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"Cheers" What is... Cliff Clavin? (1990)

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Cheers: Season 8: Episode 14 -- Cliff gets hauled off the stage when he's a contestant on Jeopardy.


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Original Air Date:
18 January 1990 (Season 8, Episode 14)
What is... "Jeopardy!" (1984)? The answer is the show that is coming to Boston for a one-time only appearance... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A Legendary Game Show saluted within a Legendary Sitcom; or Art imitating Life imitating Art! (or some such equivalency!) See more (3 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Ted Danson ... Sam Malone

Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe

Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli

John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin

Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd

Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane

George Wendt ... Norm Peterson

Alex Trebek ... Himself
Greg Davis ... Timmy (as Greg E. Davis)
Bernie Kuby ... Earl (as Bernard Kuby)
Johnny Gilbert ... Himself (voice)
Peter Schreiner ... Pete
Audrey Lowell ... Agnes Borsic
William A. Porter ... Milford Reynolds
Steven Rotblatt ... Stage Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harley Venton ... Jeopardy Audience Member (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Andy Ackerman 
Writing credits
Glen Charles (created by) &
Les Charles (created by) and
James Burrows (created by)

Dan O'Shannon (written by) &
Tom Anderson (written by)

Brian Pollack (executive story consultant) &
Mert Rich (executive story consultant)

Dan O'Shannon (executive story editor) &
Tom Anderson (executive story editor)

Produced by
Andy Ackerman .... co-producer
Tim Berry .... producer
James Burrows .... executive producer
Glen Charles .... executive producer
Les Charles .... executive producer
Mary Fukuto .... associate producer
Bill Steinkellner .... co-executive producer
Cherie Steinkellner .... co-executive producer (as Cheri Eichen)
Phoef Sutton .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Craig Safan 
Cinematography by
John Finger 
Film Editing by
Andy Ackerman 
Casting by
Jeff Greenberg 
Art Direction by
Dahl Delu 
Set Decoration by
Laura Richarz 
Makeup Department
Bruce Hutchinson .... makeup artist
Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ahuva Fogel .... production supervisor
Linda McMurray .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian James Ellis .... first assistant director
Steven Pomeroy .... second assistant director
Art Department
Mike Sasgen .... carpenter
Steven J. Monroe .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Crosby .... production sound mixer
David Scharf .... sound effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Armstrong .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stephen Kolzak .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
B.J. Rogers .... costumer: women
Robert L. Tanella .... costume supervisor
Daniel Weinberg .... set costumer (uncredited)
Music Department
Judy Hart-Angelo .... composer: theme music
Gary Portnoy .... composer: theme music
Gary Portnoy .... performer: theme music
Chips Swanson .... music editor
Transportation Department
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Libby Applebaum .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles
Rick Beren .... technical coordinator
Danielle Bodenhorn .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles
Bruce Bryant .... main title design
James Castle .... main title design
Christine Connor .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles
Bob Ellison .... executive script consultant
Sheila Guthrie .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (as Sheila Guthrie Nevil)
Sue Herring .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles
David Isaacs .... creative consultant
Gabrielle James .... script supervisor
Carol Johnsen .... main title design
Georgyne LaLone .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles
Ken Levine .... creative consultant
David Lloyd .... creative consultant
Jessica L. Nagler .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles
Mark Nasser .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles
Carol Navratil .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles
David Reid .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles
Russell Sherman .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles (as Russ Sherman)
Rich Stangl .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles
Barry Zajac .... assistant: Glen & Les Charles

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Burrows  created by
Glen Charles  creator
Les Charles  creator

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The categories on the first round board (CIVIL SERVANTS, STAMPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, MOTHERS AND SONS, BEER, BAR TRIVIA, and CELIBACY) were described by Norm as Cliff's "dream board" and were used much later in a May 10, 2005 episode of the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions.See more »
Continuity: During the Final Jeopardy segment, Agnes, the female contestant, starts with $3300, answers incorrectly, bets $2900 and thus is left with $400. When they later pan to a close-up of Agnes' podium, the amount shown is back to $3300.See more »
[Woody answers the phone]
Woody Boyd:Sam, it's for you. Someone named Carmen.
Sam Malone:[excitedly] Carmen. As in "Carmen get it"?
See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Jeopardy!" (1984)See more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Legendary Game Show saluted within a Legendary Sitcom; or Art imitating Life imitating Art! (or some such equivalency!), 4 January 2009
Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States

MARKING the arrival of a film or TV Series as an important little tidbit of American Pop Culture is the inclusion of one program, such as JEOPARDY, in the plot of an episode of another show; be it a Sitcom or a Drama.

SO it is with this particular episode of CHEERS, which puts our good buddy, Cliff (John Ratzenberger) in a situation where he is a contestant on the game show. All points to his having success; what with all categories on the Jeopardy Game Board are obviously subjects with which the Letter Carrier has a high degree of familiarity.

IT has been said that "Pride cometh before the fall"; and it is certainly an apt example of the old deadly sin. Cliff is oh so close to realizing a dream of a lifetime; only to give it up to the higher purpose of giving the audience some laughs. As always, the situations are well thought out and virtually guaranteed to go over. (The use of testing material must be in use to some degree; which is enhanced with the presence of a live, in studio audience for the cast to play up to.) AS in most all sitcom series episodes, a sub-plot is employed; making the half hour move as well as giving every cast member something to do. Everyone gets their chance to shine; which means the happiness is equally divided between the entertainers and entertainees.


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