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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 Sam Malone / ... (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
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 Carla Tortelli / ... (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
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 Cliff Clavin / ... (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
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 Norm Peterson / ... (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
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 Dr. Frasier Crane / ... (204 episodes, 1984-1993)
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 Woody Boyd / ... (201 episodes, 1985-1993)
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 Rebecca Howe / ... (149 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Diane Chambers / ... (124 episodes, 1982-1993)
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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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Trivia

Cliff wasn't in the original script. John Ratzenberger auditioned for the part of Norm and wasn't thought suitable. He then asked the writers if they had a "bar know-it-all" and quickly improvised a character. This impressed the producers to the point that they created the part of Cliff Clavin for him. See more »

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In #10.23, John Kerry, appears briefly, as himself. In the credits he is listed as "Senator John Kerrey". See more »

Quotes

[to Diane in court]
Sam: To me, our relationship makes perfect sense. You want me to propose to you, I propose to you. You say no, I say fine, I never wanna see you again. You drive me nuts telling me you want me to propose again, I do, you turn me down. Next thing I know I'm in a court of law where I've got to propose to you or go to jail. It's the classic American love story.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits always have 'George Wendt''s name at the lower right corner of the TV screen. This is the same position of his character Norm's seat at the bar. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Woody Harrelson/David Byrne (1989) See more »

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Written by Judy Hart-Angelo and Gary Portnoy
Performed by Gary Portnoy
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After all these years, still the best
11 January 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The difference between Cheers and about 90% of the other sitcoms that have come and gone, is that in Cheers, nothing seems forced. The characters interact with such chemistry, that all you have to do is tune and it's like sitting at a bar listening to you're best friends tell tall tales. The characters, especially Sam Malone and Coach, are so well-rounded that the joy comes simply from watching them interact. As far as I can remember almost every episode of Cheers ended with someone smiling or laughing, and it's that sense of warmth that is so rare in television, that it makes Cheers stand tall amongst any competitor, then OR now. I feel wholly justified in calling Cheers the best program ever made. It's just that good.

PS-I hope in Heaven I can sit at Cheers, and watch Sam hit on girls, listen to Carl tell useles trivia, and see Norm catch curving beer bottles around the corner of the bar.

MIke Renzella


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