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Cheers -- Sam embarks on a search for a suitable mother to have his baby.

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Release Date:
30 September 1982 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 6 Golden Globes. Another 71 wins & 179 nominations See more »
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A Classic See more (101 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 120)

Ted Danson ... Sam Malone / ... (271 episodes, 1982-1993)

Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli / ... (271 episodes, 1982-1993)

John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin / ... (271 episodes, 1982-1993)

George Wendt ... Norm Peterson / ... (271 episodes, 1982-1993)

Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane / ... (204 episodes, 1984-1993)

Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd / ... (201 episodes, 1985-1993)

Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe / ... (149 episodes, 1987-1993)

Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers / ... (124 episodes, 1982-1993)
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Series Directed by
James Burrows (237 episodes, 1982-1993)
Andy Ackerman (18 episodes, 1988-1991)
Thomas Lofaro (5 episodes, 1986-1988)
John Ratzenberger (4 episodes, 1988-1993)
Tim Berry (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tom Moore (2 episodes, 1991)
Rick Beren (2 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Writing credits
James Burrows (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
Glen Charles (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
Les Charles (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
Dan O'Shannon (39 episodes, 1989-1993)
Tom Anderson (38 episodes, 1989-1993)
David Isaacs (36 episodes, 1982-1993)
Ken Levine (36 episodes, 1982-1993)
Rob Long (34 episodes, 1990-1993)
Dan Staley (34 episodes, 1990-1993)
Brian Pollack (31 episodes, 1989-1991)
Mert Rich (31 episodes, 1989-1991)
Kathy Ann Stumpe (28 episodes, 1992-1993)
David Lloyd (25 episodes, 1982-1993)
Fred Graver (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Rebecca Parr Cioffi (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bill Steinkellner (24 episodes, 1985-1992)
Cherie Steinkellner (24 episodes, 1985-1992)
Phoef Sutton (23 episodes, 1985-1991)
David Angell (17 episodes, 1983-1993)
Heide Perlman (17 episodes, 1983-1993)
Peter Casey (10 episodes, 1984-1993)
David Lee (10 episodes, 1984-1993)
Tom Reeder (7 episodes, 1982-1988)
Ken Estin (5 episodes, 1982-1985)
Sam Simon (5 episodes, 1982-1985)
Earl Pomerantz (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Sue Herring (4 episodes, 1988-1992)
Andy Cowan (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
David S. Williger (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Tracy Newman (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jonathan Stark (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Kimberly Hill (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jeff Abugov (2 episodes, 1986)
Janet Leahy (2 episodes, 1986)
Larry Balmagia (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tom Leopold (2 episodes, 1992-1993)

Series Produced by
James Burrows .... executive producer / producer (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
Glen Charles .... executive producer / producer (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
Les Charles .... executive producer / producer (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
Tim Berry .... producer / co-producer / ... (270 episodes, 1982-1993)
Mary Fukuto .... associate producer (149 episodes, 1987-1993)
Bill Steinkellner .... executive producer / co-executive producer / ... (99 episodes, 1988-1992)
Cherie Steinkellner .... executive producer / co-executive producer / ... (99 episodes, 1988-1992)
Phoef Sutton .... executive producer / co-executive producer / ... (99 episodes, 1988-1992)
David Angell .... producer / supervising producer (89 episodes, 1985-1989)
Peter Casey .... producer / supervising producer (89 episodes, 1985-1989)
David Lee .... producer / supervising producer (89 episodes, 1985-1989)
Tom Anderson .... co-producer / executive producer / ... (76 episodes, 1990-1993)
Dan O'Shannon .... co-producer / executive producer / ... (76 episodes, 1990-1993)
Andy Ackerman .... co-producer (52 episodes, 1989-1991)
Rob Long .... co-executive producer / co-producer (50 episodes, 1991-1993)
Dan Staley .... co-executive producer / co-producer (50 episodes, 1991-1993)
Heide Perlman .... producer (26 episodes, 1985-1986)
Larry Balmagia .... co-producer (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Brian Pollack .... co-producer (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mert Rich .... co-producer (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ken Estin .... producer (25 episodes, 1984-1985)
Sam Simon .... producer (25 episodes, 1984-1985)
Tom Leopold .... co-producer (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
David Isaacs .... co-producer (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Ken Levine .... co-producer (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Original Music by
Craig Safan (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
 
