Cheers: Season 5, Episode 5

House of Horrors with Formal Dining and Used Brick (30 Oct. 1986)

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Carla finds out that the new house she bought was built on top of a 17th century prison graveyard. Cliff comes over to help her spend her first night in the house.



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Because of her burgeoning family, Carla is looking to move from her apartment and buy a house. Cliff mentions to her that he has noticed a nice and quite inexpensive house in a nice neighborhood on his postal route. Although she is somewhat skeptical especially since the tip was given by Cliff, the gang talk her into at least going to take a look at it. She is enamored with the house, and quickly buys it. It is then that Norm finds out that the house was built atop an old prison grave, with legend being that the spirits in the grave will haunt any person who decides to live on that property. They are reluctant to tell superstitious Carla. They ultimately do decide to tell Carla, who balks at the idea of the house being haunted. This balking however is masking a deep seated fear of the house. They talk her into spending at least one night in the house, which should exorcise any demons living there, or at least allay any fears she might have about the house. She agrees ultimately with ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama





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30 October 1986 (USA)  »

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There are no houses that close to Logan International Airport, the only airport in the Boston area that can accompany large jets. The airport is surrounded on three sides by water and on the other by a major freeway. See more »


Norm Peterson: Scary stuff just scares me.
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References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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31 May 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

According to my Cheers season five box set, this episode is called "House of Horrors with Formal Dining and Used Brick." Anyway, so I only wanted to put that but this thing is forcing me to actually provide a review for the episode, so may I just say that although Cliff Clavin is a tremendous character, there's always something disheartening to me about him getting excessive screen time. Just as Carla is best used for the swinging jokes, Clifford C. Clavin is a character whose usual role of a few lines an episode is aces for him. That brings this episode down a little, as does the use of Carla. There are those who prefer to see some of the supporting cast used more, but I prefer it when they're used as, you know, supporting cast.

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