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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
... and the people who populate this little watering-hole become so familiar to you that they start to feel like family after awhile. Everybody has their own personalities and preoccupations, and with Norm it's only ever one thing: Beer. (What else?!) How the writers managed to dream up always funny one-liners connected to his favourite beverage for 11 years, I'll never know, but anyway... There was also his wife Vera, who never was seen but was often the source of some laughs. It's intricate little running gags like that which made it easy to spin off and create another successful comedy institution with "Frasier".
If I had to pick one I'd say my favourite character was Sam, though. He didn't have very many passions in life (probably only two: women and baseball) but he never stopped thinking about them, and there's a funny quality to a guy who's not ashamed to admit he's that single minded. You could mostly predict what Sam was going to try to do each episode, he'd attempt to get each of his head barmaids to sleep with him. The comedy in that comes from the many diverse ways he planned to do this, and that no matter how many times he was rejected or foiled, he kept coming back. You've gotta admire a guy for trying, and Ted Danson is famous for playing most of his material in such an easy and relaxed manner that it's hard at times not to pull for him to succeed.
I for one would like to say "Cheers!" to the creators and cast for blessing us with such a great show.
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