Series Cinematography by
John Finger (265 episodes, 1982-1993)
Kenneth Peach (3 episodes, 1982)
Howard Block (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Film Editing by
Andy Ackerman (115 episodes, 1985-1991)
Robert Bramwell (48 episodes, 1991-1993)
M. Pam Blumenthal (35 episodes, 1983-1986)
Andrew Chulack (32 episodes, 1982-1984)
Douglas Hines (17 episodes, 1983-1986)
Sheila Amos (13 episodes, 1989-1991)
John Randle (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Daniel T. Cahn (6 episodes, 1982)
Roger Tweten (4 episodes, 1984)
Robert A. Daniels (3 episodes, 1983)
Peter Chakos (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Linda Henry (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Casting by
Jeff Greenberg (175 episodes, 1986-1993)
Stephen Kolzak (48 episodes, 1982-1984)
Randy Stone (26 episodes, 1985-1986)
Lori Openden (21 episodes, 1984-1985)
 
Series Production Design by
Richard Sylbert (1 episode, 1982)
 
Series Art Direction by
Dahl Delu (175 episodes, 1986-1993)
Herman F. Zimmerman (68 episodes, 1983-1986)
Ed LaPorta (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Monty Elliott (5 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Laura Richarz (138 episodes, 1987-1993)
Lynne Albright (95 episodes, 1983-1987)
Charles E. Tycer (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Rick Gentz (10 episodes, 1987)
Anthony D. Nealis (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Costume Design by
Robert L. Tanella (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
 
Series Makeup Department
Bruce Hutchinson .... makeup artist (248 episodes, 1983-1993)
Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair stylist (230 episodes, 1982-1993)
Charlotte Harvey .... hair stylist (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Charlene Roberson .... makeup artist (18 episodes, 1982-1983)
Rebecca De Morrio .... hair stylist (14 episodes, 1983-1984)
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1982)
Michele Payne .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Production Management
Linda McMurray .... unit production manager (229 episodes, 1983-1993)
Richard Villarino .... executive in charge of production: Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions (168 episodes, 1982-1989)
Ahuva Fogel .... production supervisor (102 episodes, 1989-1993)
Peter Chakos .... post-production supervisor (25 episodes, 1991-1992)
Penny Adams .... unit production manager (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Thomas Lofaro .... unit production manager (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian James Ellis .... second assistant director / first assistant director (258 episodes, 1982-1993)
Thomas Lofaro .... first assistant director (146 episodes, 1982-1989)
Steven Pomeroy .... second assistant director (101 episodes, 1989-1993)
Susan Norton .... second assistant director / first assistant director (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Hilarie Jutras .... dga trainee (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Randy Carter .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1983-1984)
Susan Walter .... dga trainee (7 episodes, 1993)
Teresa Pfiffner-Krebsbach .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1989)
Elizabeth Ward .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. .... first assistant director / second assistant director (2 episodes, 1983-1986)
Lisa Marmon .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Art Department
Steven J. Monroe .... construction coordinator (102 episodes, 1989-1993)
Bob Skemp .... greensman (93 episodes, 1982-1989)
Frank Bellina .... property master (73 episodes, 1982-1985)
Don Cinderella .... set dresser (11 episodes, 1988-1993)
 
Series Sound Department
David Scharf .... sound effects (124 episodes, 1987-1992)
Robert Crosby .... production sound mixer (118 episodes, 1988-1993)
Wayne O'Brien .... re-recording mixer: restoration (74 episodes, 1990-1993)
Michael Ballin .... production sound mixer (73 episodes, 1984-1987)
Sam Black .... sound effects (47 episodes, 1983-1985)
William H. Angarola .... sound effects (26 episodes, 1985-1986)
Edward F. Suski .... sound effects (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Gordon Klimuck .... production sound mixer (25 episodes, 1983-1984)
Pete San Filipo Sr. .... production sound mixer (25 episodes, 1987-1988)
Randal S. Thomas .... sound effects (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Adam De Coster .... foley artist (24 episodes, 1992-1993)
Ed Norton .... sound effects (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
John Hicks .... production sound mixer (18 episodes, 1982-1983)
Rick Wachter .... production sound mixer (6 episodes, 1991-1992)
James R. Wright .... production sound mixer (4 episodes, 1982-1984)
 
