find her place in life. The regular patrons are largely a bunch of self-identified losers, who bond because of their shared place in life, and because Cheers is their home away from home, and in many ways more a home than ... Written by Huggo

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30 September 1982 (USA)  »

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Cheers, Aquele Bar  »

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Did You Know?


In "Cheers: An Episode Guide" author Dennis Bjorkland talks about the genesis of the show: Writing team Glen Charles and Les Charles and Director James Burrows worked together on the ratings challenged, but critically acclaimed show Taxi (1978). The three of them decided Taxi (1978) was too dark and depressing, which is why it was turning off viewers. After three years, and before the show was cancelled by ABC, the three abandoned the show, and decided they would put together a workplace comedy similar in quality to Taxi (1978), but with a more upbeat tone, so as to attract more viewers. Hence, this show was born. It's no mistake the show has an upbeat theme song, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name", bearing a strong contrast to Taxi (1978)'s depressing instrumental opening, and it's no mistake this show takes place in a bar, where everyone wants to be, as opposed to a taxi company, which feels like purgatory. Tweaking their own show formula worked for the Charles brothers: this show eventually became a ratings smash, while still raking in lots of Emmys like Taxi (1978) did. See more »


In Cheers, Frasier Crane's mother (who was still alive then) is played by Nancy Marchand but in the series Frasier (in flashbacks), she (now deceased) is played by Rita Wilson. See more »


Sam: You drinking again?
Rebecca: Certainly not. I never stopped.
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Crazy Credits

The style of the opening credits never changed throughout the series' 11 year run, unless a new cast member was added. See more »


Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: A Cat's Eye View (1992) See more »


Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Written by Judy Hart-Angelo and Gary Portnoy
Performed by Gary Portnoy
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Raise your glasses!
17 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

I adored "Cheers" on its original release in the early 80's and have lately been revisiting my adoration in catching re-runs right back to the first series. Like the best series, it makes you stay with it, through series after series, cast changes or not, like other American favourites of mine "The Mary Tyler-Moore Show", "Rhoda" "M.A.S.H." "Taxi" "Newhart" and more recently "Friends". Indeed it's easy to see "Cheers" influence on the latter, both fixing much of the action on a popular drinking hole. This was back in the days when writers wrote laugh-out-loud jokes and characters you could empathise with unlike today's post modern ironic shows where the odd line might make you smile at best. "Cheers" always kept you watching for the next line, which more often than not brought forth a laugh. Set-bound as it was, like, say, the bridge on the Starship Enterprise, familiarity bred content as you got to know the characters and their surroundings. The characters were great from the start, Sam "Mayday" Malone, pseudo-intellectual barmaid Diane, the feral barmaid Carla, permanent bar-stool residents Cliff and Norm and best of all the dotty bar manager Coach, with a heart of pure gold. Newer characters entered as the series progressed, especially oddballs Frazier and Lilith Crane, Carla's combative husband Nick and later, the dim young barman Woody Harrelson's "Woody"(a great replacement for Coach) and Kirsty Alley's "Backseat Becky" (ditto for Diane). Great as the smart direction and comedic delivery were, it was all about the writing. Great writers like Heidi Perlman, the Charles brothers, David Lloyd and Earl Pomerantz kept the quality high, season after season as I'm sure my end-to-end re-viewing will testify. 7 down, 244 to go!

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