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Nick Colosanto (1 episode, 1982)
Jeff Habberstad .... stunts (1 episode, 1988)
Terry Jackson .... stunt double: John Ratzenberger (1 episode, 1991)
Birgit K. Schier .... stunts (1 episode, 1991)
Gary Guercio .... stunt double (1 episode, 1992)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Armstrong .... assistant camera (270 episodes, 1982-1993)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (121 episodes, 1982-1987)
Joey Genitempo .... lighting technician / electrician (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Frank Detone Jr. .... grip (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jim McConocha .... electrician (4 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Casting Department
Stephen Kolzak .... original casting (223 episodes, 1983-1993)
Dennis Gallegos .... baby casting (2 episodes, 1991)
Ann Wilkinson .... baby casting (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert L. Tanella .... costume supervisor (245 episodes, 1982-1992)
Daniel Weinberg .... set costumer (117 episodes, 1985-1990)
Sandra Culotta .... costumer: women (85 episodes, 1983-1987)
Sharon Sampson .... costumer / costume supervisor / ... (68 episodes, 1990-1993)
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell .... costumer: women (44 episodes, 1987-1989)
B.J. Rogers .... costumer: women (26 episodes, 1989-1990)
Brett Barrett .... costume supervisor (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Matthew Van Dyne .... costumer (24 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bobbie Frankel .... wardrobe supervisor: Boston (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Joyce Unruh .... costumer: women (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Melissa Franz .... costumer: women (10 episodes, 1985)
Sherry Thompson .... costumer (8 episodes, 1990)
Sharon Swenson .... costumer: women (4 episodes, 1985)
Mira Zavidowsky .... costumer: women (3 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Editorial Department
Clayton Lonie Jr. .... supervising editor (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Music Department
Judy Hart-Angelo .... composer: theme music (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
Gary Portnoy .... composer: theme music / performer: theme music / ... (271 episodes, 1982-1993)
Chips Swanson .... music editor (248 episodes, 1983-1993)
Mary Morlas .... music editor (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Udi Harpaz .... music arranger (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Transportation Department
Gina August .... driver (48 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mitch Friedman .... driver (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Other crew
Bruce Bryant .... title designer / main title design (268 episodes, 1982-1993)
James Castle .... title designer / main title design (268 episodes, 1982-1993)
Gabrielle James .... script supervisor (251 episodes, 1983-1993)
David Lloyd .... creative consultant / executive script consultant (241 episodes, 1982-1993)
Sue Herring .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles / assistant to the producers / ... (226 episodes, 1984-1993)
Rick Beren .... technical coordinator / assistant: Glen & Les Charles (224 episodes, 1984-1993)
Barry Zajac .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles / assistant to the producers (201 episodes, 1985-1993)
David Reid .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles / assistant to the producers / ... (184 episodes, 1986-1993)
Bob Ellison .... executive script consultant (174 episodes, 1986-1993)
Christine Connor .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (170 episodes, 1983-1991)
Carol Johnsen .... title designer / main title design (148 episodes, 1987-1993)
Danielle Bodenhorn .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (131 episodes, 1985-1990)
Sheila Guthrie .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles / researcher (118 episodes, 1983-1991)
Diane Overdiek .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (111 episodes, 1982-1987)
Peter Chakos .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (111 episodes, 1986-1991)
Carol Navratil .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (110 episodes, 1986-1990)
Rich Stangl .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles / assistant to the producers / ... (108 episodes, 1989-1993)
David Isaacs .... creative consultant (100 episodes, 1989-1993)
Ken Levine .... creative consultant (100 episodes, 1989-1993)
Mary Fukuto .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (77 episodes, 1984-1987)
Rock LeRoy .... caterer (76 episodes, 1990-1993)
Lori A. Moneymaker .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (75 episodes, 1986-1989)
Bill Fraley .... technical coordinator (74 episodes, 1985-1988)
Russ Sherman .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (74 episodes, 1988-1991)
Cara Coslow .... assistant to the producers / assistant: Glen & Les Charles (73 episodes, 1990-1993)
Jane Henning .... assistant to the producers / assistant: Glen & Les Charles (71 episodes, 1990-1993)
Gil Clasen .... technical coordinator (69 episodes, 1982-1985)
Bill Steinkellner .... executive story consultant / executive script consultant (67 episodes, 1985-1988)
Cherie Steinkellner .... executive story consultant / executive script consultant (67 episodes, 1985-1988)
Emily Miller .... assistant to the producers / assistant: Glen & Les Charles (66 episodes, 1990-1993)
Cheryl Dolins .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles / assistant to the producers / ... (51 episodes, 1990-1993)
Jeffrey Pfefferle .... assistant to the producers (50 episodes, 1991-1993)
Brian Lovell .... assistant to the producers (49 episodes, 1991-1993)
Heide Perlman .... executive story consultant / story editor / ... (47 episodes, 1983-1985)
Leslie Brenner .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (47 episodes, 1984-1986)
Ahuva Fogel .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (47 episodes, 1987-1989)
Renee Duenas .... assistant to the producers / assistant: Glen & Les Charles / ... (45 episodes, 1990-1992)
Rebecca Helm .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (44 episodes, 1984-1986)
Scott Krager .... assistant to the producers / assistant: Glen & Les Charles / ... (44 episodes, 1990-1992)
Marsha Nadler .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (43 episodes, 1982-1984)
Mark Nasser .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (43 episodes, 1989-1991)
David Angell .... executive story editor / story editor (42 episodes, 1983-1985)
Phoef Sutton .... executive story editor / story editor (37 episodes, 1987-1988)
Glen Miller .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (35 episodes, 1982-1984)
Lana Repp-Lewis .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (33 episodes, 1982-1984)
Kerstin Robbins-Fares .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (29 episodes, 1988-1989)
Georgyne LaLone .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (26 episodes, 1989-1990)
Sheila Amos .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Debra Wanderer .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (25 episodes, 1984-1985)
Rachelle Ricks .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (25 episodes, 1985-1986)
Susie Johnson .... assistant to the producers (25 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mairead Lee .... assistant to the producers (25 episodes, 1991-1992)
David Pavoni .... assistant to the producers (25 episodes, 1991-1992)
Vito Cupoli .... assistant to the producers (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Rosie Dean .... assistant to the producers (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Mike Kopple .... assistant to the producers (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Andrew Trossman .... assistant to the producers (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Rebekka Vieira .... assistant to the producers / assistant: Glen & Les Charles (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Penelope Franks .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (24 episodes, 1983-1984)
Cary Matsumura .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (24 episodes, 1984-1985)
Lynn Stevenson .... assistant to the producers (24 episodes, 1992-1993)
Brian H. Sato .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles / additional material (23 episodes, 1983-1984)
Nancy Koppang .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Todd Stevens .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (22 episodes, 1983-1984)
Scott Spencer Gordon .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Geraldine Leder .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (21 episodes, 1984-1985)
Margi Lintz .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tom Tenowich .... creative consultant (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tony Colvin .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (19 episodes, 1982-1983)
Marcia Friedman .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (18 episodes, 1983-1984)
Jessica L. Nagler .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles / assistant to executive producer (18 episodes, 1989-1990)
Alison E. Wrigley .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Mary Ann Leslie .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (17 episodes, 1984-1985)
Libby Applebaum .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Grizzi .... assistant to the producers (16 episodes, 1992-1993)
Penny Segal .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (15 episodes, 1986-1987)
Brian Pollack .... executive story editor / executive story consultant (15 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mert Rich .... executive story editor / executive story consultant (15 episodes, 1989-1990)
Sharon Black .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (13 episodes, 1982-1983)
Janet Leahy .... story editor (13 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jeff Abugov .... story editor (13 episodes, 1987)
Jeff Clinkenbeard .... assistant to the producers (12 episodes, 1992)
Marilyn A. Dustin .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (11 episodes, 1983-1984)
Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor (10 episodes, 1982-1983)
Nicholas Grad .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jessica G. Budin .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (10 episodes, 1990)
Richard P. Solomon .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (9 episodes, 1983-1984)
Steven K. Dry .... assistant to the producers (9 episodes, 1993)
Tony Martinelli .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (8 episodes, 1990)
Joe Lotito .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (7 episodes, 1990)
Lori Kay Wilson .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (6 episodes, 1983-1984)
Doris Grau .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1983-1985)
Donna Wheeler .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (4 episodes, 1982)
Dhani Lipsius .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (4 episodes, 1983)
David Lesser .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (4 episodes, 1987)
Rachel Donahue .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (4 episodes, 1990)
Janet Allen .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (3 episodes, 1983)
Michael Zito .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (3 episodes, 1984)
Land Courtney Hay .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (3 episodes, 1986)
Eddie Pardella .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (3 episodes, 1989)
Mark Burman .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (2 episodes, 1983)
J.W. Smith .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (2 episodes, 1983)
Anthony Kinniebrew .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (2 episodes, 1984)
Tonya Cannon .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (2 episodes, 1986)
Benzion Bergman .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (2 episodes, 1987)
Jim Buck .... technical coordinator (2 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Thanks
Al Rosen .... dedicatee (1 episode, 1990)
 

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22 min | 30 min (266 episodes) | 98 min (1 Episode)
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Trivia:
Early episodes did not have the familiar "Cheers was Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience" announcement spoken by a different cast member at the beginning of each episode. The spoken disclaimer was added in 1983 due to some viewers' complaining that the laugh track was too loud. No laugh track was used on the show. Despite the disclaimer, viewers still complained about the "laugh track".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In a episode #3.5 Diane states that people who where born late are usually smarter, then she admits that she was born late. Yet in an early season four episode, she states she was premature.See more »
Quotes:
[Sam is jealous of his brother Derek]
Diane:Derek just wants to fly me out to Martha's Vineyard.
Sam:[bitter] In a plane or on his back?
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Soundtrack:
Where Everybody Knows Your NameSee more »

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Why did Shelley Long leave the show after its fifth season?
Where do the photos in the opening credits come from?
Aside from the title character do any later Frasier characters appear on Cheers?
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Classic, 13 August 2010
Author: vorazqux from United States

Cheers was one of those shows that had all of the ingredients of being a success from its inception, yet it took a while before it really gained the respect it has over the years. In fact, it was in jeopardy of being canceled after its first season due to low ratings. However, thanks to some smart executives, amazing writers, and a stellar cast, Cheers persevered. The sitcom mainly takes place in a bar and focuses on the daily lives of a variety of colorful characters and the comical situations they create. In a way, it's like watching a slice of what it means to be a citizen in this great country. We are a melting pot of different people, circumstances, beliefs, hang–ups, triumphs, misfortunes, etc., yet when push comes to shove in moments of desperation and/or despair, we work it all out. We work as a team to solve problems and get through each day, whether it be a good one or a day wrought with idiosyncrasies. That's what the patrons in Cheers do. Sure, they have their issues and selfish forays that help define them as individuals, but they're basically good people with good hearts. Everybody commits selfish acts sometimes. This show simply magnifies these types of predicaments for the sake of humor that's all in good fun. It's nice to know there is a place where everyone knows your name that is an extended family of sorts. Sometimes we have to get away from those closest to us just to recharge our batteries. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone could go to a place like Cheers to unwind now and then?

The main ensemble included the cocky–but–likable head bartender, Sam Malone (Ted Danson). I believe Danson was perfectly cast here, and his two Emmy wins are well–deserved. Sam had a love interest on the show for the first five seasons named Diane Chambers (Shelly Long). She was brilliant as the stuffy, neurotic bookworm filled with insecurities and dilemmas that would drive anyone nuts. When Long left the show, Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley) took over. She would eventually buy the bar and have her own insecurities to contend with. She had big shoes to fill as Diane was a popular television character. In fact, Long won an Emmy and two Golden Globes for her scene stealing performances. Alley, to her credit, was a terrific replacement because she brought in a distinctive flavor to her character and added a different dimension to the show. She won an Emmy as well. Rhea Perlman played the fiery head waitress, Carla. She could be a bit hard to swallow at times, but she was dead–on in all of her performances and has four Emmy awards to prove it. The rest of the cast included the spacey bartender, Ernie Pantusso (Nicholas Colasanto), naive bartender Woody (Woody Harrelson – who replaced The Coach after his death in real life), couch potato, Norm (George Wendt), goofy mailman, Cliff (John Ratzenberger), quirky Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammar – who went on to star in his own very successful spin off show aptly titled Frasier), and Frasier's uptight wife, Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth). All of these diverse characters provided plenty of humorous material and the actors/actresses played them to a tee. It was their top notch performances that propelled this show to a higher level than it already was.

In closing, Cheers offers the viewer the opportunity to escape the rat race world of the major cities (and perhaps the humdrum of small towns??) that we live in where we can enjoy some good conversation, a few laughs, and great company. Feeling welcome is never a bad thing...

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